This week's show recommendations include visits from Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, Black Flag, and more. Also, be on the look out for the Skin Graft St. Louis Homecoming and a dual release show featuring Humdrum and the latest Tower Groove Records single. Read on for all that and more!
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.
Did we leave something significant out? There's a chance it didn't make it onto our radar! Send your show tips any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Moriah Monday, June 17, 8 p.m. w/ Jess Sykes @ Old Rock House - $10 By Roy Kasten Miracle Temple by Mount Moriah may not be the most country-influenced release to ever appear on the Merge imprint - a little band called Lambchop has something to say about that - but the yearning melodies, hard-luck themes, Southern regionalism and, above all, the voice of Heather McEntire (with its echoes of Dolly Parton) reveal its soul. But this is a rock album, ultimately: a searching, nuanced and numinous song cycle, as in thrall to psychedelic guitar lines as it is to gospel harmonies and the spirituality of inner, everyday life. Song for song, Mount Moriah has made one of the finest albums in any genre of 2013.
Bad News Tuesday, June 18, 9 p.m. w/ Coppice, Jason Zeh, N.N.N. Cook @ Apop Records - $5 By Mabel Suen This weeknight line-up features a smorgasbord of textural sound art fueled by a variety of noisemakers including synths, drum machines and magnetic tape manipulation. Duo Bad News from San Francisco makes rhythmic industrial rock fronted by female howls, while Kansas City-based Jason Zeh manipulates cassettes and Chicago-based duo Coppice performs original electronic works. N.N.N. Cook, of the Close/Far Family collective, provides local support.
Jason Isbell Wednesday, June 19, 8:30 p.m. @ Off Broadway - $17-$23 By Michael Dauphin From this 2012 show preview: Five years and three proper albums into his solo career, Jason Isbell is today a different character than he was in 2007. Back then, Isbell was feeling his way around as a guy with a new lease on life, shaking off a failed marriage, settling into his new role as a bandleader and no longer serving as a Drive-By Trucker. If Isbell seems more grown up nowadays, musically and professionally, there are reasons for it.
The Mountain Goats Thursday, June 20, 8 p.m. w/ The Baptist Generals @ Old Rock House - $20-$25 By Roy Kasten Once the purveyor of boombox anti-heroism, John Darnielle has settled into richer sonic territory with a fuller sense of what it means to be the leader of a great rock band. But he hasn't lost the Mensa intelligence, the thrill of high and low culture and the avenging whine of his voice, quick as a whip, tender as the skin it strikes. The outcasts who populate Darnielle's songs always have a shot at transcendence, even if it requires going down in flames to get there. And he's learned to let all those losers and dreamers dance to the kind of skittish rhythms that connect with all our skittish souls.
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