Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 13 to 19
Sleepy Kitty Record Release
Friday, January 17, 8 p.m.
w/ Bailiff, Bug Chaser, Armadillo
@ Off Broadway - $8-$11
By Michael Dauphin
From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: Not enough can be said about how much Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult (collectively, Sleepy Kitty) bring to the St. Louis music-and-arts scene. As if the duo's beautiful handprinted concert posters and overall enthusiasm for St. Louis culture weren't enough, we get music too! What starts as a standard, stripped-down pop song often gets deconstructed and reconstructed though layers of reverb, loops and shifting beats. Brubeck and Sult have a knack for collaging different elements of indie, pop and rock in a manner that tip a hat to the past while forging ahead down a creative path that's entirely their own.
Bottoms Up Blues Gang
Friday, January 17, 9 p.m.
@ Shanti - free
By Ryan Wasoba
From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: You don't have to sew a patch onto your leather jacket or undergo rigorous hazing to join the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. Simply live in St. Louis, play an instrument, and speak pre-war blues like a second language; you will be riding alongside ganglords Kari Liston and Jeremy Segel-Moss in no time. The band's open-door policy and revolving-door membership works because a plethora of like-minded local musicians (including expert harmonica-slinger Adam Andrews) are beyond comfortable riffing on the duo's songbook. The Gang's tunes could pass as age-worn classics, especially when coming from the pipes of Kari Liston, a charismatic frontwoman with the voice of an angel, expelled from heaven for debauchery.
Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m.
@ The Fox Theatre - $39-$100
By Christian Schaeffer
Younger listeners can thank people like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West for bringing a little soul sophistication into their lives through the voice of Charlie Wilson. Wilson's appearances on tracks like Yeezus standout "Bound 2" proffer undeniable hip-hop cred, but soul fans know Wilson as the voice of the Gap Band. After bouts of addiction and homelessness, the one known simply as "Uncle Charlie" is a perennial Grammy nominee in the R&B and Gospel fields, and his show this week will no doubt be a celebration of the singer's many lives on the charts.
Saturday, January 18, 9 p.m.
w/ Karate Bikini
@ Plush - $8/$10
By Jaime Lees
Modern indie rock is packaged and sold as a sort of lifestyle choice or personality statement. But the members of Wussy aren't so-called hipsters exploring a grand artistic vision, nor are they a group of hotties or cool kids full of rebellion and questionable fashion choices. These are grown-ups who let the music speak for itself. The Cincinnati band combines all of the best elements of indie rock into one cohesive sound, writing songs so good, so perfectly formed, that you'll swear you've heard before, even on first listen. It's this rare kind of quality songwriting -- combined with an exuberant live show -- that has earned Wussy loads of respect from critics and sincere love from fans.
Sunday, January 19, 7 p.m.
w/ Xenia Rubinos
@ Off Broadway - $15-$18
By Mabel Suen
Since 2003, Philadelphia's Man Man has ripped and rollicked its way across stages. Its current instrumentation features everything from a clavinet and sousaphone to marimba and melodica. In addition to these supplemental instruments, the band often utilizes noisemakers like pots and pans and fireworks. While its sounds veer around the tag of experimetal rock, Man Man's sound focuses on the piano playing and growl-like singing of lead singer Honus Honus. The compositional outset is nothing short of impressive, if not at least interesting.
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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