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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 16 to 22

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM


Two of St. Louis' strangest, Yowie and Brain Transplant, start off the week opening for Sub Pop recording artist (and inventor of the genre "trip metal") Wolf Eyes at the Luminary. Maybe that's too weird and you prefer a lighter sound? Sylvan Esso provides the chill vibe on Tuesday night while Neil Salsich of Acoustics Anonymous leads a whole night of singer-songwriters at Thurman Grill on Wednesday. This weekend brings a benefit for legendary bluesman Roosevelt Sykes at the same site where he performed his final show: BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups. There's no excuse to stay in -- see a different genre every night of the week.


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Wolf Eyes w/ Yowie, Brain Transplant Monday, March 16 The Luminary 8 p.m. | $10/$15 By Joseph Hess Wolf Eyes came along in the late '90s, a time when noise was in vogue and breached the walls between audience and performer. Fashion tends to move in twenty-year cycles, so the world is about due for a Wolf Eyes renaissance. Led by American noise alum Nate Young, this trio builds strict industrial beats over a metallic-guitar mess. Tones drop and climb in rapid succession, twisting in tandem around scratchy sonic abrasions. The whole affair feels both confined and completely free -- a testament to the band's versatility.

See also: Critic Pick Comics: Wolf Eyes, Yowie and Brain Transplant Invade the Luminary

And for the (un)official Wolf Eyes after-party: O'ó of Dallas performs with Bludded Head and Van Buren at Foam. The ensemble (featuring members of the Unconscious Collective) blends frantic free jazz with low harsh tones to build a dark, threatening sound.


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Sylvan Esso w/ Jenn Wasner Tuesday, March 17 The Ready Room 8:30 p.m. | $15 By Christian Schaeffer Few debut albums in 2014 were as self-assured as Sylvan Esso's self-titled release. That the band was a union of two seemingly disparate forces -- vocalist Amelia Meath of the folksy a cappella trio Mountain Man and programmer/instrumentalist Nick Sanborn of Megafaun and Made of Oak, among others -- was one of many sweet surprises from these beat-happy and sing-songy cuts. But don't let the dopamine rush scramble your brain; the opening track "Hey Mami" was as good a look at street harassment and cat-calling culture as any Jezebel or Feministing post. Jenn Wasner, best known as vocalist and guitarist for the mighty Wye Oak, will open the show with some of her more gauzy compositions.


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Neil Salsich (of Acoustics Anonymous) w/ John Hussung and Friends Wednesday, March 18 Thurman Grill & Provisions 8 p.m. | free By Christian Schaeffer From Acoustics Anonymous Crosses Genre Boundaries on Debut, Honest & Wild: It's to their credit that principal singers Neil Salsich and Drew Jameson don't drop their R's or play up some Appalachian drawl; their voices are strong and distinct on their own, though the band's slowpoke pass at the standard "Liza Jane" ends the disc on a twangy note. The group has the beardo bona fides to fit in with the jam band scene (its rotating drum stool is often filled by members of the Schwag and the Dark Star Orchestra); AA sticks mostly to the structure of roots music without much instrumental discursiveness.


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Desert Noises w/ Santah Thursday, March 19 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $8-$10 By Roy Kasten Seekers of good, young rock & roll bands with something to say -- and the instincts to say it with meaning and feeling -- will find Provo, Utah's Desert Noises to be a revelation. Without ever sounding like trend-spotters, these four young men tear up the blues with slide guitar and stomp, augmenting the band's sounds with dark, Zuma-era Crazy Horse turbulence and Kinks-worthy hooks and harmonies. Think you've heard all this before? Maybe, but you'll want to hear how much heart and smarts these not-so-nice young Mormon boys add to the rock tradition.

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