Monday, November 3, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From November 3 to November 9

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  • Nick Schnelle

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony w/ Mac Lethal Friday, November 7 Pop's Nightclub 7 p.m. | $22-$25 From this 2010 concert review: What was so incredible about the show was the energy - both from the performers and the audience. The floor was crowded from wall to wall, and everybody was participating in the show. Most of the fans (myself included) knew almost every lyric, and every call-and-response was as loud as the first one. Flesh-n-Bone worked the far corner of the stage, engaging people in the back rows, and Layzie did a little bit of crowd-surfing towards the end. BTNH's set lasted about an hour and a half, and the crowd loved every minute of it.

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  • Theo Welling

Kisser (Tape Release Show) w/ The Brainstems, Pop Crimes, Prude Boys November 7 Melt 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess Spastic and heavy, Kisser approaches psychedelia with punk fervor. The trio creates a head space while taking on progressions of early kraut rock. The drums feel airy while feeding room to brainy bass riffs. The guitar reeks with noise, drawing from organic sounds to paint on schizophrenic songs. Kisser keeps a psych-rock core with deep hooks and spaced breaks. Vocals are subtle while disparate, lending a helping hand to Kisser's heady but approachable sound. Take in the cross-hatching of the old and new, and bring your earplugs.

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Lucinda Williams at the Pageant in 2009.
Lucinda Williams w/ The Kenneth Brian Band Saturday, November 8 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $30-$35 By Roy Kasten Her voice has become a gnarled visage of its former Lake Charles, Louisiana, glory, her politics have grown more feverish and her band has become a vamping blues machine. But so what? Lucinda Williams, at the age of 61, remains the American songwriter against which all songwriters are judged. This year she released her first double album that wasn't a live concert, and even at twenty songs, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone has little filler -- and that goes for the nearly ten-minute long take on J.J. Cale's imperishable "Magnolia." Low-down and tender, bitter and ever bittersweet, Williams reminds us that popular music really can be poetry when it's this body-shaking and soul-refreshing.

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat w/ Babes, Demonlover Saturday, November 8 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $10/$12 By Joseph Hess The duo of Quintron and Miss Pussycat brings a vaudevillian slant to southern N'awlins soul. While Quintron provides the base with his patented spinning drum machine (the famous "Drum Buddy"), Miss Pussycat animates onstage through backup vocals and percussion. The whole sound gets swamped in riffs played through a custom organ/synth combo, which gives natural highs and wobbly, bassy undertones to every song. But the hidden draw here lies in the onstage banter between husband and wife -- it's equal parts endearing and nonsensical.

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The Brainstems w/ Bad Cop, Penicillin Baby Sunday, November 9 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $7 From Garage Rock: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees: The band bleeds garage-rock essence. Its new EP, Cold Sweatin', finds the Brainstems playing in higher fidelity without sacrificing its ramshackle charm. All the players have become better soloists, and a few tracks find the group stretching out with repetitive, near kraut-rock grooves. If only all hiatuses could end so gloriously.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.


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