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Monday, July 23, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 23 to 29

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Nite Owl Fri., 8:00 p.m. July 27 @ Vintage Vinyl - Free By Calvin Cox With more than a dozen albums (that's original albums, not including mixtapes) and countless shows under his belt to date, Nite Owl has been recognized as one of the hardest grinding emcees in the 'Lou for several years running. Local Celebrity snagged the top-selling spot at Vintage Vinyl upon its release last year, and his upcoming release, Callabo Queens, is full of promise as well; it's slated to boast twenty all-new tracks, each featuring verses from one of nine female rappers. Regardless of his consistency, one shouldn't take Nite Owl's work ethic for granted. The 37-year-old veteran has plans on a few more projects & such as a "Greatest Hits" album recorded live at Blueberry Hill & but he says that by the time he hits 40, he'll be calling it a rap.


Future & Pusha T Sat., 8:00 p.m. July 28 @ Ambassador - $20-$65 By Josh Levi As one half of the rap duo Clipse, Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton has scorched the earth with his relentless lyrical assault. Known for his succinct delivery, T's glamorization of drug-dealer culture and romanticized tales of violence is as addictive as the cocaine he talks about pushing on the streets of his Virginia home. Since signing to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music in 2010, T has been no stranger to the mic, collaborating with West The-Dream, Tyler The Creator and even beefing with Lil' Wayne. In a genre where artists rap for relevance, Pusha T's twenty years in the game continue to cement him as a lasting force. What Happened To That Boy: After putting Clipse on hold in 2009, Pusha T has released two official mix tapes in the Fear of God series, leading up to the release of his upcoming debut solo album.


Darin Gray / Bill Horist Duo Sat., 9:00 p.m. July 28 w/ Ghost Ice, Radiant Husk Duo, Larva @ Schlafly Tap Room - Free By Joseph Hess Bill Horist lives bound to the guitar neck, and urges its strings to cry through composite drones. He bleeds a stoic sound and works out a product that elevates melody through sharp noise. This wild jazz filters inorganic squalls with natural and familiar sound. These elements bring phrases that recur in Horist's set, creating an inexhaustible love with every piece. Collaborator Darin Gray is an expert in plucking the low tones and living in sound space as if it were his own home. Gray's deeply personal sound gives the impression that every spectator is a voyeur, peering into the private conversation of improvised auteurs. His Guitar Is Prepared, Are You?: Horist is an artist you'd pay no simple chump change to see through a New Music Circle event. Schlafly Tap Room provides the room, free of charge and free of stage.


Naked Raygun Sat., 7:30 p.m. July 28 w/ The Humanoids, Ultraman, Better Days, Hot Atomics @ The Firebird - $15 By Daniel Hill Rarely are the openers for a show as completely appropriate as this one. There's the classic St. Louis punk of Ultraman, which was active and likely played with Naked Raygun during its original '80s heyday. There's the infectious Descendants-style punk of the Humanoids and the hyper-active feel-good skate-punk of Better Days -- the members of both bands cut their teeth playing hardcore punk, just as NR did. And hell, Hot Atomics named itself after a Naked Raygun song. It is only appropriate that these bands -- some of St. Louis' finest -- should open for Chicago's legendary Naked Raygun, one of the earliest purveyors of post-punk, whose melodic sound has influenced countless others. Thanks, Riot Fest: Naked Raygun's reformation came about in 2006 at Chicago's Riot Fest. The people behind the fest have since put out a series of new NR singles as well as a DVD. A new LP is said to be in the band's future as well.


Fang Island Sun., 8:30 p.m. July 29 @ Off Broadway - $13/$16 By Ryan Wasoba Fang Island's unapologetic 2010 posi-rock debut was famously described as "everyone high-fiving everyone." Alas, man cannot live on high-fives alone; palms chafe, and the gesture eventually loses its magic. With its sophomore record Major, the Brooklyn group has expanded its palette to include handshakes and hugs. Whereas a Fang Island classic like "Daisy" was a constant stream of bottle rocket explosions, the slow-mo build of Major standout "Asunder" causes its climax to break the sky open like a laser beam straight out of an Independence Day UFO. The signature skin slaps are still present, but now Fang Island makes you work for them. Alternate Uses For the Album Major: Sonic answer for that "meaning of life" question, curriculum for college "Music Appreciation" classes, hold music at suicide prevention hotlines.

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