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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It's still #JazzAppreciationMonth, plus April 30th is @IntlJazzDay !

That's right. April is Jazz Appreciation month. We still have time to appreciate. Also, April 30th is International Jazz Day! So, in that spirit let's also highlight STL Jazz Notes. One of the the longest running music blogs in the Saint Louis area that just turned another year old. Posted below is one of their latest tweets with a link to this week's highlights on jazz events in our area. This music article is focusing on events taking place from April 28th - 30th that also include video on each artist. Be sure to check out the blog there for extended insights and knowledge on these events and much more. HERE is a feature on the history behind the celebration of jazz also.

Friday, April 28th:

Guitarist Bill Frisell will lead a trio with his frequent collaborators, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, in a performance at The Ready Room. Visit HERE for the official Facebook event page.

Friday, the STL Free Jazz Collective will present a free concert at the 14th Street Artist Community in the Old North neighborhood. HERE is the Facebook event page for the show.

Saturday, April 29th:

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s The Hook Up will perform in a concert presented by New Music Circle at The Stage at KDHX. Visit HERE for the official event page on Facebook.

Also on Saturday, trumpeter Randy Holmes' quintet will celebrate the birth of Duke Ellington with a free concert of his music at the Ozark Theatre; and Evangeline's has a day-night double-header of live jazz, with The Sidemen performing at lunch and Wack-A-Doo during the evening,

Sunday, April 30:

The St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show will present their spring event at the American Czech Educational Center, and Folk School of KDHX will host their monthly traditional jazz jam session.

A little later in the day, the student performers of the North County Big Band will team up with the pros in the Gateway City Big Band for a joint concert at the The Sheldon. Visit HERE for the official Facebook event page for that. Meanwhile, out in St. Charles County, the Dave Dickey Big Band will play an early evening show at Brewskeez in O'Fallon, with the Pattonville High School Jazz Ensemble performing at intermission. HERE is the event page for this last show also on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thursday 4/27 @mikejudyprsnts : @saintmesamusic w/ @nightly @firebirdstl

This Thursday, April 27th Mike Judy Presents: Saint Mesa (CA) on tour with Nightly (TN) from 8 pm to 11 pm at The Firebird. Visit HERE for the official Facebook event page. No Country For Nashville had this to say on their website about Nightly, "ALT 98.3 may be owned by iHeartMedia, but the Nashville station is developing a reputation for having an ear to the ground of our city’s local alternative music community. Case in point: the debut single from rising alt pop band Nightly. “Xo” features handclaps, pounding percussion, and a light, bouncy topline that describes dipping out of an unhealthy relationship."

After suffering from a rare disease at a young age and being hospitalized innumerable times over a span of two years, 21-year-old Danny McCook embraced his forced-isolation to sketch some ideas that would eventually become the sonic cornerstone and vision for Saint Mesa and his spiritual debut EP, Jungle. Thankfully now healthy, Saint Mesa’s tracks reflect lyrics of hardship, yet personal triumph, with uplifting melodies and choir-like vocals that help define his songs’ dream-pop atmosphere. Soon after releasing a single and rapidly garnering licensing synchs with brands like Wayfair, Puma, H+M, and Electronic Arts, McCook signed with Interscope Records, and infamous booking agent Carole Kinze of CAA (Radiohead, Maroon 5, Tori Amos, etc.). The Southern Californian, fashion-forward and self-taught musician has been making waves ever since with his EP title track “Jungle,” which has garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify, over 170 thousand plays on YouTube and landed TOP 10 on Spotify’s Viral Chart and TOP 10 Hype Machine’s Popular Chart.

