Brian Wiegert's Rulers to Release Double LP This Saturday at Plush

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It was a welcome return to power-pop form when Brian Wiegert and a few of his bandmates from the late quartet Team Tomato regrouped as Picture Day and released an EP last year. After a couple of years with the country-leaning Red-Headed Strangers, the slurry of Kinks, Guided by Voices and Psychedelic Furs found on that release (and its standout single "Madoline") put Wiegert back in front of a mic with sharp, melodic hooks to bolster his pop songs.

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Erratics' Nothing Goes Here: Ambient Sound-Craft Collides with Guitar-Driven Songwriting

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Erratics
Nothing Goes Here
erratics.bandcamp.com

Ambient sound-craft and conventional, guitar-driven songwriting collide on Erratics' first full-length. The two-man band, Alex Nezam and Chris Chartrand, split these eight tracks rather evenly between looping, echoing sound collages and pastoral guitar figures, with both sides converging often. Opening track "Antipodal Shades" makes this intersection apparent early on; slinky, spare guitar lines meander until they are consumed by a pulsating wave, only to emerge at the track's end wearing traces of chorus of delay.

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Lizzie Weber's Debut Album Suggests Good Things from a Young Songwriter

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Lizzie Weber
Lizzie Weber
lizzieweber.bandcamp.com

Lizzie Weber has a fine, guileless voice and a soft touch on the piano. She feels things deeply but considers life's tough lessons evenly. On her self-titled debut, Weber chooses to wrap these skills in a series of ballads -- so, so many ballads. She works her songs into a lull throughout the album's first few tracks -- slow, unshowy movements on the piano lay the foundation on many songs, a gently plucked guitar on the rest.

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Amen Lucy, Amen's Ashore for the End is Full of Earnest Acoustics and Heartfelt Harmonies

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Amen Lucy, Amen
Ashore for the End
facebook.com/amenlucyamen

If the mass-marketed folk-music revival had its moment in the past year or two with the success of bands like the Civil Wars, the Lone Bellow and, more than any other act, Mumford & Sons, it is fitting that such a style trickles down to St. Louis about eighteen months later. Call it cultural diffusion, call it zeitgeist, call it a Prairie Home Invasion: Earnest acoustic strumming and heartfelt harmonizing has fused pop-savvy energy with roots values in Amen Lucy, Amen.


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Popular Mechanics' Anti-Glacial: Smart Songs, Rock Efficiency and Punk Wit

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Popular Mechanics
Anti-Glacial
popularmechanics.bandcamp.com

In his introduction to Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut talks about the futility of writing an antiwar book; he quotes a friend who asks, "Why don't you write an anti-glacier book instead?" Point being, wars are as easy to stop as glaciers, and both will persist despite our best efforts. But that was in 1969, and the title to Popular Mechanics' second LP, Anti-Glacial, could just as easily be a comment on melting ice caps and global warming.

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Bug Chaser's Self-Titled LP is a Multi-Directional Sonic Assault

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Bug Chaser
Bug Chaser
bugchaser.bandcamp.com

After a few years' worth of EPs, demos and splits, the many-headed beast known as Bug Chaser released its first formal LP in November. The collection, available digitally, recently saw its release on vinyl, and that's a nice bit of formality for a band built around noisy, entrancing malleability.

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The FarFetched Collective Ambitiously Blurs Genre Lines on Prologue III

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Various Artists
Prologue III
wearefarfetched.net

Since the label and musical collective FarFetched launched in early 2012 with the first iteration of its annual Prologue compilation, the imprint has remained a smartly curated home for progressive, wide-ranging electronic music from St. Louis and parts beyond. Helmed by Damon Davis (a.k.a. LooseScrewz of Scripts N Screwz), the label has released projects by locals CaveofswordS, Ou Où, Black James and Mathias & the Pirates, with Davis and his crew casting a wide enough net to attract acts from across hip-hop, shoegaze, drone and neo-soul backgrounds.

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Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing Releases Under the Catalpa Trees: Review

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Acoustics Anonymous Crosses Genre Boundaries on Debut, Honest & Wild

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Acoustics Anonymous
Honest & Wild
soundcloud.com/acoustics-anonymous

Make it past the band name "Acoustics Anonymous" -- a name that conjures images of your uncle's buddies playing James Taylor covers at his Labor Day barbeque -- and you'll find a talented young quartet engaged in the roots and rhythms of bluegrass but mixed with a more contemporary ear for harmony and production. Women's Studies majors talk about the "purity myth" foisted on young women in this country; you could borrow the term and apply it to folk and roots fans that confuse some notion of authenticity for talent. Acoustics Anonymous aren't all huddled around the same tin can for this recording, and the production gives room and breath to these eleven songs.

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Aquitaine's American Pulverizer, Part 2: Swirling Shoegaze Enveloped in Fuzz

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Aquitaine
American Pulverizer, Part 2
aquitaine.bandcamp.com

The local foursome Aquitaine released American Pulverizer, Part 1 eighteen months ago with a mix of Brit-rock styles from across the past four decades. It was enough to make one nostalgic for the old "Oasis vs. Blur" feuds of the mid-'90s (which were a waste of time, anyway: Pulp won hands-down).

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