Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From December 30 to January 5
Aquitaine CD Release
Press Photo | Jason Stoff
Friday, January 3, 9 p.m.
@ The Firebird - $7-$9
By Christian Schaeffer
From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: When Aquitaine rechristened itself after a stint as Super Moon (and then, briefly, Super Maroon), the band made its intentions as Union Jack-waving Anglophiles known at An Under Cover Weekend by covering Oasis. If that was your first exposure to this ensemble of scene vets, you got a taste of the guitar-heavy, melodically driven songs on the band's debut EP, American Pulverizer, Part 1. You could play "spot the influence" with certain songs -- Joy Division, the Bunnymen, the Jam -- but you'd do well to remember that Aquitaine uses its influences as a jumping-off point, as singer and bassist Will Hildebrandt has the voice, charisma and cocksuredness required to sell this material.
Friday, January 3, 9 p.m.
@ Off Broadway - free-$3
By RFT Staff
From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: It's easy to take Diesel Island for granted, to forget that it's still one of the strongest purveyors of classic country music in town. Once a regular at the long-gone Frederick's Music Lounge, the band -- led by veteran singer Kip Loui and the Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman, and featuring new members Tim McAvin and Spencer Marquart -- Diesel Island now finds a home and gigs in a catch-as-catch-can fashion. And though its setlist is still anchored in '70s twang, the band doesn't need to stretch out. Nobody plays the great songs of '60s and '70s country music -- from Waylon to Merle to Buck to all outlaw points in between -- quite like these veterans.
Bobby Bare Jr.
Saturday, January 4, 9 p.m.
w/ Nikki Lane
@ Off Broadway - $12/$15
By Roy Kasten
When it comes to working out musical Oedipus complexes, no contemporary artist works it quite like Bobby Bare Jr. The child of major country songwriter and hit-maker Bobby Bare Sr., the son recognizes he'll never eclipse the father's Hall of Fame achievements, and instead embraces him and his Nashville home. Jr. is comfortable settling in with subversive East-siders like Todd Snider, writing twisted and tender country-pop with titles like "Beguiled Bashful Burnt," paying homage to the late family-folk maestro Shel Silverstein and even this year contributing to an underrated tribute to Eddy Arnold. There's no telling what Bare Jr. will do next. Get to Off Broadway early for opener Nikki Lane: she's a little bit country, a little bit sexy rock & roll.
Tory Z Starbuck Project
Saturday, January 4, 9 p.m.
w/ Omoo Omoo, Willis
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free
By Bob McMahon
From this 2011 interview: Change is somewhat normal for Tory Z Starbuck Project, which cycles through different musical styles, instrumentation and sometimes even band members from album to album. The group's discography runs the gamut from otherworldly space jazz/funk to middle-eastern psychedelica to chilling darkwave and more. The one constant is that albums come out fast -- Starbuck has released nearly 30 full-lengths since he started making albums under his name in 1996 (this doesn't include his prior work with groups like Next Radio, Ultraviolet Renaissance, Futurist Manifesto and Saturnalia Glossolalia).
Sunday, January 5, 8 p.m.
@ The Gramophone - free
By Tara Mahadevan
Turkuaz was formed in the dank basements of the Berkelee College of Music in Boston, eventually bringing its power-funk to the mean streets of New York. With influences like Sly and the Family Stone and the Talking Heads, the band's sound is a full-frontal assault on the senses, but with a dollop of sweetness as its female vocalists' voices collide with the band's blaring horns and soaring guitar riffs. Rest assured that you'll be blasted with some deliciously pure funk from this large-and-in-charge P-Funk-inspired nontet. This group of Bostonians-turned-Brooklynites is a true 'funk monstrosity' (as its members call it), with a roster consisting of nine members total. Turkuaz covers all the musical bases, from tambourine to sax to synths to guitar to drums to... well, you get the point.
Sunday, January 5, 9 p.m.
w/ N. Nomurai, What We Won't See, Beauty Pageant
@ Cafe Ventana - $5
By Mabel Suen
Athens, Ohio's Frankie Teardrop gets its name from electronic proto-punk band Suicide's song of the same name. The claustrophic-sounding track tells the story of a young father, a poverty-stricken factory worker who commits murder-suicide and falls into the depths of hell. Pretty heavy, right? Upon first listen, it's easy to tell that the Athens group comes from a similar dark, scream-filled headspace, albeit expressing mood swings via its own voice. Frankie Teardrop employs a mind-boggling setup of effects and pedals to summon demons from its otherwise traditional rock instruments. The resulting cacophony, experimental in nature and inherently noise-rock in practice, might come off as somewhat scary if it weren't for the fresh-faced twenty-somethings energetically making it happen. Consider yourselves summoned. Local openers Beauty Pageant, N. Nomurai and What We Won't See match Frankie's blind-sided aggressiveness with some loud and, at times, atonal sounds of their own.
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 submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.
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