This week in music features lots of exciting acts from the Flaming Lips to King Khan and the Shrines. Additionally, the Luminary features its first official show with Sylvan Esso. the Pat Sajak Assassins release its new CD and the Lion's Daughter puts out a split in the name of charity. Read on for info on these shows and more in this week's show recommendations.
Soulard Blues Band Monday, June 9, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $6 By Roy Kasten From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: One day, dear reader, the Soulard Blues Band will be no more. It's just a fact. And one day you'll wonder why, despite all the opportunities every other day of the week, you never saw this St. Louis institution in its prime -- and no, the band's prime ain't over. If somehow you've never danced your ass off when Art Dwyer lays down a bass line as smooth as crushed velvet, or when Marty Abdullah swings his phrasing on "Kansas City Blues" or "Dust My Broom," or when Tom Maloney plays a solo that would make his mentor (the late, great Benny Smith) smile, well you really should. Don't take this band for granted. Pay your respects soon; they've been earned.
The Flaming Lips Tuesday, June 10, 8 p.m. @ The Pageant - $37.50-$45 By Liz Miller From this 2012 concert review: Perched at the front of the stage -- on the Lips' special extended platform -- below a spinning disco ball and laser show, Coyne slays confetti-filled balloons with his guitar, while others float among the audience, occasionally bursting to offer a decidedly more festive shower. A giant costumed catfish and star appear on stage, as do ladies dressed in Dorothy dresses, and in the audience fans play their parts with bunny and banana costumes, roaming the crowd.... Wielding a smoke-blowing megaphone, Coyne saturates the stage in a hazy film before performing another fan favorite, "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song." Pull out your Flaming Lips Bingo Card, because the end of this song sees Coyne enter that signature hamster ball bubble, rolling around the audience, at times standing, at others on his knees, bandied about by a gleeful LouFest.
Self Help Tuesday, June 10, 8 p.m. w/ Rhythm of Cruelty, Trauma Harness @ Melt - $7 By Jenn DeRose From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Self Help, the most recent collaboration from Ashley Hohman and Ben Smith following Doom Town's recent demise, combines elements of classic LA punk and the Brian Eno-produced post-punk of No New York in its latest cassette release, CS 2014 on Don't Touch My Records. Hohman, who has previously performed in the Vultures, Doom Town and Tone Rodent, stretches out on the tape, alternately channeling the trills of Poly Styrene and Exene Cervenca. Smith, Chris Eck (of Shaved Women fame) and Leo Jalipa create a danceable space for Hohman's moody vocals, which are more powerful and confident than her previous projects. The result is occasionally hair-raising and thoroughly satisfying.
Sylvan Esso w/ Thelonius Kryptonite Wednesday, June 11, 8 p.m. @ The Luminary - $10/$12 By Christian Schaeffer If you were lucky enough to catch Mountain Man on one of its trips through St. Louis, you were likely transfixed by the a cappella Appalachian folk sounds emanating from the group's three female singers. That austerity has been given an electro twist with the new project Sylvan Esso, which combines Mountain Man's Amelia Meath with producer Nick Sanborn. What was meant as a one-off collaboration became a full-length, self-titled LP. Meath's multi-tracked vocals show traces of her other project, but Sanborn cloaks her vocals in glitchy percussion and gritty analog synth oscillations. Sylvan Esso's performance marks the inaugural concert in the Luminary's new space on Cherokee Street, and local hip-hop polymath Thelonious Kryptonite will open the show.
The Detroit Cobras Thursday, June 12, 9 p.m. w/ Pujol @ The Demo - $12-$14 By Christian Schaeffer When the Detroit Cobras performed at the Duck Room a few years ago for the 2010 incarnation of Twangfest, the Motor City band put on a master-class of garaged-up soul and slinky basement funk. Led by the unflappable Rachel Nagy, the all-covers act worked through songs by Garnett Mims, Irma Thomas and the Shirelles with an effervescent cool that nonetheless made the crowd work up a sweat. The band hasn't released an album since 2007 Tied & True, but seeing as how 2014 marks its twentieth anniversary, you won't hear many complaints from the crowd. An opening set by Pujol, whose new LP Kludge is overflowing with hooks and perpetually punk-damaged joyful noise, makes this an airtight double bill.
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