Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week From July 7 to 13
Friday, July 11, 9 p.m.
@ Blueberry Hill - $10/$12.50
By Christian Schaeffer
The gentle, soulful languor of PHOX's debut album never quite veers into melancholy; there is too much kinetic musical movement -- even in its slower songs -- to take the wind out of the band's indie-pop sales. Singer Monica Martin has a hesitatingly husky approach to her vocals, but her songs weave in surprising moments -- twangy resonances, expert octave spans, soul-deep whispers -- to give life to the spirited, if slightly twee, instrumentation. Martin's bandmates are versed in chamber-pop smarts but are wise enough to deploy their banjo patterns and whistle solos in service of these songs and their gifted singer.
Search Parties Album Release
Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.
w/ Dots Not Feathers, Bear Hive, Humdrum, The Mhurs
@ The Firebird - $8
By Blair Stiles
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Elliott Pearson and Alex Petrone first landed on the scene in 2010 with their band Great Outdoors. That Best New Band nominee shed its leaves and left Pearson and Petrone to rake up the mess, bagging up what they could salvage to form Search Parties. Pearson rendered his wilted emotions unto Search Parties, and the music was weighed out on a grander scale. Search Parties' aural heft belies its indie-rock tag line. Pearson calls out with an arid vocal tone which can turn perceptively humid in the blink of a verse. Dylan Dougherty inputs staccato key arrangements that strike through the veil of Pearson's elastic vocal range. Danny Newgent's guitar tones manifest heady textures and coat the band in a drowsy haze of reverb. Petrone once again takes to a drumkit to coordinate fastidious rhythmic arrangements that keep pace with Chris Garner's bass and the band's live violinist, Gina Euygenhuysen. The final product is familiar and fresh at once, foreshadowing good things for the young group.
Ying Yang Twins
Saturday, July 12, 8 p.m.
w/ Netwurk, Family Affair, Obesity Ent, A-Game
@ The Ready Room - $20-$23
By Tara Mahadevan
From "The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: July 2014": From Atlanta comes the legendary Ying Yang Twins, Kaine and D-Roc, who gained popularity on Lil Jon's single "Get Low." The duo followed up that hit with singles like "Salt Shaker," "Badd" and "Shake." While they haven't dropped their own project since 2009's Ying Yang Forever, they recently teamed up with German producer DJ Teddy-O to release All Around The World in 2012. But we're really hoping for those classic hits... "The Whisper Song," anybody?
Saturday, July 12, 9 p.m.
w/ The Big Idea
@ Blueberry Hill - $12/$15
By Roy Kasten
Most people consider bluegrass and old-time music to be conservative forms, and most people, as usual, are wrong. Conserving the traditions of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson is a worthy, even necessary pursuit, but so too are home-brewing, home-growing and home-wrecking -- the principal activities of hippie-hillbilly band Mountain Sprout. The band's original repertoire tells part of the story -- "Town Drunk," "All the Marijuana" and "Tweeker" being representative examples -- but its improving instrumental skill -- breakneck fiddle, mean Scruggs-style banjo picking and rhythmic drive that's steadier than you'd expect from such unrepentant stoners -- liberates these Arkies from their own shtick. Opener the Big Idea, hailing from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, cuts its strummy hoedown sound with busking nonchalance and better-than-average songwriting. It ain't bluegrass, but it's worth an early arrival.
Sunday, July 13, 8:30 p.m.
@ The Firebird - $22-$25
By Jaime Lees
One of the greatest success stories born out of the massive '90s alternative scene in Chicago was Veruca Salt. Fronted by Nina Gordon and (St. Louis native) Louise Post, each songwriter offered her own distinct strength: Gordon with blooming melody and Post with fiery power. The band was signed to Geffen Records, had a few videos in heavy rotation on MTV ("Seether," "Volcano Girls") and produced a handful of albums of revved up alt-pop before fading from the spotlight and officially announcing its hiatus in 2012. But this year brought a new Record Store Day release from Veruca Salt and renewed public interest in this band that undoubtedly still has something to prove.
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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