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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Theo Welling
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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John Donovan's Latest EP, Bernadette: Listen Now

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John Donovan has chosen the term "bedroom folk," among others, to describe his style, and there's plenty on the singer-songwriter's latest EP that aligns with that tag. He strokes his acoustic guitar gently and can convey emotion and depth without much volume or manipulation. As in most folk songs, the focus is on the lyrics, and Donovan proves to be an adept lyricist -- he shows striking flourishes and turns of phrase while working within the folk genre.

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Search Parties' Latest, Strange Woman / Soul Revival: Listen Now

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Perhaps it is appropriate that Search Parties' debut EP, the seven-track Strange Woman / Soul Revival, has a title more befitting a lost Doors single than pensive but forceful indie rock. Early in the album, the band uses some of the language of rhythm & blues-influenced rock & roll -- snaking guitar lines, roiling organ chords, soul-deep vocals -- to convey emotionally knotty material that might elsewhere be the provenance of emo aggression or sad-sack indie mopery. And there are traces of those and other like genres on the album, but throughout Search Parties uses muscular, rhythmically driven arrangements and Elliott Pearson's strong voice to push these songs towards the anthemic. (It may be instructive to note that Search Parties were largely unheard around town before its set of Arcade Fire songs at least year's An Under Cover Weekend; the band wasn't being coy about its influences.)

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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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