by Mabel Suen
The RFT's office has an interesting soundtrack of its own this summer. Take, for instance, the saxy guy tootin' for loose change outside or the busker heard down the street letting out a blood-curdling "Go, Johnny! Go-oo-oo--ooo!" a mere block away from Chuck's statue. How about the sound of children's laughter coming from down the hallway as intrepid RFT Music writer Allison Babka conducts a special social experiment? Stay tuned to learn more. The hits just keep comin', folks.
Friday (July 12):
Jert and Partney: Propaganda in the War Against Boredom w/ Dropout Boogie DJ Collective @ Mad Art Gallery 7 p.m. | free The artist who calls himself "Jert" is Jeremy Townsend, former St. Louisan and singer of 12 Gauge Blues many moons ago. His work is AWESOME -- see for yourself; he's responsible for the art that leads this post. Then, come to the oepning of his art show, where he and fellow subversive Aaron Partney will be selling prints and doing live painting sessions. (DH)
Saturday (July 13):
Dither: the DIY Sound Screening w/ Native, Laika, Anodes, LzBnz @ Lemp Arts Center 8 p.m. | $5 A selection of bands from the Midwest's active post-hardcore scene convene for the screening of a DIY-themed documentary made by Missouri filmmakers. Read more about Dither here. (MS)
Pewter Cub w/ Magic City, Doctor Pyramid @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Pewter Cub's latest is a delightful little slice of poppy female-fronted indie rock -- check it out for yourself at the band's Bandcamp page. (DH)
Sunday (July 14):
Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) @ Peabody Opera House 7;30 p.m. | $32-$92 Anderson performs his composition, "Thick as a Brick," for the first time since 1972, as well as his new album, a aptly named, "Thick as a Brick 2." While we're on the topic of flute-rock, check out these six badass flute bands that aren't Jethro Tull.
The Kinfolk's Soul Food Festival w/ Gladys Knight, Troop, Peabo Bryson, Silk, Urban Mystic @ Chesterfield Ampitheater 7 p.m. | $35-$75 R&B, ribs and mac and cheese meet for this soul food fest of epic proportions. Don't believe me? Just listen to this outrageous radio spot. (MS)
Paul Thorn w/ Candy Coated Evil @ Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $20-$23 Before turning his attention to music, Paul Thorn was a Middleweight Champion boxer. You should probably get whiskey drunk and challenge him to a fight outside of the show. Maybe you'll get a song written about you! (DH)
The Sound of the Mountain w/ Zagk Gibbons, Forteana @ Lemmons 10 p.m. | free The Sound of the Mountain hails from Arkansas and plays a special kind of shoegaze they like to refer to as "space jazz." Listen to them on Bandcamp and come early to catch free sets from a couple of great local rock acts. (MS)
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and send show tips to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for inclusion on these lists.