Best Music Video

"Good Times Ride"

Part of Johnny Andrews' now-defunct LISTEN series for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Magic City's video for "Good Times Ride" embodies the DIY ruckus that is St. Louis rock & roll. Opening with Larry Bulawsky's preacheresque outstretched arms and the open-ended quiver of an organ key soon joined by a funk-fueled bassline, the band takes viewers to church. They dance, they jam, unencumbered by the array of smashing of trash and the slow mutinous takeover, as members of Bug Chaser usurp their instruments and, naturally, light shit on fire. There's plenty of destruction and an ample dose of violence, but it's all in the name of good fun, and no one gets hurt too badly. Watching this intersection of local music, local music journalism and St. Louis flavor makes one long to jump inside and live it — and thanks to our magic city, you can.

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