Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 4 to 9
Well I don't know about you, but I was certainly not impressed by so-called "Tropical Storm" Isaac. Yeah, it rained a little, but the way people were talking about it made it seem like we would all be awash over the weekend -- my neighbor even asked me on Friday if I had enough groceries and batteries and such. Meanwhile when all is said and done I'm sitting here with a sunburn. Meh.
Langhorne Slim - Friday @ Plush
Some great shows this week - guitar superhero Mike Keneally will play the Gramophone on Saturday, twang troubadour Langhorne Slim returns to town on Friday at Plush, and this weekend is the sixth annual Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird, wherein local acts take on the personas of their favorite bands. The rest of our picks follow.
Alan Evans Trio
Tues., 9:00 p.m. September 4
@ Old Rock House - $10-$12
By Christian Schaeffer
When Soulive drummer Alan Evans decided to strike out on his own, he didn't stray too far from the sound that made his main gig so beloved of jazz hounds and jam-band connoisseurs. Like Soulive, the Alan Evans Trio mines the rich territory of the organ trio, with Beau Sasser manning the Hammond B3 and Danny Mayer on guitar. On the trio's debut Drop Hop, Mayer's quick-wristed style evokes Bobby Womack's fluid style and John Scofield's tonal colorings. Sasser has studied the B3 gods, from Jimmy Smith to Richard 'Groove' Holmes and beyond, and can make the console scream and percolate. Evans stays on top of it all, his effortless cool leaving room for the soloists with kinetic grace. Check the Tape: The trio was in town in early May, making at stop at KDHX (88.1 FM)'s studios for an in-studio, video of which is worth studying via the station's YouTube channel.
Wed., 9:00 p.m. September 5
@ The Firebird - $5/$7
w/ Farout, Matthew Sawicki
By RFT Staff
First things first: DJ Mahf is not "just another DJ." He proved himself a bona fide turntablist when he went head-to-head with some of the nation's best DJs for the 2010 Red Bull Thre3style Competition -- where he took the St. Louis title. He's also shown that he's a capable producer with his mixtape series Homemade Junk and Press Play at Night. And when he's not out touring with Earthworms or Steddy P, he makes time to spin records all over town, most famously at one of the area's longest-running weeklies, Mass Appeal at Atomic Cowboy.
Thurs., 8:30 p.m. September 6
@ Off Broadway - $7/$10
By Josh Levi
Attracted equally to the fuzzed out psych-pop of the late-'80s and the unfolding walls of early-'90s shoegaze, Troubadour Dali remains one of the premiere psychedelic bands in the city. Filtered through a wall of reverb and fog, the band's music readily redefines the birth of cool with its lackadaisical melody-driven rock and the unwavering songwriting of Ben Hinn and Kevin Bachmann. Although the influence of bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Dandy Warhols is apparent, Troubadour Dali sets itself apart with a tasteful mix of radiating guitar solos, swashes of white noise and bewildering acoustic instrumentation. Drifting in and out of consciousness, its songs ease into the ether with a lackadaisical strut, never slipping into silence or lacking intensity.
Langhorne Slim & the Law
Fri., 8:00 p.m. September 7
@ Plush - $12
By Roy Kasten
From this 2010 show preview: Our hero made his first impression on St. Louis while opening for Clem Snide at the Duck Room in the spring of 2005. Derby-wearing Sean Scolnick (a.k.a. Langhorne Slim) beat on an acoustic guitar and, drunk off his skinny white ass, rambled and meandered and refused to get off the stage. (Our indie-rock kingdom for a rail, dreamt a polite audience, just to run him out of town and back to Brooklyn.) Since then, Slim has redeemed himself with a killer, Dylan-as-rockabilly self-titled album in 2008, and last year's bubbly, gospel-conscious, folk-pop suite, Be Set Free. It's the kind of record so many scruffy songster punks aspire to make -- but one that's out of reach for most because they lack the native charisma, charm and tunes that make life worth living and affirming. All things, naturally, our hero believes and communicates so well.