Posts Tagged ‘St. Louis’

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 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”

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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