by Mabel Suen
This week, check out plenty of great touring acts including Sham 69, John Prine, Chrisette Michele and Ab-Soul. An Undercover Weekend also makes its return to the Firebird, and the Brothers Lazaroff hosts its annual block party at Vintage Vinyl. Get info on these shows and more in this week's recommendations, and stay tuned until Friday for more show suggestions for the weekend.
Sham 69 Monday, September 22 w/ Total Chaos, Scene of Irony, Hard Evidence @ Plush 7:30 p.m. | $10/$13 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2014": This show is the boot-shiner of the season. Sham 69 is coming to St. Louis. Yeah, that band from the original era of English Oi! music. Somehow someone tricked them into coming to St. Louis. You can wander into Plush after a nice burger and a couple of drinks, then witness punk rock history. This show definitely falls into the category of "must see."
Despise You Tuesday, September 23 w/ Creater Destroyer, Shaved Women, Overdoser @ Apop Records 9 p.m. | $7 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2014": Nothing you can come up with is going to take priority over this one. This band has been terrorizing powerviolence dorks ever since Possessed To Skate Vol. 1 came out in 1997. The group didn't even tour until the mid 2000s. Why not a take a header into a support beam in its honor? This show could be the closest you come to dying in basement. Why run away from it? You'll probably never get the chance to catch this band this close to home ever again. Some things are worth dying for.
Ab-Soul Wednesday, September 24 w/ BAS, EarthGang, M.M.E., Vince SEGA @ The Ready Room 7 p.m. | $25-$100 By Tara Mahadevan From "The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: September 2014": Ab-Soul made a name for himself after he signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and became a member of the four-person hip-hop group Black Hippy. Since then, all four members of the group -- Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q -- have struck out on their own, each finding success. Ab-Soul's demeanor is distinct from his labelmates', conveying a laid-back, West Coast way in his music that easily translates to his performance. Arrive early to catch St. Louis hip-hop collective MME, who must be stoked to open for one of TDE's frontrunners.
Chrisette Michele Thursday, September 25 @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $35-$37 By Calvin Cox From this archived show review: Opener Chrisette Michele started off her set with the title track from her No. 1 album, Epiphany, accompanied by the band NuJynisis out of LA. Sound in the venue was sufficiently loud with full-sounding bass, but some of the high-end vocals and instruments seemed to distort. Regardless, Michele blew me away. I was fully aware of her classy, sweet-sounding voice; I just didn't realize how powerful she is. Her radio singles showcase her Etta James-style vibrato with songs like "Fragile," but watching how she belted out "Blame It On Me" highlighted another dimension to her talent.
John Prine Friday, September 26 w/ Amanda Shires @ Touhill Performing Arts Center 8 p.m. | $49.50-$59.50 By Roy Kasten As a bona fide Midwestern folk hero, John Prine's genius resides not just in hilarious classics like the weed-happy "Illegal Smile" or the satirical "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven." Nor is it just in brutal truth-tellings like "Sam Stone" (the tale of a junkie veteran and a savior who died for absolutely nothing) and "Angel From Montgomery" (the tale of a marriage that died for absolutely nothing), but in the fusion of both moods. In Prine's worldview, tragedy is always comic and jokes always sting with an all-too-human absurdity.
An Under Cover Weekend Friday, September 26 Saturday, September 27 @ The Firebird 7:30 p.m. | $10 By Allison Babka Most musicians in their youth learn guitar licks and drum tricks by emulating their idols. After all, who doesn't like pretending to be Joe Strummer? Mimicry is flattery, so every year, An Under Cover Weekend entices local artists -- and fans -- to worship at the altar of their beloved rock gods while showcasing their own talent and flavor. Will Volcanoes pull off Rage Against the Machine? Can Bluefish inject enough ella-ella-ella into its Rihanna portrayal? And how on earth will Brother Mouzone capture the WTFness of the Flaming Lips? Over two nights, ten outstanding St. Louis bands will show you. Now in its eighth season, AUCW has only recently permitted bands to portray well-known acts cover in previous years. This year, Hidden Lakes is the sole band to take on that challenge by performing as the Cure, as Ghost In Light did during the first AUCW.
Brothers Lazaroff Saturday, September 27 w/ Thelonius Kryptonite, Dugout Canoe, DJ Nune @ Vintage Vinyl 12 p.m. | free By Mabel Suen From this 2013 artist profile: all siblings ought to aspire to. The duo has written songs together on guitars since their high school days and officially began playing under the name Brothers Lazaroff around 2003.... Influences for the brothers include everything from Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams to Wilco, bluegrass and dub reggae. While difficult to pinpoint Brothers Lazaroff's singer-songwriter-based sound, which melds everything from psychedelic rock and acid jazz to soulful Americana, it's safe to call it roots music.[image-9]
Tommy Halloran Sunday, September 28 @ Nathalie's 6 p.m. | free By Christian Schaeffer From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: You don't have to work too hard to hear Tommy Halloran's sweet, craggy croon. The singer-songwriter is a fixture at saloons across town, but do yourself a favor and lean in to hear his craft over the clinking glasses and idle chatter. Halloran's post-war jazz guitar style is amber-hued, brimming with imagined nostalgia, and with his outfit, Guerilla Swing, he is able to transform jazzy clusters of chords into a full-band workout. His latest, Under the Catalpa Trees, might be the most aptly named local release this year: It's easy and breezy for sure, but it's got deep roots.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.
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