Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis This Week From September 16 to September 22
Friday, September 20, 8:30 p.m.
w/ Ashleigh Flynn
@ Off Broadway - $15-$18
By Roy Kasten
The idea of a musical collective has romantic appeal, but for most bands it's just a marketing tool or an excuse not to become a band at all. Black Prairie doesn't claim to be a collective, but that it is, with three members of the Decemberists joined by Bearfoot singer and violinist Annalisa Tornfelt and Dolorean guitarist Jon Neufeld. And while the five know this experimental configuration is a side project, they put extraordinary energy into their sound-shaping, from klezmer jaunts to folk hymns, from silent-film swing to clogging-worthy jams that would make John Hartford proud.
An Undercover Weekend 7
Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 7:30 p.m
@ The Firebird - $10 per night
By Daniel Hill
From "Lineup Announced for An Undercover Weekend 7": Seven years running, An Under Cover Weekend is St. Louis' premiere cover show experience. Each year, local artists line up to transform into their favorite acts for one night only. Day one of the two-day event features the Incurables as T. Rex, Dots Not Feathers as Queen, the Defeated County as the Mamas & the Papas, Search Parties as Arcade Fire and Bluefish as Rat Pack. On Saturday night, look forward to Via Dove as INXS, the Feed as Wham, Last to Show First to Go as the Police, Scarlet Tanager as the Beach Boys, and Ryan Wasoba & Foxing as Neutral Milk Hotel.
Court Street Scrappers
Saturday, September 21, 9 p.m.
w/ Better Days, Scene of Irony, A Death and a Promise, True North
@ Fubar - $7-$10
By Jimmy Eberle
From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2013": Oi! Come get your skinhead fix at Fubar. The line-up for this show sounds like a Punk-o-Rama compilation. Court Street Scrappers bring the street punk. A Death and a Promise will show you how tough they are musically and otherwise, once you lose your whiskey money in a game of craps behind the building. Scene Of Irony are still together. True North play catchy pop-punk in the vein of something you'd hear over the PA at Lemmons while being yelled at by one of the staff about said band's levels of "hella good catchiness."
Sunday, September 22, 8 p.m.
w/ Joe Purdy
@ Old Rock House - $27/$30
By Christian Schaeffer
For an album called Tooth & Nail, Billy Bragg's latest LP starts out uncharacteristically with a hush, his inimitable voice lilting along in "January Song." A songwriter who staked his claim as both post-punk's poet laureate and its placard-waving protest singer, Bragg has continually juggled both ideology and sexuality, to borrow two of his song titles. He could radicalize you with his politics or break your heart with a tale of busted love, and one side never outbalances the other. At this stage in his career, 30 years after his debut, he's got little left to prove, except maybe to himself and his adherence to blurring the lines between folk and punk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for inclusion on these lists.
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