Con's Solstice Part 2 (Dreams from a Snow Globe): Listen Now

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Screenshot from MME's "Westfall" video, embedded below.
Hip-hop has the ability to respond to the 24-hour news cycle more quickly and more incisively than any other musical from, so it wasn't surprising that MCs both at home and abroad used music to register their feelings after Michael Brown's killing on August 9. It's a safe bet that Ferguson will be rich terrain for St. Louis hip-hop in the years to come, and we're already seeing the community respond in song.

See also: St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists Prince Ea and MME Release New Pieces Inspired by Michael Brown

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Volcanoes To Release Future Sorority Girls of America Tonight at Luminary

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Since taking its two-man noise-rock act from the dorms of Lindenwood University to the respected indie label Afternoon Records in late 2011, Volcanoes has bided its time in crafting a sophomore statement. Heavy Hands introduced Jon Ryan and Eric Peters as a frenetically danceable if sonically schizoid pair, adept at melding basement-show abrasiveness with kinetic tempo shifts and spiky pop hooks. Future Sorority Girls of America pushes that energy in a more streamlined direction, both musically and lyrically.

See also: What a Concept: Dots Not Feathers and Volcanoes Talk About Their Upcoming Albums

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Premiere: Stream Town Cars' "Are You Down" From Hearts and Stars, Out This Weekend

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Jess Luther
Kevin Buckley and Melinda Cooper

If you've seen Melinda Cooper perform as part of Union Electric in the past few years, you know her as a steady presence in a band with shifting lineups. As a bassist and harmonic foil to Tim Rakel's coarse lead vocals, Cooper plays the part of a supportive, unobtrusive bandmate. It turns out that she is more than apt as a lead singer and bandleader in her own right: Her version of a PJ Harvey song on UE's covers EP from last year was a revelation to those who hadn't heard her sing solo before, and this fall marks the official release of Hearts and Stars, the debut full-length from her project Town Cars.

See also: Town Cars Celebrates Its New CD, Hearts and Stars, This Weekend


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Jon Hardy & the Public to Release New Album Restless City Tonight at Off Broadway

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Jon Hardy had already decided that his band's new album, its first full-length in seven years, would be called Restless City well before Ferguson and the rest of the greater St. Louis area became an international flashpoint for civil unrest. The title track itself is a tour of our town and its many scars; gunshots disrupt a summer's revelry, and a mother grieves over her gunned-down son in a lyric that is both oddly prescient and sadly evergreen. But Hardy has always been a songwriter blessed with empathy and devoid of much ego, and even when covering big issues (violence, decay, recessions), he favors the personal over the political.

See also: Jon Hardy & the Public Returns with New Music After Raising $5,000 in Fan Contributions

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Loot Rock Gang to Perform With Pokey LaFarge Tonight at Old Rock House

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It would seem both obvious and insufficient to say that history is important to the Loot Rock Gang. The quartet plays post-war jump-blues and sings often about post-war concerns, alongside more evergreen topics like love, money and the intersection of the two. That the group is named after Jesse James' cavern hideout won't be lost on any Missourian who has trekked to Meramec Caverns (postcard ephemera of which is nicely included in the CD artwork), and opening track "Loot Rock Boogie" plays with that mythology while introducing the outfit to the world.

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26 Bands Pay Tribute to St. Louis' Bunnygrunt on New Compilation: Listen Now

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Eric Von Damage, Karen Reid and Matt Harnish, a.k.a. Bunnygrunt, the reason for the season.
Over Labor Day weekend, Pancake Productions label head Rob Severson strapped on his trademark headset mic and began proselytizing to the crowd assembled at Feraro's Engine Room. The occasion was, ostensibly, a triple bill of Bunnygrunt, the Ottomen and Popular Mechanics, though Severson's spirited oration revealed the night's true intent: the unveiling of a years-in-the-making tribute album to Bunnygrunt.

See also: Bunnygrunt's Twentieth Anniversary Show: Review and Photos

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Early Worm's Debut LP, Truck: Listen Now

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If Collinsville-based band Early Worm was content with being a snotty, smirking, neo-emo band, that would be good enough for its first full-length release. But perhaps owing to the members' music-school background (and confirmed jazzbo extracurriculars), the trio stretches the guitar-bass-drums format past its punkish roots and finds something both experimental and visceral.

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Old Salt Union to Release New Album Bridge This Friday at Old Rock House

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Doc Brookman
Old Salt Union is everything you would want in a song-driven, pop-friendly bluegrass combo. The members of the Belleville-based quintet are dexterous on their chosen stringed instruments, with short flashes of virtuosity amid more lyrically driven songs. All five members share the mic, and even if the harmonies aren't quite celestial, it adds to the communal-campfire feeling of these songs.

See also: Belleville's Old Salt Union goes from basement band to the Daytona 500

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Piano Man Josh Brophy's Debut EP Dover: Listen Now

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When Josh Brophy sits behind the baby grand at the Fox Park piano bar Keypers, where he holds court on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, he's more likely to spin out a song by Gram Parsons or Buffy Sainte-Marie rather than, say, suffer through "Piano Man" for the umpteenth time. On his debut EP, Brophy plays six originals with a loping gait and very little flash; his songs harken back to Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook but with a wry sentimentality that shows a songwriter playing with established forms.

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Tilts' Spectacular Quatro Hombres LP: Listen Now

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In the time since Tilts' first release, the 2010 EP Cassingle, the band has added some bullet points to its bio. Singer and guitarist Andrew Elstner left St. Louis to join Florida-based stoner rock band Torche, receiving mentions in the national press not only for his guitar skills but for an unfortunate run-in with a possibly rabid bat. Guitarist and backing vocalist Andy White joined the now-defunct Blind Eyes, while his old outfit Shame Club recently revived itself for a one-off reunion gig. Oh, and Elstner and White went on FOX News' late-night program Red Eye to pimp its newest release.

See also: St. Louis Rock Band Tilts Interviewed on Fox News

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