Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 20 to 26
CC Murder Dogs
Friday, January 24, 9 p.m.
w/ Bearer, Ruz
@ Cafe Ventana - $6
From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: January 2014": CC Murder Dogs make it fast and psychotic, combined with Bearer's whole funeral-in-the-'90s atmosphere, and the slop the locals bring will most likely not come out of your clothes. Get it out of your system and do something stupid, or just bring money and do the folded-arms glancefloor showdown. Touring isn't getting cheaper.
Hearding Cats Collective presents: Hear What You Don't See
Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
w/ Rich O'Donnell, Doc Mabuse
@ Regional Arts Commission - $10-$15
By Joseph Hess
From "The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: January 2014": The last time Rich O'Donnell and Doc Mabuse invited us to a show, it involved stripping down to our skivvies and jumping into the pool at Webster University. Like Aqurld Waves, their underwater concert in 2013, O'Donnell and Mabuse seek to alter the senses as part of the performance. With HEAR WHAT YOU DON'T SEE, the audience will be treated to short pieces of experimental music in a pitch-black environment. The idea here is that without sight, the audience will focus on how the brain discerns sound without visual context. O'Connell and Mabuse will explore this darkness with music, using percussion, synthesizer and guitar. Regional Arts Commission provides a safe environment for the piece, and it's open to all ages.
Saturday, January 25, 6 p.m.
w/ w/ Too Many Daves, The Dopamines, The Humanoids, Jetty Boys, Eaten Back to Life, Bunnygrunt, The Onions, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Heat Tapes, Chill Dawgs, Opposites Attack, Hospital Job, The Transgressions
@ Fubar - $15-$30
By Jimmy Eberle
From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: January 2014": Daren and Nighthawk have pulled through once again to bring some of the best touring bands that exist to St. Louis. You might have seen these particular groups at various chug/puke-a-thons at Lemmons or Fubar throughout the past year. This is going to be as ridiculous as those, but multiplied by a thousand exponentials. Don't like a nonsensical math joke? You can punch people like myself in the face about it during this venerable local fest. If nothing else, you'll definitely be able to spill beer while talking to people about their jackets and favorites episodes of MST3K.
Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m.
w/ Have Gun Will Travel
@ The Pageant - $22.50-$27
By Roy Kasten
From this 2010 preview: In case you're new to this planet, quasi-bluegrass, fully bearded jam bands are where it's at — if your destination is a festival where "Shady Grove" gets picked out for the 19,000th time. Railroad Earth has ridden the summer party circuit for all that it's worth (and then some), but the New Jersey acoustic rockers possess timeless-sounding material — a claim that only a handful of their competitors can make. On its album, Amen Corner, the band matches the taut harmonies of peers such as the Old Crow Medicine Show. Its horn-punched basement honky-tonk and mandolin- and fiddle-driven Americana parables, however, nearly live up to influences such as the Band. Railroad Earth will probably play "Shady Grove" if you demand it, but its own original songs are what you'll want to hear the band jamming through the early summer dusk.
Sunday, January 26, 8 p.m
w/ William Tyler
@ Off Broadway - $13-$18
By Roy Kasten
Named for a boxy, metal phonograph found in every elementary school from Bangor to Santa Barbara and quickly becoming the needle-dropper of choice of every hipster with a 78, Califone is a loose, Chicago-based confederation of experimental musicians led by Tim Rutili of the post-blues undergrounders Red Red Meat. Sometimes loopy as Sparklehorse, sometimes folk-gothic as Palace, the group generally makes its strongest statements via evocative instrumentals and yet, for all his laconism, its Rutelli's songs and droll delivery on last year's surprisingly accessible Stitches that shine most. Opener William Tyler isn't interested in becoming the next Hendrix, let alone Kottke, but he's a formidable and adventurous guitarist more than meriting a prompt arrival.
Sunday, January 26, 7 p.m.
w/ Party Supplies
@ Pop's Nightclub - $20-$24
By Tara Mahadevan
From New York City comes Action Bronson, the supreme MC gourmand, master at pairing lyrics about culinary cuisine with classic east coast hip-hop. Though many note a lyrical and tonal resemblance to the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, the comparisons stop there — Bronson’s long, gingery, chinstrap beard serves as a tell-tale sign of his Jewish Queens heritage. Before entering hip-hop, Bronson was a well-respected gourmet chef, and is probably the only man in the world who has ever rapped while making a remoulade.
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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