Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From May 12 to 18
Friday, May 16, 7 p.m.
@ Fubar - $17-$20
By Rick Giordano
From "The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: May 2014": It's hard to say the phrase "extreme metal" without the words "Pig Destroyer" following closely behind. Since forming in 1997, the band has released five full length albums, toured very little and played St. Louis... never. In 2011, St. Louis area native Adam Jarvis joined the band on drums before recording 2012's Book Burner, and recruited his also St. Louis-based cousin John Jarvis just last year as the band's first-ever bassist. After more than fifteen years without a visit, we should all bow our heads with a thank you prayer to the Jarvis family crest for making a St. Louis Pig Destroyer show finally a reality.
Bruxism No. 3
Friday, May 16, 9 p.m.
w/ Regicide Bureau, Skull's Mind, Kingston Family Singers
@ Apop Records - $5
By Joseph Hess
From "The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: May 2014": Thomas Sutter has operated under the alias Regicide Bureau for nearly 30 years, releasing more than 300 recordings -- generally free of cost. While the video above gives a sample of Sutter's sound, don't expect the live show to compare. Online evidence of any past work is scarce, making this gig a rare chance to see one of St. Louis' most prolific outsiders in music. Kingston Family Singers collaborates with modular madman Kevin Harris for an audio/visual set of warped sight and sound. The Singers is actually a solo act, unless you count Maxwell Ullyses Kingston, an otherwise innocent stuffed animal. Maybe Chad Hickman, the brain behind the band, knows more than we do. The BRUXISM concert series is a collaboration between Apop Records and Nathan Cook (usually known by his stage name, NNN Cook). The music offered is certainly niche, but Cook's careful planning caters to many palates. What results is a perfect entry point for newcomers to noise and experimental music.
Saturday, May 17, 9 p.m.
w/ Turbo Fruits
@ Off Broadway - $12
By Roy Kasten
The Whigs recorded its new album Modern Creation in a flurry of live sessions, one song per day, with producer Jim Scott (known for his work with Wilco and Tom Petty) at the controls. The Athens, Georgia natives, now based in Nashville, would have you believe the approach was more conceptual than economic. Regardless, Modern Creation is the trio's heaviest release to date, with its power-pop tendencies held in check by volleys of arena rock drumming and Sabbath riffage. "I just want to run forever, and I want to rock & roll," declares front man Parker Gispert. By sloughing off all pretension and extraneous flourishes, the Whigs may not have attained the breakthrough they deserve, but the band has more than enough hard rock to burn. Barroom blasters Turbo Fruits open the show -- just bang your head and worry about your bar tab in the morning.
Saturday, May 17, 9 p.m.
@ The Gramophone - $10/$15
By Tara Mahadevan
Nappy Roots formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1995, releasing their debut mixtape Country Fried Cess in 1998. The sextet's original take on southern bounce attracted all the major labels; Nappy Roots soon signed with Atlantic and became widely known for the song "Awnaw" from 2002's Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. A consistent force on the alternative end of the hip-hop spectrum, the group is known for incorporating instrumentals like guitars, strings and piano into its sound.
Sunday, May 18, 8 p.m.
w/ The Braids
@ Old Rock House - $13/$15
By Christian Schaeffer
The big news with the latest Wye Oak album, Shriek, focused on Jenn Wasner's move away from the electric guitar, an instrument she mastered and wailed upon over the past few releases. Emboldened by her more electro-savvy side projects (Flock of Dimes and Dungeonesse) and intrigued by the bass guitar, she and drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack created an LP that was a touch more danceable, but that lost none of the band's previous charms. Wasner still writes and sings songs with both a fragile depth and unshakable cool, and the slightly more chill vibes on Shriek don't dull the other senses. Montreal's Braids will open the 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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