by Mabel Suen
Whew, what a weekend! Between LouFest (check our full coverage here), Bob Reuter's memorial show and Iron Maiden/Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, we're tuckered out! No rest for the weary, though.
This week, catch performances from touring acts including Lucinda Williams, the Alkaholiks and Bitchin Bajas. There's plenty to see, no matter the preferred flavor. From R&B to country and everything in between, get your concert fix with our picks, right after the jump.
Lucinda Williams Monday, September 9, 8 p.m. w/ The Kenneth Brian Band @ The Pageant - $25/$27.50 By Roy Kasten "Take the glory any day over the fame," Lucinda Williams once sang. But she never had to choose. Lucinda got both by pursuing her individual genius -- her sensitivity to place, her susceptibility to lust, her Nobel-worthy storytelling -- and never forcing a record she didn't want to make. Starting with the self-titled Rough Trade album in 1988 -- the one Lucinda will be playing start to finish on this tour -- she's adhered to the standard for writing and performing songs set by icons like Hank Williams or Bob Dylan. And if her voice has grown as leathery as Dylan's she's still a riveting presence on stage. We need that voice now more than ever.
Bitchin Bajas Tuesday, September 10, 8 p.m. w/ Raglani, Burlin Mud, Trancers @ Apop Records - $5 By Joseph Hess Straight from the brain of Chicago's Cooper Crain, known best for his work with Cave, Bitchin Bajas locks neo-hippy soundscape into beats. Musical pieces drone on in loops while a stray woodwind fights against murky keys. Keys populate the sound, adding tonal guidance to a spacey group who manages, just barely, to stay grounded here on Earth. Once a solo endeavor, Bitchin Bajas now works through a trio, indulging with deep psychedelia. Luckily these hippies eschew the drum circle (or any sort of percussion, really) allowing for focused tones from tape machines and time-warped electronics.
Rose Windows Wednesday, September 11, 9 p.m. w/ Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Versuch @ The Firebird - $10-$12 By Christian Schaeffer You'd be forgiven for thinking that Sub Pop Records goes around signing any vaguely psychedelic folk band with a crew of at least five or more scraggly bearded folks, considering the success of bands such as Fleet Foxes and the Head and the Heart. But an area code and a label imprint are where the similarities between those bands and Rose Windows ends; the septet has studied its British folk and proto-metal LPs carefully, making a nice marriage of both Liege & Lief and "Sweet Leaf." The band's debut album The Sun Dogs is a showcase for both Rabia Shaheen Qazi's tempest-tossed vocals and guitarist/majordomo Chris Cheveyo's earthen riffs.
Lizzie Weber Thursday, September 12, 8 p.m. w/ Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys @ The Gramophone - $5 By Mabel Suen From "Fill in the Blank: Lizzie Weber:" Lizzie Weber gets her music moniker from none other than her own mother, who assigned the endearing nickname to her early on. A young Lizzie Weber began picking at piano keys at the ripe age of 11 and spent her teen years composing songs and learning how to play the guitar. The resulting ballads she pens take on a personal, narrative form that channels inspiration from favorite artists including Judy Collins and Joan Baez. A little bit pop, a little bit folk, the songs reflect on the relationships that shaped her over the years, sung with deliberate, dynamic phrasing and deep sentiment.
Fantasia Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. w/ Musiq Soulchild @ The Fox Theatre - $44.50-$59.50 By Calvin Cox From this 2011 show review: Fantasia gave an emotional and genuinely fun performance, although some of the louder songs were marred with distortion. As her set started, a keyboardist, a horn section and three backup singers joined the mix. A video screen would drop down periodically with pre-recorded song intros, which helped to anchor the running theme of Fantasia's show; a loose timeline of different musical eras. The concept was well-received and engaging, despite the lackluster production value of some of the video segments.
Colonel Ford Friday, September 13, 9 p.m. @ Schlafly Bottleworks - free By Christian Schaeffer From the 2013 RFT Music Award nominations: There are bands in this town that hem and haw around the "country" appellation, with a fiddle solo here or a "Yee-haw!" there -- and then there's Colonel Ford. The members of this quintet honed their Bakersfield bona fides via years of gigging with a variety of acts, and the combined effort has the worn-leather feel of an old baseball mitt. Jay Farrar has been known to sit in on pedal steel from time to time, but he'd be the first to admit that he's a relative rookie among the ranks. (He snagged Telecaster master Gary Hunt to join Son Volt on its tour behind Honky Tonk.) That said, St. Louisans are plenty lucky to salute Colonel Ford on smaller stages most weeks.
The Alkaholiks Saturday, September 14, 9 p.m. w/ Cali Agents, Casual, Cisum Tomorrow, S.B. Baby Cougnut & DJ Twelvz, The 12 to 6 Movement @ Blueberry Hill - $25 By Bob McMahon Approximately 95% of Tha Alkaholiks' songs are about partying ("It's all about the hoes, the flows and the 40 oz"). The fact that the group can make such a tired topic interesting speaks volumes about its members' talents. Rappers Tash, J-Ro and E-Swift rattle off multi-syllabic internal rhymes and witty similes with effortlessly smooth style over funk-driven beats, usually made by E-Swift. The trio has the chemistry and energy to back up its numerous boasts about rocking the party. In a hip-hop era as serious as today's, it's wonderful to see Tha Alkaholiks still kicking playful, humorous rhymes with no shortage of skill.
Mangia's 30th Birthday Bash Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. w/ Blakk Caesar, Ashley Batiste, Johnny Xacto, Jon Bonham & Friends, Don E., Ellen the Felon and Mattronome, Flex Boogie, The Company She Keeps, Pat Sajak Assassins, Sometimes Voices, Ground Flow Fusion @ Mangia Italiano - free By Jaime Lees By day it's an unassuming little Italian restaurant -- a place for fresh pasta, bread drenched in olive oil and good red wine. But at night Mangia Italiano transforms into one of the most notoriously debaucherous 3 a.m. bars on South Grand, holding a well-earned reputation as the place where all of the dirty little action happens. Mangia is celebrating its thirtieth year in business this Saturday by doing what it does best, delivering both quality food and diverse late night entertainment. The kitchen will be open late and live music is scheduled for twelve hours straight.
Thou Sunday, September 15, 7 p.m. w/ Cloud Rats, False, Fister @ Fubar - $10 By Rick Giordano From "The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: September 2013:" Thou is from Baton Rouge, plays sludgy doom metal, and put out as many as six different releases a year. Cloud Rat is from Michigan and plays violent grindcore motivated by women's rights issues and veganism. False is from Minneapolis, plays crusty black metal, and is by far the most intense female fronted black metal band you'll ever hear. Local support comes from Fister, opening the show with slow simmering doom and bringing the evening to a perfectly ugly boil.
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 shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and send show tips any time to email@example.com to be considered for inclusion on these lists.