Posts Tagged ‘local’

Top Local Artists for the week of Oct 3-9

Monday, October 11th, 2010
During the week of Oct. 3-9, 2010 these where the top 5 St. Louis bands played on KWUR 90.3.
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  1. 1. Popular Mechanics
  2. 2. Dear Vincent
  3. 3. Flaming Death Trap
  4. 4. Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
  5. 5. Fattback

Whoever said pop music has no substance?

Friday, October 8th, 2010


When I finally heard the Blind Eyes record “Modernity” a few weeks ago, I was bowled over by one song. It was what I would call a truly catchy song, a.k.a. I was already singing along midway through the first chorus. The song had a somewhat cryptic title, and I didn’t really understand what the lyrics meant, but I didn’t care at all. It was just a really good rockin’ pop song called “Brasil, 1957.”

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Upon further research at BeltSTL.com, I discovered that the title and lyrics reference the architecture and 1957 construction of Brasilia, the capital of Brasil. This city has some awesome futuristic buildings and the entire city was actually laid out in the shape of an airplane. How cool is that?

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I guess the first moral of the story is that it’s ok to like songs on multiple levels. The second moral is that the Blind Eyes are a really awesome band located right here in St. Louis, MO. And they are not playing your average pop song.

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Listen to “Brasil, 1957″ here and check out BeltSTL as a thank you for hosting the file.

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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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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.