Monday, August 12, 2013

Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from August 12 to 18

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Excision Friday, August 16, 8 p.m. w/ Brillz, Torro Torro @ The Pageant - $25/$30 By Evan C. Jones From "The Best EDM Shows in St. Louis: August 2013:" Bass heavy hitter Excision, the pride of Kelowna, British Columbia, will drop into The Pageant later this month. The DJ/producer also runs Rottun Recordings with fellow Canadian producer Downlink. His 2007 release "No Escape" (on his own label, of course) sold out and was later re-pressed due to the demand for his attacking style of dubstep. Also featured on the bill are more fellow Canadians, the duo Torro Torro, and multi-genre producer Brillz (who we recently spoke with).

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Black Fast CD Release Friday, August 16, 9 p.m. w/ The Lion's Daughter, The Gorge, Bastard @ The Firebird - $8-$10 By Rick Giordano From "The Best St. Louis Metal Shows in August 2013:" Black Fast has been on the scene in St. Louis for several years now and has never released a CD, never printed a t-shirt, never had an official website, and never really tried very hard to promote itself in any way. That said, it is also one of the hardest working bands in town. Where most bands, local or otherwise, will focus its energy on getting shot glasses and panties with their logo on it or just bugging the shit out of people on the internet, Black Fast has been doing the unthinkable: writing and rehearsing songs. Really, really good songs. Ties to early Kreator, Death, and even Voivod are easy to hear in Black Fast's music -- important and groundbreaking bands that are too often overlooked by today's generation. And although most of its members are in their early twenties, you won't find a single corny breakdown for the bros to mosh to or forced "chorus" to attract female listeners. Black Fast is simply a frantic and calculated heavy metal attack. It's been several years in the making, but finally with a recording by Smith Lee Productions and new artwork by Coby Ellison, this disc will have been well worth the wait.

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Heart Saturday, August 17, 7:30 p.m. w/ Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater St. Louis - $20-$769 By Jaime Lees Heart is well into four decades of musical success, and that success was built on the skills of Ann and Nancy Wilson. The sisters led an accidental feminist revolution by doing everything that the boys of '70s rock did, but better. The ladies of Heart didn't just keep up with their male peers, they blew them away. Ann's powerful voice and Nancy's expert guitar playing always set the band apart, and it is their irresistible combination of skilled songwriting and musicianship that has earned them well-deserved international fame. From power ballads to rock burners to sweet folk tunes, the Wilsons have done it all over the years, finding commercial hits with songs like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man" and "Barracuda."

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Chuck Prophet Saturday, August 17, 9 p.m. w/ The Jans Project @ Off Broadway - $12-$18 By Roy Kasten From the weird laboratory that was Southern California in the '70s and '80s, Chuck Prophet emerged as one of its greatest rock & roll test tube babies. He made an early mark in the Paisley Underground before becoming a prolific solo artist and leader of the Mission Express, a veteran touring band so light on its electrified feet it couldn't possibly play music so heavy. But they do, driven by Prophet's witty and daring wordplay, as tapped in to rockabilly and Lou Reed as Bob Dylan. Punk, blues, country, surf and soul all fuel Prophet's music. He's that rare artist who can make it all sound like him and him alone.

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Britches Sunday, August 18, 9 p.m. w/ Frankie Teardrop @ CBGB - $5 By Joseph Hess From "Experimental: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees:" Britches crams atonal sound into neat rhythmic boxes. Guitarist Marty Reutter belts like a twisted choir boy through processed vocals. Bryant Hoban's nasty waves of bass build under Andrew Carter's subtle but heavy percussion. Carter's beats take on minimalist melody through low toms and sharp snares. This power trio rips like a broken keyboard, smelling of burnt circuits. The whole affair repeats in zen-like fashion, breaking only to build in variations. Ever the schizophrenics, Britches break the occasional set with long squalls of static and hum. Reutter's moaning throat cuts through rumbling strings, and off-mic screams stab deep with sporadic bursts.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and send show tips any time to to be considered for inclusion on these lists.

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