This week's music feature on So Many Dynamos is the latest piece on the band in the pages of the RFT. In that feature, singer/keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Stovall says the group's latest release (a self-titled EP that comes in the form of a digital download whose only physical presence is a SMD 'frid ... More >>
Some familiar names are listed on the latest South by Southwest line-up announcement, including our own hometown dance-rock heroes So Many Dynamos and local Grammy-nominated Christian rapper Flame.
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. It is possible that a generation of future musicians will create music that is never released physica ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
One can entertain oneself for pretty cheap this weekend, as all of the events listed below are under $20 (except for Rollins)....some are free! Vintage Vinyl is playing host to back to back in-store performances: Chrissy Renick will play on Friday and Lights will play an early show on Saturday. The ... More >>
Tower Groove Records Formed Tower Groove Records aims to bring bands out of dingy south-city basements and into, well, other dingy south-city basements. The collective won't be funding the release of records but hopes to utilize the cumulative talents and experience of its members to make it easier ... More >>
St. Charles' loudest duo took a huge, sudden leap today, signing with respected indie label Afternoon Records. The label's current roster includes Pomegranates, John Vanderslice and Haley Bonar. Its alumni include beloved local post-punk Target Market. In its announcement of the signing, Af ... More >>
So Many Dynamos, which recently lost guitarist Griffin Kay to a move to Boulder, will be tuning its new look a bit with a series of shows at Foam Coffee & Beer. The band is selective about St. Louis shows, so this is a rare opportunity to spend some quality time with one of our city's lynchp ... More >>
Corey WoodruffThis man, one Griffin Kay, is leaving So Many Dynamos Monday for cooler pastures. In the time it takes him to explain what he'll miss about his band, guitarist Griffin Kay has driven home from work, opened the door, said hi to his new wife, and cracked open a beer. When he gets ... More >>
It's almost all about the locals this week, with Spelling Bee kicking off its tour tonight at Pig Slop and a Saturday night on which we really wish we could clone ourselves: Griffin Kay's last show with So Many Dynamos, Jason Torbitzky's last show with Theodore at the Union Electric 7" relea ... More >>
So Many Dynamos, laying relatively low recently, is having a big week: This Saturday at Cicero's, the band will wish farewell to its bassist Griffin Kay with one last show before he moves to Colorado. More on that to come -- there is further excitement from the Dynamos camp. The quartet spen ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaOften times the biggest music collectors are musicians themselves. This is certainly true for So Many Dynamos guitarist and long-time record collector Griffin Kay. We recently met with Kay outside his Soulard apartment as he was carrying a new record player upstairs. His fiancé N ... More >>
So Many Dynamos at Cranky Yellow. Photo by Jarred Gastreich.Needless to say, things got a little hectic over the weekend at the end of Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee, which celebrated its fifth year. By all accounts the day was a success: good crowds, good art, good times, etc. However, the eclect ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWithout fanfare, here are the 2011 RFT Music Awards nominees. Bands performing at this year's RFT Music Showcase, which takes place on Saturday, June 4, on Washington Avenue, will be taken from this list. Like they are every year, the nominations are cobbled together from fan ... More >>
This weekend kicks off the drunkest time of the year in St. Louis -- yes, it's Mardi Gras, the precursor to the days-long St. Patrick's Day celebration. All of the Mardi Gras listings and action is here. Some of the shows coming to town are here. And below, ten more events at which you won't ... More >>
A few months ago, we pointed you to a stripped-back version of a new So Many Dynamos song. Well, courtesy of Trevor Juenger, here's fleshed-out live video of new SMD music from last year's Black Friday event. The band will be playing at the Firebird on March 4 as part of what's now a US English EP ... More >>
Image viaHawthorne Headhunters is Black Spade, Coultrain and I, Ced.You've probably already heard about the awesome awesomeness that is and will be Fresh Paint II this Friday at 2720 Cherokee. The event's Facebook page already has more than 15,000 (!) invites.But, if you aren't already in the kno ... More >>
Thursday, December 24 *Christmas Eve Comedy Night, Off Broadway Friday, December 25 *Brian Henneman, Duck Room *Old Lights/Where's Charlie/Waiting for Jimmy/Harmed Brothers, Off Broadway *El Monstero, The Pageant
It's good to see so many St. Louis bands recording sessions for Daytrotter, the Rock Island, Illinois, website/company/music mecca that's become a must-visit destination. Joining Gentleman Auction House and Pokey LaFarge in the website's spotlight is So Many Dynamos, whose session went live this pas ... More >>
About three months ago, I quit So Many Dynamos. My spot was filled by my dear friend Nathan Bernaix, best known as the frontman for Target Market. Dynamos recently returned from its first tour with Nathan and are playing its first local show with the new lineup tonight at Off Broadway with ... More >>
Tonight is the last of three release shows for Nick Acquisto's Live in St. Louis CD compilation. The gig takes place at Lemmons, and features Glass Teeth, N. Nomurai, The Pat Sajak Assassins and Tory Z. Starbuck. $10 gets you into the show and a free CD. Last week we posted MP3s from some of t ... More >>
It's been quite a good few months for St. Louis bands in terms of national exposure. First, in June, So Many Dynamos released The Loud Wars on Vagrant Records. A few weeks later, Son Volt's Rounder Records debut, American Central Dust, hit stores. And now tomorrow finds the national release of two e ... More >>
Yes, Pitchfork reviewed So Many Dynamos' The Loud Wars this morning, and gave it a middling 5.5. Most of the review talked about Washington, D.C.'s music scene. Gee, that's novel -- I've never heard that SMD sounds like the Dismemberment Plan before. Ever. /sarcasm Thanks to Idolator, I stumbled upo ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Congratulations to our So Many Dynamos contest winners: Justin Price, Chris Tucker, Jenn Miller, Dan O'Saben and Chris Melkus. See the band on Thursday night at Vintage Vinyl (9 p.m.) and on Saturday night at the Firebird (8 p.m.). Bam.
STL's musicians have been all over Pitchfork in the past few weeks. On June 2 the site ran a little news blurb announcing the release of So Many Dynamos' The Loud Wars. (Aside: How about a review too, guys? Flashlights received one...) Last Monday, PhaseOne's remix of Animal Collective's "Daily Rout ... More >>
Just a reminder that you have one week left to enter our So Many Dynamos contest, to win its new album, The Loud Wars, a "New Bones" 7" and tickets to its CD release show on Saturday, June 27 at the Firebird.Also, be sure to head over to So Many Dynamos' PureVolume page and snag a free MP3 of the RA ... More >>
Today is finally the day that you can head to the store and snag So Many Dynamos' Vagrant Records debut, The Loud Wars, the album that's nearly two years in the making! Courtesy of Vagrant, I have *five* sweet prize packages to give away: a copy of the new album, a limited-edition, numbered, colored ... More >>
(Words by Andrew Scavotto; photos by Annie Zaleski) After devoting a significant amount of time to exploring local music in 2008, moreso than in years past, I've decided to end the year by blogging about my favorite moments. This isn't necessarily a list of my favorite shows -- rather, it's a list ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, May 22. City Museum, 701 North 15th Street
Sparks fly as So Many Dynamos generates indie buzz.
9 pm. Thursday, January 18. Ground Floor (215 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois).
8 p.m. Saturday, December 9. Saint Louis University's Billiken Club, Busch Student Center (20 North Grand Boulevard).
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Thursday, January 26; Radio Cherokee, (3227 Cherokee)
A local band has some big tour plans this summer
Sunday, April 4; Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center