Monday, October 27, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From October 27 to November 2

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 5:00 AM

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Cover bands might be shunned outside of their native bar gigs and tribute nights, but Halloween gives us all a chance to be something we're not. On Friday, Melt hosts a full lineup of local punk and psych bands covering a huge range of genres, while We Bite! A Tribute to the Misfits hits the Firebird. Catch the Schwag and its Grateful Dead jams at 2720 on Friday or Saturday.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I wonder if juggalos will show up to the ICP show on Tuesday clean-faced, wearing freshly pressed polos. Even if you're not a fan of the ghoulish holiday, there's still a lot to love in this week's list of recommended shows.

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Middle Class Fashion w/ Tristen, American Wrestlers Monday, October 27 @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10-$13 From Pop: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees: It's been a breakout year for Middle Class Fashion. With the August 2013 release of Jungle, this quartet took its place as one of the area's best bands. Lead singer/pianist Jenn Malzone, already an impressive songwriter, outdid herself, wrapping lyrical sentiments of loneliness and cynicism in increasingly streamlined, hook-laden compositions. MCF has done some touring, shot a few videos and had its song "Stuck" featured on the public-radio series This American Life. Most recently, the band contributed "Focus" to a split seven-inch single (with Sleepy Kitty) on Tower Groove Records. Malzone's most recent songs suggest further ambition and experimentation. Live, its shows are engaging and fun.

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Insane Clown Posse w/ Mushroomhead, Da Mafia 6ix, Madchild, JellyRoll Tuesday, October 28 @ Pop's Nightclub 6 p.m. | $28-$32 Maybe it's their outlandish, drug-laden festival or the duo's tendency to make headlines for the stupidest of reasons (remember "Miracles"?), but we here at RFT have a special place in our hearts for the Insane Clown Posse. Say what you will about the music, but you can't ignore a band who single-handedly spawned an entire sub-culture. This event will be closer to religious experience than a concert for some.

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Pen Test w/ Hylidae, Wax Fruit Wednesday, October 29 @ Plush 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess The Pen Test crafts slow-burning songs by working through looping patterns. A basic beat is established, then the band builds as it goes, sliding short melodies inside tight pockets of sound. This gradual climb into busy electronica gives the ear space to adjust and latch on, giving the Pen Test freedom to explore. The sound is instantly accessible, but offers much more as it evolves live, in real time. This concert is a closing party for Apop Records, the niche music store on Cherokee Street. The full line-up features Hylidae and Wax Fruit, two local acts that bring their own blend of dark synth-based jams.

(Also, per the recommendation of RFT Music writer Michael Dauphin: Roughly 45 years into its legacy, the Muscle Shoals/Fame Studios sound is very alive and well. St. Paul & the Broken Bones will gladly prove it Wednesday at the Ready Room. Consider it an awakening as much as it's a revival. )

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Lazy w/ Baby Sun God Thursday, October 30 @ Melt 9 p.m. | $5 By Mabel Suen Lazy plays laidback Midwest fuzz punk laden with pop and simple, fun-filled subject matter. Reminiscent of a carefree era they probably weren't even alive yet to see themselves, the Kansas City rockers present the finer points of lo-fi power-chord pounding in short but sweet basement-born party anthems.

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