Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From March 17 to 23

Categories: Out Every Night

Mykki Blanco
Friday, March 21, 8 p.m.
w/ Parisian, Pictureplane
@ The Gargoyle - $10
By Mabel Suen
Not a conventional rapper by any stretch of the imagination, Mykki Blanco sweats and steps across stages fearlessly, spitting eloquent lines of rhythmically delivered lyrics over acid punk beats. New York artist Michael Quattlebaum Jr. plays the part of Mykki Blanco, morphing into an abrasive femme fetale inspired by early exposure to riot grrrl, queercore and hip hop. Blanco's mixtipe, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, made waves across the Internet age. Expect a powerful performance of these songs and more during KWUR Week's Friday night showcase. St. Louis based producer Ian Jones, under the moniker Parisian, opens with his dark and moody, awe-inspiring electronic compositions. The bill also features fellow electronic artist Travis Egedy in his project Pictureplane, performing dancier jams to loosen up the room.

Young the Giant
Friday, March 21, 8 p.m.
@ The Pageant - $25-$29.50
By Kelsey Whipple
From this 2012 show preview: Despite coming together in 2004, the members of Young the Giant didn't hit the radio or the mainstream until roughly last year. Known for years as the Jakes, the guys survived a name and personnel change before its 2011 debut drew crowds and earned the group a raucous live reputation as the little-band-that-could-jam. But good hype comes to those who wait. Named a band to watch by too many outlets to name-drop, the California quintet and its mid-tempo, croon-heavy modern rock have earned approval from even the most curmudgeonly of sources: Morrissey is a fan.

Yonder Mountain String Band
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
@ The Pageant - $25-$30
By Roy Kasten
From this archived show preview: Once upon a time, a string band meant hillbilly music as advanced by Roy Acuff, Charlie Poole and John Hartford. But the Grateful Dead and outdoor-festival culture changed all that. The Colorado-based acoustic rockers of Yonder Mountain String Band have long known who now calls the tune: snowboard bums, collegiate bro-grassers and summer-fest freaks. That demographic has transformed it into the quasi-string band equivalent of the Dave Matthews Band, a massively successful touring operation that cranks out live recordings faster than even its own instrumental breaks. But like DMB, YMSB is fueled by musicianship and a groove channeled into warp-speed bluegrass -- and the band has enough of a connection to country roots that even skeptics may want to ring in the new year with a hyper-driven hippie twirl.

Bryan Sutter
Saturday, March 22, 7 p.m.
w/ Middle Class Fashion, Ransom Note, Jedi Nighties
@ Off Broadway - $10-$12
By Christian Schaeffer
From this 2013 album review: Someday, maybe, Jenn Malzone's pen will dry up, having written dozens of sharp, biting songs about love's pitiful game of Ping-Pong. If and when that time comes, it won't be soon. About eighteen months after releasing the roundly admired Girl Talk, Malzone and her mates in Middle Class Fashion return with a fourteen-track LP and a new member in tow....It's a magnetic performance and a sweet slice of dance-pop that's already received more than a few spins on community radio in town. Chances are, you won't have to work too hard to hear these songs on the air or on stages in the coming months.

Sunday, March 23, 8 p.m.
@ The Firebird - $12-$14
By Christian Schaeffer
Last week, much of the civilized world (and over half of your Twitter feed) descended on Austin, Texas's South by Southwest festival to hear new music, eat breakfast tacos and engage in some "dynamic brand strategizing." Now, Austin returns the favor by sending one of its finest exports to our town. Ume is a trio led by vocalist/guitarist Lauren Larson and her bass-playing husband Eric, and the music they make is marked by shoegaze's hypnotic swirl and modern pop's insistence on forward momentum. The guitars are kisses by reverb and delay, but Larson's vocals are clear and beguiling on the band's latest, Monuments.

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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Location Info

Cafe Ventana

3919 W Pine Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Foam Coffee & Beer

3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: General


6445 Forsyth Blvd, University City, MO

Category: Music

The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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