This week's post is, incidentally, super-streamlined and hyper-organized compared to most weeks. On the first page you'll find five shows for Friday, and the second lists five shows for Saturday. This wasn't intentional; you see, weekend post show-pickin' is a grueling, arduous process here at RFT Music HQ, wherein we convene in a room and immediately begin shouting at each other, throwing things and gesticulating wildly in defense of our chosen picks for the week. Friendships are shattered, dreams are crushed, and workplaces are disrupted. In the ensuing chaos, little to no thought is put into which of the three weekend days the shows technically fall upon -- our aim is, after all, to find the best shows of the entire weekend, not the best of each day. When the dust settled after this week's battle royale, it just so happened to settle in neat five-by-five piles.
Friday is the date of Off Broadway's big Ween tribute ("big ween," huh huh); tons of local talent will pay homage to the bygone band, including a Fattback reunion set. Go ahead and sleep in the parking lot that night (go ahead; it's fine), because on Saturday, Kishi Bashi will bring his violin-looping musical act to the same venue. Also on Saturday, St. Louis will be treated to a now-rare Sex Robots show at Mangia.
So, what to do on Sunday? We hear that the Psychic Paramount is worth your time (thanks anonymous commenter from another post!) -- they'll be playing Cicero's with the Conformists. The rest of our picks follow.
Janiva Magness @ Old Rock House 8:00 p.m. | $13-$15 Janiva Magness drew inspiration from unlikely sources -- including Matthew Sweet -- but her latest is as authentic as blues could be. (KM)
Taste the Waste: A Tribute to Ween @ Off Broadway w/ The Feed, Dock Ellis Band, Cree Rider Family Band, Picture Day, Fattback, Sean Canan, False Moves 8:00 p.m. | $10-$13 The whole thing will be great, but let's not kid ourselves: The reunion of Fattback is what makes this truly can't-miss. (KM)
First Friday Arts Affair @ 2720 Cherokee w/ Psychedelic Psychonauts, The Ascetic Junkies, Justin Torres Loop Project 6:00 p.m. | $5 The First Friday Arts Affair is a monthly artistic celebration that takes place every first Friday of the month at 2720 Cherokee. "Multicultural food, songs and dances, live painters, drawings, poetry, live music, fire performers, clothing designers, and assorted other mayhem" are all on deck, according to the venue. (DH)
SHEL @ Wildey Theatre 8:00 p.m. | $20-$25 Ft. Collins' SHEL is sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, all four of whom are classically trained in music. Their folksy pop tunes are quirky-but-sophisticated and their musical chops are undeniable. (DH)
Googolplexia @ Schlafly Tap Room w/ Triceratops 9:00 p.m. | Free Those eagerly awaiting Googolplexia's upcoming split with Butt will assuredly wait with bated breath to hear the band's song from the split, entitled "Butt Release." Sadly, Butt will not be on hand to play its song, "Ass Disaster," so you'll just have to buy the record to hear it. These are all real things! (DH)
Kishi Bashi - Saturday @ Off Broadway
Sex Robots Correction: @ Mangia w/ Bunnygrunt 10:30 p.m. | Free Or WILL Butt be on hand? HMMMMMM! In any case, St. Louis ex-pat Mario Viele will apparently be in town this weekend and the Sex Robots will be rocking St. Louis for the first time in a long time; don't miss it. (DH)
Whodini @ Ambassador 7:00 p.m. | $15-$30 The Fat Boys. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Afrika Bambaataa. Whodini. These bands all belong next to one another in a list, and the latter of the four groups most responsible for hip-hop's break into the mainstream will be in St. Louis this Saturday. Freaks, feel free to come out that night. (DH)
The Grandmothers of Invention @ Old Rock House 8:00 p.m. | $20-$23 Members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention play the hits -- go so you can decide between this and Dweezil's Zappa Plays Zappa. The songs are awesome regardless, so everyone probably pretty much wins. (KM)
Kishi Bashi @ Off Broadway 7:30 p.m. | $10/$12 Loop pedal and violin maestro K. Ishibashi has come into his own of late -- this will be his third appearance in St. Louis since last year's insane 4th of July show at the Luminary. (KM)
Kentucky Knife Fight @ Plush w/ Tight Pants Syndrome, Royal Smokestacks 7:30 p.m. | $8 To see KKF in action is to know what rock & roll is supposed to look like. The rest of the bill is killer, too -- this is TPS's last show of the year and Royal Smokestacks is prepping a new album. (KM)