Guys, Daniel Hill made it rain blood yesterday. You know, for Slayer. We don't know about you, but this past weekend was a pretty intense party, blustery weather be damned. And it don't stop. Keep things moving this week with visits from the likes of Har Mar Superstar and more, and look forward to shindigs like KDHX's Midwest Mayhem and Eleven Magazine's Where Is My Mind Tonight? 2 event, hosted by the Blind Eyes. Click ahead to learn more.
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.
Did we leave something significant out? There's a chance it didn't make it onto our radar! Send your show tips anytime to [email protected].
Deer Tick Monday, May 6, 8:30 p.m. w/ The Union Electric, Fat Tramp Food Stamp @ The Firebird - $18-$20 By Roy Kasten From "Deer Tick goes its own way on The Black Dirt Sessions:"At the age of 25, John McCauley shouldn't have all that much to live up to. But when you're the head hombre of countrified post-Replacements rockers Deer Tick, and you get a reputation for ragged glory onstage and tenacious, Southern-styled rock on record, any move shy of guitar chucking and Jim Beam chugging results in widespread head scratching.
Har Mar Superstar Tuesday, May 7, 8:30 p.m. @ The Firebird - $12-$14 By Michael Dauphin Back in spring of 2001, electro-punk weirdo Atom & His Package played the infamous (and now defunct) Rocket Bar on Locust. While his set was great, it was his tourmate who stole the room that night. Sean Tillman (a.k.a Har Mar Superstar) hopped on stage with sampler full of Bell Biv Devoe-biting beats and a sexual appetite that made Prince seem like a prude. Nobody was more impressed by his set than Har Mar himself, but everyone in attendance was captivated. Twelve years, five albums, and countless skin tight stage costumes later, the Ron Jeremy look-alike is still churning out freaky R&B jams that would serve well as a soundtrack to a Ron Jeremy movie.
The Bottoms Up Blues Gang Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m. @ Jefferson Barracks Park - free-$5 By Christian Schaeffer From "Homespun: The Bottoms Up Blues Gang:" Spend enough time in bars and restaurants around Soulard and its surrounding neighborhoods, and you're bound to run into the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. In a town full of old, seasoned blues men, this relatively young duo of Kari Liston (vocals) and Jeremy Segel-Moss (guitar and harmonica) makes its mark because of relentless gigging and its respectful reverence for its influences.
Arvid Noe Wednesday, May 8, 9 p.m. w/ Banned Books, Stonechat, The Funs @ mushmaus - $5 By Mabel Suen Boston's Arvid Noe features two guitars riffing, wiggling and intermingling amidst equally unpredictable and driving drum patterns. The weirdo post punk axe wielders sound like they're desperately playing their way out of a retro video game, shredding the virtual world to ragged, jagged ribbons along the way. The trio makes rock roll along unlike the next guys, coaxing their instruments to communicate to each other in weird blips, clicks, slides and carefully picked harmonious noises. Catch them howling along while performing songs off of their new record, Islington, during their last ever tour, dubbed "Noe Future."
Midwest Mayhem Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. w/ Big Brother Thunder & the Master Blasters, Big Mike Aguirre, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Colonel Ford, Downstereo, Fabulous Foehners, Farshid Etniko, Funky Butt Brass Band, John Chiecsek, Kansas Street Ramblers, Melody Den, Middle Class Fashion, Nappy DJ Needles & G. Wiz, Rhythm Section Road Show, So Many Dynamos, Tef Poe, The Thin Dimes, The Union Electric, Tommy Halloran Trio, Zion @ City Museum - $20 By Jaime Lees Aside from knowing that you've contributed to the greatest radio station on Earth, one of the other perks of donating to KDHX is access to this - consistently one of the best parties of the year. The station hosts the Midwest Mayhem as a thank-you to listeners, who will pack every inch of space at the City Museum for this celebration of independent radio. At this event, music is quite literally around every corner, with bands and performers jammed into every delightful little nook in the building. Expect performances from musicians that are as diverse as the programming on KDHX, ranging from blues to pop to rap.