PRESS HERE to watch to “Jungle” via MiLK

*Double-Feature* @theknucklesband w/ @calliopemusical on 4/25 @offbroadwaystl & @coin_music w/ @arizona_music on 4/26

Tonight at Off Broadway The Knuckles and special guests Calliope Musicals will be performing some exciting music. This is an all-ages show and happens from 8 to 11 pm. Doors are at 7:30 pm. All ages with a $3 minor surcharge. Tickets are available HERE. Visit HERE for the official Facebook event page. Below is plenty of content on both acts playing the show. Also, featured below this show is part two of this double-feature on the band Coin playing Off Broadway along with Arizona this Wednesday. Enjoy.

2017 is proving to be a great year already for Calliope Musicals: the group was named "Band of the Year" at the 2017 Austin Music Awards during SXSW, and the Austin Chronicle gave them the cover. They've received national recognition from NPR ("Spectacles Of Concentrated Celebration," and "Modern Space Rock Done Right"), (Best Moments Of ACL Fest), USA Today, Paste Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

Here's a live performance trailer of the band:

Here's their most recent album "Time Owes You Nothing"

The powerful hip-hop, pop duo known as The Knuckles have received some good press on sites like Saint Louis Magazine and STL Today over the past year. Also, posted below is their latest video that is on their website/facebook page and another from their appearance on STL Up Late. You can also find the latest track uploaded on their SoundCloud 'Ugly People' and a link to their other music there too.

The bands Coin (Nashville)and Arizona (Boston) roll through Off Broadway this Wednesday, April 26th. Tickets are available online HERE.

Named one of TIME’s “21 Musicians We Want to Hear From in 2017,” COIN will launched a national headlining tour on April 21 running through the end of June. In addition to major markets such as Chicago, Boston, New York and Los Angeles, the band will be rounding the festival circuit including performances at Hangout Fest, Bonnaroo and Forecastle. A complete list of tour dates are below. For additional purchase information, please visit

Reaching over 12 million streams on Spotify, “Talk Too Much” was Top 10 on the Alternative radio chart for 6 weeks and landed the #6 spot overall on Alt Nation’s Year End Countdown. COIN is Chase Lawrence (vocals/keys), Joe Memmel (guitar/vocals), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Zach Dyke (bass). The Nashville-based foursome recorded their self-titled debut album in Nashville with Grammy nominated producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Sleeper Agent). COIN has toured non-stop with acts such as The 1975, Bad Suns, Walk The Moon, Passion Pit, Young The Giant, and Neon Trees.

For all the climates and cities that bring people together, the boys in A R I Z O N A came together as a trio in an apartment in Boston, their makeshift studio the counterweight to the lofty halls of East Coast music scholarship. In a string of infinite sessions during their time at both Berklee College of Music and Emerson College, Nate (guitar) hopped on a session with David (keys) and Zach (vocals), and all the moving pieces came together in a way that would reincarnate itself in many different fashions before eventually becoming the group now known as “A R I Z O N A”.

The three songwriter/producers from Jersey shared an obsession with the far left, sometimes even obscure side of music, but were even more romanced by the brutal honesty of pop topline and lyrics. Their music - including “I Was Wrong,” “Where I Wanna Be,” “Let Me Touch Your Fire,” and “People Crying Every Night” - creates new shapes and boundaries to span genres, time periods and styles, all focusing on the naked human tropes contained in the traditional pop narrative: love, loss, the need for raw unhinged expression.

The years and cities came and went, and it took until just last year for these old friends to point their focus finally inward. Thus, the band was formed, and they were no longer just the writers or producers; they were the performers. Over the past few months, the trio’s music has incited an exponentially upward curve of massive fan engagement and early success with tens of millions of streams across Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTube and more. A R I Z O N A joined the social savvy co-conspirators at Atlantic Records and Artist Publishing Group at the close of 2015 and are currently working on the release of debut album on May 19th. Visit HERE to pre-order.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

*Double-Feature* mikejudyprsnts: @leelajames @DALEYmusic 4/20 @TheReadyRoom presents:@whywithaqmark #Eskimeaux ( Now called #O ) 4/21

Leela James & Daley will be bringing "The Undeniable Tour" to The Ready Room today 4/20 (Thursday). This show is brought to you by Mike Judy Presents. The show happens from 7 pm to 11 pm. Visit the official Facebook event page HERE for more info. Posted below is a video by each artist and information on each artist. After that, you will find the second part of this article featuring the event happening Friday night also.

