This week, the Blind Eyes go out with a bang with a final show sure to pack Off Broadway to the brim, new rock saloon Los Punk shows Cherokee how its done, and St. Louis sees plenty of big name visitors including Afroman, Kim Richey and Dr. Dog. Get the details on these shows and more in this week's picks from our critics, and as always, stay tuned for even more recommendations in this Friday's weekend best bets.
The Gotobeds Monday, March 10, 9 p.m. w/ Tiger Rider, Willis @ Los Punk - $5 By Mabel Suen With South by Southwest in full swing, St. Louis can expect to see plenty of interesting acts passing through en route to Austin and back over the next couple of weeks. Take, for instance, the Gotobeds, a catchy rock band from Pittsburgh that stops in to Los Punk, a new punk rock saloon that promises some new noise for Cherokee Street. The Gotobeds play upbeat indie rock filled with jangly guitar riffs and an occasional hard edge to cut through its poppy sensibilities. Local fem-fronted groups Tiger Rider and Willis open with their own brands of weirdo pop and rock.
Flogging Molly Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. w/ Drowning Men, Onward @ The Pageant - $29.50-$31.50 By Katie Moulton From this 2011 show review: When the world ends, I'd like to be dancing, stomping and singing in the pit at a Flogging Molly concert. One could do worse. Last night at the sold-out Pageant, the Irish-punk band rallied the masses with a versatility that glimmered through the fusion genre formula..... At 9:30 p.m., as fans in the balcony scooted back to their seats with handfuls of Jameson shots, the stage darkened. Irish-tinged voices began to ring out a cappella. Flogging Molly then took the stage in dapper black suits and launched into new song "Speed of Darkness" at the speed of light. The mosh pit transformed into a churning green sea, swirling around a central eddy of dudes in jerseys and newsboy caps shoving the shit out of each other.
Dr. Dog Wednesday, March 12, 8 p.m. w/ Saint Rich @ The Pageant - $20-$24.50 By Jaime Lees Dr. Dog loves St. Louis and St. Louis loves Dr. Dog. Music fans here have long supported the hard working Pennsylvania act, embracing its harmony drenched, Beatles-come-jam band psych-rock and delicious live show. The band has been touring constantly for nearly a decade and it seems to always include an STL date on every tour. Dr. Dog has played at Mississippi Nights, the Creepy Crawl, the Red Sea, the Firebird (and the Bluebird), the Gargoyle, KDHX and LouFest. Its latest stop came last year as the opening act for the Lumineers at the Chaifetz Arena, and all of this hard work has paid off with a headlining show at the Pageant.
Bug Chaser Thursday, March 13, 9:30 p.m. w/ Fake Surfers, Black Panties @ Livery Company - $7 By Christian Schaeffer From this recent album review: On stage, Bug Chaser veers toward spectacle, often swelling beyond the eight members listed on this collection (and that's not including the BDSM specialist they brought onstage at this past fall's Lou Reed tribute). It's a comfort, then, that the band can be as full-bodied, engrossing and occasionally unpredictable on the Bug Chaser LP. Singer Pat Grosch is able to get your attention even if he's not physically demanding it from the stage; his vocals often stick to a monotone chant (as on the thumping, fittingly named "Motorik Steves") or bloom into a growl, as heard on the set-closing "The Real Jensen." Grosch is mixed a little low in places here, but he's also tasked with rising above seven busy bandmates; sometimes he's just another noise in the fray, and that fits.