Graham's Top Picks for June 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 page, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Willis at RFT Music Showcase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPDbXtqMUoo
What is Willis? Willis is ever-changing. Willis is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a Willis. Don't expect the Willis of today to be the Willis of tomorrow. Sorry, Bella loyalists. Willis is greater than the sum of the Willis.

Arsenals with "Gnarnia" at Blank Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFj0iArwQfY
I was just thinking how tight and energetic Arsenals is sounding, and then I saw on their Facebook that they are even making a new project. Be on the look out for Clenched Fist.

Carte de Visite at Blank Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYk4UX-5G9M
Ryan's other bandmates may be miles away right now, but that doesn't stop him from getting loopy in a dark basement with a little help from John, who really needs some cuddles.

Alex Newell at LGBTQ* Downtown PrideFest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idyz_Yh4oP4
You might have stopped following Glee a few seasons ago, but luckily for us, Steve hasn't. Alex won a reality show contest to earn a few episodes on the show, and he turned it into a full time part by being fabulous and avoiding heroin. Also, Alex sings good.

Adria Nicole at LGBTQ* Tower Grove Pride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNXuQRskq8I
Shit was windy! I think it was the power of Adria that almost blew all the tents into the sky during her set. Here she sits calmly and peacefully like the eye of the storm while tornadic winds erupt around her.