This week, catch acts including Nick Waterhouse, Helmet and Filter, Kings of Leon, the Washington Beach Bums and much more. Read on for some recommendations for the next seven days, and don't forget to check back on Friday for more weekend picks.
Nick Waterhouse Monday, July 28 w/ Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $12-$15 By Roy Kasten Nick Waterhouse is the Cab Calloway to Paul Janeway's Otis Redding, the Ray Charles to Mayer Hawthorne's Isaac Hayes. Far from an overpowering vocalist, Waterhouse transcends run-of-the-mill soul revivalism on the strengths of his arranging and songwriting. On this year's sophomore release Holly, the occasional co-conspirator with LA.garage-soul band Allah-Las cooly steps through ten originals that chart a desolate and idiosyncratic paranoia you could burn your last square to (or just dance): close and sweaty, with visions of baritone saxes and the Raelettes in your smoke-filled eyes.
Helmet Tuesday, July 29 w/ Filter, Local H @ The Mad Magician 7 p.m. | $25-$28 By Shae Moseley From this archived show preview: By the time Helmet released its seminal 1992 album Meantime, metal had become a caricature of itself, bastardized by cheesy hair bands and leather-clad tough guys. Helmet's low-key, T-shirt-and-jeans aesthetic and the sludgy simplicity of its drop-tuned chunking, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh air, bringing plenty of raw energy to the table but checking the pretense at the door. Singer/guitarist Page Hamilton's melodies channeled the darkness of Black Sabbath but with an innovative post-hardcore dissonance and carefully placed mathiness that set the stage for the unlikely success of other understated post-rock bands like Failure and Hum later in the '90s.
Trauma Harness Wednesday, July 30 w/ American Hate, Ruz, Self Help @ Livery Company By Josh Levi From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Trauma Harness may just be one of St. Louis' best-kept secrets. For years now the angular trio of Jenkins, Peterson and Birkner has produced an infectious brand of downer post-punk that would send any fan of the Fall or Wire running for the merch table. Through excellent musicianship and a crystallization of its power-pop and art-punk influences, Trauma Harness has proven to be one of the most interesting (if not overlooked) acts in the city. Whether ripping a virulent set of original songs or entering uncharted territory with an all-synth set, the band continue to set a new standard for creativity and sonic communion.
Kings of Leon Thursday, July 31 w/ Young the Giant, Kongos @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7 p.m. | $29.50-$65.50 By Tara Mahadevan Nashville's Kings of Leon skyrocketed to fame with the three singles "Sex on Fire," "Use Somebody" and "Notion" from their 2008 album Only by the Night, with all three hitting number one. Initially, Kings of Leon stuck to a hearty brew of southern rock and blues sounds, but after their success, the quartet began to incorporate the genres of alternative and arena rock. Their latest musical endeavor, Mechanical Bull, dropped in September 2013 to positive reviews, peaking at number two on the US Billboard 200.
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