Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 6 to 12

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Motel Mirrors
Friday, January 10, 8:30 p.m.
w/ Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith
@ Off Broadway - $10-$15
By Roy Kasten
It was but a matter of time before Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith had a meeting of the musical minds; their musical hearts were already drawn to the same shared influences. The Memphis songwriters and band leaders both gravitate to honky-tonk, rockabilly and swamp pop, like dive-bar lifers paying tribute to jukeboxes they'll never have a hit on themselves. As Motel Mirrors, LaVere and Keith dust off a host of classic roots covers -- from Johnny Cash to Buddy Holly to George Jones -- and dust up their originals with classic country harmonies and revved-up rhythms. For this tour Motel Mirrors features Austin, Texas, blues guitarist and songwriter (and LaVere's significant other) Will Sexton.

Bassamp and Dano
Friday, January 10, 9 p.m.
w/ Comedian Marty DeRosa
@ The Firebird - $10
By Michael Dauphin
From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: It would be downright unpatriotic to not be entertained by the Ford-tough, Second Amendment punks Bass Amp and Dan-O. The duo likes their beer cold, their cable TV loud and their Ramones riffs blazing. If Toby Keith had more of a sense of humor, he'd start a project like this and tap the Queers to back him up, but Toby Keith simply isn't half as clever as these two shit disturbers. Bass Amp and Dan-O are like the deep-fried Twinkies of punk rock: It's overly ignorant and incredibly catchy; so much so that you find yourself singing along to words that you would otherwise never speak in public.

Zero Boys
Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m.
w/ The Scam, Ultraman, Scene of Irony, The Haddonfields
@ Fubar - $15
By Jenn DeRose
The Zero Boys represent the best of early-'80s hardcore punk, with musical diversity and skill unusual for the genre in its infancy. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, its isolation from the budding hardcore movement on the coasts may have contributed to its distinctive sound. The Zero Boys are instantly recognizable for snotty vocals practically dripping with boogers, a throbbing, manic rhythm section and frantic guitar fills that dip into thrash metal. The classic 1982 album Vicious Circle is packed from end to end with snarling jams that touch on the typical tropes of punk: drugs, sex and the awful state of radio rock. "Civilization's Dying" digs deeper with meditations on violence as the great equalizer: "For the Pope/and the president/all got one thing in common/ they know it ain't no fun to get shot with a gun." When O.G. punk bands visit St. Louis there is a veritable smorgasbord of local acts to support them. This lineup includes Ultraman, another Midwestern old-school heavyweight.

Theo Welling
Mac Lethal
Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m.
w/ Brett Gretzky, Seymour Awesome, HenTron
@ 2720 Cherokee - $12-$15
By Bob McMahon
From this 2011 show review: It shouldn't surprise anyone that Mac Lethal is able to improvise. After all, the Kansas City rapper won the emcee battle at the venerable Scribble Jam festival in 2002. This quick thinking came in handy when he was faced with a sparse attendance of around 40 people at the Firebird last night. After rapping a handful of songs with his hype man Patric, Mac Lethal turned a scattered crowd into an intimate one by inviting everyone to enjoy the concert from onstage. From there, Lethal did a few songs a capella including a stirring versions of venomous breakup anthems "Citrus" and "Heart of a Pig," the latter of which featured solid beat-boxing from Patric.

Jake Leech
Sunday, January 12, 8 p.m.
w/ Wax Fruit, Neatly Knotted, Nevada Greene
@ Blank Space - $5
By Joseph Hess
From this 2013 profile: Ambient sounds serve a much different purpose than say, a well-crafted pop hit or straight-ahead punk song. Sure, we know how to mosh, run in circles or bob our heads when the proper song calls for such a reaction. How then, do we react to an aural drone that moves like a musical mantra? One might find themselves moving to a non-rhythm, or sitting cross-legged in meditation. Jake Leech believes you could operate complex machinery. Rather, Leech prefers that you throw on his latest cut, Brightest Night to Memory, and explore downtown Clayton in a moving vehicle. Having spent the better part of his teen years living in the suburban city, Leech taps into the energy of a place so safe, yet so close to the famously "dangerous" St. Louis.

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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