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Monday, April 9, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From April 9 to 15

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Jack Buck Fri., April 13, 9:00pm @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Josh Levi ​After the release of its debut 7-inch, Ugly, Jack Buck continues to pave the way in the art of brainwave eradication. Too noisy to be categorized as hardcore and too avant-garde to be metal, the band fills the niche for stoners and the art damaged alike. Marking the first of a string of shows since bassist Michael Gerhardt's back injury, Jack Buck will perform with an eclectic line-up including Columbia's New Tongues and a DJ set by ambient outsiders Ou Ou. The headliner is gearing up for a performance at the 2012 PRF BBQ Fest put on by Steve Albini's Electrical Audio, and its future is burning ever brighter. What the Hell? Indie pop progenies Humdrum and Cartwheel will complete the evening's lineup. Viva Variety!

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Just Blaze Sat., April 14, 10:00pm @ Lola - $10 By Daniel Hill Hip-hop super-producer Just Blaze was slated to DJ as part of Lola's "Speakerboxx" series on March 30, but ended up having to cancel ― instead we were treated to a visit from another giant of the field: the venerable Pete Rock. Making good, Blaze rescheduled his performance for this Saturday. If you've followed hip-hop at all in the last fifteen years, you know the man's work ― he's produced tracks for the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, T.I., MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Eminem....he even remixed a Maroon 5 song back in 2008, creating what was, in this writer's opinion, the only listenable Maroon 5 song ever. Round of Applause for Lola: In the last few months, the downtown nightclub has brought some pretty big names in for its DJ nights: Salt N Peppa's Spindarella in January, the aforementioned Pete Rock last month, and now Mr. Blaze. Whatever you guys are doing, Lola, keep it up! ​​ ​

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Marlena Shaw Daily from Wed., April 11 until Sat., April 14, 7:30pm & 9:30pm @ Jazz at the Bistro - $30-35 James Weber From this 2007 show preview: It's downright cold in Saint Louie, and you've been bundled up with your honey in front of the fireplace for weeks. Sounds a lot like "Love Dancin'," the "Rhythm of Love!" Only, the fuel ran out, and the nearness of your sweetness bred a nasty case of cabin fever. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!" "The Writing's on the Wall!" Well, time to get out on the town, and no one better to warm you up than the magnificent Marlena Shaw. The first female vocalist signed to Blue Note records, Ms. Shaw has set the live-performance standard for 40 years, each show following the common thread in jazz and soul, pop and R&B. Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Boulevard; 314-531-1012 or www.jazzstl.org) brings the former Count Basie Orchestra singer for four sublime evenings of pure class.

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Cavo CD Release Show Sun., April 15, 8:00pm @ Cicero's - click here for ticket info By Jason Rosenbaum From this recent interview: Cavo brushed up against mainstream success in the latter of part of the 2000s, clutching fame and adoration with hard-charging sensibilities with a melodic edge. Following that up, however, took some time. After a relentless touring schedule and a transition to a new record label, the St. Louis-based rock outfit is primed to release Thick as Thieves next Tuesday. It's the first LP from the band since 2009's Bright Days Dark Nights, which spawned commercial hits such as "Champagne" and "Crash." As lead singer Casey Walker noted in an interview with RFT Music, Thick as Thieves incorporates a theme of perseverance. That can especially be seen in the video for the title track, which features the band hanging around at Pi and playing on top of a downtown St. Louis building. The message is clear: Regardless of obstacles that daunted the band, the four-piece outfit is still alive and kicking.

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