Throughout the '90s, Scott Bondy led alternative rock band Verbena, but with his startling solo debut American Hearts and this year's When the Devil's Loose, he has re-invented himself as A.A. Bondy and found an exemplary folk blues voice.
Quirky and sincere, hooky and jagged, loud and melodic -- the Boorays were a study in successful contrasts, combining a punk energy and power pop sweetness into a style that set them apart on the '90s rock scene in St. Louis.
From a whisper to a murmur, Lou Barlow's songs don't demand attention; they earn it. Though best known for his work with alternative rock heavyweights Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, Barlow's recent solo recordings liberate his warm voice and subtle, almost classical acoustic guitar work.
Feeling nostalgic for the bands you heard in the basement of a friend's house? Sighing for lukewarm keg beer and a strong urge to dance and shout along with lyrics you've never heard before? Minus the beer, here's the next best thing: a live performance from Drink Up Buttercup on KDHX.
The Bottle Rockets have been making rugged, rootsy and real rock & roll for over 15 years. Playing songs from their 2009 album Lean Forward, the band pulled out all the stops and chops during a live performance in the KDHX studios.
Recently located in Los Angeles, the Dead Trees play ragged-but-right rock & roll, with jubilant hooks and just a touch of twang.
Young, gifted and black, the Carolina Chocolate Drops aren't a novelty: They're proficient, ambitious ambassadors for the Carolinas' Piedmont string band tradition. Experience their foot-stomping sound during a live performance on KDHX.