Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

Local Artists of the Week Oct 17-23

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Our top played St. Louis artists this week are:

Local New Releases:

Sex Robots – Night Moves

Nightmoves is the 2nd album from the St. Louis punk rock trio, Sex Robots. The album shows the group’s influence from the Jam and Buzzcocks with fast electric guitar and prominent drums combined with clever lyrics that have a pop sensibility.

Favorite track: “Not Gonna Take My Heart”

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Art Majors – The War of Wealth

Art Majors presents a saturated, lusty, Indie-garage rock sound locked together by Michael Roche’s yearning baritone. This band is great at building momentum and tension and sustaining it. Percussion is fairly unconventional, hiding behind and supporting their round instrumental sound rather than overwhelming it. The War of Wealth features some lovely organ work, especially “Race From The Hotel” (probably the best one here). “Guillermo” gives a great taste of the band’s ability to create balanced interplay and “Flor De Mariposa” is a wistful tune bordering on the ethereal.

Favorite track: “Race From The Hotel

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If you are in a St. Louis band and would like your cd considered for airplay and a review, email local@kwur.com.

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Local Artists of the Week Oct 10-16

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Our top played St. Louis artists this week are:

Local New Releases:

Tight Pants Syndrome – Fully Attractive

I recommend this band if you love the great power pop bands of the 1980′s like Cheap Trick and the Cars. Tight Pants Syndrome fills this disc with nothing but pop hooks and handclaps. TPS features both male and female lead vocals, not to mention their fair share of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the backing singers.

Favorite track: the pure bubblegum of “I Shop For Sugar”

The Fantasy Four – Getting Fantastic With…

Nevermind that the Fantasy Four are actually a trio; They play a delightful combination of 60′s girl pop and jangly punk rock. Messy vocals + loud guitars = lots of fun.

Favorite track: sing-a-long fun on “Wig-Wam Bam”

Album Review: Bottoms Up Blues Gang’s “Handle It”

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

WC Handy may have written a song named the “St. Louis Blues”, but it’s not really about St. Louis, is it? It’s really about a bad woman from St. Louis. I’ve met a few bad STL women myself, but does the song really command it’s title? On their newest album Handle It, the Bottoms Up Blues Gang have penned a song that would suit the name quite nicely. It’s called the “South Broadway Blues” and it kicks off the disc with a pitch perfect tune about hopping between blues venues on S. Broadway.

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St. Louis’ very own BUBG has just produced this phenomenal new album that combines the beautiful, soulful vocals of Kari Liston with really tight instrumentation from guitarist Jeremy Segel-Moss along with a host of appearances from the rest of the Gang. This album hits many different styles from the New Orleans feel of “First Of May” to the sweet, wrenching intimacy of “If Only.” Although it may sound inappropriate, the Gang manages to squeeze in several upbeat blues songs, to keep the album going at a good pace. This album commands repeated listens, so go check it out.

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If you are in a St. Louis band and would like your cd considered for airplay and a review, email local@kwur.com.

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Stack Sessions: Blood Pony

Monday, September 20th, 2010

On September 11, 2010 St. Louis band Blood Pony joined us in the studio for a live performance in our Stack Session series. Check out this video of their song “We Are Lost.” Listen to the whole session here.

If you like what you hear, check them out at Off Broadway on October 7.

Stack Sessions: Art Majors

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

We had the pleasure to feature St. Louis band Art Majors at our station on the evening of August 16. They played three songs, including 2 brand new ones. We will have the complete session posted shortly, but until then, please enjoy two videos that we shot. They have a new EP out, so check it out if you like what you hear.