Record Store Day approacheth! I won't say much this week. I have to reserve as much energy as possible with these vinyl-skimming digits, after all. Outside of all the events and after parties revolving around dear RSD, there's plenty to get out and see all week. Click ahead for our recommendations, and check out our comprehensive Record Store Day guide for what to look forward to on 4/20 -- well, besides the obvious, that is.
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 show post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas anytime.
Noise '13: The Tax Return Monday, Apr. 15, 8 p.m. w/ Baba Yaga, Beauty Pageant, Britches, Dave Stone, N. Nomurai, The Night Grinder, Strat Trio, Trancers @ mushmaus - free By Mabel Suen Noise is as noise does. During this Tax Day themed rendition of this semi-regular "Noise" branded event featuring largely improvised sets, watch local free jazz and latent mischief mongers let loose using their instruments of choice, ranging from guitars and drums to horns, voice and manipulated electronics. Anything goes and usually does. Look forward to experimental video projections from Chizmo TV, strange costumes and even stranger sounds bounding from wall to wall of the mushmaus warehouse.
Kim Massie Tuesday, Apr. 16, 10 p.m. @ Beale on Broadway - $7 By RFT Staff Although the word "diva" is so overused it's almost a useless descriptor, Kim Massie is one vocalist who deserves the honor. With its brash, gospel-influenced strains of vibrato, Massie's voice can be as big and broad as Aretha Franklin's, but it contains just enough Etta James-ian blues to undercut this strength with sorrow. When Massie sings the standard "At Last," you can close your eyes and imagine her voice as a vocal preacher, laying down the lyrics like audible commandments, just as easily as you can imagine the sound slinking down a smoky stage moonlit by a lonely spotlight. Massie is always -- and effortlessly somehow -- magical, spiritual and glowing.
Kendrick Lamar Wednesday, Apr. 17, 7 p.m. w/ Steve Aoki @ Chaifetz Arena - $24.50-$37.50 By Michael Dauphin Kendrick Lamar is the new King of West Coast rap. This isn't hyperbole, and it isn't a prisoner-of-the-moment statement. I mean hell, Game, Snoop Dogg (ain't buying the "Lion" bit, sorry) and Dr. Dre proclaimed it on stage at one of Lamar's Los Angeles shows in 2011. His Gold-certified 2012 masterpiece, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, showcases a young rapper on the brink of genius status. On it, he shifts shapes and raps through at least three different, distinct voices, and does so with impeccable timing. If his recent SNL performance is any indication, this Chaifetz show is a can't miss.
Seryn Thursday, Apr. 18, 10 p.m. w/ Timbre, Josh Ehrmann @ Plush - $5/$8 By Roy Kasten If you've had your fill of the great Northwest's trail-mixing neo-folk bands, then consider a detour south. We're talking way south, to the unlikely locale of Denton, Texas, where Seryn has been rosining its bows, polishing its glockenspiels and, most notably, recalibrating its vocal harmonies for a sound that approximates art-folk chorale music. The band doesn't care if it gets all the notes right, and yet the members mostly manage to do just that, whether through feverish banjo rolls or punishing percussion. Maybe it's the collective Texan in them, but the six musicians of Seryn provide a rugged-but-handsome outlaw spirit to the often overly-refined and overly-cute chamber-pop style.
Weird Al Yankovic Friday, Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m. @ Family Arena - $28-$53 By Allison Babka The quality of musical parodies has fluctuated over the years, something Weird Al Yankovic knows firsthand. We can't say that we prefer Yankovic's 2006 album Poodle Hat over 1985's Dare to Be Stupid or 1992's Off the Deep End, for instance, but (like anyone) we certainly appreciate polkas that include T-Pain and Ke$ha covers. Weird Al brings all of that back to St. Louis with another round of his Alpocalypse tour, complete with crazy costumes and plenty of "Al TV" clips. The show may reuse the schtick from Yankovic's 2011 visit, but there's no way in hell it'll be boring.
Kill the Noise Friday, Apr. 19, 9 p.m. w/ 12th Planet, Brillz, Codes @ Europe Nightclub - $15-$20 By Evan C. Jones From "The Best St. Louis Electronic [EDM] Music Shows in April": Jacob Stanczak is better known to his fans worldwide as Kill the Noise, who has been releasing his unique style of bass music across the globe. While he's not touring, KTN is running Slow Roast Records, a label he cofounded with five-time DMC World DJ Champion DJ Craze. The rest of the lineup is stacked with 12th Planet, Brillz, Codes and local opener Coreyography.
Stonechat CD Release Saturday, Apr. 20, 6 p.m. w/ Lions Eat Grass, This Ain't No Blunt, Mids @ No Coast Skateboards - free By Mabel Suen Best buds Sean Ballard and Charlie Nehr have played music together for the better part of a decade, with a steady and prolific output to show for it. Beast Ill, a self recorded album, is the third release under their current bird-themed moniker. The duo's melodic, catchy noise-pop seamlessly incorporates spasmodic driving riffs with dynamic drumbeats, and Ballard's voice acts as another instrument in the mix, waltzing buoyantly along with his fingers as they traverse the strings.
The Heavy Anchor Two Year Anniversary Saturday, Apr. 20, 9 p.m. w/ Jack Buck, Everything Went Black, Fister, The Lion's Daughter @ The Heavy Anchor - free By Joseph Hess Jack Buck is a muscular guitar mess, serving up a sweaty blend of angular riffs. The foundation is a meaty rhythm section with fuzzy bass and heavy-hitting down-beats. Fans of Touch and Go Records will feel right at home as Jack Buck invokes the meanest slices of the Jesus Lizard, Killdozer and Shellac. The group pokes around in noise-rock territory while keeping its head above water with classy hooks. Singer Colin Webb screams his guts out so as to compete for space among the intertwined instruments. The syncopated rhythms lend a complex feel to each piece so the songs never tire or wear out.[image-9]
InFest2 Saturday, Apr. 20, 3 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 21, 3 p.m. w/ Syna So Pro, Cody James, Dan Hubbard, The Airliners, Moon Jr., Jack Buck, Kids & Chemicals, ManCub, Sine Nomine, Frances with Wolves, Volcanoes, it!, Troubadour Dali, Luxxter, Billy Brown, Ra Cailum, Pistols & the Sisters, Darris Robins, The Leopard, The Educated Guess, Night Flights, Jordan Rodman Pippen, Ou Ou, The Pat Sajak Assassins, Scripts N Screwz, Clusterpluck @ 2720 Cherokee - free By Mabel Suen InFest continues its series of free local showcases this spring, featuring independent artists that cover the gamut from rock and hip hop to Americana and pop. Check out two stages of live music for two days with drinks, art and more to peruse and amuse yourself with between sets.
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