Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From May 29 to June 3

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.e, Red Squad, Hatch Fri., 9:00 p.m. June 1 @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Joseph Hess An electro-thud works behind bright riffs as .e cross-contaminates the drum machine with Fender guitars for a hot but controlled sound. Vocals work as the human element to secular pieces of droned out rock music. Conjuring a blend of acoustic and electronic, .e breeds wondrous and lush songs. Here, she makes the rare dive-bar appearance, using Heavy Anchor's suitably booming house system. Hatches compliments .e by forging jazz-infused post-rock with melodic builds and wild structure. The Red Squad works in its power-trio prog-rock while bleeding a keen pop sensibility, making a sound that's reminiscent of eight-bit Nintendo tunes, albeit with blistering guitars and crunchy bass. Frantic drumming lends a math-rock feel to the group's penchant for irregular sounds. A Full Weekend: Progressive music mates with feedback and whirling riffs for a choice pre-game to the RFT Music Showcase.

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Kim Massie Sat., 8:30 p.m. June 2 @ Plush - $8 By RFT Staff Although the word "diva" is so overused it's almost a useless descriptor, Kim Massie is one vocalist who deserves the honor. With its brash, gospel-influenced strains of vibrato, Massie's voice can be as big and broad as Aretha Franklin's, but it contains just enough Etta James-ian blues to undercut this strength with sorrow. When Massie sings the standard "At Last," you can close your eyes and imagine her voice as a vocal preacher, laying down the lyrics like audible commandments, just as easily as you can imagine the sound slinking down a smoky stage moonlit by a lonely spotlight. Massie is always -- and effortlessly somehow -- magical, spiritual and glowing.

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Jazz U with special guest Tim Warfield Sat., 7:30 p.m. June 2 @ Jazz at the Bistro - $20 By Terry Perkins "Hmm, Tim Warfield," you might be thinking. "The name sounds familiar, but I just can't quite place him." Well, if you've been keeping up with jazz on more than a cursory basis over the past decades, you're sure to have encountered Warfield's rousing sax work in a variety of settings. Maybe you got hip to Warfield when he first hit the recording scene in the early '90s, showcasing his talent in the company of James Carter and St. Louis' own Todd Williams on the Tough Young Tenors' Alone Together or as part of the lineup of "young lions" that included Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride and Benny Green on the Jazz Futures' Live in Concert. Or if you're a fan of Nicholas Payton, you probably know Warfield for his fine sax work on Payton's Verve releases, Gumbo Nouveau and Payton's Place. He's also released fine recordings as a leader and played with the likes of Christian McBride, James Williams and Jimmy Smith.

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Trauma Harness Sun., 10:00 p.m. June 3 @ Lemmons - $5 By Joseph Hess The Wicked Witch of Belleville likes to throw musicians into a dirty black cauldron. She vigorously stirs the pot, concocting odd bands that creep and slither their way into nearby cities. Trauma Harness was born from the hiatus of Egg Chef, a beloved noise rock band signed to St. Louis' Apop Records. Since its start as a pet project of Egg Chef's Josh Jenkins and John Birkner of Shaved Women, Trauma Harness has quite literally hit the street, performing in bars and punk houses alike.

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