It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.
A primer: Volcanoes is a St. Louis dance-metal duo composed of stoic guitarist Jon Ryan and the delightfully spastic Eric Peters. After being sealed up for several semesters inside Lindenwood University (in St. Charles, Missouri), Volcanoes released "Heavy Hands" in 2012. The chugging, hyper-aggressive sing-speak, drum-and-guitar melodies were comely enough to assuage any eyebrows raised, and jittered about in beguiling, scattered memorandums on a breakup.
If you put your ear to hot cement in the middle of a 100-degree-plus St. Louis afternoon, you may get a glimpse into the sound of Volcanoes erupting.
Cleveland based art rockers, mr. Gnome, came to St Louis and turned up the energy at Plush on Wednesday night.