Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From March 3 to 9
Peat Henry Benefit Show
Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
w/ Faultfinder, Shaved Women, Lumpy & the Dumpers, The Conformists, Life Like, The Funs, Catholic Guilt
@ The Heavy Anchor - $5
By Mabel Suen
Kansas City's Faultfinder consists of St. Louis ex-pat Don Beasley on guitar along with bandmates Ben Biersmith on drums/vocals, Mookie Ninjak on bass/vocals and Steve Shoup on guitar. The four-piece creates aggressive punk that Beasley likens to a mix of Black Sabbath and Flipper, or maybe a metal version of Crass. Past these base-level comparisons, the group creates a unique sound that's entirely up to individual interpretation. Songs are built from the bottom up organically, spiked with half-yelled, half-growled confrontational storytelling. Forceful, from-the-gut punk switches from grimy down-tempo drudgery in one song to fast-paced guitar noise and percussive thrashing in the next.
Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
w/ More Than A Little
@ The Pageant - $22.50-$25
By Brett Gillin
From this 2010 show preview: Keller Williams is a one-man jam band -- although not in a strap-a-dozen-instruments-to-yourself kind of way. The Virginia native is just a jack-of-all-musical-trades who blends bluegrass, folk, rock, reggae, jazz and electronic music into a wholesome, patchouli-soaked sound. He's released [twenty] albums since 1994, including last year's [Funk]. And in a move that ensures undying loyalty from his fans and unending supplies of digitally available live music, Williams also encourages his fans to record and share his live shows, despite the fact he's shilling a couple officially released live albums.
Saturday, March 8 , 9 p.m.
@ Off Broadway - $8-$11
By Roy Kasten
In time, Justin Kinkel-Schuster, lead singer of Mississippi-based band Water Liars, may well be reckoned one of our finest songwriters -- not just of his former home of St. Louis, but of America. That's a big claim, but on Water Liars' third and self-titled album, released this month by Fat Possum Records, Kinkel-Schuster, cohort Andrew Bryant and new member GR Robinson aim big, even when playing quietly. They channel their inner Neil Young and Alex Chilton for a strung-out, dreamy and sometimes thundering song-cycle of departures and arrivals in this wide-open and unpredictably storied land.
Steddy P. & DJ Mahf
Saturday, March 8, 9 p.m.
w/ Tef Poe & Rockwell Knuckles, Farout, Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils, KO3, Looprat
@ The Demo - $8-$10
By Tef Poe
From this 2013 write-up: DJ Mahf and Steddy P are members of the Indyground collective. For those who are newly tuned in to the movement, this an indie hip-hop label based in Missouri, mirroring the likes of Strange Music in terms of potential and growth projection.... The label's most notable act to date would probably be the MCSteddy P. He has collaborated with some of the best MC's in the Midwest, touring nearly every region in the United States. His partner in crime is DJ Mahf, a St. Louis legend on the wheels of steel and no stranger to large crowds himself. Mahf most recently rocked the turntables at the Superbowl and brings a built in fanbase of true music lovers to the table.
Sunday, March 9 , 8 p.m.
w/ Jillette Johnson, Cannon Field
@ The Demo - $12
By Roy Kasten
From this 2010 show preview: In Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne argued that a name was destiny -- a theory that bodes ill for Michael Grubbs and his band, Wakey!Wakey! The title of the Brooklyn band's proper full-length debut, Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last Time I Saw You..., devours alt-weekly word counts, just as it snarfs up a buffet of crisp piano ballads, brash musical theatrics, brooding politics and semi-realized indie-rock ambition. What Wakey!Wakey! lacks in focus it makes up for with Fray-esque string zing, dance-till-you-forget-you're-a-hipster rhythms, poignant harmonies and mostly unpretentious, from-the-heart-not-the-head lyrics. Wakey!Wakey! isn't the next big band on the horizon, but it might be the jolt romantic piano pop lovers need.
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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