The Bottle Rockets have landed
Missouri natives return to their launch pad
The native Festus four-piece brings its alt-country rock back to Columbia in its 20th year.
Country star Thomas Rhett performs at the Blue Note
This country legacy never intended to become a musician
Thomas Rhett performed at The Blue Note during the summer and had a great show, so the venue pursued bringing him back when students were around
Chuck Inglish debuts solo work
Rapper takes new endeavor on tour
Inglish, a rapper from Detroit, is taking a break from his friend and The Cool Kids performing partner, Sir Michael Rocks, to pave his own way through the music scene.
See This: James Adams
Woodcrest's worship director cites Metallica as an influence
Don’t think Metallica and Christian music go together? Local musician James Adams has found a way to prove they can and mixes the two styles on his solo debut, Waiting Here.
See This: Iris DeMent
Folk singer's new album was years in the making
Iris DeMent’s personality is as unconfined as her music — her songs mix genres including folk-inspired country and gospel ballads to match her free-spirited character. She didn’t even anticipate the release of her upcoming album, Sing the Delta.
Turquoise Jeep raps with slang, comedy and fun
The YouTube-famous band brings its antics to Columbia
With millions of views on YouTube and slang-infused songs that are as provocative and authentic as the performers behind the mic, the artists who comprise the group live up to their mantra that “at the end of the day, life’s all about fun.”
Album review: Keller Williams with More Than a Little Funk
Funk combines old funk covers and four new songs
Every member of the band gets his or her fair share of the spotlight, but they all come together to do what a band’s meant to do — make one sound.
Nashville performing artist Nick Cross frequents Nash Vegas
Country singer visits Columbia to bring his southern sound
In 2011, Nick Cross moved to Nashville to pursue his dreams of playing music full time. Fast-forward two years, and Cross is playing 500 shows throughout the year and is well-known in Nashville.
Souls of Liberty puts rap songs to Malcom Gladwell's Outliers
The hip-hop duo performs at The Shack Nov. 8
The inspiration for the album stemmed from Ryan Escobar and Tenelle Donta’s personal lifelong obstacles and by the book Outliers, which delivers a message that resonated with the two men.
EDM artist Eliot Lipp goes analog
The electronic dance music DJ does more than push buttons
Eliot Lipp is part of EDM, or electronic dance music, which has spiked in popularity over the past decade. This counterculture genre centers on infusions of digitized, percussive sound.
Mid-Missouri native and country star Sara Evans returns to her roots
The working musician and committed mother heading to CoMo
Since she began guitar lessons at 4 years old, Sara Evans’ path to musical success was as open as the country roads she grew up on 30 miles northeast of Columbia in New Franklin. Although her Midwestern roots remain strong, Evans hasn’t sung at home in more than a year.
Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter join forces for another tour
The acoustic duo with perform at Missouri Theatre
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will bring their stripped-down sets to Columbia for an intimate acoustic evening of Americana music. This setting will amplify each singer-songwriter’s personal and lyrically powerful music.
Inside Tracks: Chloie Piveral of Gotcha Costumes
Not your typical Halloween playlist
We can only listen to “Monster Mash” and “Purple People Eater” so many times before we turn into actual zombies and start eating our own feet. Chloie Piveral, seasonal worker for Gotcha Costumes, has the antidote to those song slumps with more than four hours of music on her personal Halloween playlist.
George Watsky puts his slam poetry to a beat
The YouTube sensation goes on tour
George Watsky’s identity as rapper-poet makes for a slightly different artistic process. With his spoken word poetry, he starts off with a fully formed idea and just starts writing.
See This: Twinsmith
Omaha four-piece brings beach pop from a landlocked state
Four dudes and chill sounds perfect the Twinsmith aesthetic. The Midwestern group has been making music together for a year with inspirations ranging from the high energy of the New York scene to the beachy landscape of the West Coast.
Cosmo & Whitney in the Morning is Columbia's wake-up call
Award-winning radio hosts enter second year
The moment they’re asking the question of the day or promoting a new giveaway, Whitney Thomas and Cosmo act as one. The banter is organic and unscripted. They both know when to speak into the mics. This is who they are.
Seth Faergolzia goes solo
Big-band man hits the road on his own
With a constant flow of new material, three separate bands and more than 40 bandmates over the years, Seth Faergolzia has always been surrounded by musical talent. As a result, it only makes sense that his life would be so engulfed in music today.
See This: John Batdorf at the Phoenix Programs
Batdorf performs from his new album Soundtrax 2 Recovery
John Batdorf and his musical partner Michael McLean are performing at Phoenix because the attendees are their target demographic: people struggling with their addictions, who are looking for an encouraging voice to help them through it.
Traveling a capella group Straight No Chaser visits Columbia
The 10-man vocal group performs Oct. 16
Formed in 1996 at Indiana University, Straight No Chaser awed the crowds in all its black suit-wearing harmony-making glory. The group wasn’t just created for a semester — it became a campus staple for future students.
Six bands prepare for rock showdown for Patchwork Project
Making the band, CoMo edition
The eight-week project throws musicians into new bands and leaves them to make music. Together they practice and put together a killer set to perform at the final showdown at Roxy’s on Nov. 8.