Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From November 25 to December 1
Noisy Boyz CD Release
Friday, November 29, 8:30 p.m.
w/ Steve Kyle, Dear Genre
@ Cicero's - $6-$8
By Christian Schaeffer
It's probably best if you don't take Noisy Boyz at face value -- neither the band's name nor its image passes scrutiny. Frontman Calvin Flash wears enough spangly Spandex to really earn his stage name, and the rest of the quartet plays what they call "neo-classic rock," a genre conundrum in and of itself. But there are genuine smiles to be had alongside the smirks -- these guys clearly ingested a steady diet of KSHE Klassics in their youth and have turned it into riff-heavy cock-rock. This is a band that can update Billy Squier's "The Stroke" into a convincing boogie and have the brains to call it "Frottage."
Née/Middle Class Fashion
Friday, November 29, 8 p.m.
@ Off Broadway - $10-$13
By Allison Babka
We're already tired of Christmas tunes (thanks, area radio stations/supermarkets), but the exploding disco ball on the poster for this "Post-Holiday Spectacular" tells us that Née and Middle Class Fashion have something in mind for their double bill that's a little better than "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." With a Facebook event urging us to iron our party dresses and both bands having released new tunes this year, one can predict a severe happy-glitter-dance explosion -- one that definitely will be needed after Turkey Day with the family. Kristin Dennis of Née and Jenn Malzone of Middle Class Fashion are two of St. Louis' best leading ladies, so even if they decided to bestow us with a rendition of "Funky, Funky Christmas" by New Kids on the Block, we'd happily accept it as a gift. Née reissued its Finches EP on yellow vinyl earlier this year, and Dennis is already working on new songs for an upcoming album. And we recently tapped Malzone and Middle Class Fashion as one of St. Louis' bands that should be famous by now, owing to their hard work and immense talent.
Ha Ha Tonka
Friday, November 29, 11 p.m.
w/ Making Movies, Hilary Scott
@ Plush - $12/$15
By Roy Kasten
Since ditching the wholly atrocious name Amsterband for the mildly ridiculous name Ha Ha Tonka, this flagship Americana ensemble has wound up as the auger of the Lumineer phenomenon and the archetype of post-KSHE, Midwestern-rooted rock & roll. This year's release, Lessons, puts some distance between Ha Ha Tonka and its countrified brethren, opting for an everything-plus-the-noisy-orchestral-sink approach that many a Revolver fanatic has tried and failed to master. The band's studio sound may have evolved, but its soul remains in the hills and its live show still knows just one speed: positively breakneck. Ha Ha Tonka had turned its November shows at Off Broadway into a Thanksgiving tradition. Even at the twice-the-size Plush, there's no guarantee this one won't sell out.
The Lion's Daughter & Indian Blanket Record Release
Saturday, November 30, 9 p.m.
w/ Ashes and Iron
@ The Firebird - $6-$8
By Kenny Snarzyk
From "The Ten Best St. Louis Metal Bands": The members of the Lion's Daughter claim no specific subgenre: They simply play metal, and they play it well. Hints of influence by Neurosis, Craft, Darkthrone and the Melvins peek through, while the music gets heavier with each release. Never satisfied, the trio is constantly working on improving its already near-perfect design, delivering a live show that is absolutely punishing. The Lion's Daughter has an upcoming split release with the local folksters of Indian Blanket, which will undoubtedly alienate a lot of the metal purists who have come around over the last few years. And you can bet that the band doesn't give a shit.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute
Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m.
w/ The Steve Pecaro Band, The Tony Campanella Band, Jimmy Lee Kennet
@ The Pageant - $15-$20
By RFT Staff
From this archived Best of St. Louis write-up about Steve Pecaro: As fine a genre as it can be when handled by the right set of fingers and pipes, blues remains a relatively somber musical genre, the stump from which the phrase "crying in your beer" grows. Not so with Steve Pecaro, whose typical house of blues is the 1860's Hard Shell in the 'Lard most Friday and Saturday nights. Blurring the line between blues and flag-torchin' Southern rock, Pecaro's set often scoots into Allman Brothers-Skynyrd-Stevie Ray territory, with the dance floor quickly becoming packed after the first slide 'n' strum. Bedlam really ensues when West County's finest -- big Clint, Sarah and the luscious Weisler sisters -- start belting down concoctions and getting into the groove, which is only truly plausible when Pecaro's bustin' shit up.
Sunday, December 1, 12 p.m.
@ Shanti - free
By Roy Kasten
From this 2012 interview: On a Sunday afternoon in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, you enter the Shanti through the back entrance. It's a smoking establishment, says the sign on the door, rather like a high-voltage warning at the base of the Grand Coulee Dam. Inside, a band called Boss Hall is heading toward the penultimate song of its first set, a familiar Rodney Crowell tune. You could hear ice clink in the bloody marys, save that the ventilators are churning full blast and a couple of barflies won't stop talking to hear what singer Margaret Bianchetta does with the song, and what this band -- unpredictably anchored by its boss, resophonic guitarist Tom Hall -- enables her to do. It's not a big deal, just another band in Soulard, playing one of the best versions of "'Til I Gain Control Again" that's ever been played.
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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