This week, check out our critics' recommendations, including Desaparecidos, M. Doughty and Death Angel. Read about these performers and more after the jump, and stay tuned to our weekend best bets post for more shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Soulard Blues Band Monday, October 21, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $5 By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has gigged around town for more than twenty-five years. Most notably, its weekly residency at Broadway Oyster Bar perfectly accompanies the Southern-themed vibe complete with booze and Cajun food. Bassist and sole remaining founder Art Dwyer, a blues aficionado on local community radio station KDHX, holds down the band with his casual plucked lines. The rest of the rhythm section follows suit, allowing room for solos to float between rounds of drinks and a comfortable swing.
The Head and the Heart Tuesday, October 22, 8 p.m. w/ Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Quiet Life @ The Pageant - $22.50-$27.50 By Katie Moulton From this 2011 show review: During an hourlong set, THATH played its full catalog to 300-plus already-diehard fans. The band's first three songs, including crowd favorite "Ghosts," kept up the energy thanks to jangling tambourine and Kenny Hensley's jaunty piano lines. This '60s sunshine bounce was not exactly what you expect when the band's been associated with "old-timey folk," but it reveals the band's true leanings toward influences like the Beatles' reeling pop. Of course, the band demonstrated plenty of folk tendencies: talk of "mama," imagery of family and home, as well as a bounty of pretty three-part harmonies.
Voodoo Glow Skulls Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m. w/ The Toasters, Left Alone @ The Firebird - $15-$18 By Bob McMahon From this 2012 show review: Clad in matching black shirts, Voodoo Glow Skulls entered the stage firing on all cylinders, pumping out four fast newer songs. These were well received, but older selections from fan-favorite albums Firme and the Band Geek Mafia predictably stole the show.... Songs like "Human Piñata" and "Shoot the Moon" set the mosh-pit ablaze and hardcore fans in the front were quick to sing every lyric when singer Frank Casillas thrust his microphone to them. Occasionally, the two-piece horn section struggled to cut through the mix, but trombonist Brodie Johnson compensated with an intensely enthusiastic stage presence. Overall though, the band's road-seasoned chemistry shone through in a tight performance that would please any '90s ska fan.
Desaparecidos Thursday, October 24, 8 p.m. w/ The So So Glos @ The Pageant - $25-$27 By Roy Kasten Of all of Conor Oberst's many trappings -- Faint, Commander Venus, Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk -- Desaparecidos, the punkish outfit Oberst sported for just two years in the early 2000s, fits the Midwesterner most neatly. The band really sounded like a band, and judging by its recent reunion and stray singles, it still does, falling somewhere between the Clash and Hüsker Dü at its most political. As a protest songwriter, Oberst has never been afraid of the soap box, but with Desaparecidos his anti-consumerist harangues and solidarity songs have the muscle they need to matter to an audience that's in it for the liberated rock & roll and not just the alienated self-regard.
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