This week, lots of acts stop through St. Louis to grace many of its great stages. Check out Talib Kweli, Steve Aoki, Lee Fields & the Expressions and many more. Click through for this week's recommendations, and stay tuned. We'll have plenty more picks for you for the weekend.
Inter Arma Monday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. w/ Black Tusk, Ashes and Iron, White Fire, Fumer @ The Firebird - $10-$14 By Rick Giordano From this 2013 show preview: Richmond, Virginia's Inter Arma is one of those bands I'm happy to say I can't quite pigeonhole into a specific genre. The sound reeks of ominous black metal atmosphere, but with a much heavier low end and some progressive and spacey elements thrown in as well. Inter Arma is on tour with Black Tusk, a Savannah-based sludge trio.
Talib Kweli Tuesday, November 5, 8 p.m. @ Old Rock House - $15/$18 By Daniel Hill From this 2012 show preview: Talib Kweli rose to prominence in the late '90s as the not-Mos-Def half of the pioneering underground alternative hip-hop group Black Star. Since then the prolific Kweli has had difficulty shaking the oft-scoffed "conscious rapper" label, despite having released albums with a decidedly more mainstream-accessible sound. Still, collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Madlib, Pete Rock and scores more have endeared Kweli to critics and fans alike and helped prove the versatility of the rapper. Jay-Z's lyrical nod on 2003's Black Album helped to expose Kweli to more mainstream success but may have contributed in an ancillary way to that one career misstep, 2004's Beautiful Struggle. All has been forgiven with 2011's Gutter Rainbows, though - expect melted microphones at the Old Rock House.
Lee Fields & the Expressions Wednesday, November 6, 8:30 p.m. w/ Big Brother Thunder & the Master Blasters, DJ MAKossa, Hal Greens @ 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center - $20/$22 From this 2012 show review: Bathed in blue, like the hottest point of the flame, Lee Fields took to the row of subwoofers as the front row scrambled to clear off the empties. He went there again and again, rearing back with a clenched fist to give one long, majestic, guttural soul-scream. He's drenched in sweat, but you could have guessed that. Lee Fields and the Expressions held a respectable crowd of mostly young - at my and Fields' age, 30-somethings count - funk and soul aficionados rapt. The club might have wished for another 50 bodies to press in towards the stage, but Fields and his band played it cool and hot as the songs - fourteen of them, largely drawn from Fields' recent albums My World and Faithful Man - demanded. By the end of the night they had a hundred hands waving in the air and a hundred hips hugging their groove.
Steve Aoki Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. w/ Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, Felix Cartal, Deorro, Kryoman @ The Pageant - $35-$85 By Diana Benanti From this 2012 interview: Mention Steve Aoki in a crowded room and watch the reactions; some will cross themselves in reverence, most will nod their recognition at the name, and the rest will know him only as "a DJ." But Steve Aoki has never been just a DJ; he's a modern auteur with his finger rammed in the proverbial sphincter of music and culture. Aoki got his start as the singer of a hardcore screamo band, but he's made a name for himself in indie, electro, EDM, pop and every musical mutation between. He started his own label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996, and he's broken artists from Bloc Party to the Bloody Beetroots. He's got more A&R skill in him than an army of big label drones.
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