Twangfest, the four-night Americana music festival held annually in St. Louis, is practically an institution, widely hailed as the best showcase of its kind in the world. Organized entirely by a group of music-nut volunteers who met through the online alt-country newsgroup Postcard2, Twangfest draws true believers from as far away as Norway, Australia and Ireland to our fair burg, where they bowl, picnic, drink prodigious amounts of alcohol, bitch about the humidity and revel in some of the finest roots music the scene has to offer. For five years running, Twangfest has kept things fresh thanks to inspired booking and a no-repeat-performances policy; although the lineups change, there's always an interesting mix of established artists and promising next-big-things, of loyal traditionalists and genre-warping deviants. This year, the festival moves from its former home at Off Broadway to Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, where fans will flock to hear a special acoustic performance by Festus' finest, the Bottle Rockets, as well as sets by former V-roy Scott Miller, singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves and local hard-country favorites the Rockhouse Ramblers. True to its cyberspace origins, all performances are streamed over the Internet in Quicktime, allowing those unlucky souls who can't make it to St. Louis -- or those hapless hometowners who didn't get their act together in time -- to see exactly what they missed. To... More >>>