Schwervon!

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.

Schwervon!
Schwervon!'s Nan Turner and Matt Roth met at a New York antifolk night.

Schwervon!'s Nan Turner and Matt Roth legendarily met at a New York City "antifolk" night, but there's very little that's folkish about the music they make together. With four albums under its belt, this bassless duo has perfected a joyous, no-nonsense sound that recalls such 1990s indie-rock bands as the Spinanes and Helium, with enough sweetness and vulnerability to have successfully opened for the Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. Roth breaks up his power-chord-heavy guitar playing with fragile, spindly breaks while Turner provides crisp and rock-solid drumming. Both of them sing/shout songs about the small things in life: Listening to Jad Fair, cooking dinner together, going to Coney Island and hearing the city unfold around them.

Schwervon! recently relocated from New York to Kansas City.
Schwervon! recently relocated from New York to Kansas City.

Middle of the Map: Schwervon! has just relocated to suburban Kansas City from New York City. This is the first date of a two-week Midwestern tour and the band's St. Louis debut.

 
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