Psych: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase (check out this post for the full schedule)!
Bug Chaser isn't merely a band. It's an experience. The group's many members make music, and present it as a sort of interactive art show. Few bands in town are so on top of their presentation game — this fun-loving crew often dresses up in costumes, plays with themes and offers up hilarious YouTube videos. And while the fans respond well to the constant reflection to their affection, the extra efforts are gravy: Bug Chaser's music stands on its own. It is controlled pandemonium. It's a psychedelic circus. It's full-blown insanity. And it seldom fails to amaze.
Such is the total of their combined talent that it's hard to listen to Demonlover and fathom that the band consists of only three musicians: two multi-instrumentalists/vocalists and one spectacularly adroit drummer. Though the group is best known for its trippy, authentically weird psychedelic rock, the Demonlover sound is fluid and constantly evolving. The trio might dabble in galloping Americana or delicate jazz or even tongue-in-cheek hip-hop; they're equally comfortable whatever the genre. Because its skill level is so impressive, the sound so unpredictable, Demonlover shows are always a must-see.
Nothing about Larry Bulawsky reads as youthful; he's old enough to have fathered another local talent (his son Bo heads up the fine Bo & the Locomotive) and his longish, wavy hair is unapologetically flecked with gray. But few singers of any age in this burg can embody the pulse and throb of youth like Bulawsky, even if he sounds like a grizzled sideshow barker when he does it. Magic City is the blues/rock band our town deserves: elemental, earthen, dirty, smoky and hormonally driven. Bulawsky's voice, aided by Adam Hesed's greasy organ and JJ Hamon's volcanic guitar, emits its own brand of black magic.