Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 7 to 13
Friday, April 11, 8 p.m.
@ Scottrade Center -$49.50-$119.50
By Daniel Hill
Here are some facts you may or may not know about Billy Joel: He released his first hit song in 1973, and has had 33 Top-40 hits since. He has sold 150 million albums worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. None of this should come as much as a surprise to anyone -- to say that Joel has had successful career would be to vastly understate the case. But here's a particularly neat piece of trivia: Joel performed at the Scottrade Center's first-ever concert in 1994 (then known as the Kiel Center), and this show marks the twentieth anniversary for the downtown mega-venue. Two decades ago, Joel closed out his performance with "Only the Good Die Young." Now that the 64-year-old's longevity has proven his allegiance to the Dark side, what will he end with on this night?
Friday, April 11, 8 p.m.
w/ Esme Patterson
@ Blueberry Hill - $12
By Roy Kasten
In the fiercely lo-fi music of Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, you can hear the influences of contemporaries like AA Bondy and Justin Townes Earle, as well as the Delta blues the Austinite has likely only read about in Arhoolie CD liner notes. But you can also detect the inspiration of art-folk one-man bands such as Bob Log III, though Rose-Garcia brings a supple, singer-songwriter sensitivity to the theatrical thump and thwack of his performances, and then cuts it all with the spooky rasp of his voice and a jazzy swing to his phrasing. It all might seem like another boho hobo put-on if he didn't have a knack for indelibly raw images and the charisma to make them stick.
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
@ Powell Symphony Hall - $35-$75
By Ryan Wasoba
From this 2012 show review: As he sat behind Powell Symphony Hall's grand piano and sang the phrase "Kiss my ass goodbye," the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra echoed his melody with trumpets and Ben Folds smiled the smile of a boy who was getting away with something. Fantasy sequences in film are frequently scored by a lush, orchestral arrangement, and the joke comes in the pairing of something so insignificant with something so dramatic. For Folds, who learned music by playing percussion in orchestras, this is the dream: Playing his own material, both his precious moments slow jams and his trailer trashing piano-as-a-weapon cuts, with the sonic and moral support of an entire orchestra. Some of his songs were tailored perfectly to the high class setting and some were so inappropriate they seemed necessary. As such, Ben Folds' performance last evening was both outstanding and inherently hilarious.
Saturday, April 12, 9 p.m.
w/ Finished, Catholic Guilt
@ Apop Records - $5
By Mabel Suen
When's the last time you got down and dirty with some straight-up dungeon rock? In Heat and Finished bring some grimy guitars and guttural yells to fill Apop Records with enough sluggish industrial sound to weigh down the rest of April. Hailing from Providence -- the veritable U.S. capital of noise rock for and by music weirdos -- the two groups promise to stir things up on Cherokee Street with some macabre punk and metal. Locals Catholic Guilt opens with its own psychedelic sludge.
Sunday, April 13, 8 p.m.
w/ Scott Amendola
@ Old Rock House - $12-$25
By Christian Schaeffer
All those seven- and eight-string guitars that hogged wall space at suburban Guitar Centers back at the turn of the century were part of our nation's brief but scarring affair with nu-metal. And while it turns out an extra few strings couldn't polish even the Limpest of Bizkits, in the hands of Charlie Hunter, those instruments are transformed into a one-man stringed symphony. Hunter walks a line between jazz and jam music by using his guitar to furnish leads, rhythms and bass tones, all at once. There's a bit of George Benson, a smidge of John Scofield and a hint of Leo Nocentelli in his technique, but Hunter weaves all that and more together in his distinctive slap/fingerpick style. Hunter is adept at keeping his own rhythm, but he'll be bringing longtime collaborator Scott Amendola along for this show.
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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