Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from January 14 to 20

Categories: Out Every Night
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Beth Bombara
Fri., 8:00 p.m., January 18
w/ Langen Neubacher and the Defeated County
@ Livery Company - free
By Christian Schaeffer
From this 2010 album review: For her first full-length under her own name, Beth Bombara builds on the singer-songwriter folk stylings and more adventurous rock & roll of her previous two EPs. Wish I Were You culls the best attributes of those earlier releases and amplifies the strains of genteel country-rock and pensive, wizened balladry.

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Corey Smith
Fri. 8:00 p.m., January 18
w/ Connor Christian & Southern Gothic
@ The Pageant - $17.50-$20
By Shae Moseley
From 2010: Corey Smith's career took off around 2007, when Internet buzz and the golden age of MySpace helped the independent country strummer gain a large and devoted fan base. But while many of his peers have been swallowed up by Nashville's current love affair with all things Deep South, Smith has remained his own man. The former high school teacher tours incessantly and crafts the gritty, charmingly dirty country music that his supporters have come to love and expect.

Bloc Party
Sat. 8:00 p.m., January 19
w/ IO Echo
@ The Pageant - $25-30
By Ryan Wasoba
Emerging amongst a scene of new wave revivalists, Bloc Party was never a band with obvious staying power. Its debut Silent Alarm was fueled by unsustainable energy and the breakthrough "Helicopter" still sounds like a song played at gunpoint. Bloc Party used subsequent releases to chill out, sharpen Kele Okereke's soul-punk vocals, and buy more pedals for sometimes-genius guitarist Russell Lissack. Creative results were mixed; commercial results took an obvious downturn. After a three year hiatus that seemed even longer, Bloc Party's new album Four is not its best, but it doesn't have to be if it puts the band back on the road.

Sat. 8:00 p.m., January 19
w/ Beach Bum Alcoholics, We're A Happy Family - a tribute to Ramones, Resoldered
@ Lemmons - $5
By Mabel Suen
Take a mixed bag of rock influences like Fugazi, Modest Mouse, Television and the Pixies, and here's what you'd get: tongue in cheek lyrics, raw garage sensibilities with occasional hints of post-hardcore, and guitar lines that sing over solid, steady power chords. That description also fits Tennessee's Tetsuo, in which frontman and guitarist Ardis Redford projects his grittily sung words over the expertly-executed rock & roll of his bandmates. Tetsuo has had plenty of practice over their three prolific years together, including hundreds of shows and an album for every year they've been active. Stream all this music online for free and then catch the band in action.

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Troubadour Dali
Sun. 7:00 p.m., January 20
@ Off Broadway - free
By Christian Schaeffer
From 2011: Troubadour Dali writes pretty good songs, but the psych-rock band is better at making albums. Its swirling sonic palette doesn't alter much from track to track -- jangling British Invasion-era licks, fuzzy, buzzy bass lines and coolly arid vocal performances set the stage for nearly every song, and they often bleed into each other after a few listens.

Location Info


The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Livery Company

3211 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Lemmons - CLOSED

5800 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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