It's Thanksgiving on Thursday, so plan accordingly! Née and Middle Class Fashion host a post-holiday spectacular to make the most of the weekend. Throughout the week, plenty of fun awaits including the next Tower Groove Records split 7" release, a CD release party for Noisy Boyz and a the Lion's Daughter & Indian Blanket record release. Check out these shows and more in this week's recommendations, and stay tuned for even more picks in our weekend best bets post on Friday.
Negative Approach Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. w/ The Casualties, MDC, The Supermen, Antithought @ Fubar - $16 By Daniel Hill In its initial run, seminal hardcore band Negative Approach only lasted a total of three years, but in that short time managed to put an indelible mark on the face of aggressive punk rock. The band's self-titled EP and subsequent LP, Tied Down, are both considered hardcore classics, and vocalist John Brannon's in-your-face stage presence and gruff vocal style would go on to influence countless punk bands that would be formed in its wake. NA reformed in 2006 for Touch & Go Records' 25th anniversary show and now continues to tour sporadically, again hitting Fubar on its St. Louis stop. Joining Negative Approach on this run is the Casualties. You should Google "I won't apologize for being assaulted" and read an article that has been making the rounds in the last couple of weeks. Then, decide whether or not you'd rather stand outside during that opening set.
Cree Rider Family Band Tuesday, November 26, 8 p.m. @ The Gramophone - free By Christian Schaeffer From this 2013 show review: The "family" in Cree Rider Family Band is a relatively small affair -- the singer and guitarist is joined by his fiance Cheryl Wilson on harmony vocals, and handful of friends round out his studio and live band. On the debut One Night Stand, that familial feeling comes through the warmth of his voice and the bucolic breeziness of many of these tunes. He name-checks Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck on the fine "Break Free of These Bars," but Rider is too soft-spoken and mild-mannered to be considered outlaw country, and he loves honky-tonk conventions too much for an alt-country tag. He wears a gentle twang in his voice but thankfully lets his clear but gentle delivery ring out.
Tower Groove Records Split 7" Release Wednesday, November 27, 9 p.m. w/ Humdrum, Hearskra-Z, Accelerando @ Schlafly Tap Room - free By Christian Schaeffer From this 2013 Humdrum EP review: I've long admired Humdrum for its rhythmic dexterity -- Mic Boshans enlivens the electro pulses as Née's beatkeeper but he sounds more at home in Humdrum. On a song like "Electric Dice," he sets the timer and then branches into fills and filigrees, including an impressive rhythmic shift near the end. Boshans is able to treat his kit like a lead instrument without coming off as a soloist or a Keith Moon acolyte. (See the band's video performance of "I'll Find You" for last year's Lo-Fi Cherokee sessions to witness this concept in action.) "Vanish" is as close to disco as we've heard Humdrum get, though Andy Benn's psychedelic organ solo owes no small debt to the recently departed Ray Manzarek. Benn stands out as the band's secret weapon this time around. He knows when to get complicated and when to hang back; few keyboardists straddle that divide this well. His performances are an object lesson on why We Are Electricity is Humdrum's best release by a mile -- the band knows better now when to turn up the quirk factor and when to lay out and let the song breathe. All the big-name producers and analog fetishization wouldn't matter without that discipline.
Jon Bonham and Tommy Halloran Jam Thursday, November 28, 11 p.m. @ Mangia Italiano - free By Christian Schaeffer From this 2010 Tommy Halloran album review: In the early part of the last decade, Tommy Halloran led the laid-back swing combo the Ambiguous They, a group that fused the somewhat disparate sensibilities of Irving Berlin, Tom Waits and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. That the band never made much of a mark was always a shame, but Halloran spent the ensuing years hosting open mic nights and playing around town, singing in a cheerfully raspy tone and strumming jazzy guitar chords.
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