Warning: show-going can be bad for your health. I type this with watery eyes, a sore head and throat, and a forever-runny, impossible-to-breathe-out-of nose. I suppose all that putzing around in the rain between breaking a sweat at shows over the weekend really exacerbated things quickly. Bah! Worth it. Sneeze some shows this week.. I mean, see some shows this week. Locals Nikki Hill and Fred Friction release albums, while touring acts such as Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Widowspeak make stops locally. Click ahead for more recommendations.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend show post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas anytime.
Chuck Ragan Monday, Apr. 8, 8 p.m. w/ Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Rocky Votolato, Jenny O @ Old Rock House - $18-$20 By Michael Dauphin From Chuck Ragan on Getting Wiser and Settling Down: Whether he's banging out guttural post-hardcore, punk rock anthems with Hot Water Music or delivering heartfelt, jagged-yet-delicate country ballads on his own, Chuck Ragan's honesty and sincerity have always seeped through his songs. His everyman's music paired with his non-stop touring schedule reveals him as a songwriter with little to win and nothing to lose.
IO Echo Tuesday, Apr. 9, 8 p.m. w/ Garbage @ The Pageant - $30-$35 By Jaime Lees Gothic music gets a bad reputation. Most people think that goth bands are hateful, harsh and ugly, but bands like IO Echo show the other side of goth: the romantic side. IO Echo is more like flowers and velvet than black eyeliner and combat boots. Yeah, it's dark, but it's dreamy, too.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat Wednesday, Apr. 10, 9 p.m. w/ Dem Scientist, Durango @ Apop Records - $5 By Mabel Suen The minimalist recipe for Ed Schrader's Music Beat includes ingredients like a bass guitar, baritone vocals mixed with a heaping spoon of reverb and a drum piece or two. The process? Beat that post punk until frothy, goth-y, and broodingly poppy.
An Evening of Bluegrass Thursday, Apr. 11, 8 p.m. w/ Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Luke Bulla and Barry Bales @ The Sheldon - $28-$32 By Roy Kasten It's tempting to label these five musicians--Noam Pikelny, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Luke Bulla and Barry Bales--as the "young guns" of bluegrass. The problem is that bluegrass pickers tend to learn their craft in pre-adolescence, if not in utero. As members of the Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Hot Rize, Punch Brothers and the Lyle Lovett Band, the quintet is truly veteran, even as it has long sublimated talent to teachers. But on stage at the Sheldon Concert Hall, these acoustic maestros will find the ideal setting to make a name for themselves, and to bend or break every rule all night long.
Nikki Hill CD Release Thursday, Apr. 11, 6 p.m. @ Blues City Deli - free By Mabel Suen After one look and listen, it's plain as day that roots rock & roll vocalist Nikki Hill, lovingly backed by her guitar-slinging husband Matt Hill, is the next big thing to come out of little ol' St. Louis. The saucy songstress' infectious smile, bad-ass vintage style and soulful, high-energy delivery arrive easy on the eyes and ears. After a lifetime of belting it out in church choirs in the deep South, she's on the prowl to impart some gospel of her own all over the globe.
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