The Hush Sound returns after five-year hiatus
The band brings back their indie pop sound
In dating, it’s over when one partner says, “Let’s take a break.” Sure, the recipient of the phrase might remain optimistic, but realistically, the relationship is over. The idea doesn’t work in musical groups, however — at least for one band.
The Box Elders get their groove back
Brother duo turned band is back on stage
From the time they produced their first song "The Fire," The Box Elders have experienced setbacks but are now back on track playing shows and making new music.
Hear This: The National and Majical Cloudz
New sound by The National and Majical Cloudz
The low, smooth ambles of acoustic guitar are met by simple percussion and the versatile baritone of Matt Beringer, suave as ever. The National’s latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, is a continuation of the dark, Smiths-esque aesthetic the band is known for, but it is also a confessional lyricism fortified with frank poetics, percussive piano and humor.
Rickie Lee Tanner to perform at Whiskey Wild
Country artist blends classic rock with Southern drawl
With his second album, This Here, nearly completed, the St. Louis-based country singer is now far from having to start over. He’s got shows booked throughout Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee for the rest of the year, eight of which are in Columbia.
Rocket Kirchner uses music, performances to talk religion
Local musician is on a mission
Using what he calls “stealth evangelism,” Rocket Kirchner uses his musical performances as an unusual way to bring up religion.
Vox Sessions: Stepdaughter
Stepdaughter performs in the newsroom
Stepdaughter performs in the Vox office on May 2.
Stonebelly brings full sound to Columbia
Nebraska trio blends genres
Despite having just three members, Stonebelly dabbles in a variety of genres.
Kinetix drops beats in CoMo music scene
St. Louis rap group brings trap music
Based in St. Louis, the rap group has been part of the evolving music scene by incorporating '90s hip-hop and the new trap style.
Q&A with Ben Rector
Singer-songwriter Ben Rector brings tour to Columbia
(Web Exclusive) In addition to selling out shows on RecTour 2013, Rector’s last album, Something Like This, debuted at #4 on iTunes. The musician talks about his next album and life on the road.
Hear this: Deerhunter and Savages
Two rock bands make new albums
New rock releases from Deerhunter and Savages out May 7.
Inside Tracks with Sam Cohen
MU rock novel teach shares his music choices
MU English professor Sam Cohen combines two of his favorite things, rock ‘n’ roll and literature, by creating a class on rock novels. Cohen shares a few songs featured in his class, as well as what he’s been jamming to lately.
Vox Sessions: Vulvette
(Web Exclusive) Steph Foley performs in the Vox office on April 24, 2013.
Gerald Clayton experiments with style
Jazz pianist’s new album departs from his norm
Gerald Clayton, a Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, stepped away from what he knew for his new album Life Forum. The album is a collective of nine musicians, a departure from his usual trio. He’s performing at Murry’s on April 28.
Q&A with Justin Townes Earle
The Americana singer-songwriter talks sobriety
Justin Townes Earle’s father Steve Earle is well known for two roles: legendary musician and notorious substance abuser. While the former brings more positive expectations, both have have come brought their own set of difficulties to Justin’s life.
Hear this: The So So Glos and The Veils
(Web Exclusive) Reviews of an NYC-punk endeavor and an experimental record.
The Vox Playlist: Capitalist
(Web Exclusive) These days it's all about the money and bringing home the bacon. Here's a playlist all about it.
A guide to Record Store Day
The holiday is about much more than nostalgia
Despite album sales plummeting since before the digital age, some (who aren’t just plagued by nostalgia) still like to interact with real, live people and possess a physical product when purchasing their music. Record Store Day is for these people.
In the Garage: Broken Suns of Karma
Columbia band mixes genres
Columbia band The Broken Suns of Karma has been making its way into the music scene for the past year. Their mixed sound of genres ranging from blues to rock to funk comes from a collaboration of lyrics and melodies brainstormed by the trio.
Motion City Soundtrack to play at The Blue Note
Pop-punk veterans are in it for the long haul
Motion City Soundtrack comes to The Blue Note Saturday with a new album and old favorites. Catch up with the veteran band and find out how they make the pop-punk magic last.
The Hatrick shows mid-Missourians how to rock to bluegrass
Local band puts a beat to classic American music
Local bluegrass band The Hatrick stomps its way to innovating Bluegrass music in mid-Missouri.