By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
Gray toured the states with Stereolab as part of O'Rourke's band, and leaves next month on a tour of Japan to continue, where they will tour with Papa M (featuring David Pajo, ex of Stereolab, ex of Slint) and Nobukazu Takemura. O'Rourke and Gray will then continue on alone, performing improvised gigs.
Of course Gray can't buy a show in St. Louis, as a result of a lack of depth in booking circles these days; he gets flown to New York City to play but doesn't get his phone calls returned in his hometown. It's a shame that the only gigs he can get for him and phenomenal guitarist MazzaCane Connors are as openers. But that's better than nothing, and the two, who released the stunning bass-and-guitar-duet album The Lost Mariner last year, are gigging Friday, March 3, at the Rocket Bar. They open for Season to Risk and Pave the Rocket. Not that Connors/Gray have anything in common with either of those bands; where the two headliners scream in unison, C&G whisper while they wander, and the result is profound beauty. This show should be gorgeous and deserves your undivided attention. Get there early, say around 9 p.m.
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