Exclusive: Stream Bo & the Locomotive's New Album, It's All Down Here From Here, Now

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Bryan Sutter
Bo & the Locomotive
Tonight is the record release show for Bo & the Locomotive's new album, It's All Down Here From Here. The band will be joined by Middle Class Fashion and the Carondelets at Off Broadway ($10 to $13 / 9 p.m.).

Can't wait until then? Well, you're in luck: We have an exclusive stream of the album for you right now.

See also: St. Louis' Bo & the Locomotive Is Poised for the National Stage

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Bo & the Locomotive to Release It's All Down Here From Here This Friday at Off Broadway

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Courtesy of the band.
Bo & the Locomotive will release It's All Down Here From Here this Friday at Off Broadway.
The long lead-up to Bo & the Locomotive's second album is indicative both of the care that went into its writing and production, as well as the promotional push the band has been crafting. The past six months saw the group launch a listening party and fundraiser for the LP, which included a conversation with producer David Beeman, whose Native Sound studio hosted these sessions.

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Traveling Sound Machine's Self-Titled EP: Listen Now

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Traveling Sound Machine
A local six-piece that has hopefully endured a modicum of Gloria Estefan-related jokes, Traveling Sound Machine released its first, self-titled EP last fall. These five songs (plus a minute-long interlude of plinking piano and musical saw called "Ave Maria") are attractively moody and creatively arranged. This is a rock band at heart, using conventional structures and sequences to create tension and release.

But creative instrumentation — that, crucially, is organically integrated into these songs — gives the band something extra.

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Walter Whitney's Phantom Worlds: Listen Now

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Walter Whitney, working the Roland.

In the early 1980s, synthesist and programmer Walter Whitney composed music with tech-savvy guitarists Carl Weingarten and David Udell in the group Delay Tactics. Their work, collected on albums released by Weingarten's Multiphase Records label, was inspired by the ambient and fusion works of artists like Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. The group's 1982 debut, Out-Pop Options, even features a track called "Chasing Moroder," if that gives you any hint at its influences.

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Vandalion's Self-Titled EP: Hear It Now

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Vandalion, a young local band previously known as Grafted, released a self-titled EP last month. The band's avowed influences tell the story behind their sound, though you'd hear the stamp of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" on these songs with little help. Wallace McCanless' lead vocals owe a debt to Incubus' Brandon Boyd, though he avoids the temptation to go full-on ROCK DUDE with his performances. For its part, Vandalion honors that tradition of taking somewhat complex song structures and themes of alienation and technophobia and packaging them in attractive, radio-ready modern rock.


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Hands and Feet's Sour Times: Listen Now

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Sour Times cover art by Pamela Wees Favazza.

Stephen Favazza's Hands and Feet doesn't quite know what to term itself when it comes to genre -- elements of electro, dub, rock and hip-hop slip in and out of the six songs on Sour Times. That eclecticism makes the FarFetched collective a good home for Favazza's output, as that stable of artists seems to often dip into each others' headspace, expanding their palettes in the process.

See also: Hands On With Stephen Favazza Of Hands and Feet


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The Hobosexuals To Release Definitive Dirtbag Vol. 1 This Saturday at Off Broadway

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The cover of the new album features several of St. Louis' finest musicians.
What's your poison? Take a look at the tracklist of the Hobosexuals' latest, and there's a good chance the junk-store country band has it in stock. Be it "Bottle of Gin" or "Whiskey at the End of the World" for spirits lovers, "Stained in Wine" for the sommelier set, or "Caffeine, Nicotine and Reefer" for those who like to mix uppers and downers, the band is holding. With their debauchery so clearly transmitted, it's up to leader Ryne Watts and his accomplices to tell these stories in varying shades of twang and surprising levels of heart.

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Daniel Elixir's Good Eye: Preview the Album Now

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Good Eye album cover
There's a sweet, if slightly naïve, charm to Daniel Elixir's songs. That might be because music isn't exactly his primary or even secondary outlet; after working as an illustrator for such august publications as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, he moved to the Ozark hills in southern Missouri to raise organic produce and grass-fed beef.

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Funky Butt Brass Band to Release Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp This Saturday: Listen Now

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Corey Woodruff
Funky Butt Brass Band

If the Funky Butt Brass Band, that six-headed Hydra of spit valves and second-line sweat and Chachere's seasoning, had stuck to its initial goal of bringing New Orleans brass music to St. Louis, that would have been enough. But over six years and four releases, the band has continued to expand its boundaries. That New Orleans shuffle is still at the heart of many of the group's tracks, but its latest full-length, Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp, is more interested in tugging at the edges of funk, soul and even hip-hop.


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Mathias & the Pirates' Caveman Barnacles: Listen Now

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Mathias & the Pirates
It's becoming obvious, if it wasn't already, that nearly every hip-hop album released in St. Louis will have to contend with the Ferguson situation in some fashion, and Mathias & the Pirates wastes no time speaking out on current events on this six-song EP. Opening cut "The Panic Button" validates righteous anger but preaches for cooler heads to prevail, and aside from a chant of "hands up, don't shoot," the message of empowerment over oppression rings eternal. Setting the song to a reggae rhythm does more than allow for a quick reference to "I Shot the Sheriff"; it's the music of revolution and empowerment, and the Pirates take full advantage of that history to encourage spiritual and social uplift.

See also: Mathias & the Pirates' Life of the Buzzard: Read the Homespun Review and Listen

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