The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase (check out this post for the full schedule)!
Quick: Name a band in St. Louis that has an eighteen-and-up explicit warning on the welcome page of its website. Shattermask? Wrong. Clownvis Presley? Wrong twice. Capone is the name and '80s hair metal with a dose of S&M (if that's not redundant) is its game. These weekend warriors have the scarves, the bandanas, the skulls, the tats, the mascara, and, for all we know, the cucumbers wrapped in tinfoil in their leather pants. But mostly they've got the rock, tumescent and titanic, to make the hoariest songs of hairiest hair bands - Poison, Ratt, Warrant and Mötley Crüe for starters - sound insanely fun again. -Roy Kasten
Dance Floor Riot
In the distant future, recorded music will be locked up in legal hell, and we'll require wise cover bands to relay the Top 40 hits of today and yesteryear. Dance Floor Riot seeks to replace the DJ, spinning pop on its head in proper rock fashion. This six-piece chews through the night club with guitars, keys and drums while bringing the dance to your favorite bar. The heavy twist on the mainstream supplies the good vibes and properly provides a fresh look on old favorites. The usual show runs for four hours, with three separate sets of expert jams. Catch Dance Floor Riot's view on the classic and new, and don't forget your dancing shoes. -Joseph Hess
A good cover band, the kind you'll see in every other bar not beholden to Karaoke seven nights a week, has a good repertoire: maybe 40-50 songs tops, with a version of "Mustang Sally" thrown in for wedding gigs. Trixie Delight isn't a good cover band. When it comes to classic and alternative rock from the '70s to the '00s, it is the cover band. Led by commanding, deep-throated singer Kelly Wild, Trixie Delight can play it all - AC/DC, Violent Femmes, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Heart, and Led Zeppelin - and though Wild is clearly the star of the show, the band gets the kind of huge, thrilling sound arena rock deserves. If you've never heard Trixie tear through "Me and Bobby McGee," you're missing one of the great St. Louis rock experiences. -Roy Kasten
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