The Feed To Release Debut LP Outsider This Saturday

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There are probably more than a few fans of the Feed that had given up on the prospect of an actual full-length album. Short of a seven-song EP from 2006 with an earlier lineup and a track on 2012's Tower Groove Records comp, the band's recorded output has been nil, despite steady gigs and no shortage of original material. So the long lead-up to Outsider belies the making of the record itself; recorded over just a few days in Jason McEntire's Sawhorse Studio, the album sees the quartet ripping through material in an overdriven flurry of vintage keyboards and locked-in grooves. The self-imposed timeline produced a taut, lean album with little fat but lots to chew on.

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Various Hands to Host CD Release/Tour Kickoff Show This Friday at Plush

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For more than a decade Jeff Nations has been chasing his own personal rock & roll dream with dogged persistence. He's held down happy-hour gigs at Soulard bars, dabbled in music criticism, launched regional tours and, for the past few years, led the frenetic, spacey rock band Various Hands.

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The Jungle Fire's Latest, Peace is Our Profession: Listen Now

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Since breaking out with its debut EP in 2012, which included its ready-made anthem "St. Louis Walk," the Jungle Fire has provided yearly bursts of south-side soul. The band came together as a refuge for punks, band geeks and ska survivors, all operating behind the raspy-but-powerful vocals of James Fields. Its EP releases are smartly timed for the summer months, when we're accustomed enough to the sweat and humidity and don't mind shaking our asses a bit.

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The Reverbs To Host Looking For an Echo CD Release and Listening Party This Sunday

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Mikey Wehling
Mikey Wehling has long been one of St. Louis' smoothest mofos, from his time with the jam/psych progressives in Messy Jiverson through his self-titled, largely instrumental solo work. His so-called "Reverb trilogy" from 2010 and 2011 consisted more of mood music snippets than straight-ahead songs -- drum machine beats and Casiotone keyboards gave grist to Wehling's skilled guitar work. Last year's Nests in Trees introduced both his human bandmates and his lead vocals to the mix, and with the addition of a few more players, the Reverbs moved away from groove-based music and more into singer-songwriter's realm, complete with Wehling's open-hearted lyrics and feathery vocals.


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Stream Union Rags' Entire No Brothers No Sisters EP Now

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When the Hibernauts called it quits with a final show in early 2012, the indie-damaged quintet left behind two pretty good records that showed a willingness to make nice, tuneful songs and then watch them crumple under swaths of noise and aggression. In Union Rags, two former Hibernauts, Jack Stevens and Bill Vehige (joined by Jeremiah "Miah" Smith), tread some of the same ground as their former group: nervy, spiked rock & roll in the tradition of Modest Mouse and Built to Spill that wears its oddball stature as comfortably as its square-shouldered toughness.

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Scarlet Tanager Releases New Album, Sends Off Two Members Tonight at Off Broadway

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Today is a big day for Scarlet Tanager. The indie pop group performs tonight at Off Broadway, both celebrating the release of its latest album, Let's Love, and sending two of its members (Josh and Jordan Shepherd, guitarist and keyboardist) off to begin the long journey that is parenthood. "Bittersweet" seems an appropriate descriptor, both for the event itself and for the group's latest work.

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Yankee Racers' Curtis Brewer Proposes With Latest Music Video

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She said "yes."
Curtis Brewer of local folk/pop group Yankee Racers created more than just some visual stimuli to accompany "For Ever," a song from the group's upcoming American Music album -- he created a new family. Well, I suppose I should say he proposed the creation of a new family -- it took a "yes" from Warsaw printmaker Ewa Budka to seal the deal.

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Tidal Volume to Release Icing EP This Friday At the Firebird

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If emo's millennial angst is having something of a comeback (and judging from the rising star of St. Louis' Foxing, it is), then perhaps there is room for a resurgence of emo's more melodic offshoots as well. Local quartet Tidal Volume could lead this charge with a new EP fueled by insistent acoustic guitar strums, plain-faced feelings and recurrent "whoa-oh!" choruses.

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Stream Via Dove's Fugue State Now For Free

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Via Dove performing at Off Broadway.
Via Dove eschewed the traditional album release format for its latest EP -- no vinyl, no tape, not even a CD-R (mercifully). Instead, the band has gone full digital, embracing the ether and releasing its Fugue State through Bandcamp. Record Store Day patrons received free download cards for the EP with any purchase at St. Louis' brick-and-mortar shops, and Via Dove performed at Off Broadway to celebrate the release.

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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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