The Best Concerts in St. Louis From August 25 to 31
Friday, August 29
w/ Skull's Mind, Ou Ou
@ The Luminary
9 p.m. | $10
By Joseph Hess
From "The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: August 2014": If the music scene were a high school (sometimes it really feels that way) Fielded would sit somewhere between the goths and punks, taking every chance she had to make friends with both. What Chicago artist Lindsay Powell achieves with Fielded is remarkable. Her crooning voice folds unto itself in loops while sharp beats punctuate the proceedings. Powell invokes basement post-punk of the early '80s, but does so with a pile of sequenced sound. This is audible cyberpunk. It's music to play while wearing sunglasses at night -- to protect your eyes from the blinding neon lights of Neo-Tokyo, of course.
Friday, August 29
w/ Ded Bugs, Al Bundie's Army, Black Panties
@ Atomic Cowboy
7 p.m. | $10
By Mabel Suen
Los Angeles punk rockers the Weirdos come to town for a throwdown on the Atomic Cowboy's outdoor stage. Formed in 1976, broken up in the early '80s and reunited in the '90s, it's credited as a seminal band from punk's first wave alongside Dangerhouse labelmates including X. Check out this live footage from 1978 for a blast from the past and preview of the patio party to come.
Saturday, August 30
@ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
7 p.m. | $5
By RFT Staff
From this archived write-up: All right -- he ain't exactly a band, and he ain't terribly old, neither. But Tom Hall has made the rounds at enough local bars and as the featured guitarist in enough bands to make him an ambassador of acoustic blues music (we'll wait a few years to give Hall the "living legend" tag). And while Hall may have many more years ahead of him, the music he plays certainly qualifies as old, though to hear the singer and guitarist play is a reminder that the spirit of the blues lives on through its practitioners. Hall's resonant, weathered voice is a perfect fit for his percussive style of picking, and his mastery of Delta blues has made him a mainstay at bars like B.B.'s Jazz, Blues & Soups, Iron Barley and Dressel's.
Tommy Halloran and Guerilla Swing
Saturday, August 30
@ St. Louis Premium Outlets
2 p.m. | free
By Christian Schaeffer
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: You don't have to work too hard to hear Tommy Halloran's sweet, craggy croon. The singer-songwriter is a fixture at saloons across town, but do yourself a favor and lean in to hear his craft over the clinking glasses and idle chatter. Halloran's post-war jazz guitar style is amber-hued, brimming with imagined nostalgia, and with his outfit, Guerilla Swing, he is able to transform jazzy clusters of chords into a full-band workout. His latest, Under the Catalpa Trees, might be the most aptly named local release this year: It's easy and breezy for sure, but it's got deep roots.
Sunday, August 31
@ Beale on Broadway
10:30 p.m. | $7
By Roy Kasten
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Blues, it has been said ad nauseam, is a feeling. Yes, and so is boredom, which is what the vast majority of guitar-slinging, guitar-face-making, Guitar Center-stalking wannabes inspire. The blues, it should be said, can be extremely hard. Marquise Knox knows that, even though at the age of 23 he makes it look and sound easy. A thrilling performer with a voice that cuts as deeply as his skill on the electric guitar, Knox recorded his first album when he was just sixteen, and he has continued to grow as a musician in the tradition of Albert King and Muddy Waters. A manchild no more, he is a bluesman, and one of the most powerful ones you'll ever hear.
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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