Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 14 to 20

Categories: Out Every Night

Souls of Liberty
Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
w/ MME, J'Demul, Jockey Blaze, Subtle Aggression, Gee Watts
@ 2720 Cherokee - $5-$7
By Tara Mahadevan
St. Louis hip-hop group Souls of Liberty is returning to the stage at 2720 Cherokee, after the release of its third mixtape, 10,000 Hours. This show is a perfect sampler of Midwest hip-hop, as the duo is accompanied by fellow local acts MME, J'Demul, Jockey Blaze and Subtle Aggression, and Kansas City-native Gee Watts. The Souls are all about spreading that St. Louis love, so if you're not familiar with the local scene, this is the show that will rectify that. Instead of pushing materialism and sexuality -- like a lot of rap music -- the Souls use their songs to spread positive messages about St. Louis, pushing their listeners to persevere and achieve. How's that for St. Louis rap?

Shawn Brackbill
Friday, April 18, 9 p.m.
w/ Yowie, What We Won't See
@ Cafe Ventana - $5
By Joseph Hess
From "The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: April 2014": The Microwaves tear standard rock structure apart and piece it back together with electronic glue. Samples are triggered via footswitch and the crowd is none the wiser while a wall of noise barrels through, driven by sharp percussion. With local openers What We Won't See and Yowie, showgoers are treated to an intro of experimental music from two different angles. While Yowie sounds like desperate guitars gnawing at a mountain of expert percussion, What We Won't See feels much more raw with its electronic beats and bass locked to standard rhythms.

Awesome Force
Saturday, April 19, 8:30 p.m.
w/ Dream Fox, Shitbird, Solid State Disaster
@ Livery Company - $5
By Joseph Hess
Chiptune music bears a stigma that sits somewhere between "nerd" and "hipster." The artists involved use downsampled tones to form an aesthetic -- no different, really, than punk rockers using cheap gear to achieve a desired trash-can timbre. To that end, Awesome Force, from Kansas City, is melodic metal suited for 8-bit Nintendoland. Strip away the band's retro clothes and you are left with a set of soundtrack-esque songs that vary with live mixing. Awesome Force uses a laptop and KORG synthesizer -- typical tools for modern electronica -- but unlike trap, dubstep or EDM artists, the group keeps a couple Gameboys on stage, too. Three of St. Louis' own chiptune addicts round out the gig, making for a mini-fest of sorts for fans of the genre. This show doubles as a release party for Dream Fox, while Solid State Disaster and Shitbird open the night.

Sidewalk Chalk
Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m.
w/ Tiffany Elle, Jbomb
@ Kranzberg Arts Center - $15/$20
By Tara Mahadevan
From "The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: April 2014": The eight-member, Chicago-based group Sidewalk Chalk brings many different elements together -- an emcee, a female vocalist, a tap dancer, and keys, bass, drums, trombone and trumpet -- to create the perfect amalgamation of hip-hop, soul and jazz. For its latest release, Leaves, the group takes its music in a slightly different direction, though with the same energy that it has always had. And yes, Sidewalk Chalk brings that crazy energy to the stage.

Sunday, April 20, 8 p.m.
w/ King Dude
@ The Pageant - $20/$25
By Mabel Suen
Ghost kind of freaks us out, but in a good way. A nameless singer clad in skull make-up and Roman Catholic pope garb leads faceless axe-wielding members in black robes. The heavy metal band is a Swedish Grammis -- not Grammy, Grammis -- award-winning group in the best hard rock/metal category and plays self-proclaimed "satanic rock music with an almost unthinkable pop sensibility." Its 2013 album Infestissumam is a chart-topper, though audiences can expect to hear its latest EP, If You Have Ghost, on this particular tour, too, as Ghost spreads the unholy gospel.

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

Broadway Oyster Bar

736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Livery Company

3211 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Scottrade Center

1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Ready Room

4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Cafe Ventana

3919 W Pine Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Livery Company

3211 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Kranzberg Arts Center

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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