The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, November 9 to 15


Tef Poe performs as part of Poe Fest 2015 this weekend at the Bootleg. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo by Jennifer Silverberg
  • Tef Poe performs as part of Poe Fest 2015 this weekend at the Bootleg.
St. Louis suffers from an unnamed epidemic. On weeks such as this, when the temperature drops twenty degrees and the season's first day of snow approaches, music fans across the region cower from the cold and skip otherwise amazing shows. Sleepy Kitty and Tef Poe might as well be inducted into RFT Music's Hall of Fame, if there is such a thing anymore — both made our list of top ten albums last year. Those two are just the icing on a killer week that features Toronto's Dilly Dally, Amy LaVere and hardcore legends Negative Approach. 


Dilly Dally w/ the Stars Go Out, Vandalion, Persh
The Demo
8 p.m. | $8-$10
By Derek Schwartz
From Following Summer Visa Problems, Toronto's Dilly Dally Finally Makes Its Way to St. Louis: On November 9, exactly one month after the release of Sore, Monks and her bandmates will take the stage at the Demo, sharing a bill with The Stars Go Out and Vandalion. This will be Dilly Dally’s first time playing in St. Louis, though not for a lack of trying. The group was booked to play the Demo in August of this year, but was forced to cancel that show — as well as the rest of its summer American tour — due to visa complications. While until now Dilly Dally had not brought its unique blend of poppy grunge to the United States, the band has long been staple of its hometown Toronto scene. Monks started the group about six years ago with her childhood friend, Liz Ball, and it has been playing shows about once a month ever since.


Amy LaVere w/ Jenny Kavanaugh, Dana Michael Anderson
Off Broadway
8 p.m. | $10-$12
By Roy Kasten
From the RFT Music archives: Amy LaVere could have been the honky-tonk angel to end all honky-tonk angels, but the pull of the blues, soul and rock & roll was too strong. There's still plenty of country in her wickedly rasped voice and pumping bass, only she never plays the twang straight; she always bends it toward the jukes and the swamps. A student of the late Jim Dickinson and collaborator with his son Luther, LaVere isn't just a pretty face with a pretty voice. She's guided by the spirits of her native Memphis, and she'll take you all the way there.


Negative Approach w/ Child Bite, Everything Went Black, Ruz
8 p.m. | $12-$15
By Daniel Hill
Alongside the Necros, Detroit's Negative Approach reigned supreme over all that was Midwestern hardcore in the early '80s, helping coastal contemporaries such as Black Flag and Bad Brains to pioneer the hard-edged sound that would define the genre's formula. Thirty-second, no-frills songs espousing hatred and nihilistic rage tear through its ten song self-titled EP and subsequent full-length, both of which are now considered hardcore classics. Vocalist John Brannon's gruff delivery and intense onstage persona coupled with the aggressively fast blink-and-you-missed-it music have since gone on to influence countless punk and hardcore bands from all parts of the globe. Fubar serves as a perfect venue for this show —- bring your stage-diving shoes.


Sleepy Kitty
Gaslight Theater
8 p.m. | $25
By Christian Schaeffer
From The 10 Best St. Louis Albums of 2014: St. Louis audiences got a taste of Sleepy Kitty's sophomore LP Projection Room in the second half of 2013, but its January release date introduced the Cherokee Street-repping duo to a larger audience, thanks to good press notices and relentless touring. The multi-layered pop songs of Paige Brubeck, who continues to corral guitar, keys and self-harmonies with bravado, are matched by Evan Sult's curious and searching drum patterns. The songs on the album portray whip-smart pop chops — the infectious "Don't You Start" warranted a nod from NPR's All Songs Considered — but the album's real revelation came through the expanded landscape of their songcraft. The city-strong "Hold Yr Ground" and the blossoming "Goddard Protagonist Inflection" told stories, both in lyrics and in sonics, with many more angles than a duo could be expected to handle.


Eilen Jewell w/ Kevin Gordon
Off Broadway
8 p.m. | $12-$15
By Roy Kasten
If there's one thing you never say on Jeopardy it's "Alex, I'll take Idaho musicians for $500." If you're a songwriter obsessive, Josh Ritter and Rosalie Sorrels might come to mind, but you'd likely miss Eilen Jewell, a country-folk musician who grew up in Boise and then got the hell out to find her own voice, somewhere between Loretta Lynn, Billie Holiday and Kate Wolf. Recently, Jewell returned to her native turf to raise a family and record a new album, Sundown Over Ghost Town. It's Jewell's finest distillation of hillbilly swing, honky-tonk and folk balladry that's less forsaken than it is purely, confidently beautiful.


Poe Fest 2015 w/ Tef Poe, T DubbO, Nick Menn, RT Faq & Heir Jordan, B Magic, Black Space, Saint O, Indiana Rome, Bo Dean, Legend Camp, Wave Chapelle
The Bootleg
10 p.m. | $7
By Daniel Hill
You may know Tef Poe for his activism in Ferguson in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Maybe you've heard of his Hands Up United organization, which has participated in protests all over town. Or maybe you read the articles he has written on the subject for publications including Time, Huffington Post and Riverfront Times, or seen him being interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and BET. But did you know he is also a rapper? All kidding aside, it is understandable that his tireless activism might overshadow his artistic output at times, but it should not be forgotten that Tef Poe spits fucking fire on record — and has done so for many years in St. Louis' underground hip-hop scene. 2015 might be his biggest year yet. His highly anticipated War Machine 3 was released in July to thunderous critical acclaim, and recently he even popped up with a guest verse on Talib Kweli's “Which Side Are You On,” the lead track from the New York rapper's latest album Indie 500. In short, if you aren't hip to Tef's music yet, now is the time and this show is the place.


America’s Got Talent Live! All-Stars Tour w/ Blue Journey, Smoothini, Taylor Williamson, Emily West, the KriStef Brothers, Recycled Percussion.
Peabody Opera House
7 p.m. | $26.50-$62
By Joseph Hess
Maybe your parents TiVo'd singer Emily West so they could show you her TV debut, because they know how much you just love original music. Or maybe you're one of those parents who want to help share the fresh new talent that you just discovered (protip: anything on national TV has already hit the mainstream). This is a variety show first and foremost, what with headlining comedian Taylor Williamson and the acrobatic KriStef Brothers at the helm, but Recycled Percussion is worth the ticket price alone. The self-proclaimed "trash-rock" band is a regular act on the main strip in Las Vegas. At least with this show, you won't have to deal with the overbearing sights and sounds of a city that never sleeps.

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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