Music » Critics' Picks

Michelle Shocked

9 p.m. Friday, September 11. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.



When a photographer for the San Francisco Examiner captured the scene of a riot-helmeted cop putting a stranglehold on a young protestor named Karen Michelle Johnston, Michelle Shocked was, for all purposes, born. A romantic icon for the folk-punk-bi-curious (or committed) generation, Shocked is that rare musician who evokes a guileless air of political and artistic integrity but refuses to pander to her devotees. From Western swing to electric boogie-woogie, Creole music to Latin polka, choral gospel to theatrical jazz, children's music to dub remixes, Shocked's recordings make no pretense at genre mastery, yet she never sounds less than enthralled with idea and enactment of liberty, whether musical, social or personal. As a singer and songwriter, she's the definition of an unpredictable American original.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.