The Riverfront Times just announced a full slate of awards in its annual Best of St. Louis edition -- and five 88.1 KDHX DJs stepped into the winner's circle.
The lightning and rain was hunching the smokers over when I arrived at the Luminary on Saturday night. Everyone else was jogging or speed walking to get out of the storm.
Jarring and noisy yet intelligible and concise, STNNNG (pronounced, Stunning), Minneapolis's answer to Jesus Lizard, packs a potent punch with manic vocals and unrelenting dual guitar assaults.
Try banging your head to Gnarwhal and you'll snap your neck in two. The Nashville speed-rockers pulled no punches during this epic Live at KDHX session.
Sloughing through a swamp of sound, Britches -- a 3-piece noise outfit from St. Louis -- offers the sonic equivalent of being unable to wake up from a really dark nightmare.
Hailing from New Orleans, La. noise rock champions Caddywhompus intersperse frenetic clangor with immediately likeable pop sensibilities. Drink deeply of the strange concoction by streaming the duo's live set at KDHX.
If you think you know bass 'n' drum, think again. Female Demand obliterates all groove (not to mention lyrics; there aren't any) for a throat-throttling assault that's part speed metal and part art noise.
Experimenting within the boundaries established by post-rock stalwarts Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, St. Louis band Huntergatherer balances the solemnity of the genre with swelling action and brooding intensity.
Zach Hill is a self-taught drummer, but his home schooling is insanely advanced. Genres and styles -- from math rock to free jazz to metal to experimental rock -- barely hint at his mad skills. Hill paid a visit to KDHX for a smashing and thrashing live performance.