Cara Louise Band's Live at the Demo: Listen Now

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Screenshot from the Loft Sessions video below.
The Cara Louise Band
In 2015, when major world events are just a livestream away, official live albums are a dodgy proposition. In the boom days of major labels, concert recordings often served as little more than catalog fodder or stopgap cash grabs for marquee artists; these days, fans can re-create the concert experience through shakily shot iPhone videos posted to YouTube.

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Synthesist Ajay Khanna Releases New Experimental Tracks: Listen

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Via Bandcamp
Ajay Khanna
Synthesist and improvisor Ajay Khanna keeps good company in St. Louis' experimental circle. He plays with Chris Smentkowski in Brain Transplant, has performed live with Eric Hall and Dave Stone, and now has recently begun releasing brief transmissions via Bandcamp.

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Arshad Goods' Debut LP Black Sunday: Listen Now

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Press photo via official website.
Arshad Goods
On his debut LP, Black Sunday, University City native Arshad Goods is a man divided. Over nine tight, soulful tracks, Goods presents myriad versions of himself with any number of knowing contradictions: a hedonist with a higher calling, a status seeker who rejects the material world, a college-educated African American man in a city that will always see him as a black boy.

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Louis Wall Is a Tireless Asset to St. Louis Music

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Jarred Gastreich
Louis Wall and Ben Tulin of the Texas Room, with Mensur Hatich on Accordian.
If music can knock down walls and build community -- and here's hoping it still can -- then local drummer and producer Louis Wall is using it to do truly holy work within some forgotten communities in St. Louis.

Under the aegis of his recording project the Texas Room, Wall collects musicians from across St. Louis, but with an emphasis on our immigrant population and the songs and sounds of their homelands. If the St. Louis community has taken baby steps in bridging the divide between scenes, styles and neighborhoods, the inroads to our newest citizens have, historically, been nil.

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Listen to Syna So Pro's Loop Talk Vol. 2: Two Riffs and Some Heartbreak

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Corey Woodruff
Syna So Pro
Syrhea Conaway contains multitudes. Her one-woman shows as Syna So Pro make that plain, as she constructs the foundation, framework and artful edifice of a pop song in real time with the help of traditional rock & roll instruments, a few loop pedals and impeccable harmony. Her studio albums can't rely on such showmanship, so they not only give proof of her instrumental prowess -- she handles everything but the drums, which come care of Corey Woodruff -- but also her stylistic shifts between T. Rex-ian pomp and ethereal dream-pop.

See also: Get in the Loop with Experimental Pop Artist Syna So Pro, a One-Woman Show

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We Party Portugal's Self-Titled EP: Listen Now

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We Party Portugal's self-titled EP: the Deluxe edition.
Local rock & roll quartet We Party Portugal isn't exactly elusive in nodding to its key influences. The band's ReverbNation page only has one band listed in the "Sounds Like" section: Pavement. Not that you'd need to to be told of the legendary band's imprint -- the laconic and meandering (but always tuneful) guitar lines and detached vocals singing obtuse lyrics are all pretty good tells (even band member Andy Malkus' surname is one letter away from "Malkmus").

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Arthur & the Librarian's New Album Draws Inspiration From The Odyssey

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Jason Stoff
Arthur & the Librarian

You can't act too surprised when a band called Arthur & the Librarian turns out to be a bit bookish, and you can't fault a bookish band for cribbing from the Western canon's all-time greatest epic for a literary-inspired album. The local quintet took inspiration from Homer's The Odyssey for its Island of the Lotus Eaters LP, but the title is about as direct as the band gets in referencing Odysseus' long voyage home.

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The CharFlies to Release Linoleum Angel This Friday at Off Broadway

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CB Adams
The CharFlies
It took about fifteen years and a few hard knocks to get Richard Newman back to writing and performing original music.

Newman played in local acts Junkbox and the Neverminds a few musical generations ago, but since then other endeavors -- such as writing poetry and editing the literary magazine River Styx -- took over his interests. But a self-described midlife crisis and his second divorce managed to reawaken his inner songwriter, and with his group the CharFlies, Newman has paired his evocative and thoughtfully rendered songs with hand-hewn, soulful folk music.

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The Provels' Self-Titled New Album Goes Down Easy

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via the Provels' official website
The Provels
In terms of local culinary customs, there is no more clearly demarcated line in the sand than Provel. You can tart up a toasted ravioli or pour a Busch Bavarian into a snifter, but there ain't no dressing up this ballast of St. Louis-Italian cuisine. For locals, the processed cheese-food is quite literally part of their bloodstream; non-natives look at the gooey, too-malleable substance as St. Louis' great unpardonable sin.

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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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