Tonight at Cicero's, I highly recommend going to check out the Natural Selection, a Denver-via-St. Louis band I wrote about in this week's paper. The band's playing with Say Panther and one other act, and the show starts at 9 p.m. Says I:
Bassist Nick Jost, a graduate of SIUE's Jazz Studies program, has played with Steve Ewing and some of the best jazzbos around town, while singer Samuel Glover has released several soul- and jazz-inflected albums. Denver's gain is our loss, though: A show here several weeks ago at the Billiken Club turned into a high-quality, booty-bumping dance party. Jost (who sported sparkly football pants and long hair any metalhead would kill for) made Flea's manic stage moves and funky low-end seem amateurish, while Glover strutted around the stage like a lithe, graceful b-boy. If Chromeo lost its vocoder and self-conscious hipster pose -- or if Minus the Bear embraced its inner Stevie Wonder -- they might start to approximate the Natural Selection's funk-pop-a-roll.