Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From November 11 to 17
Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder
Friday, November 15, 8 p.m.
@ Contemporary Art Museum - $10-$20
By Joseph Hess
New Music Circle brought Olivia Block to St. Louis in May 2012, upon which she performed a quadrophonic (that's right, four speakers) piece. This time Block returns with two experimental filmmakers in tow. Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are a film duo who use projectors to supply light and manipulate shown images with glass, lenses and fog. The two use, in unison, separate devices to produce a vision that warps and evolves in real-time; Block will generate a live sound art collage from electronics and field recordings in response to Gibson and Recoder's abstract visuals. "Sensory overload" hardly describes the experience. This performance comes from both NMC and the St. Louis International Film Festival, a collaboration which should, literally, open eyes and ears.
Foxing Album Release
Friday, November 15, 9 p.m.
w/ Bear Hive, Parisian, Dots Not Feathers
@ The Firebird - $5
By Cassie Kohler
From "Foxing's Debut LP, The Albatross, Tackles the Darkness": Voted 2012's Best New Band by you fine folks, Foxing is quickly making a name for itself both locally and nationally. The five-piece was signed by the Count Your Lucky Stars label this spring while on tour and is set to drop its first full-length album.... The Albatross contains heavy swelling movements reminiscent of the ocean, perfect for conveying the aimed emotions of isolation and alienation. It seeks to capture a snapshot in time when multiple members of the band were undergoing a type of disconnect. "It's that alienation of coming home when you realize that the world goes on without you; not everyone is sitting around waiting for you to come back. You come home and you feel really disconnected from everything around you," says Coll.
w/ Sera, Cahoone, Derrick Streibig
@ The Firebird - $12-$17
By Roy Kasten
From this 2012 show preview: Joe Pug is not a hipster with a banjo, a smarty pants with a computer, a naïf with a fake British accent singing in a fake forest. What he is is a serious songwriter, in the line of Guthrie, Dylan and Van Zandt. His best songs are American jeremiads, composed with images both fiery and fragile, calling down simple truths on his country and himself. On the 2012 release, the Great Despiser, he tests those songs against different sounds -- E Street swagger, feedback stutter, waltzing country -- and searches for "a narrative that was ours." Song by exceptional song, he's finding it.
Saturday, November 16, 8 p.m.
@ Way Out Club - $5-$7
By Joseph Hess
From this 2011 profile: Severson spits lyrics of whimsy out from behind his thick-rimmed glasses and unkempt hair. He deals with stiff showgoers by relentlessly working the crowd: The audience is often called upon to join in, and Severson transforms them into his personal backup chorus. Participation is usually not optional, as Severson's songs are infectious and reek of catchy pop sensibility. Googolplexia is a singular entity of quirky cover tunes and simple but memorable melodies. Expect references to Star Trek, McDonald's commercials of the '80s and other playful nostalgia.
Sunday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
@ Fubar - $10-$12
By Rick Giordano
From "The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in November 2013": "Funeral doom." It's possibly the most intriguing two-word phrase I've heard since "Cheesecake Factory." That scene in Terminator 3 when Arnie carries a coffin on his shoulder and shoots everything in sight may come to mind when the phrase is heard, but that's a little too cheery an image for what this style of metal actually sounds like. If you can't handle slow songs, you're out. If you need to understand any lyrics, see you later. If you've ever played "The Thing That Should Not Be" by Metallica on the wrong RPM and disliked it, well this is not the genre for you. Seattle, Washington's Samothrace is funeral doom to its molten core, crafting unbelievably heavy tunes that can shatter and uplift with their sheer epic size. With only two full-length releases under its belt since forming in 2006, the band seems to have a less-is-more approach, with St. Louis lucky enough to be one of the few stops on a six-city tour. With the average band's set under the 60-minute mark, I just can't wait to hear which two songs Samothrace will have time to play.
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.
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