by RFT Music
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!
Stephen Inman (Guitar, Vocals) Emily Hoover (Guitar) Johnny Wu Gabbert (Bass, Vocals) Tyler Bicknese (Drums)
Travis Dodds (Guitar) Jack Middeke (Drums) Paul Heitert (Guitar) Sam Naumann (Bass)
Mike Brown (Guitar, Vocals) Paul Heitert (Guitar) Jack Middeke (Drums, Vocals) Seth Rodgers (Bass)
Brett Kutter (Guitar) Randy Kinnikin (Vocals) Robbie Kinnikin (Bass) Ian Whitmore (Drums)
Read more about LifeWithout in our preview of Uncertain Circles:
While most punk bands have hung up their collective axe, never to grind on current events or politics again, LifeWithout raises a defiant fist with deeply personal songs. The Alton-based band could be described as "emo," but the guitar comes addled with the sort of fuzz and delay one might expect to hear in spaced-out shoegaze. It's in that noisy approach that LifeWithout shines, especially on its debut album Uncertain Circles, now available in digital and CD formats.
"I try to make something that is personal to me, but relatable to you," says vocalist Randy Kinnikin, who starts off the new record speaking candidly on self doubt. "My vocals come directly from my roots being a pissed-off emo kid. I try to let the dynamic flow with the song and hit the right spots at the most aesthetically pleasing time," he adds.
Aaron Kuhn (Guitar) Jeremy Brooks (Bass) Jacob Lashley (Guitar, Vocals) Cody Perkins (Drums)
Previously: - Americana - Blues - Country - Cover Band - DJ - Electronic (Dance) - Electronic (Eclectic) - Emo - Experimental - Folk - Hard Rock - Hardcore - Hip-Hop (Group) - Hip-Hop (Solo) - Indie Pop - Indie Rock - Jam/Dub - Jazz - Metal - New Band