Happy Monday, everybody! We like to think of the start of each week as a new slate. Which shows will you go see? Some options include Canadian Rifle, Lord Huron and Kittypalooza. Read about these recommendations and more after the jump, and make this week a good one.
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 any time.
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Canadian Rifle Monday, June 10, 9 p.m. w/ Breakmouth Annie, Black Panties @ Blank Space - $5 By Mabel Suen Chicago's Canadian Rifle plays melodic fast-paced punk with more of a pop lean than hardcore but delivers it with ample amounts of energy and viciousness. Rumbly bass lines make way for occasional guitar noodling and hooks aplenty for grabbing on to, but make haste before it passes by in a fleeting straight-laced frenzy of solid, even drumming. Feel good tunes await to head bang to, so come prepared to sweat it out.
Lord Huron Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 p.m. w/ Escondido @ Off Broadway - $12-$18 By Roy Kasten The post-colonial critiques that have dogged the likes of Vampire Weekend and Beirut, not to mention Paul Simon, would be trivial if they weren't so misguided. Dear grad-students: Rock music exploits everything; that's what makes it rock music. Enter into the fray Lord Huron (aka Ben Schneider), whose lush, poly-cultural folk-pop evokes an ambient remix of the Talking Heads' Remain in Light, as if the sounds of world music were as native to the band as hooks, harmonies and wanderlust - which they are. How Lord Huron will communicate these omnivorous dream-songs onstage is anyone's guess, but you'd be over-thinking things not to find out
Freedy Johnston Wednesday, June 12, 8 p.m. w/ Winterpills @ Off Broadway - $12-$18 By Christian Schaeffer From this 2010 show review: What becomes of the one-hit wonder? In the case of Freedy Johnston, whose 1994 song "Bad Reputation" was a bittersweet slice of acoustic alternative rock back when that was a viable genre, it appears that you simply keep writing good, catchy, heartfelt songs regardless of who is listening. At last night's show at Off Broadway, Johnston had the ears of about 60 or 70 patrons, but the sparse crowd was nonetheless captivated by his solo acoustic performance.
Grandchildren Thursday, June 13, 9 p.m. w/ The Reverbs, Kid Scientist @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Mabel Suen Six dudes manning tons of drums combined with the moving melodies of synths, multiple guitars and the occasional horn can turn a small stage into somewhat of a spectacle. Philadelphia's Grandchildren manages to synchronize all these separately moving acoustic and electric pieces tightly with a backing track of sampled beats. The resulting symphonic experience reaches far beyond the range of a standard pop band, with an impressive range of vocal harmonies playing a leading role within orchestral compositions. On this tour, Grandchildren presents its sophomore release, Golden Age, produced by Chris Powell from Man Man and Bill Moriarty of Dr. Dog. It takes a decidedly floatier approach than Grandchildren's initial release; frontman Aleks Martray describes the songs as a collage of sorts, which explains why it's so easy to get lost in the dreamlike nature of it all.
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