Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from February 4 to 10
Fri., 9 p.m., February 8
w/ The Right Now
@ Off Broadway - $10
By Roy Kasten
The history of soul music is the history of a hundred little labels that could (and then couldn't) withstand the music industrial complex, which - Daptone and Tru Thoughts notwithstanding - assimilates any groove that stands in its way. Today one of the most reliably funky little imprints going is G.E.D. Soul out of Nashville, home to DeRobert & the Half-Truths. This is a band that, like its label, stands athwart the dance mega-trends with the towering delivery of singer DeRobert and all the blaxploitation boogies, loungy rubdowns and James Brown workouts you can handle. Together, G.E.D. Soul and its best band are among the hottest keepers of the soul flame.
Fri., 9 p.m., February 8
w/ Pillow Talk, Spending Habits
@ Blank Space - $7
By Joseph Hess
Doom Town feeds post-punk through a wall of guitars, punctuated by howling vocals. Bassist Ashley Hohman drives home strict verses with sharp riffs and Ben Smith's shrill guitar recalls the Minutemen at times, lending an urgency to the band's solid songwriting. Doom Town lives in limbo between punk and rock, kicking conventions with classy hooks, dual singing and heavy rhythmic pitter-patter. Lots of Doom Town's jams can be yours for free, through a quick Google search. Now that you're indebted, bring cash for wax, because the band will sling their second vinyl outing at this event: A split EP with Black For A Second, released by local label Tower Groove Records.
Sat., 8 p.m., February 9
w/ Regret the Informer, Trauma Harness, Laika
@ The Radskeller - $5
By Mabel Suen
Since last spring, local post-hardcore outfit Anodes has embarked on two separate tours and spent multiple weekends in neighboring Midwest cities, personally delivering its polished, pummeling melodic compositions to new ears. Anodes' self-titled EP mitigates the hoarsely yelled dark-and-heavy intensity of the band's live performances in a variety of formats - self-released CDs, tapes through locally-run tape label Pissfork Anticulture and most recently, 300 records put out by another St. Louis based label, Static Circuit Records. The next items on the prolific quartet's agenda include a split through Middle Man Records, some other yet-to-be-announced super secret splits and another round of travels. This time, the band tackles a nine-day stretch of road with Kansas City's Regret, the Informer. Come out to see both bands in their prime during this final show of their nine day tour.
Sat., 9 p.m., February 9
w/ David Wax Museum
@ Off Broadway - $20/$23
By Roy Kasten
Tift Merritt has never fit neatly in the career seams sewn for her. Too modest to be the next Shelby Lynne, too restless to find the following of Lucinda Williams, the North Carolina native nevertheless earned such comparisons. Her finest album, Tambourine, is soaked in country soul and gospel grace. Merritt may never be an Americana star selling millions of copies, but she doesn't need to be. She's one of the most reliable and heartbreaking singer-songwriters working today.
Sun., 6 p.m., February 10
w/ Vinnie Caruana, A Loss for Words, Koji, Brian Marquis
@ Fubar - $12
By Jason Rosenbaum
From a 2011 post about Thursday: Thursday may have been the next big thing in rock music. But at a 2009 show at the Pageant, they were an afterthought. Those 23 words may seem hyperbolic. After all, how many times has some dorky music "expert" declared some rock band "the next big thing?" But Thursday was literally declared one of "the next big things" when Spin Magazine put lead singer Geoff Rickly on their cover in 2004. At the time, the designation seemed apt. The New Brunswick outfit's album War All Time debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200. Their prior album, Full Collapse, had become a paramount example of "screamo" - which blended the fast-paced violence and melodic professionalism of post-hardcore music with, well, screaming.