Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from February 25 to March 3
Langen Neubacher and the Defeated County
Friday, Mar. 1, 8 p.m.
w/ Les Gruff and the Billy Goat (CD Release), Ben Sturdevant, Le' Ponds
@ Plush - $8/$10
By Kiernan Maletsky
Langen Neubacher's songs, through their subject matter and delivery, feel something like a hug from a friend. Until recently, she co-hosted one of the city's best open-mics at Foam, and her generosity of spirit served her as well there, making all calibers of musician feel welcome, as it does in her own work. These days she's playing with Kate Peterson (also of the Spot Ons) under the moniker Langen Neubacher & the Defeated County. But it isn't all warm and fuzzy. Neubacher is keenly aware of the crappy hands dealt to so many, and her lyrics capture simple, honest moments in the struggle.
Friday, Mar. 1, 9 p.m.
w/ Acid Baby Jesus, Hellshovel, Little Big Bangs
@ The Heavy Anchor - $5
By Jaime Lees
St. Louis has a lot of dudes in bands. Dudes in bands are plentiful. Demon Lover is distinctive because it is populated not just by dudes but by true musicians. Andy Lashier, JJ Hamon and Sam Meyer are all diverse multi-instrumentalists, and the Demon Lover boys make music that is as memorable as it is transcendent. Though the three men are essentially a rock band, the sound they brew is massive and alluring. The music is jazzy but not chaotic. It's trippy but not psychedelic. It's experimental but not tedious. Demon Lover is powerful and jubilant and reflects the weird hybrid sound of the new south-city scene -- a mutt mixture of rock, twang, beats and noise.
Mikey Wehling and the Reverbs EP Release
Saturday, Mar. 2, 8 p.m.
w/ Adult Fur, CaveofswordS
@ The Demo - $7/$10
By Kiernan Maletsky
One of the more obvious commendations for an artist using electronics is to note the humanity of her knob twists and button pressings. Few deserve the compliment as much as Mikey Wehling, a key member of Messy Jiverson in a past life and someone with a deep affection for grooves. His prolific solo output shows his commitment to analog, and the translation to full band isn't much of a stretch. The songs, in turn, are evolving from lush and patient moods to danceable jams.
King Kong Magnetics
Saturday, Mar. 2, 9 p.m.
w/ Globsters, Black Panties
@ mushmaus - $5
By Diana Benanti
From a 2011 interview with King Kong Magnetics: St. Louis's most awesomely objectionable hip hop collective, King Kong Magnetics, dropped a serious mixtape entitled Bommarito Cash Orgy. They deal with current issues like foreclosure ("You broke ass, you white trash, good for nothing with your f***ing torn up shirt, your overall stinkin' shit,"), buying American, and even devoted a track to the late Osama bin Laden ("We killed that little bitch in his homo-ass cave"), and it's fourteen tracks of wildly offensive satire that will have you laughing hard enough to shoot soy milk from your nostrils. Assuming you're drinking soy milk, otherwise you need a doctor.
Healing Powers (formerly known as Pomegranates)
Sunday, Mar. 3, 8 p.m.
w/ Bluefish, Since 1902, Men Working in Trees
@ The Firebird - $10-$12
By Ryan Wasoba
After seven years of releasing underrated albums on reputable labels and flying just below the radar of the average indie rock consumer, Pomegranates is no more. Fear not, for the Cincinnati group is not dead but reborn as Healing Power. The name change is sudden but not illogical, as the band has evolved from a loose lo-fi bedroom pop project to a tightly knit unit thanks to its time touring in the independent trenches. If Pomegranates' 2012 album Heaven is an indication of Healing Powers' future, expect floaty feelgood speed-pop that resembles an overly-caffeinated New Order.
2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO