Posts Tagged ‘local’

Spotlight: The Hobosexuals

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Check out this awesome backwoods local folk band! The Hobosexuals are St. Louis natives and recorded their 2012 debut album in Columbia, MO. The album, “No Bull Honky, Just Honky Tonky,” reminds us of just why we love Missouri. Listening to this album is like a relaxing drive through the farmlands of the Midwest to a barn-raising hoedown! Banjos, washboards, and loose folk harmonies, all recorded in a homey, casual style, will leave you feeling right at home as you listen. Meanwhile, the lyrics of these songs tell stories of anarchy, of love, and of day to day struggles. Join these outlaws and bar flies and, if you like them, catch them performing live at venues around St. Louis frequently!

Recommended Tracks:
“Pigs,” “I Ain’t Takin’ You Home Tonight,” “Mean Jean,” “Gettin’ Robbed (a true story”

Download their album here:
http://youcanbeahobosexual.bandcamp.com

Local Artists of the Week Nov 14 – 20

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
To all those interested in the local scene, here our our top 5 local artists of the week. Also, take a look at some new album reviews from local bands.
  1. 1. Troubadour Dali
  2. 2. The Bottoms Up Blues Gang
  3. 3. Popular Mechanics
  4. 4. Jon Hardy & the Public
  5. 5. Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three

New Releases

Jon Hardy & the Public – A Hard Year
I am consistently astounded by Jon Hardy & the Public. On their newest EP "A Hard Year" they continue the great successes of their prevous releases. The band plays tight, dynamic pop and soul tunes led by the charismatic singer Jon Hardy. I am pleased to see the band release only original material where they have previously relied on some cover songs. This shows growth and confidence in a band that most certainly has the chops to back it up. As with all their recordings, the fidelity is fantastic, with every guitar lick and drum beat mixed perfectly. The band also succeeds in concert, as shown by their packed release show at Off Broadway. Check these guys out!
Favorite Track: "Silver Moon"
 
Beth Bombara – Wish I Were You
Beth Bombara has made some great strides forward since her last EP a year ago. Her new album "Wish I Were You" is a mature effort that highlights her honest voice, earnest songwriting, and intimate performance. This full-length shows Beth to be an extemely versatile artist who can ably handle blues, country, rock, and folk songs. She weaves all these different genres into one disc that flows seamlessly from one track to the next. Tracks are expertly embellished by slide steel guitar, fiddle, keys, and banjo. 
Favorite Track: The slide steel glissando of "Rainbow"
 
Britches – Britches Demo
Britches plays downtempo, dissonent rock tunes featuring distant vocals and reverb soaked guitars. Although they are clearly indebted to Animal Collective, these guys are not scared to bare their teeth, scream a lot, and tear the shit out of their guitars and vocal chords. Fans of droney and noisy experimental music will dig this band. 
Favorite Track: "White Noise" where they may or may not be screaming about Evil Dead II. 
 
The Disapeared – Nothing Someone Something
I would not want to get in the Disappeared's way. They sound like a tractor trailer coming down the highway playing fast, furious, and heavy rock n roll. Punks and metal dudes will probably appreciate this album. The band could benefit from grittier production and a warmer sound. 
Favorite Track: balls to the wall rock on "Baby Brother"
 

 

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

LOCAL ARTISTS OF THE WEEK OCT 31-NOV 6

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Our top played St. Louis artists this week are:

  1. 1. Theodore
  2. 2. Art Majors
  3. 3. US English
  4. 4. Bunnygrunt
  5. 5. The Hooten Hallers

Local New Releases

Via Dove – El Mundo Latino

Via Dove creates a solid album with a very good rocking mix of songs that are all good enough for radio play. The album starts off very quick tempoed, with a good “party” feel and progresses to a slower tempo as it continues. These are all very solid songs.

Favorite Track: “Fast Times”

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Spelling Bee – Sweet Dreams, Strange Animal

This weird noisy rock duo permeates energy whether it comes in the form of spastic rhythms or a wall of sound bowling you over at their live shows. Spelling Bee‘s drummer Joseph Hess once described their band to me as “stupid loud,” and I cannot disagree with his assessment. Along with singer and guitarist Mabel Suan, they create fast, aggressive songs that frequently change rhythms. Their debut “Sweet Dreams, Strange Animal” on APOP Records captures their live energy well, with the added bonus that you can control the volume on your home stereo.

Favorite Track: “Omelettes”

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Local Artists of the Week Oct 24-30

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Our top played St. Louis artists this week are:

  1. 1. Bottoms Up Blues Gang
  2. 2. Tight Pants Syndrome
  3. 3. The Hooten Hallers
  4. 4. US English
  5. 5. Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three

Local New Releases
US English – What Frontier EP

This duo creates deep, warm, layered grooves from synths and sequencers augmented by both male and female vocals. Although the band clearly enjoys toying with their experimental tendencies, the songs never lose their catchiness. This is the first of a trio of EP releases, so we can look forward to much more from US English, who happen to be the same folks who work at the Luminary Center for the Arts.

Favorite Track: “News!”

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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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