Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From February 17 to 23
Friday, February 21, 8 p.m.
w/ Brave Baby, Optimus Rex, Black Bears
@ The Firebird - $12-$14
By Christian Schaeffer
Tristen Gaspadarek knows the gifts and limitations of geography. Born outside Chicago and now a resident of Nashville, she simply sounds like a smart amalgam of modern pop and timeless songwriting. Her voice, the instrument prized above all else in Music City, can be clear, confident, quavering and mysterious in short order. That voice is front and center on her latest, CAVES, the 2013 album that followed her breakout Charlatans at the Garden Gate. On the album, she revisits some of the sounds and themes of her previous work, with an emphasis on bewitching synths and a reimagined take on '80s glam.
Third Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert
Friday, February 21, 9 p.m.
@ The Gramophone - $10-$13
By Tara Mahadevan
For the last three years, the St. Louis hip-hop community has honored the memory of legendary producer J Dilla by holding a tribute concert in February. Why February? Well, it's the month of both Dilla's birthday and passing, as well as the month when his last album dropped, the hip-hop classic Donuts. This is the Gramophone and Downstereo's third collaboration celebrating the life and work of "The King of Beats." RIP Jay Dee. : This show's lineup is ridiculous, featuring over ten acts including Nato Caliph, Mathias James, 18andCounting, Thelonious Kryptonite and Family Affair, backed by the funky Downstereo. And even before the tunes begin, Bare Knuckle Music is presenting a beat battle. Arrive early and stick around or miss out.
Saturday, February 22, 9 p.m.
w/ ThorHammer, Voyage of Slaves - From this 2013 interivew
@ The Firebird - $10-$14
By Kyle McNeil
From this 2013 interivew: Ten years after emerging from the basements and DIY spots of Athens, Ohio, the blackened thrash-metal masters of Skeletonwitch still ride strong and fast. No stranger to the road, Skeletonwitch has paid its dues with hundreds of thousands of miles traveled and innumerable stages leveled.
Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society
Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
@ Joe's Cafe - $10-$20
By Mabel Suen
Chicagoan Josh Abrams's unique sound stems from the utilization of a guimbri as his primary instrument of choice. Natural Information augments the driving guimbri with layers of harmonium, drums, electric guitar and autoharp. The three-stringed animal hide bass, traditionally used by Gnawa of North Africa in healing ceremonies, provides a pleasantly tinny, melodic timbre that in his songs, bounces playfully between his backing band's psychedelic jazz-fueled momentum. New Music Circle's latest showcase takes place at Joe's Cafe, a memorable setting to behold in itself.
Sunday, February 23, 1 p.m.
@ Soulard Neighborhood - free
By Scott Heisel
From this 2010 show preview: Barenaked Ladies fans -- don't lie, you know you're out there -- had quite the scare when co-vocalist Steven Page (a.k.a. the one who doesn't rap) announced he was leaving the band in early 2009. His departure did little to slow down the Canadian pop-rock institution, however. The Page-less album, All in Good Time, was the group's highest-charting release in the United States in nearly a decade, and the group even had a Ben & Jerry's ice-cream flavor ("If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours") named after one of its classic songs. It's the perfect thing to eat when you're lying in bed (just like Brian Wilson did) or as a dessert after a big plate of chicken (might we recommend Chickity China -- it is the Chinese chicken, after all).
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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