Record Store Day approacheth! I won't say much this week. I have to reserve as much energy as possible with these vinyl-skimming digits, after all. Outside of all the events and after parties revolving around dear RSD, there's plenty to get out and see all week. Click ahead for our recommendations, and check out our comprehensive Record Store Day guide for what to look forward to on 4/20 -- well, besides the obvious, that is.
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.
Noise '13: The Tax Return Monday, Apr. 15, 8 p.m. w/ Baba Yaga, Beauty Pageant, Britches, Dave Stone, N. Nomurai, The Night Grinder, Strat Trio, Trancers @ mushmaus - free By Mabel Suen Noise is as noise does. During this Tax Day themed rendition of this semi-regular "Noise" branded event featuring largely improvised sets, watch local free jazz and latent mischief mongers let loose using their instruments of choice, ranging from guitars and drums to horns, voice and manipulated electronics. Anything goes and usually does. Look forward to experimental video projections from Chizmo TV, strange costumes and even stranger sounds bounding from wall to wall of the mushmaus warehouse.
Kim Massie Tuesday, Apr. 16, 10 p.m. @ Beale on Broadway - $7 By RFT Staff Although the word "diva" is so overused it's almost a useless descriptor, Kim Massie is one vocalist who deserves the honor. With its brash, gospel-influenced strains of vibrato, Massie's voice can be as big and broad as Aretha Franklin's, but it contains just enough Etta James-ian blues to undercut this strength with sorrow. When Massie sings the standard "At Last," you can close your eyes and imagine her voice as a vocal preacher, laying down the lyrics like audible commandments, just as easily as you can imagine the sound slinking down a smoky stage moonlit by a lonely spotlight. Massie is always -- and effortlessly somehow -- magical, spiritual and glowing.
Kendrick Lamar Wednesday, Apr. 17, 7 p.m. w/ Steve Aoki @ Chaifetz Arena - $24.50-$37.50 By Michael Dauphin Kendrick Lamar is the new King of West Coast rap. This isn't hyperbole, and it isn't a prisoner-of-the-moment statement. I mean hell, Game, Snoop Dogg (ain't buying the "Lion" bit, sorry) and Dr. Dre proclaimed it on stage at one of Lamar's Los Angeles shows in 2011. His Gold-certified 2012 masterpiece, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, showcases a young rapper on the brink of genius status. On it, he shifts shapes and raps through at least three different, distinct voices, and does so with impeccable timing. If his recent SNL performance is any indication, this Chaifetz show is a can't miss.
Seryn Thursday, Apr. 18, 10 p.m. w/ Timbre, Josh Ehrmann @ Plush - $5/$8 By Roy Kasten If you've had your fill of the great Northwest's trail-mixing neo-folk bands, then consider a detour south. We're talking way south, to the unlikely locale of Denton, Texas, where Seryn has been rosining its bows, polishing its glockenspiels and, most notably, recalibrating its vocal harmonies for a sound that approximates art-folk chorale music. The band doesn't care if it gets all the notes right, and yet the members mostly manage to do just that, whether through feverish banjo rolls or punishing percussion. Maybe it's the collective Texan in them, but the six musicians of Seryn provide a rugged-but-handsome outlaw spirit to the often overly-refined and overly-cute chamber-pop style.
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