Drawing from a background diverse enough to take him from the fields of Maine potato farm to social work in Boston's inner city, singer/songwriter Ellis Paul tells tales of struggle and triumph in the style of folk heroes like Woody Guthrie.
"Are you trying to get a master's degree in musicology," the Freight Hoppers' David Bass has asked during an interview, "or are you out there really raising hell and having fun with the music?"
San Fermin is the name of an internationally-known Spanish festival in which brave, or insane, individuals run through the streets of Pamplona followed by stampeding bulls. San Fermin, however, is also an indie pop band that is stampeding its way to the top.
Caroline Smith, a Minneapolis singer-songwriter, will not be pigeon-holed. The self-proclaimed, and unabashed, fan of '90s rhythm and blues, pop and neo-soul makes music influenced by all of them, but in a way that doesn't exactly resemble any particular style, other than her own.
St. Louis' garage pop duo, Bruiser Queen, sounds like a '60s girl group, except with only one girl. And, well, a guy.
It's cringingly lazy to compare a performer like Robert Sarazin Blake to Dylan, but it's almost impossible not to on a track like "OK, OK, OK," in which Blake strums a featherweight rhythm as a backdrop for lyrics that border on spoken word.
There are bands that should stay in the basement and bands that make you grateful they climbed the stairs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. certainly fits the latter.
Go ahead and do your Elvis Presley facial exercises and throw on your leather jacket, because Bible Belt Sinners are laying down the retro rockabilly as thick as the pomade in your hair.
Robert Ellis sings sweet, soulful songs of folk and country with an understated, unique tone not commonly found on today's airwaves, and evidence of a life's journey revealed through songwriting.
According to St. Louis musician Beth Bombara, the new video for the song "Long Dark Hallelujah" was designed to "create beautiful images that at times blur the lines of photography with videography."