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Local Motion: Jonathan Cour


Save for a few exceptions, quality solo male singer-songwriters are difficult to find in St. Louis — at least until now. Meet Jonathan Cour, just 21 years old and already drawing attention from some of music's most talented songwriters. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Cour's sleepy-eyed vocals — as breathy as John Mayer and as conspiratorial as Howie Day — match the heartfelt, slick tunes on his debut EP, A Motion Picture Scene. Layers of guitars and subtle keyboards cascade like a shooting star (think a slightly less epic Switchfoot), while the standout track "Run Away" contains U2-ish echoing reverb. Cour's backing band live at his CD-release show is equally impressive, featuring members of local stalwarts Colony, Sevenstar and Lord Baltimore.

— Annie Zaleski

9 p.m. Friday, April 7. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $7. 314-727-4444.