by Mabel Suen
Guys, Daniel Hill made it rain blood yesterday. You know, for Slayer. We don't know about you, but this past weekend was a pretty intense party, blustery weather be damned. And it don't stop. Keep things moving this week with visits from the likes of Har Mar Superstar and more, and look forward to shindigs like KDHX's Midwest Mayhem and Eleven Magazine's Where Is My Mind Tonight? 2 event, hosted by the Blind Eyes. Click ahead to learn more.
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.
Did we leave something significant out? There's a chance it didn't make it onto our radar! Send your show tips anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deer Tick Monday, May 6, 8:30 p.m. w/ The Union Electric, Fat Tramp Food Stamp @ The Firebird - $18-$20 By Roy Kasten From "Deer Tick goes its own way on The Black Dirt Sessions:"At the age of 25, John McCauley shouldn't have all that much to live up to. But when you're the head hombre of countrified post-Replacements rockers Deer Tick, and you get a reputation for ragged glory onstage and tenacious, Southern-styled rock on record, any move shy of guitar chucking and Jim Beam chugging results in widespread head scratching.
Har Mar Superstar Tuesday, May 7, 8:30 p.m. @ The Firebird - $12-$14 By Michael Dauphin Back in spring of 2001, electro-punk weirdo Atom & His Package played the infamous (and now defunct) Rocket Bar on Locust. While his set was great, it was his tourmate who stole the room that night. Sean Tillman (a.k.a Har Mar Superstar) hopped on stage with sampler full of Bell Biv Devoe-biting beats and a sexual appetite that made Prince seem like a prude. Nobody was more impressed by his set than Har Mar himself, but everyone in attendance was captivated. Twelve years, five albums, and countless skin tight stage costumes later, the Ron Jeremy look-alike is still churning out freaky R&B jams that would serve well as a soundtrack to a Ron Jeremy movie.
The Bottoms Up Blues Gang Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m. @ Jefferson Barracks Park - free-$5 By Christian Schaeffer From "Homespun: The Bottoms Up Blues Gang:" Spend enough time in bars and restaurants around Soulard and its surrounding neighborhoods, and you're bound to run into the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. In a town full of old, seasoned blues men, this relatively young duo of Kari Liston (vocals) and Jeremy Segel-Moss (guitar and harmonica) makes its mark because of relentless gigging and its respectful reverence for its influences.
Arvid Noe Wednesday, May 8, 9 p.m. w/ Banned Books, Stonechat, The Funs @ mushmaus - $5 By Mabel Suen Boston's Arvid Noe features two guitars riffing, wiggling and intermingling amidst equally unpredictable and driving drum patterns. The weirdo post punk axe wielders sound like they're desperately playing their way out of a retro video game, shredding the virtual world to ragged, jagged ribbons along the way. The trio makes rock roll along unlike the next guys, coaxing their instruments to communicate to each other in weird blips, clicks, slides and carefully picked harmonious noises. Catch them howling along while performing songs off of their new record, Islington, during their last ever tour, dubbed "Noe Future."
Midwest Mayhem Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. w/ Big Brother Thunder & the Master Blasters, Big Mike Aguirre, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Colonel Ford, Downstereo, Fabulous Foehners, Farshid Etniko, Funky Butt Brass Band, John Chiecsek, Kansas Street Ramblers, Melody Den, Middle Class Fashion, Nappy DJ Needles & G. Wiz, Rhythm Section Road Show, So Many Dynamos, Tef Poe, The Thin Dimes, The Union Electric, Tommy Halloran Trio, Zion @ City Museum - $20 By Jaime Lees Aside from knowing that you've contributed to the greatest radio station on Earth, one of the other perks of donating to KDHX is access to this - consistently one of the best parties of the year. The station hosts the Midwest Mayhem as a thank-you to listeners, who will pack every inch of space at the City Museum for this celebration of independent radio. At this event, music is quite literally around every corner, with bands and performers jammed into every delightful little nook in the building. Expect performances from musicians that are as diverse as the programming on KDHX, ranging from blues to pop to rap.
