The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! 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. Then, create your own showcase schedule with this handy custom scheduler, courtesy of the fine folks at Do314.com.
At present the forecast is looking a little ominous, but we have plans in the works to deal with Mother Nature's wrath -- don't let a little rain scare you away.
Vote for all categories at the official 2013 RFT Music Showcase Readers' Poll. You can also use your phone to vote via text. Check out this handy guide with instructions how!
Previously: - Hip-Hop (Solo) - Noise - New Band - Punk - Post Hardcore - Rock - Soul/Funk - Jazz - Hard Rock - Hardcore - R&B - Singer/Songwriter - Pop - Indie Rock - Psych - Folk - Electronic/Dance - Experimental - Cover - Country - Blues - Chamber Pop - Metal - Americana
Brett Gretzky is a hip-hop duo schemed up after the clever coordination of fellow Indyground artist, Steddy P. St. Louis resident Eric Farlow (Farout) and Chicagoan Jason Bommarito (JBomb) blend Show-Me State bravado with Windy City mellow into breezy records that beckon multiple listens. Farlow spits a barrage of polysyllabic ryhmes with a self-assured, breakneck flow — suffice it to say, he has speed and can pilot a search engine. Bommarito supplies comely melodies often accompanied by an acoustic guitar. His reggae-filtered contributions float methodically above sampled backing beats with the durability of a 100-year-old oak tree. Bommarito's grounded verses tether Farlow's sky-high ponderings to sounds scratched from Indygrounder and fellow nominee DJ Mahf and producer Ben Bounce. Together, Farlow and Bommarito have churned out multiple solo and joined efforts, each more pleasant and cerebral than the last. -Blair Stiles
Buff N Chubb
Drawing influence from classic hip-hop duos like UGK, Outkast and Eightball and MJG, the members of Buff N Chubb met on the south side while putting out mix tapes for separate crews. After collaborating on their first track, "Frownin (Got'um Maad)," the duo opted to join forces. Even though Buff N Chubb makes street music — as on tracks like "Jealous," which features Tef Poe — they have real crossover appeal, evident in their breakout club track "We Jammin." -Billy Brown
With nearly ten years of working the words, the artist collective known as Doorway hopes to infest ears with sharp wisdom. With lyrics ranging from the cautionary to the self-affirmed, Doorway provides solid rhyme for several ways of life. Whiteout, L-Gifted, RT-FaQ and SD the Dizzle Man show classy teamwork in bringing a shapely, versatile sound. Doorway covers all angles with unabashed self-awareness, and goes hard while keeping modestly grounded. The hooks dig deep with poignant lyrics and honestly inventive beats. Doorway insists on relentless positivity, which might prove to be the very distinction the group needs to survive in a climate of talented imitators. -Joseph Hess