This week we've got a mix of punk and funk with legendary metal (King Diamond) for good measure. Local post-hardcore players Anodes will kick off their tour on Saturday along with busybodies Blight Future and Heavy Horse. The weather's nice, so get out there before the next polar vortex (or maybe not).
Shitstorm Monday, October 20 w/ Gnarly Davidson, Path of the Might, Van Buren, Janet @ Melt 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess From this 2014 profile: As Shitstorm, Stuttler is a total force of lo-fi rock 'n roll and he does it alone by playing to -- you guessed it -- a cassette. Instead of hauling around a drum machine, he jams to pre-recorded backing tracks. As is the nature with tapes in general, natural degradation occurs, but that's part of the charm with Shitstorm. But that's not to say Stuttler eschews the idea of a live band altogether.
Meat Puppets Tuesday, October 21 w/ Cass McCombs @ Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $15/$17.50 By D.X. Ferris From this 2011 show preview: The Meat Puppets' improbable gold album Too High to Die has a title both accurate and true. The band's main men are brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood, who began playing punk in the '70s, turned hardcore in the early '80s and landed the deal with SST Records, which was bankrolled by Black Flag. Hopped up on weed and classic rock, the longhairs slowed down and began playing creaky tunes that caught the ears of young musicians like Kurt Cobain. Nirvana covered the Puppets' "Lake of Fire" and "Plateau" on its MTV Unplugged on New York album, and new interest led to a major-label deal for 1994's Too High to Die. Drug problems have haunted the band, but it has soldiered on in one form or another. Lollipop, released earlier this year, is a loopy tour de force that ranges from acoustic country-kissed songs to keyboard-backed rockers.
King Diamond Wednesday, October 22 w/ Jess and the Ancient Ones @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $30-$37 By Rick Giordano Dude. Dude!! Most metalheads thought it would never happen again, but after a grueling nine-year wait the one and only King Diamond is returning to St. Louis. Seven studio albums with Mercyful Fate, twelve as a solo artist, a Grammy nomination and the distinction of having influenced every metal band on Earth since 1980 is only a taste of what qualifies Denmark-born Kim Peterson as a living legend. If you're not already familiar it may be too late for you; you might think falsetto singing and face paint and lyrics about evil grandmothers are funny. They're not. They're fucking badass. And if you are a fan, you'd be a fool if you assume you'll just catch him when he visits St. Louis again in another nine years at the age of 67. Grandmaaaaa!! The King is touring in support of Dreams of Horror, an upcoming best-of compilation, ensuring a night of nothing but prime cuts to go with the "full European theatrical stage show" he promises to bring.
Micky and the Motorcars Thursday, October 23 w/ Sampson Jones Gang @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $13-$18 By Roy Kasten With a name that evokes Depression-era cartoons of the little mouse that could and a history that has both crossed paths with second-generation outlaws Reckless Kelly and traced a course from Idaho to Texas, Micky and the Motorcars sounds as good on the lost highway as it does while keg-standing at a UT tailgate party. Play the band loud either way, and the flashes of Tex-Mex accordion, honky-tonk fiddle, brother harmonies -- courtesy of founders Micky and Gary Braun -- and can't-be-improved-upon-so-don't-try Telecaster melodies will provide ample rewards. Micky and the Motorcars breaks zero new ground, but still reminds you why that well-trod Americana terrain is still worth exploring. Micky and the Motorcars has original material to burn, but it's hard to deny the triumph of the group's cover of Alejandro Escovedo's classic "Sister Lost Soul."
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