By Jeremy Essig
By Jason Robinson
By Hans Morgenstern
By Joseph Hess
By Peter Gilstrap
By Julia Burch
By Jeremy Essig
By Nathan Smith
Gold Tooth guitarist/vocalist Jeff Gallo has been playing in obnoxiously loud-as-hell rock bands around St. Louis since the late '80s. His relentlessly heavy, down-picking bass style helped alterna-rockers L.O.V.E. develop a sizeable cult following here in the early '90s — and he recently joined fellow Best Rock Band nominees Shame Club as well. But in Gold Tooth, Gallo gets to put his low-rumbling growl of a voice on display. His gravelly, purely evil scream always cuts through the band's thick-as-molasses drop-tuned riffs. And while Gold Tooth doesn't break much new ground, it's very accomplished in a style of metal- and punk-influenced rock that people don't get a chance to hear all that often anymore. (SM)
Halo Bar, 10 p.m.
The bouncing power-pop and slow-burning rock balladry of Jimmy Griffin's band the Incurables at first might seem like an unlikely direction when one considers the blistering metal riffage and wicked guitar-soloing of previous bands such as Kingofthehill or Walkie Talkie U.S.A. But regardless of where this music is coming from, it works really well: Griffin, fellow constant contributors Bryan Hoskins and Jordan Heimburger, and a rotating cast of musicians bring a live show that can simply be described as proficient, competent and full of honesty. (SM)
Cicero's, 10 p.m.
In a category that mostly consists of well-seasoned St. Louis music-scene veterans, it's nice to see relative youngsters LOGOS rounding things out. In fact, when many of the musicians nominated in this category were rocking the Landing, guitarist/vocalist Cullen O'Donnell and bassist Zach Czajkowski were still in elementary school. But anyone who's witnessed a high-octane LOGOS live show knows that the pair's ages are a moot point. The band's technically proficient sound is awash in riff-heavy classic-rock nostalgia, but it also incorporates elements of progressive rock and a wide vocal range that can sweep the spectrum from low, brooding baritone to blood-curdling high-pitched screams — often in the course of a single song. (SM)
Main Outdoor Stage, 5 p.m.
It's odd to think of '90s hard rock by the likes of Helmet or the Foo Fighters as classic, but such is the march of time — and such is the spirit of LucaBrasi, a quasi-super group drawing from members of Adair, the Urge and Ulcer Inc. The band gives grunge and angst-metal another life in the form of phased-out, grind-and-shred guitars, an assault-weapons spray of drums and bass, and the raw voice of Matt McInerney, who howls convincingly through the battering attack. (RK)
Cicero's, 9 p.m.
Stoner-sleaze stalwart Shame Club has been rather quiet lately, which is an odd state for one of the loudest bands in the Lou to find itself. But there's a good reason for the silence: Lineup changes in the past year have left lion-haired vocalist Jon Lumley as the only original member. Still, with new bassist Jeff Gallo (who's also in Gold Tooth) aboard, Shame Club should exhibit the same mighty roar it displayed on its Small Stone Records debut, Come On. (AZ)
Best Singer-Songwriter (Female)
While Beth Bombara so far has largely focused on Beth Orton-esque, downtempo, melodious folk-pop, her recent project, Beth Bombara and the Robotic Foundation, pulls her into the orbit of the Breeders and, at times, Bettie Serveert. Her clear and warm alto makes her confessions believable, while the rhythmic instincts of her band are always sharp. Bombara's recent songs come tailor-made for a long, late-night drive through a dense forest, where shadows emerge, shiver and linger in the memory. (RK)
Pi, 7 p.m.
Celia Shacklett wears many hats around town – bassist for Fire Dog, singer of children's songs and driving force behind the Love-O-Rama artist collective. But it's her work as a songwriter that came into focus this year with the release of a solo CD, Transformateurs. The disc displayed her good-natured charms and easy manner on the microphone, while uncovering the hints of darkness and ache behind her happy-go-lucky demeanor. (CS)
Brandt's Café, 10 p.m.
If there's a coffeehouse in Heaven, Cassie Morgan will have an unlimited engagement on its tiny little stage. Her breathy voice is both seductive and confessional, and the minor key and slightly jazzy arrangements on her Pine So Sweet EP show that she knows how to frame her songs with just the right amount of gauze and candlelight. With her band, the Lonely Pine, Morgan has been making her way across a few St. Louis stages, but she hasn't lost the vocal intimacy that is so crucial to her songs. (CS)
Pi, 8 p.m.
Leslie Sanazaro Santi
A concert-hall-ready pianist, Leslie Sanazaro Santi sings and writes personal pop that suggests the best of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin, while remaining true to her own experience. Her tart, high voice has a deceptive range and a sense of urgency, notably on the relentlessly catchy and radio-ready "Hot and Cold." Her overall sound is easygoing and AAA-approved, but she can surprise you with a jazzy turn or barroom blues like "Put On Your Shoes" — dancing shoes, that is. (RK)