The 3 Best Shows in St. Louis This Week: April 4 to 10

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Okilly Dokilly will perform at Fubar on Friday, April 5. - VIA ADRENALINE PR
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  • Okilly Dokilly will perform at Fubar on Friday, April 5.
Okilly Dokilly
7 p.m. Friday, April 5. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street. $14 to $15. 314-289-9050.
Described by vocalist Head Ned as "not as fast as Bartcore and a little cleaner then Krusty punk" (referencing hardcore and crust-punk, respectively), Arizona “Nedal” act Okilly Dokilly basks in its status as a gimmick band. And with the March release of Howdilly Twodilly, the band’s second full-length, the
Flanders-inspired group has only doubled down. Shred Ned, Zed Ned, Dread Ned and Bed Ned power through metal-tinged punk songs while Head Ned drops deep-cut Simpsons references (purple drapes, Cidertown, negative Nellies in Sector 2), delivering lyrics in a guttural growl. It’s dumb, sure, but it’s the best kind of dumb: the kind to which its adherents have committed fully and completely.
Let the Hooks Do Their Work: If you can listen to the chorus of the album’s first single, “Reneducation,” without nodding your head to its infectious beat, you’re probably due for a nice glass of warm milk, a little nap and a total frontal lobotomy.
—Daniel Hill

Mitski
8 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard. $20 to $22. 314-726-6161.
Mitski starts her latest album, Be the Cowboy, with the stirring, swelling “Geyser,” the title itself giving away the overflow of emotion and devotion in her lyrics. But the opening track is as much about control as it is about opulence — Mitski Miyawaki surrounds her voice with orchestral flourishes but her performance never flinches. The rest of the album settles more comfortably into a mish-mash of bright pop styles — the piano-pomp of “Me and My Husband” and electro burbles of “Why Didn’t You Stop Me?” — but Mitksi never cedes the spotlight from the entrancing effect of her vocals.
Som-nambulism: Jay Som, the ethereal dream-pop project of Melina Mae Duterte, opens the show.
—Christian Schaeffer



Mandolin Orange
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $21 to $26. 314-726-6161.
“Loss has no end,” sings Andrew Marlin on the luminous opening track of Mandolin Orange’s newly released sixth album Tides of a Teardrop. “It binds to our connection.” Like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings before them, Marlin and partner-in-harmony Emily Frantz make deceptively simple acoustic music, rooted in guitars, fiddles and mandolins, but look out for the gently rhythmic drums, eerie organs and flickering electric guitars. The soundscapes are part of their stories. Loss is inseparable from consolation, you can’t have one without the other, and the release the songs of Mandolin Orange find in melodies and memories is as bracing and satisfying as contemporary folk music gets.
North Country Blues: Musically, Duluth, Minnesota, will forever be associated with one Robert Zimmerman, but make some room for Charlie Parr, a folk-blues guitarist in the lineage of John Fahey and Dave Van Ronk, and a riveting solo performer. He opens this night; don’t miss him.
—Roy Kasten

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