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Monday, January 6, 2014

Six St. Louis Bands Whose Names Make the Grade

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Not a band to be contained by convention, Elemental Shakedown gives a creative jolt to the traditional periodic table of bluegrass elements. Storytelling? Yep. Banjo pickin'? Yep. Multipart harmonies? Yep. But Elemental Shakedown also synthesizes some sexy fiddle and dance-worthy breakdowns into its tunes, serving up music that's equally at home on a front porch, on an indie radio station or in a crowded highbrow concert hall. Both traditional and progressive bluegrass fans will find elements worth savoring as Elemental Shakedown continues to push the boundaries of roots music.


Theory of Relativity? Please. Mvstermind Einstein expands on ol' Albert's discoveries and also establishes the Theory of DIY, the Theory of Collaboration and the Theory of Musical Ass Kicking. With rapper and producer Muhammad Austin working tirelessly at the helm of local hip-hop's synergistic movement through M.M.E. (one of our eight bands to watch), Mvstermind Einstein proves that Isaac Newton's first law of motion -- that an object in motion stays in motion -- is completely true. Austin doesn't rest, and St. Louis' hip-hop scene gets a big A+ because of it.


With all this studying going on, someone's got to keep the online resources and stacks of books in order. Enter Arthur & the Librarian, a band that dispels the notion of a stern, ever-shushing bibliophile. With music covering relationships, rhetoric, death and the end of days (and spanning the Dewey Decimal system in the process), it's obvious that this five-piece has never skipped study hall. Take a page from the band's book and get lost within its stories; that new-book smell -- and new-music smell -- never wears off.


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