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Here are just three of the great original St. Louis bands that play around town on a regular basis. Check these three out as soon as you get a chance.

The Phonocaptors—This local underground rock band has managed to capture the attention of many fans of good rock ’n’ roll in this town. Even other local bands can be heard covering some of the Phonocaptors’ songs. There are certainly quite a few reasons why this is the case. Singer/guitarist Jason Hutto is a natural onstage, and the band’s straightforward approach to performing, along with their unique, clean guitar sound, helps to make them one of the more rewarding bands in the area to see live. In place of gimmicks is a pure guitar sound, backed by a solid drummer. Hutto gets right to the point onstage, playing through a variety of guitar riffs and giving a solid vocal performance without boring the audience with speeches or forcing them into an audience-participation segment. WEB

Westcott—Westcott is one of those bands that prove that great music doesn’t just come from the West; it comes from also the Midwest. This talented, indie-rock three-piece brings so much energy to the stage that the teenagers who watch them have no choice but to jump up and down with excitement. All three of the members have a strong stage presence and manage to connect with the audience as they tear through a variety of unpredictable drum parts and guitar riffs. Certain parts of their set are laid back and melodic, but often they build the songs up until they explode into guitar solos and machine-gun drum rhythms. But the band always manages to have the audience’s attention, regardless of what twists and turns their set takes. If you aren’t part of their audience now, it’s well worth checking this band out. WEB

Crypt 33—
If you’re by any means dead bored with your week, a trip to see this Fredericktown band should easily bring you back to life. Crypt 33 is a great three-piece band that plays devastatingly heavy and exciting sets. Guitarist Shane Kemp has a brutal collection of metal riffs that he tears through on his guitar almost without effort. He puts so much into his guitar playing that his heavy guitar work literally becomes a brutal weapon onstage that is impossible to ignore. Many of the songs are short but addictive pieces that are hard not to take a liking to. It’s hard to catch the lyrics when they perform, but songs like “Death Smiles on a Murderer” have a great feel—and they even cover Misfits songs, as well.

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