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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spotlight: @KingMook_314 - Hustle Mafia Vol. #1 - #Rap

KING M00K is nineteen years of age living in University City. He is a young rap artist coming out of St. Louis, Missouri that is motivated to create an independent career while presenting real life experiences and situations that happen in our city. His goal is to help provide motivation and to inspire the youth he touches with his music. He plans to strive and challenge others in hopes of seeing  even more positivity than what is in the current atmosphere of our surroundings.
His latest release is "Hustle Mafia" Volume One now available HERE on Spinrilla. His other main site to follow right now is HERE on his Instagram. Provided below are also links to his YouTube channel, Twitter, SoundCloud and also Reverbnation if you are also inclined to see what he also has to offer there.

- KING M00K: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Rap

Listen to KING M00K on #SoundCloud

Monday, January 15, 2018

85 Album Release: @fatalflawsmusic w/ #Naica @FavazzaStephen #SarahDownen Sat. 1/20 @ The UnVenue

Solo artist Ian Reed creates dark and emotional indie pop music here in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose of his project Fatal Flaws is to wring truth from pain while celebrating love and life. His album "'85" is being released at The UnVenue this Saturday, January 20th from 8:00 pm to midnight. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Also, appearing is Hands And Feet, Naica (side project of CaveofswordS) and a DJ set by Sarah Downen of Golden Curls. Continue on below to visit the artists online and to check out their music.

- Fatal Flaws: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Electronic, Darkwave, Indie Pop

- Naica: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Experimental House

(Naica is a side project of CaveofswordS)

- Hands And Feet: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Post Punk, Shoegaze, Electronic

- Sarah Downen /Golden Curls:  (STL, MO)

Genre: Dance, Indie Pop

S/T Debut EP By The Hallquist Brothers Sat. 1/20 At The Stagger Inn

The Hallquist Brothers have been busy promoting their self-titled, debut EP and the physical release show is happening this Saturday, January 20th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Stagger Inn on their home turf. The two teenage brothers from Edwardsville, Illinois are appearing on Fox 2 News this week (Tuesday) at 9:00 am. Visit HERE if you missed it. They also recently travelled to Nashville, Tennessee and auditioned for America's Got Talent. In addition, the Edwardsville Intelligencer featured them in an article recently and earlier last year they were also in an article on the Belleville News Democrat. The recording was done at Jupiter Studios. Visit them online and to check out their music. The album is available on CD Baby and the major digital retailers.

- Hallquist Brothers: (Edwardsville, IL)

Genre: Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Punk, Metal

Google Hallquist Brothers:

Reptilians EP Release Show: @BiffKnarly (B-Day Show) w/ @JrClooneymusic #FamilyMedicine + More Sat. 1/20 @ #BottleAndBarrel

Biff K'narly And The Reptilians are releasing their new EP at Bottle And Barrel in Alton, Illinois this Saturday night. The band has a lot of surprises instore for those attending the concert Saturday, January 20th. Sharing the stage with them are St. Louis, Missouri friends Jr. Clooney, plus their Illinois pals in Family Medicine, MFG, Scribble and also The Mindframes. The show starts at 6:00 pm and is an all-ages event. $5.00 gets you in the day of the show, plus you get the new EP too. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on below to visit the artists online and to check out their music.

- Biff K'narly & The Reptilians: (Alton, IL.)

Genre: Punk, Indie, Post Hardcore

- Jr. Clooney: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Jazz Fusion, Math Rock, Emo

- Family Medicine: (Belleville, IL)

Genre: Punk, Emo, Hardcore

- MFG: (Alton, IL)

Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Psych.

- Scribble: (Alton, IL)

Genre: Emo, Experimental, Indie

- The Mindframes: (Alton, IL.)

Genre: Indica Blues

Be Kind Simulacra: #Necessities Tape Release w/ #ThorAxe @thefreeyears Sat. 1/20 @FoamSTL

St. Louis psych-math, rock band Necessities is having their cassette release show this Saturday, January 20th at Foam along with Thor Axe and The Free Years. The concert kicks off at 8:00 pm and is $8.00 day of show. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. We first caught a glimpse of "Be Kind Simulacra" the debut EP by Necessities awhile ago HERE for a review of the new music on the blog. Continue on below to visit the artists online and to check out their music.

