By Joseph Hess
By Joseph Hess
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By Oakland L. Childers
Like many noise artists, Eric Hall is curious and prolific. Unlike many noise artists, Hall is fearless and consistent, succeeding whether improvising found-sound collages; remixing twee-poppers Bunnygrunt, sludging up with stoner metal outfit N. Nomurai, mashing up "99 Problems" with "99 Red Balloons" as DJ Lil' Daddy Reba McEntire or performing John Cage compositions with samples made from striking the Arch. Such versatility leaves little room for pretension — and in fact, Eric Hall is just a kid in a candy store when it comes to sound. (RW)
Vintage Vinyl, 6 p.m.
The duo of Kevin Schlueter and Chris Muether is aptly named: Its shadowy instrumentals sound like the soundtrack for the condemned walking to their execution or an Edgar Allan Poe short story come to life. Cinematic, grayscale cellos and clarinet (courtesy of Muether) do a danse macabre with Schlueter's droning soundscapes; think Glenn Branca, A Silver Mt. Zion and other spook-imental instrumentalists. A fave of Cherokee venue Cranky Yellow, the Lonely Procession bewitches by exploring the things that make us uncomfortable. (AZ)
If Brian Eno taught us anything, it's that the corralling and manipulating of raw sounds, waveforms and frequencies is a fine art in and of itself, on par with mastering the guitar or violin. Joseph Raglani, who performs and records under his surname, has taken the act of knob-twiddling and turned it into an art form, by crafting instrumental pieces that range from dark and throbbing to bucolic and mystical. Sadly, Raglani's entire arsenal of synthesizers, effects pedals and signal processors was stolen after a recent show in New York City, but if there's any justice, his gear will be returned or replaced and he can continue creating challenging, intuitive music. (CS)
Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room, 6 p.m.
At its heart funk music is all about simplicity: the repetition of a groove, the dependable rhythm of a drumbeat, the few chords it takes to make audience members bob their heads or shake their asses. The Dogtown Allstars has remained a St. Louis funk fixture all these years by keeping things simple: The quartet borrows the formula from the almighty Meters — jazzy guitar, gospel-fueled organ and an in-the-pocket rhythm section — to make music that drips with soul and oozes sophisticated cool. The well-trod dance floors of this city's music clubs are a testament to the quartet's ability to squeeze out the funk — and never stray too far from the groove. (CS)
Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar, 8 p.m.
Funky Butt Brass Band
In New Orleans second-line brass bands can be found in nearly every African American neighborhood, as ragtag groups featuring trumpet, trombone and saxophone players play both traditional brass-band music and modern hip-hop and R&B songs. These days, St. Louis has its own second-line-style group in the Funky Butt Brass Band, where a sousaphone holds down the low end and bright brass and woodwinds carry the tune. Expect to hear such standards as "When the Saints Go Marching In," but don't be surprised if the Funky Butt boys throw in a little Bob Dylan and Fats Domino for good measure. (CS)
The Cucina Outdoor Stage, 2 p.m.
If you're craving some Louisiana music but can't make it to New Orleans, a big helping of Gumbohead is the next best thing. With an extensive repertoire of Crescent City R&B, soul classics and zydeco tunes, it's always ready to let the good times roll, by bringing a bit of bayou flavor and a musical taste of the French Quarter, Tremé and the Ninth Ward to the streets of St. Louis. (DM)
Since being a showcasing artist at this year's SXSW music festival, Teresajenee's reputation seems to be expanding by the minute. Her music ranges from conventional, R&B-style ballads to electro/alternative soul and beyond. Her vocals are often warm and gentle (reminiscent of Dionne Farris), but she's quite comfortable experimenting with less contemporary styles as well. Her appropriately titled June-released album, The Eclectic, will undoubtedly underscore Teresajenee's versatility and bold approach to the genre.— Calvin Cox
Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 7 p.m.
More than just a gifted musician, Lamar Harris is a man of many talents. He doesn't just play the horns — he also writes, composes and arranges his music. Harris mixes traditional brass sounds with drum samples and electronic synths, achieving a modern-soul vibe with a vintage edge to it. He has already worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, from George Benson and Musiq Soulchild to Common and the Roots. (CC)
Brandt's Café, 11 p.m.
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Solo)
When he's not busy schooling New York underground sensation Charles Hamilton on the art and ethics behind beat-making, sewing his own clothing line at art exhibitions or producing tracks for nearly every talented artist in town, Black Spade is a lyricist. And anyone who heard his debut album, To Serve with Love, knows he's a damn good one, too. Thing is, his smart, slick verses are often eclipsed by his catchy sing-song hooks and self-produced beats that are as soulful as they are innovative. Don't believe it? Hear his vocal dexterity for yourself August 1, when the multitalented Spade shares the stage with Lupe Fiasco at Live on the Levee. — Keegan Hamilton