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