Leela James speaks the truth. Never mind hype or spectacle. The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless. All of which are embodied on Leela James’ fifth studio album Fall For You, an album highlighted by the soulful “Say That” feat. Anthony Hamilton, and her heartfelt single “Fall For You”.

Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills. Fall For You has similarly climbed the charts, its single by the same name reaching the top 15 on the Urban AC charts in 2014/15.

What sets Ms. James apart is her fearless approach to making music. She travels the gamut of emotions from self-doubt to self-confidence, and reminds her audience of what it is to be human – to love, to regret and to dream. “The best artists stay true to who they are, no matter the scale,” says James. “I think you can be relevant and still have substance, so I try to never stay in a box. My sound today may be different than where I was five years ago, but my core is always the same. My soul is intact.”

For Leela, it’s always been about the soul. So much so that she was nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl growing up in Los Angeles. Along with Chaka Khan and Al Green, she counts Etta James among her vocal heroes and paid homage in 2012 by recording her album Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James. Leela’s influences run the gamut of vocalists from soul to funk, and jazz, and her interpretation of music touches on synesthetic. “It’s the feel of the colors in an artist’s voicing and their power. Some artists make the hairs rise on my arm when they hit a certain note. Anybody can hold a tune, but make me feel it. Now that’s a sanger.”

James has that kind of a voice — that of a sanger. Her power is obvious when she takes on the soul classics, and what truly resonates is her ability to harness it in the context of her own writing style. “I freestyle in the moment,” she says. “I vibe with the music and whatever comes out, that’s what it’s going to be. I tend to fool around with melodies I’m hearing, and then I go back and fill in lyrics. If the music is making me feel good, that’s all I need.

This newfound ease is apparent on her most recent work with tracks like “Say That” and “Fall For You.” A magical studio session with her contemporary Hamilton produced the infectious up-tempo single “Say That,” which captures James’ gutsy range and vocal abilities. The writing process was effortless when working with J Rilla (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) on “Fall For You.” Leela explains, “We knew we wanted to do something special. What it was, I wasn’t sure. He sat down at the piano and he said, ‘just sing.’ It was amazing how it came about. He’s playing chords, and me, I’m just opening up my mouth. It was so special.” The result is a tender, introspective, and poignant ballad that demonstrates James’ maturity, vulnerability and vocal command.

James expanded her musical horizons by procuring a talented cast of collaborators to capture her vision on her new project, including producers Tim and Bob, Shannon Sanders, and Joe Ryan III and writers Rex Rideout (Ledisi, Kem, Luther Vandross) and Francii Richards (Fergie) “I’m drawn to producers that are musicians first and foremost, producers who know how to produce vocals and who want to see a song from beginning to end. I’m drawn to artists who share a love for music.

James is on a slow, steady burn towards musical success. As an artist who is devoted to her craft, she’s taken the past several years to cultivate her home life too. “I’ve become a mommy. I love being a mother. You think you know love, but you don’t understand true love until you have a child. I’m in a happy place personally.” On her new album she channels that happiness and new sense of self, giving her audience the sound of an artist who is in a truly good, profound space.

Hailing from Manchester, UK, singer, songwriter, and recording artist Daly first came to prominence with his co-write and feature on the Gorillaz hit "Doncamatic," under the wing of the band's creator Damon Albarn. He has since become one of the UK's most respected musical exports, recording and touring both sides of the Atlantic, and working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius.

His first solo work, the EP entitled Those Who Wait, was released independently, introducing the world to Daley's unmistakable voice and own brand of Alternative R&B / Soul / Experimental Pop. The EP gave rise to an unexpected surge of popularity in the U.S. with the Marsha Ambrosius-assisted duet "Alone Together" - which became a runaway Top 5 hit at R&B radio. Largely hailed a 'new classic’ the song garnered Daley kudos from The Grammys, BET, Soul Train and MOBO awards and his loyal State-side fanbase.

