Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 24 to 30
Friday, March 28, 8:30 p.m.
w/ Ded Bugs, DinoFight!
@ The Demo - $12
By Jaime Lees
From this 2012 show preview: Peelander-Z is like Gwar on ecstasy. From Japan (via New York City), the members' bright color-block costumes make them look like after-hours Power Rangers. Described as "Japan action comic punk," the band is loved almost exclusively by those intrigued by novelty: comic-book addicts, professional wresting devotees, anime enthusiasts and Juggalos, alike. Peelander-Z is a good time wrapped up in a j-punk box. With songs such as "Ninja-High Schooool," "Ice Cream!" and "Pun! Pun! Punkrock!," the band gets audiences bouncing like little kids on a sugar high. Come for the spectacle, stay for the smiles.
Okoiucho: Darin Gray and Chris Smentowski
Friday, March 28, 8 p.m.
@ Apop Records - $5
By Mabel Suen
At this intimate experimental show, local music community veterans Darin Gray (of Chikamorachi, the Dazzling Killmen) and Chris Smentowski (of Brain Transplant, What We Won't See) perform live improvisation via manipulated electronics to accompany Polish short films and animations. The duo's name comes from a play on the Polish words for "eye and ear," implying that onlookers will have plenty to both hear and see during this early evening performance.
Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.
w/ Blitzen Trapper
@ The Pageant - $25-$29.50
By Roy Kasten
Since the departure of songwriter, singer and guitarist Jason Isbell in 2007, the Drive-By Truckers has seemed like a band in search of a purpose. It's sound wasn't lost -- founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have Southern rock deep in their blood -- but its creative tension, the drive in its name and in its songs, had seemed to slip away. On the recently released English Oceans, the band recaptures some of what it lost: Splitting songwriting evenly between its two frontmen, the DBTs barrel through a landscape of desperation, confusion, love and hate on the margins of the Southern lives no American band has better understood or rocked harder. Blitzen Trapper, indie rock's most prolific and unapologetic follower of the Grateful Dead, opens the evening. So if you're planning to light up, pace yourself.
Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.
w/ Cold Hearted Strangers
@ Off Broadway - $8-$10
By Christian Schaeffer
Four high-school friends from Lancaster, Pennsylvania started a band, moved to Philly and channeled their youth into smart, propulsive rock & roll as the Districts. The young quartet self-released Telephone in 2012 and has re-cut a few of those tunes (and added some new material) for this year's self-titled EP, which came out on Fat Possum Records. Singer and guitarist Rob Grote has the rare ability to sing with nuance and precision in front of loud, dreamy, guitar-driven rock music, while still transmitting more hard-won wisdom than a twenty-something should be allowed.
Sunday, March 30, 8 p.m.
w/ The Band of Heathens
@ The Pageant - $17.50-$22
By Roy Kasten
From this archived show preview: Like fellow Okies Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly plays a brash and overdriven style of country that kicks too much shit for heavy radio rotation and calls too much bullshit on naïve notions of tradition for Americana. Led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, the band has found a home at the neverending fraternal keggers of Austin.... With electric guitars, mandolin and biting fiddle lines, the band hauls ass across a crumbling Western landscape, laying bare all manner of false hopes, from jingoistic politics to Christian delusions. For Reckless Kelly the twang-rock road may go on forever, but the party always has an ear-ringing end.
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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