Wow, whatta weekend! 4-20 still has us in a daze (didn't get a chance to make it down? Check out slideshows of Record Store Day and InFest2). Congrats everyone on a successful and eventful RSD weekend. Keep that music high going this week with visits from the Besnard Lakes, Bob Dylan, Wax Idols and Ghostface Killah, for starters. Click ahead for some 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.
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Tommy Halloran Monday, Apr. 22, 7 p.m. @ Lola - free By Christian Schaeffer From a 2010 album review: Halloran's songs have the timeless sway of pre-World War II jazz, with a special nod to the jazz guitar maestro Django Reinhardt and the gypsy swing from the first few Andrew Bird records. The mood is so sweet-and-low, so eternally easygoing that you'd be forgiven for swatting imaginary mosquitoes with an equally imaginary straw hat when this disc is playing. This is gin-tippling music, pure and simple.
The Besnard Lakes Tuesday, Apr. 23, 8:30 p.m. w/ Suuns, Tone Rodent @ The Firebird - $12 By Christian Schaeffer A few listens to the lush and knotty Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO serve as a pretty good reminder that the members of Besnard Lakes know how to marry the immediate with the expansive. The Montreal band is helmed by husband and wife duo Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, and the newest LP shows a synthesis of shoegaze's swirling, disintegrating textures and psych-rock's altered state of consciousness. But don't sleep on the orchestral corralling of noise and sound, nor the pop nuggets at the core of songs like lead single "People of the Sticks."
Bob Dylan Tuesday, Apr. 23, 7 p.m. w/ Dawes @ Peabody Opera House - $105-$260 By Jaime Lees He's the celebrated poet-laureate of rock and roll, but Bob Dylan's credits extend beyond his trademark cadence and twisted wordsmith skills. With a career spanning five decades in the public eye, Dylan is king to not just his contemporaries, but nearly every singer-songwriter since. From scruffy underdog to lauded international pop icon, Dylan is more than just a simple protest musician who famously dared to "go electric" at a folk music festival; he's the gold standard.
Wax Idols Wednesday, Apr. 24, 8 p.m. w/ TV Ghost, Autonomy, Trauma Harness @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows in April:" This would be a great show to have a nervous breakdown at. All of the bands are within the realm of creepy-poppy hybrid. They all have killer, catchy-as-all-hell bass lines. This is going to be any fan of post punk's dream/nightmare event. Plus, there are three out of towners on this show. Get these relatively newer bands some fucking gas so they can keep coming back!
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