The following year saw Top 20 singles in the UK charts - "Remember Me" featuring Jessie J and "Broken." His debut album Days & Nights was released to critical acclaim shortly thereafter via Universal Republic Records, and boasted contributions from Pharrell Williams, Illangelo (The Weeknd), Bernard Butler (Suede) and Andre Harris (Usher, Jill Scott). The album gave rise to another Top 10 R&B radio single "Look Up" and was followed by several sold-out headline tours around the U.S. and Europe.

This Friday 4/21 Why? will be at The Ready Room joined by Eskimeaux (Now called "O"). The show happens from 7 pm to 11 pm. For more info. on this show visit the official Facebook event page HERE. Below is a video by Why? and an album by Eskimeaux along with more information on each artist, as well.

While WHY? fans will certainly encounter familiar sounds on Moh Lhean -- Wolf's sour-sweet croon, deadpan poet's drawl, and ear for stunningly fluid arrangements with obsessive attention to detail -- the album also reveals that a transformation has taken place. The singer's self-depricating swagger and cynical squint is replaced by a sense of peace in the unknowing; his wry smirk traded in for a holy shrug. This cosmic sense of calm and acceptance woven throughout the album is due in part to Wolf's circumstances during the writing process: he suffered a severe health scare far from home, but rather than let it drive him to depression, he gained a stronger connection to the living. Album track "Proactive Evolution," which features mewithoutYou's Aaron Weiss, even samples Wolf's doctors -- the very voices that helped shape his new outlook.

Movement is a key theme of Moh Lhean -- it's a breakup album without a romantic interest. "Easy" plays like a ward against the old ghost who haunts "January February March," while "George Washington" finds Wolf on a tiny watercraft, paddling away as that malevolent force stays ashore. "The Water" morphs a moody folk tune into some strange new form of full-band dub, while "Consequence of Nonaction" wavers between a quiet meditation for guitar, clarinet, and voice, and wild, sax-strewn art-funk. Psychedelic album closer "The Barely Blur" -- which features Son Lux -- explores the nature of existence, focusing on the infinite instead of leaving listeners with the macabre chill of death.

There's something about the album that's both ephemeral and distinctive, like something the Wolf Brothers might've heard on a praise album in their father's synagogue as kids, or on some '60s hippie LP they thrifted in their teens, or, perhaps, on the other side of the records they've been making their entire adult lives. While the meaning of the words "Moh Lhean" remain a mystery, they most likely have something to do with letting go, rebirth, coming home to a familiar feeling...or venturing out to discover a new one.

Eskimeaux (New York) is the songwriting and production project of Gabrielle Smith. The live Eskimeaux band is Gabrielle Smith, Oliver Kalb, Felix Walworth, and Jack Greenleaf. Smith started using the moniker in 2007, releasing experimental and noise albums through 2010, and developing the sound over the years into the realm of more structured songwriting (2011's Two Mountains), EDM (2012's Eskimeaux), and more recently, as evident in her new album, O.K., beat-driven and poetic bedroom pop. Eskimeaux is a founding member of The Epoch, a Brooklyn-based songwriting and art collective.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sun. 4/23 @ArchiveSTL @Syd_Destructo 3x's Against Cancer Benefit Show w/ @Clownvis #TheTripDaddys #CandyCoatedEvil @WellHungarians @Savage_Amusemnt

