Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 27 to February 2
Friday, January 31, 8 p.m.
w/ Bo Ramsey
@ Sheldon Concert Hall - $35-$40
By Roy Kasten
Greg Brown is a force of folk poetry masquerading as a force of rock & roll nature, or vice versa, depending on which way the muse is howling. Since first recording with primeval blues stalker Bo Ramsey in the '90s, Brown has been on a mission to frighten away the Prairie Home Companion audience that long sustained him, though that base has stuck with him through every thump and growl. He's rewarded his fans with a body of work only rivaled by John Prine and Townes Van Zandt in the post-Dylan folkosphere. Brown's lyrics still evoke the bliss of rural Midwestern life, but when he digs into the American underbelly he makes the blues truly his own.
Street Fighting Band
Friday, January 31, 8 p.m.
@ The Pageant - $10
By Alison Babka
You can't always get what you want, as they say, but sometimes you get what you need. Thankfully, local Rolling Stones tribute group Street Fighting Band is here to give St. Louis what it needs, since Mick Jagger and the gang last visited town way back in 2006. Street Fighting Band -- a supergroup of outstanding Gateway City musicians from the Feed, the Incurables, Funky Butt Brass Band, Via Dove and more -- brings the legendary stage performances of its British Invasion heroes to life through tight song arrangements and flashy showmanship. The group's show is nearly three hours of "only rock & roll," but we definitely like it.
Saturday, February 1, 8:30 p.m.
@ The Firebird - $25-$27
By Christian Schaeffer
Fans have become skeptical of artists touring well into their AARP years, but there's something special about 66-year-old Roky Erickson's stop in St. Louis this week. His story could have ended much more tragically; after breaking ground with the Texas psych band 13th Floor Elevators, Erickson fell into a spiral of drug use that led to a psychiatric horror show of shock treatment and Thorazine. But a late-career revival, emboldened by a record made with Okkervil River and a documentary named after his best-known song, "You're Gonna Miss Me," has given Erickson a well-deserved second life onstage. His tourmates the Black Angels, a swirling psych powerhouse itself, will headline the show. This show serves as a birthday party of sorts for the Firebird, which is celebrating five years of bringing loud, righteous acts to a town that they otherwise may have skipped over.
No Depression: A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo
Saturday, February 1, 8 p.m.
w/ The Dive Poets, The Vondrukes, Melody Den, Brothers Lazaroff, The Trophy Mules, Fred Friction, Cree Rider Family Duo
@ Off Broadway - $10-$13
By Annie Zaleski
An adaptation of this 2010 show preview: One could say that KDHX's latest theme night, "No Depression: A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo," is unnecessary. After all, it's difficult to find a night in town when local bands aren't somehow paying homage to the alt-country pioneers, whether in spirit or in practice. But twenty years ago, both before and after the release of its landmark LP, No Depression, Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn played several shows at Off Broadway. To mark that occasion, artists such as the Dive Poets, the Vondrukes, Melody Den, Brothers Lazaroff and Fred Friction will be playing the ragged, searing sucker punches that put the St. Louis music community on the map.
Sunday, February 2, 9:30 p.m.
w/ Cathedral Fever, Nos Bos
@ CBGB - free
By Mabel Suen
Nashville's Yautja plays a furious blend of death metal, hardcore and grind-punk. The three-piece takes a two week tour ahead of the release of its first full-length album, Songs of Descent, via Forcefield Records. Each of its pummeling tracks barely top out over sixty seconds, so don't blink. With the ferocity of hardcore and technicality of metal, Yautja effectively tears through short, intense songs with nary a beat left behind in its shred-heavy dust. Local openers Cathedral Fever and Nos Bos fill the bill with enough thrash and catchy punk riffs to add some well-deserved grime to the lineup. The show's free for all to see, but bring some bucks to fill the touring band's gas tank.
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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