Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 23 to 29
Attention cheap and poor folks in St. Louis: Four of the ten shows listed here this week won't cost you a dime! Tenacious D at Vintage vinyl (better show up early to ensure entry though -- big band, small venue), David Beeman & Kit Hamon of Old Lights playing a more intimate set at Plush, then back to Vintage Vinyl for RFT Best Solo Hip Hop winner Nite Owl, and finally experimental artists Darin Gray and Bill Horist at the always-free Schlafly Tap Room.
Gold Motel - Friday @ the Firebird
What's that you say? You actually DO have two nickels to rub together? Well la-ti-da, Oysters Rockefeller, looks like you're gonna catch even more good shows this week, including the re-scheduled Future / Pusha T show this Saturday at Ambassador. The rest of our picks follow.
Mon., 5:00 p.m. July 23
@ Vintage Vinyl - Free
By Daniel Hill
Jack Black and Kyle Gass, also known as the self-proclaimed "Greatest Band in the World," Tenacious D, will be doing a special in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl on Monday, July 23. The appearance will precede their now sold-out show at the Pageant, giving fans who didn't get tickets in time a second chance to witness the spectacle that is the D. Tenacious D is currently touring in support of its latest album, Rize of the Fenix, released in May of this year. Jack Black and Kyle Gass will be sticking around Vintage Vinyl after the performance to meet with fans and sign copies of the new album. The show starts at 5:00 p.m., but we recommend showing up early to ensure entry. For more information, contact Vintage Vinyl at 314-721-4096.
David Beeman & Kit Hamon of Old Lights
Tues., 8:00 p.m. July 24
@ Plush - Free
By Kiernan Maletsky
From this 2011 interview: Old Lights' new 10", Like Strangers, is a brutal love story told over six tracks that move with hypnotizing grace. Its the sort of record that you just keep listening to. Its guitars, keys and vocals tee off on one sweet spot after another, peeling off seamlessly or drowning in reverb. David Beeman, never particularly shy as a lyricist or otherwise, has plenty of arrestingly direct lines on this one ("We are not evil/We are just people"). But it's not a one-man show any more: Like Strangers is the product of a band, with Beth Bombara, Kit Hamon and John Joern all intrinsically involved in the process at more-or-less every step along the way.
Wed., 8:00 p.m. July 25
w/ For & With, Horse Thief, Pirate Signal
@ Cicero's - $8-$10
By Christian Schaeffer
From this 2011 review: If Alec Empire and the B-52's had a child, and that child required ADHD medication, you'd be left with noise-rock duo Volcanoes. Jon Ryan and Eric Peters can't tell if they're in a noise collective, a metal band or a jock-jam dance crew, and that musical schizophrenia pays dividends on the pair's debut Heavy Hands. Across eleven tracks and nearly 40 minutes, the band tries on mutated cheerleader chants ("Steel Plates Slicing Through My Every Thought"), paranoid psych-rock with reedy organ drones (the badass "My Face is Blood") and industrial bass pulses set against ho-hum lyrics ("Oil Rainbow"). Not everything sticks to the wall, but the disc gives a restless tour through two dudes' fixations on a few differing but intersecting genres.
Great Grandfathers CD Release Show
Thurs., 9:00 p.m. July 26
w/ Mikey Wehling & The Reverbs
@ Off Broadway - $10-$13
By Christian Schaeffer
Brothers Lucas Severin Prize and Trevor Deiderich Prize got their charmingly antiquated middle names from their great-grandfathers, and that little biographical snippet provides the name for their musical collaboration. Saint Anthony's Fire is the band's first release, and it sounds like the fruitful labor of plenty of both bedroom songwriting sessions and meticulous studio tinkering. The Prizes worked with Gentleman Auction House's Eric Enger and Ryan Adams, two musicians who know how to assemble clattering pop songs in a basement studio. (And those missing Enger's voice during his long absence from the stage can spot it on the driving "Easy Living") Like GAH, the Great Grandfathers shares a love of modern R&B filtered through a lo-fi indie-rock sensibility, and tracks like "In Love or Prison" ride on drum-machine beats and synthy patterns. Elsewhere, the band sticks to more rock-friendly instrumentation, but that adherence to upfront rhythms and sticky hooks never wavers across the album's ten tracks.
Fri., 8:00 p.m. July 27
w/ We Should Leave This Tree
@ The Firebird - $10
By Roy Kasten
Power pop is the domain of awkward white males, but Gold Motel traverses the turf like it has the keys to the sugary kingdom. Led by singer and songwriter Greta Morgan (of the Hush Sound), the Chicago-based band has the drum sound of the Knack, the guitar tone of the Raspberries and the hooks of both put together, with Bangles-ish harmonies added in for playful measure. "I don't have forever, but I live like I do," sings Morgan on "Perfect in My Mind," the most irresistible, built-for-summer-radio song to ever feature toy piano on the bridge. Gold Motel doesn't make the most challenging music -- if you like your indie pop tempered by lo-fi fuzz, look elsewhere -- but the band doesn't need to. In its capable hands, smart, tart, dance-worthy singles sound like the soundtrack of forever.