Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Go to shows! Go to shows! Go to shows! OK, so one of those makes the other a bit difficult, but we know you have it in you. Grab a shovel, some snow boots, whatever it takes to make way for some great music this week (plus, we hear the forecast is beginning to look a lot like springtime come Saturday). Click ahead for this week's recommendations including Fister's CD Release, Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy: A Tribute to the Kinks and more.
Nappy DJ Needles Monday, Mar. 25, 9 p.m. w/ Finsta @ The Demo - $5 By RFT Staff We live in an age when any iPod- and laptop-toting music hound can be a DJ -- which is why watching a real turntablist tear up the decks is a thing of beauty. In his eighteen-year career, James Gates, a.k.a. DJ Needles, a.k.a. Nodzilla, has established himself as DJ royalty in St. Louis, playing the best clubs, events and parties, blowing up the independent airwaves weekly on KDHX (88.1 FM) with the cream of hip-hop and nu-soul. He's got a résumé a mile long, but his skill and seriously prodigious pairing of today's relevant cuts with forgotten grooves speaks for itself. If you haven't heard his name by now, you're just not listening hard enough.
Glish Tuesday, Mar. 26, 8 p.m. w/ Tan.B, Gorgeous George @ Blank Space - $5 By Mabel Suen New Orleans nu-gaze quintet Glish draws genre-defining influence from the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Slow Dive, swirling a cloud of dream-pop with an occasional heavy-handed math rock riff or two into the mix. The resulting textural fluffernutter provides a sweet, satisfying bite with the crunch of echoing, effects-laden guitars and precise percussion that alternates between swung and staggered hits. Characteristic swoon-inducing singing from frontwoman Meagan Lanier put the mellow in the mallow, with enough youthful energy in the group's delivery to incite some slamming between swaying on the dance floor.
Air Dubai Tuesday, Mar. 26, 8 p.m. w/ Broom Closet Beer Club @ The Demo - $10 By Christian Schaeffer For all the bands that have struggled to align hip-hop's lyrical gymnastics with the power and energy of live rock & roll, there are a few that make the combination work. Denver's Air Dubai has found a workable middle ground where guitar, bass, drums and keys can lay down pop-friendly, radio-ready rock while Julian Thomas and Jon Shockness spit verses back and forth. The evidence from last year's Be Calm showed the group's continued evolution -- the single "Warning" is a slice of stomp-along ear candy, but Air Dubai's soul bona fides sneak out more often than not.
Lee Fields & the Expressions Wednesday, Mar. 27, 8 p.m. w/ Lady, Bumpy & Hustle DJs @ 2720 Cherokee - $20 By Ellen Herget From Extended Family: Soul Man Lee Fields doesn't see his audience as fans: The singular Lee Fields is enjoying an uncommon day off in Plainfield, New Jersey, when reached via telephone for an interview. "I got a back yard, I got a barbecue," he says, chuckling. "I try to barbecue like they do in St. Louis, but I can't get it right!" Fields' laughter serves as a verbal exclamation point to most of his statements. His way of speaking, like his way of singing, is an expression of every facet of joy. A true-blue soul singer since the age of fourteen, Fields has been a touring musician for nearly every part of the last four decades.
Gringo Star Thursday, Mar. 28, 8:30 p.m. w/ The Feed, Yankee Racers @ Plush - $7 By Jaime Lees Through word of mouth, boisterous live performances and constant touring, Gringo Star has built a solid, devoted following. True to its name, the group evoke Sgt. Pepper's-era Beatles, with swirling psychedelics, haphazard harmonizing and pop-perfect jangly bits. Sure, most rock bands reference the Beatles, but Gringo Star does it better; and in a much, much dirtier fashion. Live, the band also matches its trippy, carnival-like vibe with a rowdy stage show, full of disorderly, cacophonous instrument-bashing and heart-crushingly somber interludes.
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