The 2015 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is set to be the biggest local music festival in St. Louis history. On June 20, nearly 100 local bands will play across ten venues in the Grove Neighborhood, including just about every genre possible, sans polka. From now until the showcase, we will supply you with the lowdown on every act nominated for an RFT Music Award, so you can be in the know with regards to your vote. Read on and get familiar with your local scene. And don't forget to mark your calendar for June 20!
See also: Vote Now For the 2015 RFT Music Awards
Stan Chisholm (Everything)
Dottie Georges (Everything)
Read more about .e in our review of 2015's Of Crashing Symbols:
If you've thought of Dottie Georges as an experimental artist, you only know part of the story -- those off-kilter impulses are most often deployed in the service of her rock- and pop-indebted music. Of course, if you've thought about Dottie Georges at all in the past few years, you are already in the know: The one-woman band known as .e had a fruitful start to the decade, but she's been mostly quiet these past few years, save for a few stray digital missives. Her debut full-length, Of Crashing Symbols, puts an end to that long dormant period. Serving as an introduction for some and a welcome reminder for others, the record stands to be an epiphany for many who fall under the confident, if unassuming, sway of Georges' shifting compositions and feathery vocals. The electric guitar is her weapon of choice, and she can use it to paint her songs with moody, shoegaze-inspired strokes. But she's equally adept at synthesis and programming, and even the most spare of these nine tracks sizzles with electronic pulses and synaptic shimmers.
Stephen Favazza (Everything)
Read more about the artist in "Hands On With Stephen Favazza Of Hands and Feet":
Stephen Favazza of Hands and Feet never intended on being what's referred to as a "solo artist." With that term comes the assumption of one man or woman sitting onstage with an acoustic guitar (or an iMac) and generating music -- all alone.
"At first I just wanted to record music and introduce the songs I wrote to others who might be interested in playing with me. The Hello,Hello.... EP is what came out of that. I have never really been into solo acts too much. Saying that, I have seen some amazing people play some amazing solo shows, but never thought it was for me," Favazza says.
Hands and Feet feels especially distinct, owing to Favazza's talents as a multi-instrumentalist. Although he works under the guise of electronic pop, many of his samples stem from home recordings of keyboard, bass, guitar and melodica.
Jon Burkhart (Everything)
Syrhea Conaway (Everything)
Read more about Syna So Pro in our review of Loop Talk Vol. 2: Two Riffs and Some Heartbreak:
Syrhea Conaway contains multitudes. Her one-woman shows as Syna So Pro make that plain, as she constructs the foundation, framework and artful edifice of a pop song in real time with the help of traditional rock & roll instruments, a few loop pedals and impeccable harmony. Her studio albums can't rely on such showmanship, so they not only give proof of her instrumental prowess -- she handles everything but the drums, which come care of Corey Woodruff -- but also her stylistic shifts between T. Rex-ian pomp and ethereal dream-pop.