Original, complex and filled with soul, Davina and the Vagabonds are what one could only hope to hear upon entering a smoke filled jazz club in the heart of New Orleans. But their Dixieland sound comes straight out of the Twin Cities, making for a rousing live session.
Tight Pants Syndrome named its first full-length CD "Singles," and for good reason. The St. Louis band specializes in short, sharp and surprisingly hooky pop songs, fueled by tight harmonies, danceable rhythms and blasting guitars.
With elements reminiscent of grunge, such as crunchy guitars rhythmically strumming over energetic 4/4 beats and angsty vocals conveyed through primal bellows, can Glass Teeth live up to its "cream of the current local hardcore crop in St. Louis" title?
Like other Chicago-based soul groups before them, the Right Now (formerly the band Eli Jones) takes the genre to new heights by adhering to time-tested conventions and dabbling in experimentation.
When it comes to Western Swing, Bob Wills may be the king, but the Hot Club of Cowtown are surely in the court. The band brought their uniquely modern spin on hot jazz and swinging country music to the KDHX studios.
Dar Williams wrote her first song at age 11 and she's been on a roll ever since -- or so it would seem for the prolific New England folk singer. She visited both Musical Merry-Go-Round and Songwriters Showcase for an acoustic session.