This week, check out shows including Oddisee, Masked Intruder, Zagk Gibbons' album release and much more. Fourth of July weekend approaches with special shows from Clownvis Presley (as human a cannonball, nonetheless) and Wussy, for starters. Get our recommendations on this week's entertainment, and stay tuned for our weekend best bets on Friday for even more live music to come.
The Felice Brothers Monday, June 30, 8 p.m. w/ Robert Ellis @ Off Broadway - $15-$17 By Roy Kasten The Felice Brothers have always been more than just the most philosophical and historically minded of all the stoner Americana bands -- and that's accounting for under-acknowledged influences like the Grateful Dead and undeniable soul mates Dr. Dog. The old-time-shit scratching and funky-shit kicking that made the band's earliest recordings and live mayhem so compelling are in full, drunken sing-along effect on the Bros new album Favorite Waitress. And the group may have recorded the best power-pop song of the year in "Cherry Licorice," accordions and fiddles and all. Opener Robert Ellis won over many an attendee to the recent Jason Isbell tour, and though the Houston native can veer towards soft-rock side of Americana, his pure country voice is undeniable.
Oddisee Monday, June 30, 8 p.m. w/ M.M.E., A-Game, Supreme Sol @ The Demo - $10 By Tara Mahadevan Oddisee's first major break came in 2002 when he produced the DJ Jazzy Jeff song "Musik Lounge" from The Magnificent. After signing to New York label Halftooth Records in 2006 and releasing a slew of mixtapes, Oddisee began working with Phoenix label Mello Music Group and dropped his first studio album in 2008, 101. Oddisee is constantly making music -- in addition to ten mixtapes, he has released seven studio albums with Mello Music Group. He released his latest album The Beauty In All in September 2013. Oddisee's sound is often described as eclectic -- his musical influences mainly come from his family and where he's from, the "DMV." While his mother played him gospel and bluegrass music and his cousins showed him hip-hop, his father exposed him to the guitarists, singers, and poets of his native Sudan. It was Oddisee's dad who handed him his first vinyl hip-hop album, which encouraged Oddisee to pursue a career in production.
Little Big Bangs Tuesday, July 1, 9 p.m. w/ Con Trails, Babe Lords @ CBGB - free By Christian Schaeffer From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: We've reached an age where most up-and-coming bands don't remember a world without Nirvana; especially young rockers that may have been born after Kurt Cobain shuffled off this mortal coil and left behind an impossibly tall shadow. And so it goes that Little Big Bangs, one of the best of a crop of early-twenties rock bands, bears traces of grunge but pays no slavish devotion to the sub-genre. Last year's self-titled LP showed how the band's trio of singers -- Eric Boschen, Ryan Macias and Lucy Doughtery, joined by drummer Drew Gowran -- can wrangle the best from punk, pop and sludge-rock into something that is animated by static, strings and raw power.
Masked Intruder Wednesday, July 2, 8:30 p.m. w/ Direct Hit!, The Priceduifkes, The Humanoids @ The Demo - $12-$14 By Daniel Hill From this 2013 show review: Madison, Wisconsin's favorite band of law-breaking pop-punkers played Cicero's last night, encouraging attendees to be careless with their valuables and to wander freely into dark alleys after the show. Officer Bradford, the band's touring parole officer, made sure the band members were following the conditions of their supervised release while a crowd of a hundred or so pogo-ed, slammed and sang along.... Ramones-y four-chord chops and energetic sing-a-longs abounded throughout the night. The hook for "ADT Security" might be one of the catchiest things I've ever heard, and the band played it precisely despite the fact they had to be nearing heatstroke with those ski masks on. I was hot as hell wearing a light sweater. "This song is about how we love you so much, your security system can't keep us away from you."
Better Days Thursday, July 3, 9 p.m. w/ Nos Bos, Blight Figure @ Schlafly Tap Room - free By Daniel Hill Better Days has existed since the beginning of 2010, composed of hardcore scene veterans and former members of local favorites To No End, the Requiem and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (as well as many more). Playing catchy, melodic anthems drenched in positivity and good times, Better Days hit the ground running with its self-released demo entitled Songs About Drinking (complete with Big Black parody art) and has been playing basements and stages alike throughout town ever since. The sound is reminiscent of Gorilla Biscuits crossed with Saves the Day, or maybe a slightly less spastic Kid Dynamite, and it has earned the band loyal fans all over St. Louis. Opener Blight Future is a new project by Stephen Inman -- formerly of Nineteen and currently of So Many Dynamos and the Loot Rock Gang -- and its manic bursts of off-kilter sound come across like the punk future we were promised by Refused so many years ago. Definitely a local act to keep an eye on.
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