The Incurables
It's impossible to say who will be accompanying Jimmy Griffin's outfit on any given night, or whether you'll hear uptempo power pop or a introspective piano tune or a feedback-heavy rocker, but it's a given that the Incurables are one of the best live bands in town. Their latest EP, FM, out in April, is a homage to the radio Griffin listened to growing up (plus a nod to KDHX), with a single, "FM," a cover of Big Star's "The Ballad of El Goodo" and a few demos of previously released tracks. All of which only served to whet fans' appetites for the band's next full-length release, The Fine Art of Distilling, due out late next month. (RFT)

Rough Shop
A clip on Rough Shop's website from last December's Rhythm 'n' Rails on the Holiday Magic Express metaphorically shows the transformative power of music: As the quartet plays its song "Christmas One More Time" aboard MetroLink, the soulful, folksy rock adds color and warmth to the gloomy-gray neighborhoods and scrubby fields the train passes by. Over the years the band has fine-tuned its rich instrumentation paired with insightful lyrics and vocals that brighten even the bleakest winter day. (RFT)
7 p.m., Lucas Park Grille (Indoor)

Kentucky Knife Fight
St. Louis has long been a breeding ground for both punk and blues. The two genres are in our city's blood, all the way from Petey Wheatstraw to the Conformists. In the last ten years, a younger generation has begun to merge blues and punk with a distinctively brazen, trashy and twangy St. Louis style. Led by singer Jason Holler, Kentucky Knife Fight comes well armed with fist-jabbing rhythms, blown-out vocals, snarling guitar, purring organ and a vintage sensibility that's neither quaint nor hipster. This gang makes dark music for dark rituals in the shadows of the honky-tonks, but the band ultimately worships the blues, in both urban and rural forms, and it kicks the shit out of hillbilly music to boot. (RK)
Midnight, Hair of the Dog

Sleepy Kitty Arts

Location Info



500 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Lucas Park Grille

1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

The Blind Eyes
The Blind Eyes recently opened for Ted Leo when the singer played Off Broadway. The band held its own, which, as anyone who has ever seen Leo dive into a pit will tell you, is no mean feat. On June 11, one week after the RFT Music Showcase, the trio, which is comprised of Seth Porter on guitar and vocals, Kevin Schneider on bass and vocals and Matt Picker on drums, will release its second album, With a Bang. Its debut, Modernity, garnered comparisons to the Kinks, Squeeze and pre-Pet Sounds Beach Boys, and the followup promises more of the same smart lyrics, catchy rhythms and tuneful hooks that have made the group such a favorite around town. (RFT)
8:15 p.m., The Side Bar


Kristin Dennis, a.k.a. Née, is that rare solo singer-songwriter who wouldn't be caught dead holding an acoustic guitar and strumming her sorrows. Her instruments of choice are the synths and samplers; her sounds glitch and thump and break apart, even at their shiniest pop edges. The rat-a-tat of hi-hat loops (created live by drummer Mic Boshans) meet chest-rattling bass while Dennis' voice floats above it all like a pop diva in the making. As a songwriter she's as careful and precise as her electronic layers. Her song "Absolom" is a gorgeous ode to discovering St. Louis and seeming to lose everything along the way. Née is currently working on her followup to The Hands of Thieves EP; it's another Kickstarter campaign, but at least she puts her playful imagination to good use with an absurdly cute promotional video. (RK)

Jay Fay
Most seventeen-year-olds don't know their ass from a hole in the ground, but Josh Fagin, a.k.a. Jay Fay, is different. The producer hasn't been on the grind for very long, but he's already proven to be a major contender on the electronic scene. In 2011 alone, he was tapped to open for Mount Kimbie and Steve Aoki, had two tracks pimped by scene king Diplo and managed to graduate from high school somewhere in there. Fagin played drums and percussion for nine years, and it shows — he understands beats on a biological level. Toying with various styles like baile funk and Moombahton to create stick-to-your-ribs dance music, Fagin's undoubtedly one of the most promising talents in town. (DB)
5:15 p.m., RFT Outdoor Stage at 11th & Washington

The Breaks
The Breaks is far from the first band to specialize in high-energy power pop, but it distinguishes itself with smart, dynamic songwriting and charismatic stage presence. Between rhythm guitarist Karl Stefanski's leaping and lead axe-slimger Sean Gartner's ferocious finger tapping, the quintet puts on a riveting performance. The band also did a fantastic job of capturing the verve of its show in the Odd Man Out EP, which sounds positively massive. The group recently shuffled instruments among its members, which includes new bassist Matt Wicks, in order to expand on the jerky post-punk aspects of its sound. Judging from the promising first new song written with Wicks, the Breaks is only getting better.
—Bob McMahon
8:30 p.m., The Dubliner (Upstairs)

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