Ulan Bator Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m. w/ Wei Zhongle @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center - $7 By Joseph Hess Ulan Bator's post-rock recalls early Kraut-masters Can and Neu! but spins the genre with unhinged and heavy pieces. The band has spent the latter part of its twenty years closely working with Germany's Faust, while still grinding away at its own noisy dirge. While volumes ebb and flow through each piece, textural shifts provide rich complexity. Ulan Bator comes from France, and this rare U.S. appearance is made more personal with the stage-free Lemp Arts Center, wherein audience and performer share an intimate space.
Plaid Dragon Friday, May 10, 8 p.m. w/ The ACB's, The Blind Eyes, Acorns to Oaks @ Mushmaus - $5 By Roy Kasten Lacking the overrated rock virtues of volume, energy and testosterone, Springfield, Missouri's Plaid Dragon relies on lyrics immune to over-thinking and the perilously twee instruments of ukuleles, handclaps and glockenspiel. Lines like "I will keep your secrets safe, I will speak your language" are emotional, not intellectual, but singer Inge Chiles lights upon a tone of wonder, scuffed up by experience, while her band fears not the occasional burst of feedback that drenches the sonic innocence like a welcome summer thunderstorm. Fans of Camera Obscura and First Aid Kit should find refreshment in the sound.
The Jungle Fire Album Release Friday, May 10, 9 p.m. w/ Ransom Note, Syna So Pro @ Off Broadway - $8-$11 By Michael Dauphin From "Seven Local Artists to Watch in 2013:" Aptly titled The New Blood, the Jungle Fire's 2012 debut EP serves as just that: a potent injection of neo-soul nutrients for funk-soul revivalists. The south-city septet spent most of 2012 finding its footing and honing its live show, and it's amazing what a difference a year makes. It only took newcomer frontman James Fields a handful of gigs to transform from a bashful -- albeit talented -- MC to a legitimate, bellowing soul singer. The band itself is a learned group of scene vets pulled from rock & roll, punk, hardcore and indie circles (see Thunder Kid, the Disappeared, Bricklayer, Highway Companion), but while the spirits of punk rock ooze from its pores, make no mistake: The Jungle Fire is a Soul Band. It's dirty, it's technical, and it has a streetwise swagger that's simply damn fun.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m. w/ The Faceless, Royal Thunder @ The Firebird - $18-$20 By Rick Giordano From "The Best Metal Shows in May:" What can be said about the Dillinger Escape Plan that hasn't been said before? The band's comprehension of music, and how to write and perform it, is light years beyond all the rest of our understanding. I think I know what a 7/4 time signature is, and that's about as fancy as I get. First seeing the band open for Mr. Bungle at the Karma here in St. Louis back in 1999, I was told by friends they were your typical noisy hardcore band from New Jersey along the lines of Deadguy. But man, were they so much more. I felt like I was watching two guitarists play separate non-stop solos, while a drummer blasted around randomly and a bassist tried to keep the whole thing together as some psychopath screamed over it all. I didn't understand what I was watching, but I loved it.
Caitlin Rose Sunday, May 12, 8 p.m. w/ Daniel Romano @ Off Broadway - $10-$25 By Christian Schaeffer You can tell a lot about a singer by the songs they choose to cover. Caitlin Rose's debut EP Dead Flowers takes a pass at the titular Stones song, one that has passed into the country-rock canon upon release. More adventurous were Rose's takes on a few Arctic Monkeys songs for a Record Store Day seven-inch last year. Those covers represent a neat through-line for the twentysomething Nashville native: one foot in the established songbook, one foot in the indie-fied new. Her latest LP, The Stand In, shows the strength of her bantamweight voice -- Rose will never knock you over with force but would rather make you swoon with her clarion come-hithers.