Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) and his guitar made their first trip through St. Louis and a full house at The Pageant turned out to welcome in the singer-songwriter. There’s a fidgety charm to Matsson, who paced around the stage to the delight of the seated crowd. Along for the tour was Strand of Oaks and Timothy Showalter’s dark ballads.
KDHX has tons of amazing musicians come through for in-studio performances, but to-date, I haven’t met a nicer musician than Daedelus. The LA producer dropped in for a performance for Beep Beep Boop Boop and crafted a dizzying playlist for a lucky few attendees and as one of them, I was completely fascinated with his craft. Check out some shots from session below after the jump.
Summertime concert attendance is in full effect, as evidenced earlier in the week by the line outside Off Broadway waiting to hear the addictive indie-pop of Lord Huron and the spaghetti-Western sounds of Escondido. It was a packed sell-out, so congrats to all involved (including our buddies at Speakers in Code who sponsored the show)!
It’s been a while since I’ve shot a punk rock show and Alkaline Trio‘s return through the city was a great one to end that streak. Pop’s was packed in that evening for the Illinois legends, bringing along Bayside and Off With Their Heads for this leg of the tour. With an abundance of low and red lights for most of the performances, the shoot was equally as chaotic as the bands themselves.
The folk trio of Staveley-Taylor sisters, better known of The Staves, returned to the city (this time gracing Off Broadway) with their amazing vocals and harmonies. When they first came through opening for The Civil Wars they caught everyone’s attention. This time around, they drew a full crowd to the room, bringing along Musikanto and Dubb Nubb.
Before taking the stage at The Gramophone, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer played an intimate in-store session at Vintage Vinyl, showcasing tracks from their album Child Ballads. Schlafly beer was consumed and the duo graciously hung around afterwards to sign albums and chat it up with loyal fans.
After a brief hiatus, The Hush Sound reemerged this year for an early summer tour, with signs pointing towards a new album later in the year. A few weeks back the Chicago quartet stopped through The Firebird with Hockey, River City Extension, Genevieve from Company of Thieves and Lucas Carpenter. Unfortunately I wandered into the venue too late to catch the first two acts, but there was plenty enough action to capture from the remainder.
KDHX (and Collector’s Edition) was thrilled to have Gogol Bordello stop by this afternoon for a rowdy in-studio session and interview. Their tour rolls through The Pageant tonight, so head on down to the Loop!
Be sure to head over to the KDHX website for a first look at pictures and we’ll be back here later with more photos and a recap.