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Monday, May 5, 2014

Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From May 5 to 11

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Voight-Kampff Friday, May 9, 10 p.m. @ Apop Records - $5 By Jimmy Eberle From this 2013 blog post: St. Louis-Minneapolis hybrid Voight-Kampff has moved up the big(ger) leagues of the DIY realm. It's just been announced that the band is the newest addition to one of Canada's most successful/relevant DIY labels, Deranged Records (home to bands like Culo, No Class, Wild Child, Brain Tumors, White Lung, Career Suicide and formerly Fucked Up -- among many others). The post/gloom punk band has finally gotten a break after previous label troubles, a name change (formerly Run Down), and traveling back and forth between the two cities since 2005. Joe Sulier -- frontman/keeper of the haunting and at times even Ian Curtis-esque vocals -- seems anxiously excited.

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Dave Stone Jazz Trio Friday, May 9, 11 p.m. @ Mangia Italiano - free By Ryan Wasoba From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: Dave Stone's reputation precedes him. In straight ahead jazz circles, some consider the saxophonist a noisemonger desecrating their sacred artform. This unfair assumption is based on Stone's avant garde collaborations like the mind-melting January free improvisation performance alongside Chris Corsano and Darin Gray, or a snap judgement based on his unkempt-yet-committed beard. He gives his detractors ample opportunity to be converted; Stone's abstract performances are few and far between compared to his user-friendly trio gigs at Mangia Italiano. These weekly events show Dave Stone's disciplined approach to the jazz tradition in which his harmonic sensibility and melodic continuity take cues from legends like Sonny Rollins and Sam Rivers and he lets loose the occasional Coltranean outburst.

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Amy Lavere Saturday, May 10, 9 p.m. w/ Rod Picott @ Off Broadway - $10 By Christian Schaeffer Geography doesn't tell you all you need to know about Amy LaVere, but something about the Louisiana-native, Memphis-residing singer's ethos is reflected in the Delta. LaVere's songs are a mix of honky-tonk country, sultry blues and stirring roots-rock, and her trusty upright bass serves as a thudding counterpoint to sweet, feathery vocals that never fail to leave a mark.

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Tef Poe Saturday, May 10, 9 p.m. w/ Tech Supreme, Brock Seals, Marcel P. Black, Theresa Payne, Mai Lee, Nick Menn, Rockwell Knuckles, Indiana Rome, Aloha, Corey Black, Black Spade, Family Affair @ Plush - $10 By Tara Mahadevan St. Louis rap veteran Tef Poe has been on the come-up since he dropped his first mixtape, 2009's The Redeemer. Now, he's celebrating the release of his debut studio album Cheer For The Villain, produced entirely by DJ Burn One and featuring numerous local artists, as well as Chicago's GLC and Kansas City's Reggie B. Join Tef as he performs Cheer For The Villain live, an album about the ins and outs of life in St. Louis. Tef Poe is always repping St. Louis, and his debut album is no different. This show also features some of our city's best talent -- essentially the long list of musicians featured on his album.

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Beauty Pageant Sunday, May 11, 9 p.m. w/ The Humminbird @ The Revisionist Inn - $5 By Mabel Suen From this 2013 profile: With a constantly ebbing and flowing cast that consistently creates quite a spectacle, Beauty Pageant provides an accessible bridge to noise music. Vocalist Blyre Cpanx, who's used to strutting in the spotlight as a burlesque performer, insists she's not a front-person. Instead, her vocals act as layer, reacting to the convoluted mesh of guitar squealing, primitive drumming, synth-pounding and bird-whistling around her. Local impresario Johnny Vegas once categorized the band as an "earbortion."

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 submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.


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