I had the great pleasure to work with Courtney Sloger and Metro on the maiden voyage of the Holiday Magic Express, the holiday-themed Metrolink train that runs through this season of lights.
Disclosure: I've known and been friends with Adam Reichmann since he was in a band called Sourpatch and an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, working part-time at Olin Library. Adam took care of a few late fees for me back in the day.
These days, he's been working full-time with video at an advertising agency. He hasn't released a record in 6 years, but he hasn't stopped writing songs, and he's surfaced from time to time at a low-key show around town.
Like a magpie drawn to shiny baubles, a listener can be lured to Islands for its off-kilter world with glittery beats tucked inside catchy hooks. Dynamic front man Nick Diamonds and guitarist Geordie Gordon brought their pleasantly strange musical stylings to town with an acoustic stop at KDHX.
Purveyors of sweetly sparse folk, Portland quartet Horse Feathers stir emotions with wispy vocals and a variety of dreamily plucked string instruments. Close your eyes, envision lying supine in a serene meadow, and tune into their transcendent in-studio performance at KDHX.
Steady your finger over the volume button. Retribution Gospel Choir is back and fully amped with the release of their second full-length, super-charged album. The band showcased their love of everything riff and raucous on International Pop Overthrow.
Some artists dazzle you with technique; some with songwriting; some with vision. Nneka is the embodiment of the musical hat trick. Equally powerful as a solo, acoustic performer and as a hip hop and nu-soul provocateur, she has been stunning audiences since the release of her debut album in 2005.
If you had to label Theodore, you might try "freak folk" then maybe "folk rock" then maybe "folk blues," or maybe even "Americana." Labels only take you so far, and the music of Theodore -- eerie and catchy and raging, sometimes all at once -- evades easy categories. Hear just how far they'll take you during a live performance at KDHX.
Say your prayers. St. Louis punk band the Hail Marys are in town and they're ready to smash all false rock 'n' roll idols.