On Friday, December 22, be sure to make it out to Off Broadway to catch two great local bands -- Gentleman Auction House and Walkie Talkie USA -- and a great band from Champaign, Elsinore. GAH always puts on a good show and WTUSA having been making a name for themselves over the past 8 months (although, with members from several classic St. Louis bands making up the ranks of the band, including The Phonocaptors, Sexicolor and Nadine, they were bound to be good). I just discovered Elsinore and I have liked every song I've heard of theirs so far; they play piano/guitar/drums-based indie rock in the vein of Ben Folds, Wilco and even The Long Winters. You can hear some of their songs on their myspace page.
If you are in town this weekend, definitely try and make it out to Off Broadway.
MP3's (via yousendit):
Gentleman Auction House - A Hospital or Heaven
Gentleman Auction House - Everyone Has Taken Their Hat Off But You
Walkie Talkie USA - Devil Dogs
Walkie Talkie USA - Earth To You
Check out this great, laid-back, and nearly unrecognizable version of "New York, New York" Ryan Adams and the Cardinals recently performed at a show in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Dodge at My Old Kentucky Blog has the entire show available for download; it's a great, great performance and full of wonderful takes on songs from his whole catalogue.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals- New York, New York (live in Ludwigshafen, Germany) (via yousendit)