9 p.m. Wednesday, August 19. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10 to $12. 314-773-3363.
As much as some may dread the admission, Justin Kinkel-Schuster, primary songwriter and singer of defunct St. Louis band Theodore, has truly found his voice and vision by leaving this city behind and starting over in the South as one half of Water Liars. Along with drummer Andrew Bryant, and now-bassist GR Robinson, Kinkel-Schuster tempers his literary inclinations (the band is named after a Barry Hannah story) with savage rock rhythms and skewed noises, without losing the lyrical grace or melodic allure that's always distinguished his music. Water Liars is a true band now, and it's one of the most potent live trios on the road today.
Gone But Not for Good: Though Water Liars makes its home in Oxford, Mississippi, the band regularly returns to St. Louis to pay its respects by tearing the house down.