This week, Lil Wayne, Those Darlins, Pallbearer, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more make it into town. For some local flavors, check out some STL mainstays like the Union Electric, Bear Hive and a whole bunch of bands at the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest. Our recommendations await after the jump.
Steely Dan Monday, August 5, 7 p.m. @ Peabody Opera House - $45-$150 By Christian Schaeffer For a band that proudly refused to tour during its late-'70s heyday, Steely Dan can't seem to keep off the road. Since reuniting in 2000, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have gathered a backing band of ace players and smooth singers to bring its estimable catalogue to life. Longtime fans will know what to expect -- singles, deep cuts, a seven-minute "Aja" if they're truly lucky -- but it's worth the price of admission to watch two of the unlikeliest rock stars hold court behind electric piano and guitar, their lined faces showing the marks of intense musicianship and no shortage of sardonic humor.
Touch People Tuesday, August 6, 8 p.m. w/ Pleasure Adapter, Catholic Guilt, The Icebergs, Jaded Evil Limbs @ 2720 Cherokee By Mabel Suen The one-man project, Touch People, features Nebraskan Darren Keen performing minimalist experimental electronic music. The resulting combination of arpeggiated synths, clanging and jangling drum machines, and effects-laden voice sounds something like an enlightened robot coping with newfound feelings and emotions via interpretive, colorful songs. With composition titles like "Body Rhythm" and "Brain Massage," one can expect the tunes to channel neon-tinged, dance-inducing vibes. Keen's tourmates, Pleasure Adapter, reinforce the electrifying synth-driven dance party with sporadically moody post-punk played on live instruments.
Pallbearer Wednesday, Aug. 7, 8:30 p.m. w/ ((THORLOCK)), Jesus Chrystler @ The Firebird - $10-$12 From "Boris and Pallbearer at the Firebird 5/12/13: Review and Setlist:" Pallbearer started things off without a hitch, delivering 45 minutes of depressing, codeine-soaked doom riffs to a highly receptive audience -- and don't worry, the band's unique take on traditional doom metal isn't limited to playing rehashed Candlemass riffs. Pallbearer plays grief-stricken songs so loud it that it makes my ears cry. I noticed that not only long-time fans of the doom metal genre were banging tangled whips of hair in slow motion. Unlike some high-volume shows that I've been to (or played) at various venues in the US, the sound was perfect. No vocals or drums were buried under the thick wall of overdriven guitars. Everything sat just right in the mix, and the songs were played flawlessly.
Thee Fine Lines Thursday, August 8, 9 p.m. w/ The Gardenheads @ CBGB - free By Jenn DeRose The music of Thee Fine Lines sounds as if it was pulled right out of a Nuggets collection of '60s underground classics. Snotty vocals and simple, sing-a-long choruses are reminiscent of midwestern co-patriots the Shadows of Knight. This garage-rock three-piece can really make a racket, grinding out greasy, stripped-down music that could make even the most curmudgeonly fun-hater shake their hips. Jangly guitars and a generous use of hand-claps render the songs gleefully danceable and catchy as a head cold.