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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From September 29 to October 5

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Bruiser Queen album release - Friday, October 3 @ Off Broadway. - JON GITCHOFF FOR RFT

This week, Bruiser Queen drops a new album, Stonechat plays its last show and St. Louis gets visits from several out-of-town, out-of-this-world performers. Select from shows including J Mascis, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Macabre, Chance the Rapper and more. Read on for this week's recommendations, and stay tuned until Friday for even more picks for the weekend.

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Stonechat (last show) Monday, September 29 w/ Pile, Little Big Bangs, Blight Future @ Foam 8:30 p.m. | $5 By Bob McMahon From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Collinsville trio Stonechat hits many of the touchstones of the math-rock subgenre. Herky-jerk, interlocking riffs spiked with bouts of dissonance? Check. Unconventional time signatures? Check. Drums that sound like they've been shoved down a flight of stairs? Maybe, but the staircase would have to be built by an obsessive-compulsive master architect to match the controlled chaos of Charles Nehr's playing. Lyrics fit for a comic book? Check, complete with said comic book accompanying the band's new EP BACCO. But how many math-rock groups feature a carnival organ? Newest member John Beabout's cartoonish instrument often stands in sharp sonic contrast to Sean Ballard's springy guitar, but his playing complements each spidery buildup and noisy breakdown perfectly, with the final result coalescing into smart songs that pack prog structures into pop run times.

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Tatsuya Nakatani Tuesday, September 30 @ Lemp Arts Center 8 p.m. | $15-$20 By Daniel Hill From this archived show preview: Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani approaches music in unique ways, primarily focused on improvisation. Born in Osaka, Japan and residing in the United States since 1994, Nakatani creates music that is non-linear and intuitively primitive, making categorization a difficult task. He is well known for employing a wide array of instruments and techniques for his performances, from drums and cymbals to kitchen tools and homemade bows.

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Matisyahu Wednesday, October 1 w/ Radical Something @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $25-$32 By Ettie Berneking From this archived show review: Only at a Matisyahu show will you find both yarmulkes and pot: The Saturday night crowd at the Pageant was transfixed as one of God's chosen people beat boxed and rapped his way across the stage.... Some people talk with their hands. Matisyahu beat boxes with his. It all starts out slow and simple. A few "boom koo ka choo's" that start to build into an unbelievably complex beat. His voice serves as each instrument. As he adds each musical layer, his left hand rests poised at his side. It jerks and then rises to float on an invisible wave before falling back.

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Miniature Tigers Thursday, October 2 w/ Skizzy Mars, Matty Rico, Machinegunheart @ The Demo 7:30 p.m. | $12-$15 By Christian Schaeffer From this archived show preview: Having survived a mid-'00s barrage of blog-buzz hosannas and an estimable amount of MySpace clicks, Miniature Tigers deserves some kind of endurance prize for coming through smelling rosy. Charlie Brand's kaleidoscopic pop songs tend to suffer from borderline personality disorder, but he shows a Shins-like delicacy in unpacking life's minuscule moments of elation and confusion. [2010's] Fortress wasn't exactly imposing or impregnable -- the hazy jams and distorted campfire sing-alongs could hardly be more inviting.

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