Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what recommendations await after the jump.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend show post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas anytime.
Bleeding Rainbow Monday, Apr. 1, 8 p.m. w/ The Cave Singers @ Old Rock House - $12 By Mike Appelstein The last time Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton played St. Louis, they comprised an earnest indiepop duo called Reading Rainbow. One small but significant name change and a couple of band members later, Bleeding Rainbow has dropped its former rough-and-ready approach. On its latest album, Yeah Right, the expanded group explores a shoegazey, distortion-heavy approach falling somewhere between Dinosaur Jr. and the Swirlies. There are longer songs, thicker production and the occasional guitar solo. Still, tracks like "Shades of Eternal Night" and the psychedelic "Waking Dream" confirm that Everton and Garcia haven't lost their gift for catchy hooks and starry-eyed harmonies.
Lumpy & the Dumpers Tuesday, Apr. 2, 9 p.m. w/ Night Birds, Tenement, Give, Occult Detective Club @ Blank Space - $10 By Jimmy Eberle From Lumpy & the Dumpers: Slime Addicts on the Prowl: "One of these days, you're going to face the meat...one, two, fuck you!" This is fucking punk. It's creepy, in your face, and not smart enough to be a real metaphor. It's just getting screamed at you. Brainchild of former Sweet Tooth drummer Martin "Lumpy" Meyer, Lumpy and the Dumpers is a local super-group of St. Louis scumbags. They're huffing slime and commiting crimes until the Belleville PD finally catch them to take all their puke-y goo away.
Toots and the Maytals Wednesday, Apr. 3, 8 p.m. @ Old Rock House - $26-$29 By Jaime Lees There was a time in the 90's that ska was hip: The boys wore wingtip shoes, the girls wore checkered tights and they all praised something questionable called "Third Wave." Good ska was being bastardized by popular new revivalists like No Doubt and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Toots and the Maytals is not that kind of ska; this is the real classic First Wave stuff. It's Jamaican and soulful, kind of half-reggae with a bounce and a dash of gospel.
Deerhoof Thursday, Apr. 4, 8 p.m. @ The Firebird - $15 By Joseph Hess From a 2011 show review: Deerhoof tore through a set rife with loud, melodic walls of sound. The group cherry picked from its varied catalogue, pleasing fans of their subdued but intricate pop songs while staying true to its earlier noisy and unhinged works. Deerhoof brings a vibrant energy to the stage with equal parts antics and artistic showmanship. Vocalist and bass player Satomi Matsuzaki gleefully hops around stage sporting a bass guitar half her size. Guitarist Ed Rodriguez sports a shining suit (one his mother made for him, no less) while swaying and bending his body along to each rhythm. Drummer Greg Saunier explodes on the drum kit with his schizophrenic style of bebop meets punk rock.