by Joseph Hess
Sure New Year's Eve drained the city's collective batteries, but those who chose staying in over dodging wild cars and cavorting woo girls now own the weekend. Plush provides two very different ways to kiss the venue bye-bye with Day26 on Friday and a wired local showcase on Saturday. Tyranny Enthroned releases its latest record at the Firebird and The Maness Brothers play an extended set over at Layla. St. Louis starts off 2015 with a strong weekend line-up of local powerhouses.
Friday, January 2
Day26 w/ 1080P High Definition Friday, January 2 Plush 9 p.m. | $18 Day26 was formed from MTV's reality show Making The Band 4 -- with P. Diddy's stamp of approval, no less. This R&B supergroup takes to Plush's spacious stage for the venue's final weekend.
Love Hz: Drum and Bass w/ GeeCee, Riverside, JP, Cryptonix Friday, January 2 The Crack Fox 9 p.m. | free Cryptonix brings his monthly bass night with a gaggle of guest performers. The Crack Fox's dark, divey vibe fights great with mukry hard-hitting beats from the underground.
The Maness Brothers Friday, January 2 Layla 9 p.m. | free Voted "Best Blues Band" by readers in the 2014 RFT Music Awards, the Maness Brothers takes over Layla for a special extended set featuring covers and, of course, killer originals. The band is set to leave town for a solid month-long tour throughout the United States -- so see them off before the (hopefully not) perilous journey.
Rob Funkhouser w/ Posture, Organized Crimes Friday, January 2 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Bloomington-native Rob Funkhouser builds a percussive set out of found objects and crafts a melodic flourish of noise. He's the subject of our weekly music comic, which can be found right here.
Saturday, January 3
A Wilhelm Scream w/ Braddock Saturday, January 3 Fubar 8 p.m. | $12/$14 A Wilhelm Scream brings melodic hardcore through disciplined shredding and dark, guttural vocals. The band's relentless attack feels patient and calculated among a genre known for rushing through its songs.
Blank Spell w/ Latex, Skin Tags, Q Saturday, January 3 Melt 9 p.m. | $5 Philadelphia's Blank Spell plays a quick and dirty kind of nihilist hardcore - the perfect soundtrack to kick those new year's resolutions to the curb. Guitars swarm around fixed punk beats and give an aggressive backline to shrieking vocal work. The singer's feminine howl provides a counter sound to the masculine drive of Blank Spell's short but succinct set of songs. Riffs come doused in dischord, blending unsettling sounds with a rushed sense of urgency.
Last Show at Plush w/ Tiger Rider, Omoo Omoo, Ish, Chris Eide, Eric Hall, The Vondrukes, Strange Owls, The Feed Saturday, January 3 Plush 6 p.m. | free When Plush announced its imminent closure, talent-buyer Jill Cherkas put out the call for local bands to come perform one last hurrah. From noise to garage and indie rock, this last show rings in the new year and says goodbye to a beloved local venue.
Moderndada w/ Black James, Monsieur Gaston Saturday, January 3 The Crack Fox 9 p.m. | $10 Burlesque with live music from Black James, who typically brings a few dancers to help express her murky alien dance beats.
T 4 tú w/ Greg Mills, Tracy Andreotti, Henry Claude, Ajay Khanna, David Scott Parker, Dave Stone, Fred Tompkins, Joshua Weinstein Saturday, January 3 Tavern of Fine Arts 7:30 p.m. | free This event continues a strong series of shows featuring local improvisers on strings, horns, percussion and more. Taking from both worlds of contemporary classical and free-jazz, T 4 tú showcases a solid sample of local sound artists.
Tyranny Enthroned Album Release w/ Xaemora, Stormcaller, Carpathian Funeral Saturday, January 3 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $8-$10 Tyranny Enthroned sits somewhere between death and black metal, pushing its songs with needlepoint-precision. This record release brings the band's sophomore effort Our Great Undoing into the hands of eager fans.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas, and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend 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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