As the leaves change, so does the music on offer in the River City. Reggae legend Black Uhuru descends upon 2720 Cherokee while Marquise Knox celebrates a record release across town at Delmar Hall on Friday night. From sweet indie pop to skull shaking metal, the weekend ahead brings bands suited for every notch of the volume dial. Follow our guide and get turned up.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
8:30 p.m. 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center. $20. 314-276-2700.
Among its many distinctions, Jamaica's Black Uhuru won the first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985. At that point, the members of the now-mythic outfit had been active for nearly twenty years and the rest of the world was playing catch up. With Derrick "Duckie" Simpson at the helm of a shape-shifting group of Uhurus, the collective has yet to falter in releasing new records, be they studio, live or dub-related. 2720 offers an intimate space to experience the roots of an entire genre — and one of its most active purveyors.
Marquise Knox Record Release
8 p.m. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard. $20. 314-726-6161.
By Christian Schaeffer
Blues singers know how to tell tales of woe like no other genre can — stories of empty wallets, low-down women and hellhounds on their trail populate the form. But for Marquise Knox, the blues-guitar phenom that has lit up stages around town since he was a teenager, real life recently provided a gruesome and terrifying addition to the list. After a gig under the Arch, Knox was attacked outside of his Bowling Green, Missouri home and was stabbed in the neck. Luckily he bounced back quickly, and used his active social media presence to remind his fans “I’m not going out like this.” Indeed, his new album Black & Blue
will be celebrated with a release show this weekend. New album aside, the 26-year old has plenty to celebrate — and a lot more blues left to play.
w/ Witch Jail, MOM
8 p.m. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway. $7. 314-328-2309.
The Brooklyn natives of Weeping Icon achieve a distinct depth by separating their sound on a textural level. The bass tone feels, for lack of a better term, "warm" with little grit or fuzz while the guitar offers a red hot convergence of skronk and gnar. The synth does jut out, but any contrast is minimized through interplay with full vocal leads. Weeping Icon's post-punk is equal parts biting and inviting, even if the ear has to wade through waves of static to reach a rich, melodic core.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
w/ Sisser, Brasky
8 p.m. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street. Free. 314-241-2337.
By Annie Zaleski
From Bagheera Is One of This Year's STL 77
Ted and Heather Moll spent well over a decade chiseling away at the songs on Shooting Rockets Towards the Sun
, the first record they've released as Bagheera since 2004's Twelves
. It was time well spent: Released on the local label Skeleton Fur, Shooting Rockets Towards the Sun
is an ambience-filled album where textured sounds — razor-filed guitars, alien-invasion synthesizers, doppler-effect percussion — flit in orbit like gorgeous space junk. The Molls' harmonic collisions add to the shoegaze-in-a-distant-galaxy atmosphere. On "Martian Influence," the pair's voices combine like John Doe and Exene Cervenka; meanwhile, the standout title track boasts clarion, sturdy hollers. With bassist Julie Gibbs on board as a steadying influence, Bagheera has also started performing live once again — signaling all systems go for a career reignition.
w/ Drab Majesty
9 p.m. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard. 17.50-$20. 314-726-6161.
Of the trends in the late '00s, darkly-leaning synth pop has endured for roughly a decade with Wesley Eisold's Cold Cave at the fore. His priors include vocal duties for American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost and Some Girls, and that progression from noise rock and hardcore no doubt informed Eisold when picking a backing band for live shows. Members of Xiu Xiu and Hatebreed alike are considered Cold Cave alum, which speaks volumes on the project's subtle yet sinister sound.
8 p.m. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue. $15. 314-833-3929.
That Deerhoof would preempt its own 2017 record Mountain Moves
with an early release through Bandcamp and then donate the proceeds to the Emergent Fund
(a charity that faces injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination) shows the band's dedication to social justice over its own financial interests. Drummer Greg Saunier has described Deerhoof's live approach as a cover band of its own records, so while the songs might sound familiar, they could be stretched and shaped at the whim of Saunier and company. Consider this a warning and an invitation.
Love a Little Louder
7 p.m. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. Free. 314-498-6989.
By Roy Kasten
A year ago, the nephew of St. Louis musician Bob McKee (of the Poorhouse Says and the Vondrukes) took his own life. His death shocked his extended family, as he had given no overt warnings, though he had confided to some friends his painful thoughts. “Love a Little Louder” is McKee’s response to the tragedy, a concert featuring his bands — along with fellow St. Louis acts Auset Music Project, Apex Shrine and Adam Reichmann (formerly of Nadine) — and an educational event focused on advocating for and supporting those who suffer from mental illness. The night is not a benefit per se (admission is free), but rather an opportunity to raise awareness — and raise the roof with some heartfelt, local rock & roll.
The Sinkhole's One Year Anniversary Party
w/ DJ Chris Ward
7 p.m. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway. Free. 314-328-2309.
Since opening its doors on October 1, 2016, the Sinkhole has hosted more than 500 bands across nearly 100 shows. That's a lot of comped Stag and PBR. While house mainstays such as Shitstorm, Maximum Effort or Dracla would've been obvious picks to headline such an occasion, the staff at Sinkhole opted for a dance party hosted by DJ Chris Ward of 88.1 KDHX's loudQUIETloud.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
w/ Tiger Rider, The Crisis Walk Ins
8 p.m. Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 Jefferson Avenue. $7. 314-772-2100.
With tongues planted firmly in cheek, Partner spouts the perspective of two queer best friends totally unabashed about sex, drugs and the indie rock they make in between. Released only weeks ago through You've Changed Records, In Search Of Lost Time
polished enough to where one can see their own reflection in the sweetly sang and self-referential set of songs.
7 p.m. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue. $25-$30. 314-833-3929.
By Daniel Hill
With death metal legends Obituary, thrash metal legends Exodus and German thrashers Dust Bolt all crowding for space on a packed bill, this show is already a metalhead's dream. But add to that considerable lineup the high-intensity crossover of Dallas' Power Trip and you have a full-on headbangers' paradise, with tasty riff after tasty riff raining down from on high like manna from the metal gods. The Texas thrashers mix NYHC sounds (full-tilt chest-beating hardcore a la Cro-Mags) with the musical proficiency of the first four Metallica albums (except the drummer is better than Lars, duh) to create a punishing mix sure to rattle skulls.