The 8 Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: September 30 to October 2


Angel Olsen will perform at Off Broadway this Friday. - PHOTO BY AMANDA MARSALIS
  • Photo by Amanda Marsalis
  • Angel Olsen will perform at Off Broadway this Friday.

Fall, a season some thought had been cancelled, is finally upon us, with gorgeous weather finally giving you an excuse to wear your favorite light jackets. How exciting! Now, for a reason to leave the house: An Under Cover Weekend is already in effect, having started on Thursday this year, but the Firebird still has two more days of nostalgia lined up for you. Otto's Revenge releases a new record, Shut Up I'm Thinking, for the first time in a long time at the Heavy Anchor on Saturday and Jay Farrar will perform at the newly opened Delmar Hall. Check out our full picks below:


An Under Cover Weekend 10
7:40 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10-$22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.
By Daniel Hill
Ten years is a long time to spend doing anything. When that thing is wrangling and coordinating dozens of local musicians to pay tribute to their favorite acts — as the organizers of An Under Cover Weekend have so expertly done for the last decade — we're guessing it can sometimes feel like an eternity. Thanks to that hard work, though, AUCW has become a bona fide St. Louis institution, packing the Firebird for a full weekend of nostalgic musical bliss each fall. Last year saw the event stretch from two days to three for the first time since 2010; this year continues in that fashion with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Some standouts to watch for on this year's lineup include I Actually as Modest Mouse, the Free Years as Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and Ramona Deflowered as Joan Jett.

Blind Pilot
8 p.m., $18-$20. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929.
By Christian Schaeffer
Five years is not an insignificant amount of time — it’s long enough to get through undergrad with time to spare for a victory lap — but in the quick-hit, flavor-of-the-moment world of modern music, five years might as well be an eternity. So in the time since Blind Pilot’s 2011 LP We Are the Tide, singer and bandleader Israel Nebeker has endured the kind of real-world pain (romantic loss, a death in the family) that suffuse his band’s folk-leaning arrangements with the same yearning, wisdom and heart that made the sextet a fan-favorite in the first place. This year’s And Then Like Lions doubles down on the band’s trademark communal, spirited brand of dynamic folk music that, for the band’s die-hards, was worth the wait.

Angel Olsen w/ Rodrigo Amarante
8 p.m., $15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363.
By Roy Kasten
Angel Olsen's music creates spaces, none of them safe. Even this year's quasi-hit, "Shut Up Kiss Me," ricochets off sinister angles, her uncanny, husky voice a Stranger Things screen test. Though she generates atmosphere to burn — sometimes over synth drones, sometimes over strummy guitar, often over high-drama rhythmic drive — the St. Louis native (now living in North Carolina) is so far from the typical indie-folk chanteuse that she could be singing in Latin over fife and drum. My Woman, her second full-length album that wasn't originally a cassette, is an effortlessly stormy, darkly jazzy, keenly minimalist portrait of a soul in heat. Olsen's songs will haunt you, and you'll love them for it. Best known for his work with Los Hermanos and Little Joy and as the artist behind the theme song to the Netflix series Narcos, Rodrigo Amarante opens the show with sounds drawing on his native Brazil.

Thrice w/ La Dispute, Nothing, Nowhere
8 p.m., $21-$24. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
By Julie Seabaugh
In the great tradition of the Kinks, Oasis and Nelson, Thrice bassist Eddie and drummer Riley Breckenridge are bandmates who also happen to be brothers. Only they don't fight that much, nor do they even really drink and drug — and when it comes to passing around groupies, forget it. In fact, the members of Thrice spend a great deal of time reading, appreciating art and working with cancer charities when they're not thrashing their way through post-hardcore epics about impressions, identities and illusions. (Consider Thrice a quasi-neuro-voodoo-proctologist: They not only grab you by the balls; they give your head a thorough once-over as well.)


Otto’s Revenge Album Release w/ Since Hector Was a Pup, The Guide To Fast Living
8 p.m., $7. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
By Joseph Hess
Otto's Revenge was most active in the early to mid-nineties, bringing a heavy rock squalor while helping to build up the St. Louis punk scene. Lead singer Kurt Hoffmann produced a compilation series, The Guide To Fast Living, which featured bands such as the Dazzling Killmen and Fragile Porcelain Mice among lesser-known acts to give a solid document of the scene. The name might feel familiar to some, since Hoffmann later named his solo music project after the compilation. Otto's Revenge has been reunited for a couple years now but the band rarely plays out, so consider this a slice of local history live and in-person. Be sure to pick up a new record as well.

Jay Farrar Trio
8 p.m., $25-$27.50. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
By Roy Kasten
St. Louis is home to the two finest rock & roll songwriters of their respective generations: Chuck Berry and Jay Farrar. Both are enigmas, as they should be, but the former relishes the fame he deserves, while the latter retires from it, preferring the attention of muse, music and family. Whereas other songwriters of our fractured milieu have written in colliding images, explored elliptical wordplay with even less linearity, Farrar's songs have always made sense — though we might wish they didn't. The story they tell, over and over, is of the perils of finding meaning, that the most demanding, frightening and necessary thing any one of us might do is to look both inside and outside, without blinking or glossing over, and still make sense, still push on through the darkness all around. Farrar continues to make these dark raids on the collective soul while pushing against the limits of the genre he helped shape.

Dan Vapid and The Cheats
7 p.m., $10-$12. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
By Daniel Hill
Lament not the travesty that is now Screeching Weasel, fronted by girl-punching asshole Ben Weasel — guitarist/bassist Dan Vapid promptly quit the band following that incident at SXSW and re-emerged with Dan Vapid and the Cheats, whose tunes are just as catchy and fun, but without the misogyny and aggression.


Martin Sexton
8 p.m., $25-$28. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
By Roy Kasten
Dean of American blue-eyed soul troubadours, Martin Sexton started out a singer-songwriter in the Marc Cohn or David Gray mold, but his voice set him apart from the new folkies and the AOR nostalgists. His range is spectacular, modulating between doo-woppy precise falsetto, smooth tenor moan and a low, low greasy growl that really does merit the Van Morrison comparisons. Sexton has come by success slowly, principally on the power of his voice, one of the most remarkable instruments in American popular music. With such vocal chops and some subtle guitar flash to boot, Sexton could sing the ingredients to a box of Milk Duds and make Simon Cowell cream.

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