Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From September 23 to 29
Friday, September 27, 9 p.m.
@ Blueberry Hill - $15/$20
By Roy Kasten
Cody ChesnuTT has no one to blame but himself for his fall from critical and popular favor. Shit happens when you record a debut in your bedroom, title it The Headphone Masterpiece and then live up to all the bravado in sound, song and vision. Part Prince, part Terence Trent D'Arby and part Curtis Mayfield, the Atlanta-born auteur raised expectations for the kind of career his influences have had. But a decade passed and ChestnuTT never quite made it, though his sole, full-length follow-up to Masterpiece, last year's Landing on a Hundred, sounded smart, funky and at peace with his not-quite-retro, not-quite-experimental muses. Don't count Cody out just yet.
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m.
@ Fubar - $12-$15
w/ Hellbound Glory, The Browncoats, SVK
By Jenn DeRose
Hillbilly-punk legends the Supersuckers and St. Louis are a match made in the dive bars of heaven. There are marks of country-life all over our city streets, from oversized mud-splattered trucks careening down narrow alleyways to our penchant for donning sweatpants in public. We embrace our trashiness, and so do the members of the Supersuckers. Comradery with the average 10-gallon hat wearin' whiskey-swillin' workin' man is a hallmark of the band's aesthetic; most songs are about fighting, drugs, booze or vehicles. How many other punk bands lovingly mention Ford and Chevy by name in their lyrics? Frontman Eddie Spaghetti and his crew have even been known to work the merch booth themselves and shmooze the crowd all night, immersing themselves into the Dionysian party that is the Supersuckers live show.
Brothers Lazaroff CD Release
Saturday, September 28, 12 p.m.
@ Vintage Vinyl - free
By Mabel Suen
From "Fill in the Blank: Brothers Lazaroff": Brothers and best buds David and Jeff Lazaroff have the type of close-knit relationship that all siblings ought to aspire to. The duo has written songs together on guitars since their high school days and officially began playing under the name Brothers Lazaroff around 2003. For the past five-and-a-half-years, the brothers have made local musicians Grover Stewart (drums), Teddy Brookins (bass) and Mo Egeston (keyboards) part of their extended family. Influences for the brothers include everything from Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams to Wilco, bluegrass and dub reggae. While difficult to pinpoint Brothers Lazaroff's singer-songwriter-based sound, which melds everything from psychedelic rock and acid jazz to soulful Americana, it's safe to call it roots music.
Rock and Rollerskating
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 p.m.
w/ Maximum Effort, Earring, Massive Ego, Skymaul, The Funs, Doom Town
@ St. Louis Skatium - $8
By Joseph Hess
From "Punk: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees": This conspiracy-rock for cautious punks tears through notions of well-being in our river city. Frontman Zeng belts out vocals like a sideways preacher, gasping for air between words telling of the shadow government and imparting cautionary tales that feel like dangerous anthems. Striking guitar riffs drive alien conspiracy theory with a damaged vehicle. Maximum Effort asks you to heed its call -- after all, this is not a band; it is an awareness group. Behind the curtain is a revelation, an enlightenment built on power chords and feedback. Maximum Effort feeds our fears with what could very well be the truthiest of truths.
Mel D. Cole
Sunday, September 29, 8 p.m.
@ The Pageant - $30-$50
w/ Amp Live, Andreilien (Heyoka)
By Christian Schaeffer
From this 2011 show preview: When you name your musical outfit Bassnectar, you'd better have the feel-good vibes (and the low-end) to back up such a ridiculous moniker. Thankfully, the act's DJ, beat-wrangler and all around party-starter Lorin Ashton embraces the sort of musical pantheism that breaks down borders and gets bodies moving. For the indie snobs, he can toss in Beatles licks or Pixies bass lines -- and for the club kids, the sheer amount of bass and squelching synthesizers is enough to trigger visions of glow sticks. Add a few hip-hop verses, continual tempo adjustments -- and the emotional catharsis that happens when a thousand strangers move as one -- and Bassnectar's mass appeal is no mystery at all.
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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