Graham's Top Picks for January 2014

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

BACCO at Schlafly Tap Room
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHqqnPt22Zo

When Stonechat doesn't feel like being Stonechat, they are BACCO. The set was unexpectedly short, but also the perfect length.

Southerland Nights at Foam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy2e-8b671Y
This touring band from Texas really gave us their all. Even playing a tiny coffee shop, they made us feel like we were at the front row of the main stage at Warped Tour with their intense commitment. Catch Steve singing the low "whoooa-oh!" at 9:06.

The Vanilla Beans - Hugs at Foam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAjwWqEVD6o
A special acoustic set by 3 of the 4 Vanilla Beans. Andy attempts to give out free hugs, but not everyone looks like they want them! Todd sings the end of the song, leaving fans wondering why Todd doesn't sing all the songs all the time.

Popular Mechanics ft. Googolplexia at Plush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yLDywGD4Ts
I'm not sure what's going on, but it's hard to stop smiling.

Babe Maggots at Cafe Ventana
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvoFdwapu6U
Hopefully not a one-time thing, the members of Willis get sludgey and rock out.