Syd "Destructo" Schlemer's Cancer Benefit happens this Sunday in Soulard at the Archive Music House. The show will be hosted by Clownvis Presley. Syd "Destruco" Schlemer is a courageous lady dealing with her third time against cancer. She is a woman that really deserves support in her situation. There is a great array of acts lined up to play this event. The show happens from 4 pm to 12 am and features musical acts: Clownvis Presley, The Trip Daddy's (Rockabilly-Roots, Rock n Roll-Blues), Candy-Coated Evil (Rockametalbluesabilly and sometimes Polka), the Well Hungarians (Country, Rock, Dance) and Savage Amusement (Scorpions Tribute). Visit the official event page on Facebook HERE. It does read that the show is open to anyone that wants to come. Entertainment also includes the following: Michelle Mynx (Pole Dance,) Lola Van Ella (Burlesque), Andrew Frank (Comedy), Travis Detritus (Sideshow), Karson Kelley (Fire), Mary Shino (Drag) and Lexi San Diego (Drag)

There will be games, auctions, raffles, photos, and more! Below is a letter in behalf of her sister and then music to the artists on the bill. Be a part of Team Syd Destro HERE.

"Syd Destructo's 3 Strikes Against Cancer" :

- Written by Lexy Schlemer

Syd "Destructo" Schlemer has been recognized for a diverse range of achievements and industries nationally. From videography to metalwork design, artwork to special effects makeup, humor to playing bass and singing in Candy Coated Evil as well as current touring acts, Syd has epitomized injecting your creative desires into your every day life without waiver. Syd has had a profound impact on a multitude of artists, musicians, friends, family, friends, foes, and turtles lives.

In April 2012 at the age of 21, Syd underwent a high risk surgery at Barnes Jewish to remove a cancerous right parotid gland and surrounding affected lymph nodes. After consecutive years of maintenance and preventative care, Syd was then diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 25 in May of 2016 undergoing two separate surgeries to remove the cancerous thyroid followed by radiation. Though cancer has cultivated high hurdles that Syd has leapt with vigor and elegance, it has taken a significant financial toll. Cancer is expensive on its own, let alone 3 times. The 5+ years this back to back battle has been fought has tapped out all financial and surrounding resources of her and her family to stay ahead of the minimally insured medical bills for both cancers. In hopes to pay off the outstanding expenses, future testing, and prepare for the next phase of billing until cleared of cancer for good, we are asking kindly for any help.


The Trip Daddys:

Candy-Coated Evil:

Well Hungarians:

Savage Amusement:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Record Store Day events on Sat. 4/22 in the St. Louis metro area wrap up feature!

The Record Store Day events featuring live music this Saturday, April 22nd have now all been posted here. In addition, there is some other stores celebrating also, but no live performances will be taking place. However, they will also have some great deals! So, here is the run down of stores in order of published dates. Visit each link to get the times and hear music by the bands playing each event. Below that is the additional events mentioned. There has been no word back or posts from CD Warehouse or any of the other Slackers locations, so this is as comprehensive as it gets in advance. Have a great Record Store Day everybody!

Record Store Day at Vintage Vinyl feature is HERE.

Record Store Day at Euclid Records feature is HERE.

Record Store Day at Music Record Shop feature is HERE.

Record Store Day at Kismet Creative Center feature is HERE.

Record Store Day at Slackers in Alton, IL. feature is HERE.

Planet Score Records is hosting a Record Store Day Fish Fry, info. is right HERE.

Also, this Friday, Saturday & Sunday the Record Exchange is celebrating with a ton of deals also. For more info. visit right HERE.

@RecordStoreDay @Slackers (Alton, IL.) w/ #JoshuaGrassle #Walloper #Ailsean #PiasaCreek #SweetDirt #GrassAndStone

Record Store Day is this Saturday and Slackers in Alton, Illinois also has live music being performed during the day. Starting at noon with Joshua Grassle and then featuring Walloper, Ailsean, Piasa Creek, Sweet Dirt and then finally Grass & Stone. For more information visit the Slackers website HERE. Below is a run down of the bands and set times. They are as follows:

12:00 PM - Joshua Grassle

1:00 PM - Walloper

2:00 PM - Ailsean

3:00 PM - Piasa Creek

4:00 PM - Sweet Dirt

5:00 PM - Grass & Stone