This week, Miley Cyrus swoops into town on a wrecking ball (probably), Ghost haunts the Pageant, Stereo Assault hosts a hip-hop showcase at 2720 featuring Souls of Liberty, and Mates of State graces the Grove's newest venue, the Ready Room. Besides that, plenty of noise takes over local stages leading up to a busy Record Store Day -- but more on that later. For now, have a look at some other various concert recommedations.
Soulard Blues Band Monday, April 14, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $6 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.
Safety Word Tuesday, April 15, 9 p.m. w/ Life Like, Q @ Livery Company - $7 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: April 2014": Chicago's Safety Word is coming through to south city. Finally, some ass-kicking fast bands are hitting St. Louis again. Shows at the Livery have full of mutant-level braindead chaos lately, too -- come out and go nuts, but be respectful of this fine establishment for giving us a place to fall down on top of one another and make loud noise. Johnny Vegas for king of presidents 2020.
Miley Cyrus Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m. @ Scottrade Center - $39.50-$89.50 w/ Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira By RFT Staff From Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Announced - St. Louis in April: Miley Cyrus has captivated fans and onlookers alike this year with her increasingly provocative behavior (the "Wrecking Ball" video, near-nude photo shoots with Terry Richardson, that whole VMAs thing) and is now ready to take the show on the road. Cyrus announced a 38-day tour in support of her latest effort, October's Bangerz.
Mates of State Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m. w/ Hidden Lakes @ The Ready Room - $20 By Christian Schaeffer The hook behind Mates of State was never hard to discern: A husband and wife sang kinetic, flurried pop songs with such urgency that their vocal unisons and discords seemed to double as some elaborate form of couple's therapy. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel often performed like their marriage depended on it, and that little bit of theatre, coupled with buzzy organ tones, made for magnetic listening. For this tour, though, the band is putting aside its once-trademark combo organ in favor of acoustic piano, strings and horns to flesh out its little symphonies.
Ben Kweller Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m. w/ Kid Scientist @ Off Broadway - $18-$23 By Roy Kasten Of all the hopeless categories in music, the great rock & roll hope is the most doomed. As the teenage founder of '90s pop-punk band Radish, Ben Kweller wound up a savior only to a cult that never wanted him to grow up. But grow up he did, as a solo artist and as a father, and if his punk days are in the rearview mirror, you can still catch glimpses of them in the freewheeling spirit of songs like "Penny on the Train Track" and "Sundress." And above all else, in Kweller's live shows, which careen everywhere his bittersweet guitar-pop music leads him. Whether he's exploring folk, country or piano-charmed ballads, he's always irrepressibly rock & roll.
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