- Necessities: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Psych Math

- Thor Axe: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Metal, Instrumental

- The Free Years: (STL, MO.)

Genre: Freedom Pop

Want Me Back: @MommasBoyKC Single Release w/ @dreamgirlmusic1 @rachelmallin_KC Fri. 1/19 @theriotroom

This Friday night in Kansas City, Missouri is the final installment from a series of single releases by indie surf-rockers Momma's Boy. Joining them for the occasion is Dreamgirl, plus Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type. The show is happening at The Riot Room and costs $10.00. The doors open at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 9:00 pm. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on below to visit the artists online and to check out their music.

- Momma's Boy: (Kansas City, MO.)

Genre: Indie Surf Rock

- Dreamgirl: (Kansas City, MO.)

Genre: Pop Surf Punk

- Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type: (Kansas City, MO.)

Genre: Indie Synth Pop

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Never Stop II: By @Thebadplus Due Out 1/19, Performing Two Shows Nightly 1/17 - 1/20 @JazzStLouis

Starting this Wednesday, January 17th The Bad Plus will be in St. Louis performing two shows nightly through Saturday, January 20th at Jazz At The Bistro. Showtimes start at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Visit HERE for the event details and to purchase tickets. The Bad Plus are one of a kind and will be in town when their new album releases. You can experience their music live inside the Ferring Jazz Bistro's great acoustics and feel like you are having dinner with the band.


 "It's an exhilarating document."

-New York Times

"An acoustic piano trio with the combustion properties of a post-punk band...

No other band in the world sounds quite like this."


The Bad Plus is excited to announce the release of their new album, Never Stop II on January 19, 2018 (LEGBREAKER RECORDS). NPR's First Listen's posted the album in its entirety today. Never Stop II is the 13th studio recording from The Bad Plus, and the first featuring pianist Orrin Evans alongside founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums). It is a rebirth and also an affirmation between three musicians, enriching the trajectory of this 18-year-old band and its longstanding commitment to creative group improvised music.


Upon the departure of original pianist Ethan Iverson, Anderson and King asked longtime friend Orrin Evans to join the band. Evans has been a vital contributor to the modern jazz landscape for more than 20 years with his solo projects and other groups. 

Says Evans, "This band feels like family to me. The music has a lived-in quality because of the deep relationships between the band members, and I feel really comfortable within this democratic construct."

Never Stop II features four original compositions by Anderson, two by Evans, and two by King. Two additional bonus tracks written by Anderson are included on the digital download and CD editions of the album. 

The album was tracked live in the studio with no overdubs, guided by longtime engineer Pete Rende in September 2017 in New York City. The new lineup rehearsed over several months to prepare the new material and get a feel for improvising together. The resulting record confirms the original band members' idea that The Bad Plus could have a new life while retaining its democratic, leaderless group aesthetic - three composers, three identities, coming together under the umbrella of a band to create one unified sound. 

"That, in essence, is the nature of The Bad Plus," says King. "When there is no leader and everyone has a personal responsibility to bring their full selves to the table, no matter what the material, the resulting sound of commitment and open-hearted connection is realized. We have the chance now with Orrin to restate our message: there is no leader, there is only the music."

The band has plans to tour as relentlessly as it always has in 2018-19 in support of the new record and the new lineup. The current itinerary is below. For tour information, please visit:

Says Anderson, "We feel that Orrin is the perfect component to continue our solidarity, and honor what the fans of this band have come to expect: a unique template for improvised music using acoustic instruments and equal voices."



January 19, 2018

Track Listing:
Hurricane Birds (Reid Anderson)
Trace (Reid Anderson)
Boffadem (Orrin Evans)
Safe Passage (Reid Anderson)
1983 Regional All-Star (David King)
Salvages (Reid Anderson)
Commitment (Orrin Evans)
Lean in the Archway (David King)

Bonus tracks:

Kerosene II (Reid Anderson)

Seams (Reid Anderson)