Demonlover Fri., 9:00 p.m. November 30 @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Jaime Lees St. Louis has a lot of dudes in bands. Dudes in bands are plentiful. Demonlover is distinctive because it is populated not just by dudes but by true musicians. Andy Lashier, JJ Hamon and Sam Meyer are all diverse multi-instrumentalists and the Demonlover boys make music that is as memorable as it is transcendent. Though the three men are essentially a rock band, the sound they brew is massive and alluring. The music is jazzy but not chaotic. It's trippy but not psychedelic. It's experimental but not tedious. Demonlover is powerful and jubilant and reflects the weird hybrid sound of the new South City scene -- a mutt mixture of rock, twang, beats and noise. Roll the Dice: With this band, every show is different and seemingly better than the last. Check it out if you are looking for something fresh.
Kinky Friedman Sat., 8:00 p.m. December 1 @ Off Broadway - $25/$28 By Roy Kasten Consider Kinky Friedman the bizarro Bob Dylan. He's a Midwestern-born folk hero, steeped in country traditions and gifted with maddening powers of language and wit. The novelist, satirist, songwriter and failed politician made his mark in the '70s with recordings like "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore." He's got a bottomless well of one-liners he taps like a modern-day, cigar-chomping Will Rogers, and after decades away from St. Louis, the Kinkster returns for a concert and reading this week.
Burrowss Sat., 9:00 p.m. December 1 w/ Crown, Elk House @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Christian Schaeffer Emily Keefauver and Matt Stuttler began playing together in the small but musically fertile community at Greenville College in Illinois. The pair moved to St. Louis and began playing as the Kerouacs a few years ago but chose a more phonetic spelling for their next Beat Generation band name. (Is the extra "s" in Burrowss for "William S."? We may never know.) For Don't Take It Slow, Burrowss tries on a host of rock & roll styles without settling on a single sound, which makes the record sound alternately adventurous and bipolar.
The Stone Sugar Shakedown Sun., 8:00 p.m. December 2 @ Old Rock House - $10 By RFT Staff When the average citizen thinks of jam bands, names like Phish and Widespread Panic come to mind. But Led Zeppelin jammed too, and Stone Sugar Shakedown's blues-steeped explorations tend to resemble the latter. The band sounds and looks transplanted from the 1970s, with hints of the Blues Brothers and Funkadelic, and it doesn't hurt that singer Tracy Gladden can alternately channel Grace Slick and Roberta Flack. It is no surprise that Stone Sugar Shakedown is incredibly active with appearances at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. The band is a crowd pleaser; it is sometimes funky, sometimes psychedelic, but it always infuses its tunes with an energy that only true believers in the power of rock can embody.