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Monday, October 8, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From October 8 to 14

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Roland Johnson & Voo Doo Blues Fri., 10:00 p.m. October 12 @ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups - $5 By Jaime Lees Roland Johnson is a true entertainer. This charismatic local soul performer can be found any week during regular gigs at Beale on Broadway, BB's Jazz Blues & Soups and Hammerstone's. Usually backed by the Voodoo Blues Band, Johnson steps out on stage ready to entertain. He's smooth, cool, dancing and snapping as he sings classics from Solomon Burke and Tyrone Davis. He's also always dressed to impress, his slick style complimenting the Stax-esque brass blasting at his side. Johnson's impassioned performances are a big hit with blues fans; he wins them over by the hundreds at events like the Big Muddy Blues Festival and the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival. True Love: Some call Johnson the St. Louis Otis Redding. Is there a greater compliment?


Los Lobos Sat., 8:00 p.m. October 13 @ Plush - $30/$32 By Roy Kasten It's safe to say no wedding band in history has attained the critical acclaim or artistic heights of Los Lobos. The group's longevity is extraordinary -- five decades with the same core lineup. Its muscular, unyielding transformations of American and Latin folk music truly have no equal. What other band could submit to Mitchell Froom's studio deconstructions and still swing with soul, take Disney soundtrack tunes and keep its rock cajones or so fully embody the immigrant experience that is the story of all of us? And still Los Lobos' guitars and rhythms sizzle with la vida.


White Rabbits Sat., 8:00 p.m. October 13 @ Off Broadway - $13-$17 By Kiernan Maletsky From this early 2012 interview: White Rabbits formed in Columbia; two of its members grew up in Webster Groves. But all that was forever ago. It's been five years since the band moved to New York, and the three records it has released seem to span several lifetimes of evolution. Relatively early success meant we watched White Rabbits the whole time, through the apocalyptic Calypso of Fort Nightly and the confident rock & roll of the Britt Daniel-produced It's Frightening. And earlier this year Milk Famous, album No. 3, arrived. This time the sextet's sinewy array of drums and guitars moves in strange directions through eleven tracks. If It's Frightening was the tank division, then Milk Famous is guerillas in the jungle. We spoke with guitarist Alex Even just after the record's release about the edge of sanity, expectations and suburbia.


The Octopus Project Sun., 8:00 p.m. October 14 @ The Firebird - $12 By Ryan Wasoba We live in an age where electronic musicians commonly tour in the same circuit as rock bands. In other words, EDM artists are finally catching up with The Octopus Project. The Austin, Texas, quartet has been recording, touring and generally kicking ass live since the year 2000 (or about as long as the average Skrillex fan has been alive). With a barrage of instruments from thrift store Casios to electric guitars and a healthy serving of theremin, the Octopus Project perfects the Jetsons-esque view of the present millenium in which nostalgia and futurism coexist in a delightful panic. The Company It Keeps: The Octopus Project can list Explosions In The Sky, ...Trail Of Dead, the Sword, and Man Or Astro Man? as its tour buddies. Oh, and Devo. The band toured with Devo.

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