Sunday thunderstorms kept us from getting into anymore trouble for the remainder of the week, but hey -- it's Monday! It's a new week rife with opportunities to see some shows. See some top-notch working musicians like Roland Johnson and Dave Stone in action, or catch some touring acts like John Fullbright and Cro-Mags. Read about them and more in this week's 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 any time.
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Eleanor Friedberger Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. w/ Teen @ The Demo - $8-$10 By Christian Schaeffer From this 2011 show preview: The distribution of power for the sibling band the Fiery Furnaces has long been simplified thusly: Older bro Matthew Friedberger writes the lyrics and wrangles the serpentine arrangements, and little sis Eleanor Friedberger delivers the lines with a dorkily unflappable charisma. So when Eleanor's solo record Last Summer was released this year, it was anyone's guess how she would do striking out on her own. The result? A streamlined, pop-friendly record that retains some of the Furnaces' endearing weirdness and her boho-poetry delivery. She even rides the tail end of the zeitgeist with a smooth sax solo at the end of winsome opening number "My Mistakes" without any smirking self-awareness.
Fumer Tuesday, June 25, 8 p.m. w/ Nifty Breed, White Fire, Joshua Grassle Project @ Fubar - $8-$10 By Joseph Hess For the love of God, bring earplugs, because Fumer delivers hard-edged rock through a blisteringly loud wall of speakers. The guitar stays tied tight to straight-laced beats and pummels with a harsh dirge. Punchy bass lines keep the affair grounded in grunge, but Fumer's clever take on beaten genres invokes familiar bands filtered through a noisy mesh. Fumer, at first glance, might feel like a throw-back. This band's music is a study in distinction, as it discards posturing to focus on the sound, resulting in a final product that comes across like an originator of a familiar era.
Roland Johnson Soul Endeavor Wednesday, June 26, 10 p.m. @ Beale on Broadway - free By RFT Staff The minute Roland Johnson walks onstage for his semi-regular gig at Beale on Broadway, you know you're seeing a performer. The man drips charisma -- all the way through his white leisure suit and down to his polished shoes. He can do the James Brown, the Sam & Dave, the Bobby "Blue" Bland, the Otis Redding, and he does them all, no matter how familiar, no matter how many times he's sung them, like the joint is on fire and his lungs are filled with kerosene. He's a growler, a belter, but cool enough to keep his musicians, featuring veterans of the Mighty Big Band, from jamming off their charts. A lot of bands in St. Louis play the Stax/Volt and Motown hits. None drives them home like Roland Johnson and Co.
Yeasayer Thursday, June 27, 9 p.m. w/ Reptar @ The Firebird - $20-$22 By Liz Deichmann From this 2010 show review: Like a UFO landing, Yeasayer took stage lit against a pulsating, projector-like backdrop of green and the foreboding eeriness of "The Children." Chris Keating's low, distorted vocals and the dark ambience of the first track of this year's hugely successful Odd Blood proved an ominous introduction. There's an anxious and paranoid quality to Keating's voice that's most effective when delivering world-weary lyrics like "2080"'s "I can't sleep when I think about the times we're living in / I can't sleep when I think about the future I was born into." Live, it plays perfectly against Anand Wilder's full, natural high tenor. These purveyors of futuristic tribal-beat mysticism are currently touring with a full-time drummer and a multi-instrumentalist/percussionist.
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