This week, Lil Boosie takes on the Ambassador, Arcade Fire returns to play at Chaifetz Arena, local rapper Nato Caliph presents a showcase at Blank Space and the Faint performs at the Ready Room. From country and indie-pop to psych rock and hip-hop, here are our critics' picks for this week's best concerts.
Soulard Blues Band Monday, April 21, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $6 By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has gigged around town for more than 25 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 (88.1 FM), 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
Bug Chaser Tuesday, April 22, 9 p.m. w/ Linear Downfall, Boreal Hills, The Carondelettes @ Blank Space - $6 By RFT Staff From the 2012 RFT Music Awards: Bug Chaser will overwhelm your festival with strange costumes and short shorts. It will blow your fuses with insane light shows and way, way too many people onstage playing a strange assortment of instruments. And all the gangly impracticality of this band is nothing to the music, which is a loud, exuberant, wonderful rock & roll séance. There is no manner, no influence, no attempt to do anything but get weird and express something about the strange things that move all of us. It all may sound surreal or exaggerated, and if so, it's because you haven't seen it happen. So fix that as soon as you possibly can.
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition Wednesday, April 23, 8 p.m. w/ Jess Charles Hammock @ Off Broadway - $8-$10 By Roy Kasten From this 2011 show preview: At this point in history, it should be unnecessary to reference the Squirrel Nut Zippers in contextualizing Jimbo Mathus' music. Yes, he founded that band, and he's never tasted commercial success on the order of the 1996 crossover hit "Hell." But his post-Zippers career has been prolific and potent, more blues sting than ersatz swing. As a producer and guitarist he's worked with Andrew Bird, Buddy Guy and the daughter of Charley Patton. [In 2010] he jammed with fellow Mississippi hellhounds Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart in the South Memphis String Band and then wrote and directed a musical called Mosquitoville: Mississippi Songs and Stories. Along with Jack White and Tom Waits, Mathus is simply one of the blues' greatest living evangelists and innovators.
Backslider Thursday, April 24, 9 p.m. w/ Shaved Women, Life Like, The Warden @ CBGB - $5 By Jimmy Eberle From The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: April 2014: This show will be brimming with the meanest riffs in town. Who wants to take turns guessing which band's singer will come the closest to bleeding/sweating/dying of exhuastion? Philadelphia's Backslider is stopping off on south Grand to challenge STL DIY to good ol' fashioned anger contest. The band is top-tier fast, hardcore punk and Philadelphia is one of our best sister cities, covered in garbage, drugs and morons looking to have good times in basements/dive bars. Let's give 'em a hell of a welcome to Nellyville.