Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From September 3 to September 8
Randee St Nicholas
Friday, September 6, 7 p.m.
w/ Dierks Bentley
@ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater - $20-$600
By Michael Gallucci
From this 2011 show preview: Miranda Lambert has come a long way since torching her ex on her 2005 breakthrough hit, "Kerosene." In November, 2009's Revolution won the Country Music Association's Album of the Year award, although a bigger honor was yet to come. She also capped awards season with a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House That Built Me," one of her more sentimental songs. But Lambert (who used to scare Nashville shitless) is at her best stirring up trouble, whether proudly declaring herself a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (the title of her third album) or poking political party lines on Revolution's terrific "Only Prettier."
Friday, September 6, 9 p.m.
w/ Old Capital Square Dance Club
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free
By Christian Schaeffer
From "Prairie Rehab's Weights & Measures:" Read Our Homespun Review and Listen: The fateful Craigslist ad that brought songwriter and guitarist Lacie Mangels into the company of ex-Linemen Scott Swartz (guitar), Greg Lamb (bass) and John Baldus (drums) continues to pay dividends. After the appropriately titled Philology was released in 2011, careful listeners heard the grace in how Mangels' intricate turns of phrase and unblemished, plain-faced vocals lie atop gentle, melodic roots rock. With Weights & Measures, Prairie Rehab takes both more experimental and more conventional detours while maintaining an easy, steady sway.
Little Big Bangs Album Release
Saturday, September 7, 8 p.m.
w/ Corrigan Brothers, Skarekrau Radio, The Union Electric
@ Plush - $10
By Joseph Hess
From "Little Big Bangs Release Debut Album:" Little Big Bangs barely lets a week go by without tearing through some St. Louis basement or dive bar with its crackling grunge rock mess. The band first cut its teeth on south city streets as a trio in 2010. Shows felt like a punk rock game of musical chairs while each member hopped between instruments. Nowadays, drummer Drew Gowran rounds out the quartet by making damn well sure you hear him through that noisy wall of guitars. After nearly three years of musty basements, broken bottles and cigarette butts, Little Big Bangs laid down several songs with local stalwart engineer Jason Hutto...Surf rock riffs from Ryan Macias jive with vocalist Lucy Dougherty and her snotty screaming. Eric Boschen screams with fervor, pinning essential words on not-so-subtle songs that are deeply personal, political and mostly naked. Parts aren't drenched in needless effects, nor are the drums particularly busy.
Saturday, September 7, 9 p.m.
@ Blueberry Hill - $17.50/$20
By Michael Dauphin
From this 2012 show preview: Back in 1989, before any of us had heard of mashups, Dread Zeppelin formed to play Led Zeppelin's music as reggae songs sung by an Elvis impersonator. What on paper seems plain ridiculous is in practice sublimely ridiculous. Inventive arrangements, great guitar tones and superior musicianship help the group transcend the novelty of clever combinations like "Heartbreaker (at the End of Lonely Street)." No less of an authority than Robert Plant has said he prefers Dread's version of "Your Time Is Gonna Come" to his own band's. Dread Zeppelin has since expanded its repertoire to include original songs and music from other genres (see "Brick Houses of the Holy"), but its original formula is still potent.
Sunday, September 8, 8 p.m.
w/ Raglani, Jake Leech
@ Apop Records - $5
By Mike Appelstein
Trends come and go, but Calvin Johnson and his label, K Records, keep plugging away, following their own idiosyncratic path and occasionally intersecting with the public at large. For more than three decades, Johnson has fronted bands as diverse as Beat Happening, the Go Team, Halo Benders and Hive Dwellers. His solo material, as captured on albums like What Was Me and Before The Dream Faded, tends to be somber and doomy, often consisting of just his distinctive baritone and basic acoustic guitar backing. His solo performances include lots of storytelling and commentary and a lack of hip-shaking moves. Johnson rarely plays St. Louis -- this show will mark his third local appearance in the past decade, and his first-ever solo performance.
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.
I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, MO