Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From October 14 to October 20

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Neko Case - Sunday, October 20 @ The Pageant
This week check out Alexis Gideon, Bill Callahan and Gateway to the West Fest to start things off. After that, gear up for a crazy weekend including one of the busiest Sundays we've seen in some time. Read on for multiple picks from our critics, and, as always, stay tuned to our weekend post for even more picks.

Patty Griffin
Monday, October 14, 8 p.m.
w/ Scott Miller
@ The Pageant - $32.50/$40
By Roy Kasten
From this 2010 show preview: Of all the major contemporary country folk chanteuses, Patty Griffin is second only to Emmylou Harris in having negotiated the star machinery of Nashville, crossed over to rock and coffeehouse audiences, and adhered to a personal and spiritual vision. Her songs as covered by the Dixie Chicks ("Top of the World," "Let Him Fly") and Martina McBride ("Goodbye"), among other mainstream singers, may be her best-known lyrics, but if you haven't heard her rich, rising alto sing them, you don't really know them at all. Her music is faith-based but never fundamentalist, in touch with higher powers, deeper mysteries and an unwavering commitment to craft.

Alexis Gideon
Tuesday, October 15, 8 p.m.
w/ Googolplexia, Key Grip, Eric Hall
@ Foam - $5
By Mabel Suen
Concert-goers craving some multi-sensory stimuli need not look further than Foam for artist Alexis Gideon's stop in St. Louis. Gideon shows the latest in his "Video Musics" series, entitled Floating Oceans. During the performance, he will project his 38-minute stop-motion animation video opera paired with live musical accompaniment. Gideon syncs up his pre-recorded audio compositions, embellishing them with live rapping, singing and spoken word.

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Bill Callahan
Wednesday, October 16, 8 p.m.
w/ Circuit Des Yeux
@ Old Rock House - $13-$20
By Christian Schaeffer
Since his gradual sloughing-off of the Smog mantle, Bill Callahan has made albums that veer increasingly toward a kind of lonely naturalism -- he's at home in the world as well as in his head. Dream River, his latest, has both the bucolic feel of big sky country and the wisdom of someone who has been writing and recording sui generis songs for almost 25 years. "I really am a lucky man," he sings on "Small Plane," and here the narrative distance between the singer and his song feel shorter than ever. Circuit Des Yeux, the project of Haley Fohr, will open the show with songs from her forthcoming (and delayed) release Overdue.

Thursday, October 17, 9 p.m.
w/ Child Abuse, Yowie, The Conformists
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free
By Mabel Suen
Staer hails from Norway, and Child Abuse calls New York City its homebase. The two experimental-rock bands come together for a U.S. tour, a heavy combination that's sure to scramble brains. Staer pairs booming, looming basslines and erratic drumbeats with noisy, purposeful guitar manipulations. Child Abuse grinds similar components together with synth keys instead of guitar strings, pummeling odd rhythms in perfect synchronization over brooding, breathy vocals. Get completely creepy with a lineup full of monstrous, math-infused music. St. Louis experimental mainstays Yowie and the Conformists lend opening support and never fail to freak us out with their strangely addictive sounds.

Location Info


The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Foam Coffee & Beer

3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Old Rock House

1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Livery Company

3211 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Mad Magician

5625 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I just want that chair he's sitting in. Super cool. It's got a cup holder, even.

egolterman topcommenter

The best shows in all cities this time of year are in their downtown performing arts centers. That is what validates cities Fall, Winter and Spring. The vicious restrictions clamped down on Kiel Opera House severely hurt St. Louis. Kiel should be pumping out shows and concerts among its 5 venues, constantly. And MUNY is trying to figure out how to announce a 6 weeks season for the City's 250th birthyear and stay out of jail.  Be smart and announce a 13 weeks season. And if this all upsets the Fox the Fox can suck eggs. ,

Joshua Loyal
Joshua Loyal

MarchFourth Marching Band tonight @ 2720 Cherokee! 20 piece amazing band with stilt-walkers, horns and tons of surprises!

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