Welcome to March, aka insane show season in our fair city of St. Louis. Bands from all over begin to defrost from winter weather and warm up to the road once more, loading up vans and booking mini tours to Austin's South by Southwest fest and beyond. Catch some in the act as they swing through in coming weeks, and look forward to an awesome month of music.
Soulard Blues Band Monday, Mar. 4, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $5 By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has gigged around town for more than twenty-five years. Most notably, its weekly residency at Broadway Oyster Bar perfectly accompanies the Southern-themed vibe complete with booze and Cajun food. Bassist and sole remaining founder Art Dwyer, a blues aficionado on local community radio station KDHX, holds down the band with his casual plucked lines. The rest of the rhythm section follows suit, allowing room for solos to float between rounds of drinks and a comfortable swing.
White Mystery Tuesday, Mar. 5, 9 p.m. w/ Skarekrau Radio, Bruiser Queen, The Brainstems, Dad Jr., Animal Teeth @ mushmaus - $5 By Christian Schaeffer St. Louis only has room for one Red Rocker in its heart (St. Hagar, pray for us), but Chicago prefers its fiery-maned rock stars with a little less Cabo Wabo and a whole lot more raw rock power. Alex White has been a mainstay on the city's garage rock scene since she picked up a guitar and fronted the Red Orchestra in her early twenties. Alex and her similarly ginger-haired brother Francis Scott Key White have joined forces for the two-piece White Mystery, a scuzzy, jangly, full-throttled take on the Velvets/Stooges canon. Sneak peaks of the forthcoming Telepathic LP should be on display at this intimate show.
Field Report Wednesday, Mar. 6, 9 p.m. w/ Shivering Timbers @ Off Broadway - $10-$13 By Roy Kasten Rock 'n' Roll Rule #36: Ignore all lists, then make your own, then rip it up and start again. And when you do, include the self-titled album from Milwaukee's Field Report on "Best Debuts of the Young Decade." The song-cycle from Christopher Portfield isn't rock 'n' roll, but it is that good. The songwriter puts all kinds of daylight - in the form of hopes and dreams, the raw material of rock & roll - between himself and his neo-folkie brethren. Reflective yet declaiming, rough-hewn yet shimmering, the music of Field Report suggests a chamber-folk Nebraska mixed for quadraphonic speakers. It's spacious and searching even in the quietest moments.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Thursday, Mar. 7, 8 p.m. w/ Jimbo Mathus, Alvin Youngblood Hart @ Old Rock House - $15/$18 By Michael Dauphin Flanked by his wife Breezy, attacking her washboard alongside Cuz Persinger and his junkshop drum kit, Reverend Peyton has ascended to the top of today's crop of premier blues artists. The band's most recent release, Between the Ditches, debuted at number one on the iTunes Blues chart, and the band's relentless touring schedule (250 gigs a year!) has certainly helped with putting it on the map. But make no mistake: It's Peyton's thunderous howl and unremitting, backwoods guitar picking that draws the listener in. Peyton's songwriting taps into historical blues, haunted gospel, and punk rock ethos and the final product is every bit as antagonizing as it is blithe.