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3:30 Teddy Presberg's Resistance Organ Trio (Soul/Funk)
Don't let the name fool you: There are absolutely not three organ players in the Teddy Presberg's Resistance Organ Trio. The band's name comes together from a choice to supplant a typical bass with a more exotic organ. The instrument provides the band with a sound that Presberg describes as a "dance party" and a "funkfest" that gives people people "ear orgasms." Yowza. The trio has a steady line of gigs around the St. Louis area, including a weekly show at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. And if that weren't enough, the band is putting together a stylized tribute to Led Zeppelin that should be available to the public in a couple of months. JR

4:45 The Bottoms Up Blues Gang (Blues)
As the revival of pre-pyrotechnic blues continues to gain momentum on the local scene, it's worth remembering that the Bottoms Up Blue Gang was, in many ways, ahead of the curve. Founders Kari Liston and Jeremy Segel-Moss are celebrating their eleventh year together, and their effectively open-invite approach (if you've got the chops) to live performance always ensures that no two shows are quite alike. Each one is a celebration of a truly diverse scene. With regular trio member Adam Andrews on harmonica and just Segel-Moss' amplified acoustic guitar and Liston's voice (plus kazoo) pouring out with a gutsy, swing-conscious delivery, BUBG refreshes the blues by stripping away the trivialities and then rebuilding the groove from scratch. RK

6:00 Union Tree Review (Chamber Pop)
Call Union Tree Review whatever you'd like: It's part chamber pop, part fleshed-out folk and, in some circles, "make-out music." Singer/guitarist Tawaine Noah's crackled croon fans itself over the band's impressive sound for a seriously sexy experience. The band's addiction to melodrama, stratospheric crescendos and unmediated howling coalesces into a live performance that earned the band an opening slot for Portugal. the Man this April. The band celebrated its second birthday at Off Broadway on May 8 with the Spring Standards and proved it isn't falling into routines: The last song of the evening was an unrecorded track titled "Clouds." It was a song the band admitted to not playing for a while and was a fulfilling closer to the set, with Pat Swan blasting on the trumpet with precision — it was a welcome reminder of the band's spontaneity. In a town where music can get stale after repeat listens, UTR always manages to surprise. BS

7:15 Bear Hive (New Band)
Because each member of Bear Hive handles an impressive number of duties onstage, those who have heard but not seen the band may be surprised to learn it is merely a trio. Bassist Joel Burton and drummer Nate Heininger supplement their setups with secondary synthesizers, either hopscotching between instruments mid-song or tending to both simultaneously. Chris Phillips' vocals are remarkably expressive, especially because he belts them out while tap-dancing on pedals to loop layers of prickly guitar riffs and managing a hands-on drum machine. The variety-show spectacle is far from effortless, but this demanding, sweaty routine is the process necessary to execute Bear Hive's eclectic electro-indie party rock, which ranges from Battles-meets-Modest Mouse roof burners to lounging smoke breaks akin to Yo La Tengo. RW

8:30 The Feed (Rock)
For the bulk of the Feed's career, the three-piece rock band made its name performing hard, driving, melodic rock & roll without rock's signature instrument — the electric guitar. As if to not-so-subtly underline this omission, the band has regularly covered such guitar-heavy acts as the Clash, Sonic Youth and Jimi Hendrix (it helps that pianist Dave Grelle can make his keyboard rig sound like damn near anything). But when guitarist Jordan Heimburger filled the void left by bassist/saxophonist Ben Reece, the instrument became a natural part of the band's arsenal. Grelle still holds court with bottom-heavy electric piano and the occasional organ riff — and his jazz chops place his style somewhere between Billy Preston and Oscar Peterson — and drummer Kevin Bowers remains one of the most intuitive and restless beat-keepers in town. Fans are still holding their collective breath for a long-promised new album, but the band's lead-off track on the just-released Tower Groove Records compilation finds the trio in fine, bluesy form. CS

9:45 Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (Chamber Pop)
The only word in the grandiose moniker Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra that is not rooted in literal truth is "Rats." This collection of People uses the dramatic instrumentation of an Orchestra to play the live scores to silent Motion Pictures like the vampire classic Nosferatu. Additionally, the ensemble composes music for contemporary local films, contributed to four artists' tracks on the recent Tower Groove Records compilation and collaborated with the now-defunct Theodore for an ambitious Van Dyke Parks tribute set at 2010's An Under Cover Weekend. Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra is a local fixture as much for its individual ingenuity as its ability to play well with others. RW

11:00 18andCounting (DJ)
Stan Chisholm (a.k.a. 18andCounting) is an interesting character. The description "Renaissance man" is inevitable. And while Chisholm is not DaVinci, his art does ponder humanity's relationship with Earth. His "OneLiners" series is full of bitter truths ("YourBlogWillBeSeenMoreThanYourGrave") and challenging wisdom ("PeopleHaveTheRightToBeDumb"). Throughout his artwork, there is rampant eroticism. It can be difficult to discern the main idea Chisholm is getting at. Within the context of his music, however, 18aC's mindset is clear. As a DJ, Chisholm is less party-starter and more homebody. During his sets he flirts with bass drops and emphasizes fluid vocal performances over beats made to make a body obey. He leaves the pandering stuff at home. At his most club-friendly, he layers the infectious claps tracks like Chingy's "Everybody in the Club Gettin' Tipsy" over a beat that incites more of a wiggle than an ass-shake. There is a cerebral quality to 18aC that distinguishes him from many of the DJs in town. While most go for kicks, 18aC goes for art. BS


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3 comments
Getwords
Getwords

Anyone else having trouble downloading the schedule file (above)? I get an error (and I have Acrobat Pro). What a shame - I really want to look at it, and the image above is not really legible.

Cranky
Cranky

Hey, RFT - know how you've got banners about this all over the website page? Well - if you click on one and go to the schedule link - it still has a "coming soon" message. Isn't it about time it came?

 
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