This week, check out plenty of great touring acts including Sham 69, John Prine, Chrisette Michele and Ab-Soul. An Undercover Weekend also makes its return to the Firebird, and the Brothers Lazaroff hosts its annual block party at Vintage Vinyl. Get info on these shows and more in this week's recommendations, and stay tuned until Friday for more show suggestions for the weekend.
Sham 69 Monday, September 22 w/ Total Chaos, Scene of Irony, Hard Evidence @ Plush 7:30 p.m. | $10/$13 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2014": This show is the boot-shiner of the season. Sham 69 is coming to St. Louis. Yeah, that band from the original era of English Oi! music. Somehow someone tricked them into coming to St. Louis. You can wander into Plush after a nice burger and a couple of drinks, then witness punk rock history. This show definitely falls into the category of "must see."
Despise You Tuesday, September 23 w/ Creater Destroyer, Shaved Women, Overdoser @ Apop Records 9 p.m. | $7 By Jimmy Eberle From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2014": Nothing you can come up with is going to take priority over this one. This band has been terrorizing powerviolence dorks ever since Possessed To Skate Vol. 1 came out in 1997. The group didn't even tour until the mid 2000s. Why not a take a header into a support beam in its honor? This show could be the closest you come to dying in basement. Why run away from it? You'll probably never get the chance to catch this band this close to home ever again. Some things are worth dying for.
Ab-Soul Wednesday, September 24 w/ BAS, EarthGang, M.M.E., Vince SEGA @ The Ready Room 7 p.m. | $25-$100 By Tara Mahadevan From "The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: September 2014": Ab-Soul made a name for himself after he signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and became a member of the four-person hip-hop group Black Hippy. Since then, all four members of the group -- Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q -- have struck out on their own, each finding success. Ab-Soul's demeanor is distinct from his labelmates', conveying a laid-back, West Coast way in his music that easily translates to his performance. Arrive early to catch St. Louis hip-hop collective MME, who must be stoked to open for one of TDE's frontrunners.
Chrisette Michele Thursday, September 25 @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $35-$37 By Calvin Cox From this archived show review: Opener Chrisette Michele started off her set with the title track from her No. 1 album, Epiphany, accompanied by the band NuJynisis out of LA. Sound in the venue was sufficiently loud with full-sounding bass, but some of the high-end vocals and instruments seemed to distort. Regardless, Michele blew me away. I was fully aware of her classy, sweet-sounding voice; I just didn't realize how powerful she is. Her radio singles showcase her Etta James-style vibrato with songs like "Fragile," but watching how she belted out "Blame It On Me" highlighted another dimension to her talent.
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