This week, catch the Appleseed Cast, Sin Motivo, Father Figures, Chuck Prophet and more. Chuck Berry also plays his monthly show this Wednesday -- it's sold out, but take that as a reminder that you should purchase tickets to see him next time around while you can! More recommendations on what to see this week follow.
The Appleseed Cast Monday, August 12, 7 p.m. w/ Des Ark, Heartscape Landbreak @ Off Broadway - $10-$15 By Roy Kasten On this year's Illumination Ritual, the Appleseed Cast crafts some of the prettiest and tautest instrumental passages of neo-progressive rock heard since the heyday of Built to Spill. And then the Lawrence, Kansas band jams the bejeezus out of them -- melodic as Moby Grape, mathy as Slint, while never turning its collective back on the simple saving grace of actual song form. Singer (and sole original member) Christopher Crisci may be anxious about emo tendencies -- he prefers to submerse his vocals in squalls, scribbles, chimes and lively drum solos that aren't quite drum solos. And "loud" doesn't even begin to describe what the Cast can do live.
Sin Motivo Tuesday, August 13, 9 p.m. w/ Times Beach, Ruz @ Black Space - $5 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows in August:" Denton's Sin Motivo will be coming through to tel us our mexican food isn't cool. The band has a sound eerily similar to their hometown hype heroes Wiccans, referring to fast, catchy-as-all-hell hardcore punk that can fall apart into a chaotic mess at the drop of a hat. Times Beach got a write up in MRR comparing them to Total Control, so I'm sure they'll give themselves backhanded compliments for that. Seriously, band is about to blow up. Rüz is fast, new, and dumb. Hide your bandanas, hide your knives.
Chuck Berry Wednesday, August 14, 9 p.m. @ Blueberry Hill - $35 By Jaime Lees From "Why You Should Go See Chuck Berry As Soon As Humanly Possible:" As residents of this city, it's hard to get perspective on just how amazing it is that Chuck Berry, the dude who probably invented rock and roll, plays here monthly. And that tickets-- while they need to be bought in advance-- are mega cheap, relatively. We don't want you to miss out on this opportunity so let's go over some of the reasons that you, St. Louisan, shouldn't wait any longer to go see the legend in action.... People from all over the world save up for years, spend their life savings or dip into their retirement funds just for the opportunity to travel to the States once to see Chuck Berry play. Each show is full of international travelers and usually more than one celebrity attendee.
Father Figures Thursday, August 15, 8 p.m. w/ Animal Children, Brotherfather @ Foam - $8 By Mabel Suen Father Figures, comprised of members of other performing projects including Man Man and Matthew Dear, categorizes itself as "zombie jazz." True, the majority of its tunes tend to lurk in minor keys, but there's no way the undead could sound this lively. The quintet's parts move flawlessly throughout each other, with two tenor saxophones and a set of keys expertly dancing intricate lines of melody around a frenetic rhythm section comprised of drums and upright bass. Based around jazz modalities and beats yet wandering into the depths of progressive post rock, the group's compositions feel tightly composed with just enough slack for subtle experimentation.
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