Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 4 to 9

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An Under Cover Weekend Fri. AND Sat., 8:00 p.m. September 7 AND 8 @ The Firebird - $10 By Kiernan Maletsky In case, after five years, you are coming into this unprepared: Ten St. Louis bands each don the guise of a different group it is inspired in some way by. Costumes, sing-alongs, and balls-to-wall-ing ensues. This year's lineup includes newcomers like Arthur & the Librarian (doing Simon & Garfunkel) as well as veterans like perennial AUCW favorites Via Dove (Aerosmith) and last year's biggest surprise Dots Not Feathers (Stevie Wonder last year, Michael Jackson this weekend). Take the Party Home: Each year, AUCW expands into a new corner of the Internet - this year keep your eye out for videos of the bands explaining their choices and what they have planned.


Mike Keneally Sat., 7:00 p.m. September 8 @ The Gramophone - $20 By Christian Schaeffer Say the word "Zappa" in polite company and watch people either foam at the mouth about their favorite Mothers of Invention album or mumble about the man's perceived inscrutability. But few will deny the instrumental dexterity that Zappa espoused and demanded of his players, and Mike Keneally, his former "stunt guitarist" (so called for his superhuman ability), has made his name as a go-to sideman for the likes of Steve Vai and Metalocolypse's cartoon band Dethklok. But his latest solo record shows little of the psych-rock excursions that made him an underground legend -- Wing Beat Fantastic was written with XTC's Andy Partridge, and that bittersweet melodic rock that made Partridge's name is now broadcast through Keneally's own formidable chops. Just the Two of Us: Keneally will be performing songs from the new album with Rick Musallam, a fellow Zappa devotee who has recorded with the Roots, Gwen Stefani and more.


The Tripdaddys Sat., 9:00 p.m. September 8 w/ Matt Hill & The Deep Fried Two @ Off Broadway - Free By Roy Kasten From this 2008 review: Whether you call it punk-infused rockabilly, rock infused-country or swing-tinged blues, the Trip Daddys channel everything that is pure and nostalgic about rock & roll. The trio has survived several lineup changes and other hardships over its nearly thirteen year history but has always remained an ambassador of the classic style of hillbilly blues championed by St. Louis' own Chuck Berry in the '50s. A 'daddy's live show is always a spectacle; singer/guitarist Craig Straubinger manages to pull off big guitar solos and over-the-top, high energy theatrics without pandering to the audience or coming off as some sort of novelty act.


Toxie Sun., 8:00 p.m. September 9 w/ Bruiser Queen, Brainstems @ The Firebird - Free By Joseph Hess Toxie stirs up genres of garage rock and dream pop, birthing a style that's both distinct and flavorful. The vocals keep on the straight and narrow, while meandering guitar riffs spice up the proceedings with airy tone. The whole affair sounds effortless, and how could it not with members from Magic Kids and Coasting on the front lines? The songs all sport palpable hooks that stay in line with beats both direct and simple. Toxie injects a modern psychedelia into its decidedly Memphis indie rock. The sound that results comes across as warm, hospitable and unabashedly charming. First to Show, Last to Go: Brainstems might be just as good a reason as any to attend. The band has broken out in recent months with unapologetic guitar rock that harkens back to the genre's glory days in a big way. Bruiser Queen hits hard with femme fronted fervor.

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