Eight St. Louis Bands to Watch in 2014

Tok

You typically don't expect a lot of full-out dancing at hard-rock shows, but that's exactly what you get when you see Tok. The twist is that the most energetic dancing spectacle happens onstage instead of on the floor. Brothers Bryan and Matt Basler have made a name for themselves by being able to moonwalk while playing guitar, ensuring that we appreciate their swagger and humor just as much as we do their grungy songs. Tok released volumes one and two of Gold Dollar Hen House this year, with the band's website promising a third soon. We'll be grateful for that, but what we're really anticipating is another YouTube installment of Bryan teaching us how to do stuff.

https://www.facebook.com/tokandroll

Magnolia Summer

Chris Grabau and Danny Kathriner have been on a lot of people's minds lately because of Cave States, their new project that launched its debut album The Great Divide this fall. But it's finally time to make some noise about their other band, Magnolia Summer, once again. After 2009's excellent Lines from the Frame, Magnolia Summer performed at the inaugural LouFest and played a BBC2 show during its UK tour before finally putting out a pair of digital EPs in 2011. And then, you know, life and projects and stuff happened. But in just a few short weeks, the eight-piece will treat us to a new album (The MS and Cave States websites suggest January), and we're pretty jazzed. A recurring nominee in various RFT polls, Magnolia Summer's long-awaited record should be just the thing to fight off the winter blues.

https://www.facebook.com/magnoliasummermusic

Bear Hive

We sort of wanted to call upon Scooby-Doo to solve the mystery of when Bear Hive will release its album, but things sound like they're finally moving along for 2014. It's no secret that we're fans of the young trio's work; Bear Hive has been on our "best new band" and "band to watch" lists for a while now. And though we've enjoyed the indie band's Death Cab for Cutie vibe during its live shows this year, we're ready to have new stuff in our earholes all the time. The group has been recording and mixing at Bird Cloud Recording with Ryan Wasoba, so we know the output will be spectacular. But, dammit, that carrot has been dangling for a loooooooong time -- feed us, already!

https://www.facebook.com/BearHive

The Jungle Fire

We'd forgive you for thinking that the Jungle Fire has appeared at most major events thrown in the city this year. After all, the band has come close to maxing out its stamina by performing at 4 Hands Food Truck Feast, Label Day, the Rock N Roll Craft Show after-party and our own big powwows the RFT Music Showcase and the RFT Best of St. Louis party. But our pick for this year's best soul band is just getting warmed up. With a well-received debut EP in 2012 and another stellar three-track collection this year, the Jungle Fire has made good on its promise for funk-soul songs about both St. Louis pride and strife. We're sure that streak will continue in 2014 when this group of passionate, horntastic musicians finally releases the songs they've been hinting at on Facebook. Where there's smoke there's fire, and we can't wait to feel some more heat.

https://www.facebook.com/thejunglefire

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94 comments
Jesse Vaughn
Jesse Vaughn

The previous comment by Mike demonstrates Exactly why St. Louis has a large, but unsupported music scene. Not all the artists are great, but there is considerable talent here. Most shows are only attended by other artists supporting each other though. Too many hipster posers standing around with their arms crossed. Do us all a favor. Find a band that you like, and go see them every time they play. Supporting good art is the only way to create a thriving scene.

Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner

You missed The Jeremiah Johnson Band

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

Why is the Judge not on this list? Evan Anderson Dylan Jarrett

Jessica LaRue
Jessica LaRue

Mike, are you classically trained or just a natural at being an ASS? There is talent out there and whether they go anywhere or not is not the point. They are doing what they love. By the looks of your picture you seem to have a love for music as well. Why don't you tell us where you are playing next to see if you actually have a leg to stand on or if we can rip it out from under you.....

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

St. Louis has hundreds of quality bands, solo acts and DJs. All we can do is show you where to find them; exploring them is up to you.

Mike Crider
Mike Crider

why is the music scene in stl a whooping fart of untalented song writers pumping out songs hoping someone likes one so they can "make it big"? The only reason anyone needs to know where these people are playing is to make sure you dont go somewhere they might be playing.

Korian Woods
Korian Woods

SING ME A FICTION and Sleepy Kitty Music

Jamie Van
Jamie Van

Bong Threat... No, wait, I would die for you. I fucking swear I would. I can't choose!

Jon Wayne
Jon Wayne

Aaron kamm and the one drops

Chelsea Mohler
Chelsea Mohler

Dude, does Ludo even play shows anymore? ^^^ If they did, I would be there... But I'm pretty sure they only play rarely. Also, Clockwork.

John Ream
John Ream

Obviously none of you have seen Black Fast

Amanda Clevenger
Amanda Clevenger

Currently greek fire. Past would be calico system, sophomore, and lye by mistake.

Tami Jolly-Bollinger
Tami Jolly-Bollinger

Bare Knuckle Conflict and Acid Era!!! Acid Era is having their next show @ Cicero's Dec 22. Tix $8

David Ring
David Ring

Sleepy Kitty! Gentleman Auction House was awesome, but I feel like they broke up...

chrisward99
chrisward99 topcommenter

ACORNS TO OAKS SNUBBED AGAIN

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