Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From August 19 to 25
Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics
Friday, August 23, 9 p.m.
w/ Hazard To Ya Booty, DJ Hal Greens
@ The Gramophone - $7
By Roy Kasten
When encountering the music of Ruby Velle one also encounters the ghost of Amy Winehouse, lurking in nearly every other comparison. But the Atlanta, Georgia-based singer (originally from Canada and of East Indian descent) very much has her own voice, her own way of taming the Southern funk of her band (the Soulphonics), taking classic soul forms and finding her own emotional range within them. On last year's surprisingly consistent debut It's About Time, Velle sounds confident easing into VIP-lounge hip-hop grooves, gospel-lifted freedom songs and hand-slapping, floor-rocking workouts. Velle may be little-known outside of retro-soul connoisseur circles, but that could change very soon.
Friday, August 23, 9 p.m.
w/ Flamingo Nosebleed, Eaten Back to Life, The Haddonfields, Typesetter, Better Days
@ Fubar - $8
By Jimmy Eberle
From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows in August:" This particular Friday night will be jam-packed with crunchy, melodic hook-y goodness. It doesn't seem to make much sense to write the description of each of these bands when they've been covered before or cover the pop-punk territory, besides Parasites and Typesetter. They don't live here. They get a couple sentences. Parasites have been playing power-pop and touring since 1987, plain and simple. It rules. Typestetter make everyone's girlfriend boy-crazy with loud, note-y pop punk that will either drive you to drink or make you get laid.
Electric Masquerade: The Boogie Ball
Saturday, August 24, 8 p.m.
w/ AC Slater, Evol Intent, Kids at the Bar, Curtis B
@ 2720 Cherokee - $25/$30
By Evan C. Jones
From "The Best EDM Shows in St. Louis: August 2013:" This will be a large show, with acts sprawling out between 2720 Cherokee and the Casa Loma Ballroom right around the corner. Influential label/artist crew Trouble & Bass's own AC Slater is one of the headliners. The Brooklyn based DJ/producer is known worldwide for his eclectic sets of electronic house, hip-hop and bass music, and his productions include remixes for Boys Noize, Crookers and Moby. Evol Intent is a pioneer in the American drum and bass scene, but nowadays you can usually catch the trio's other individual projects: Bro Safari (who we spoke with recently), Treasure Fingers and Computer Club. Oklahoma City's duo Kids At The Bar bring their blend of high-octane house music to Cherokee Street as well.
Saturday, August 24, 8:30 p.m.
w/ The Eastern Sea
@ Off Broadway - $10-$15
By Mabel Suen
Six dudes manning tons of drums combined with the moving melodies of synths, multiple guitars and the occasional horn can turn a small stage into somewhat of a spectacle. Philadelphia's Grandchildren manages to synchronize all these separately moving acoustic and electric pieces tightly with a backing track of sampled beats. The resulting symphonic experience reaches far beyond the range of a standard pop band, with an impressive range of vocal harmonies playing a leading role within orchestral compositions. On this tour, Grandchildren presents its sophomore release, Golden Age, produced by Chris Powell from Man Man and Bill Moriarty of Dr. Dog. It takes a decidedly floatier approach than Grandchildren's initial release; frontman Aleks Martray describes the songs as a collage of sorts, which explains why it's so easy to get lost in the dreamlike nature of it all.
Middle Class Fashion
Sunday, August 25, 9 p.m.
w/ The Orange Peels, Hidden Pictures
@ Foam -$5
By RFT Staff
The standard template for pop trios is guitar, bass and drums, but Middle Class Fashion eschews the electric six-string and adds the piano and synths of singer and primary songwriter Jenn Malzone. The result is a dark, lovely, angry, tightly harmonized and even more tightly arranged sound that suggests Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair challenging Fiona Apple to a songwriting contest with sweet revenge as the ultimate prize. "When you touch me in this abomination, across these states on every station..." Malzone sings on MCF's 2012 debut, Girl Talk. Backed by the fuzz bass of Brian McClelland (like Malzone, a moonlighter from power-pop veteran Tight Pants Syndrome) and Brad Vaughn's skittering drums, the pretty little poison of great pop songs becomes an addiction.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and send show tips any time to email@example.com to be considered for inclusion on these lists.