This week, St. Louis receives some visits from some popular acts. The Black Lips return to the Firebird, Mobb Deep performs at Old Rock House and EMA plays Off Broadway. For info on these shows and more, keep reading to get a glimpse at this week's musical landscape, featuring concerts including Bernays Propaganda from Macedonia, loop-master Dustin Wong and more.
Bernay's Propaganda Monday, April 28, 8 p.m. w/ Ghost Mice, Little Big Bangs, The Union Electric @ Lemp Arts Center - $5 By Mabel Suen Macedonian new wave, female-fronted post-punk? Sign us up. Micro-history lesson: the Republic of Macedonia, located in Southeast Europe, declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Thanks, Wikipedia. Now we know why Bernays Propaganda's catchy, funky punk a la Fugazi sounds so damn politically charged. The group tours the US with Ghost Mice, a folk-punk foursome from Indiana.
The Black Lips Tuesday, April 29, 8:30 p.m. @ The Firebird - $15 By Kelsey Whipple From this 2011 show preview: Together since junior high, Black Lips has spent its lifeline downing enough alcohol to fill a swimming pool, dressing like rejects from a particularly rowdy episode of Gilligan's Island and causing so many ruckuses that the refuse could fit in one of the stadiums the band is somehow still not big enough to play. The members are "Bad Kids" of the most self-aware variety, and their rowdy Southern upbringing shows in their music: a crusty, bombastic rock that slithered out of Atlanta around 2003 but found firm footing in 2007's brash Good Bad Not Evil. June 's Arabia Mountain finds the foursome braver and more accessible than ever while showing absolutely zero signs of cleaning up its act.
Mobb Deep Wednesday, April 30, 8 p.m. @ Old Rock House - $22/$25 By Tara Mahadevan Prodigy and Havoc, the duo that comprises critically acclaimed rap group Mobb Deep, have been a staple of east coast rap since 1992, and are credited with aiding the revival of the form in the '90s. The duo has also worked with everyone from Nas, Method Man and 50 Cent to St. Louis' own Nelly. If that doesn't get you, the decidedly sparse, intoxicating beats and hardcore lyrics will. The duo went on hiatus in 2012, but resolved their differences in May 2013 and announced an eighth studio album, The Infamous Mobb Deep. The new double album, which came out April 1, features ten unreleased songs from 1995's classic The Infamous.
EMA Thursday, May 1, 8 p.m. @ Off Broadway - $12-$15 By Christian Schaeffer Erika M. Anderson was already wary of technology's effect on human interaction on her first album as EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints. Those suspicions have been fulfilled on the tellingly titled The Future's Void, an album that encounters digital alienation even as the artist employs the whirrs, blips and blasts of electronic music to punctuate her strong, flinty voice. Anderson's background in California's noise scene leaves an imprint on many tracks here, but just as many bear classicist strains of cathartic grunge and soft-touch balladry.