Spectator's Music Is as Beautiful and Enigmatic as Rock Gets

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Ted Carstensen
Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert are the core of Spectator.
Even in the sketchy borders of rock music, a "St. Louis sound" should not, could not exist. And even if such a descriptor did present itself, the band Spectator would sound nothing like it.

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St. Louis Misfits Tribute Band We Bite Has a Hearse Now, Fittingly

Nikki Strychnine
We Bite bassist Nikki Strychnine is dead serious about his new ride -- a 1990 Cadillac de Ville hearse.

In its continuing quest to emulate its horror-punk heroes the Misfits, the Gateway City's own We Bite acquired a hearse this week to cart gear from show to show. That's right: Instead of transporting dead bodies to the graveyard, this former funeral carriage is transporting music lovers to heaven.

Or to hell, as the Misfits tribute act would probably prefer.

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Listen to Pokey LaFarge's Full New Album, Something in the Water

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Steve Truesdell
Pokey LaFarge performing live at the Casa Loma Ballroom.
Pokey LaFarge's upcoming Rounder Records debut, Something in the Water, is now available to preorder, as well as stream online in full.

The official release date for the record is April 7, but if you head on over to this Pandora link you can listen right now. (Note: You need an account to do so, but they are free and Pandora is neat anyway, so go for it.)

See also: Watch the Hilarious New Video for Pokey LaFarge's "Something in the Water"

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How St. Louis' American Wrestlers Signed to a Respected Label Before Ever Playing a Show

Press photo via Fat Possum Records
Gary McClure of American wrestlers.
Late in 2014 mysterious rumblings from a few music blogs told tales of a reclusive Scotsman living in Missouri. He was releasing music under the name American Wrestlers, but no one knew his name, his pedigree or his story. That such a vaunted record label as Fat Possum Records, onetime home of the Black Keys, would be releasing American Wrestlers' music only led to further intrigue.

The reality is a little more mundane. Gary McClure, the man behind American Wrestlers, lives a quiet existence with his wife in Benton Park. By day, he unloads trucks for UPS. In his free time, he records rippling, kinetic rock songs on a bare-bones setup. When asked about the mystery behind his band's rollout, McClure shrugs off the idea of self-promotion, something the soft-spoken 34-year-old is not especially skilled at.

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Local Bands and Videographers: Send Us Your Music Videos

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Screenshot taken from "Bad Investments" by local rapper Con.

Video (apparently) killed the radio star decades ago, and now we sit here in the future with every Youtube video literally at our fingertips. In the last month alone we saw brand-new music videos from Con, Ciej and Maximum Effort -- just to name a few. Ranging from low-budget basement flicks to the kind of glossy big productions you might see on MTV2, local bands are releasing music videos now more than ever. Did you just pour your soul into an audio visual masterpiece? Send it to us, and we'll share it with the rest of the world.

See also: Bands, Promoters and Music Fans: Here's How to Make Sure We Cover What Matters To You

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Pretty Little Empire to Perform Stripped-Down Set at Halo Bar Following Demetri Martin Show

Daniel Perea
William Godfred and Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire.
When comedian Demetri Martin performs at the Pageant this Thursday, March 26, he'll finally have the chance to hang with his new best friends in Pretty Little Empire.

OK, so the St. Louis indie-rock quartet hasn't actually met the former Important Things with Demetri Martin host. In fact, its members are not even sure Martin knows they exist, despite sharing roles in bringing comedy film The Last Time You Had Fun to life recently and having director Mo Perkins as a connection in common.

But maybe all of that will change when PLE performs at the Halo Bar directly following Martin's standup show.

See also: Movie and Television Licensing Deals Provide Exposure for Bands in St. Louis and Beyond

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Ambitious Last In the American League Project Pursues Kickstarter Funding

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Last in the American League album cover.

With ambitious plans including a double LP and book release, Last in the American League (or LITAL, for short) hopes to not only become a reality, but to be a defining snapshot of a blooming St. Louis creative scene.

See also: Last in the American League CD/Book Compilation Combines St. Louis' Artistic and Musical Talents

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Atomic Cowboy Expands With the Bootleg, the Grove's Newest Venue

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All photos by Mabel Suen
Thunder Biscuit Orchestra performed at the Bootleg's soft opening on February 6.

For nearly a decade, the site at 4140 Manchester Avenue has been in flux. The space has had many names -- Novak's, the Spot, Foxhole and, most recently, the Demo. Last Friday, the room reopened as the Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, the latest addition to the Grove's growing list of concert venues.

"We used to surprise people. We used to enjoy being spontaneous, and we did that right in the midst of our restaurant. Nowadays, we want people to know what they're going to get when they walk through the door," says Atomic Cowboy owner Chip Schloss.

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Listen to Pokey LaFarge's Ridiculously Catchy New Song, "Something in the Water"

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The album cover for Pokey's upcoming Rounder Records debut, due April 7.
Yesterday, Rounder Records -- new home to the music of St. Louis' own Pokey LaFarge -- announced an April 7 release date for his debut album for the label, entitled Something in the Water. Accompanying the announcement is a short video with footage from the studio and a portion of the album's title track playing in the background.

And it is ridiculously, toe-tappingly catchy.

See also: Pokey LaFarge Signs to Rounder Records

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Twelve St. Louis Submissions for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

Screenshot from Al Holliday's entry.
The Tiny Desk Concert series from "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen is looking for new talent, and St. Louis is coming out in force.

Who knew that such an itty-bitty desk could have such a big impact?

The Tiny Desk Concert series on National Public Radio (NPR) has been a hit since it was introduced in 2008. During what is literally a bunch of musicians crowding around All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's office desk to perform a few tunes, the series has showcased different sides of artists such as T-Pain, Skinny Lister and Yo La Tengo. The virality of favorite concerts via social media has given a surge of popularity to retro acts and millions of potential fans to newer bands.

And a St. Louis act just might be next.

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