Monday, April 6, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 6 to 12

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM


Two thousand years from now, historians will study our strange rituals like ass-shaking and pogo bouncing. Maybe by that time we will have evolved into emitting psychic vibes, or we'll all just quietly grunt in agreement. Or maybe there won't be any live concerts at all. Before humankind meets that kind of grim future, think of your grandchildren. Go to a show today and keep that part of human culture going, lest we all jack into the matrix and live our lives through whatever emoticons look like in the distant future.


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Trophy Wives w/ Lions Lions, Everyone Dies in Utah Monday, April 6 Fubar 7 p.m. | $13 By Joseph Hess Coming from Providence, Rhode Island, Trophy Wives brings solid pop-punk full of classic rock's guilty pleasures. The trappings are all here: Sweet riffs noodle over a clicky double-kick pedal while the vocalist croons in that middle ground between screaming and singing. Hints of emo from the early '00s peek through, but make no mistake: posi-vibes fuel these jams. This power-pop baby was clearly born after nine months of jamming Yellowcard and Sum 41 in the womb. Trophy Wives comes as part of a stacked bill led by Boston post-rock band Lions Lions. Everyone Dies in Utah is set to open the show with dancey synth-driven hardcore. Don't be late.


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Jeff Zagers w/ Larva Lu, Hylidae, Zak M. Tuesday, April 7 Los Punk 7 p.m. | technically free, but donations are encouraged By Joseph Hess Savannah, Georgia, native Jeff Zagers elicits a heavy sway, bouncing beats on a lo-fi bed of disparate keys. Vocals creep their way through loaded layers of bobbing tones, commanding the sum of every murky part. At first glance this is a danceable mess of static and synths, but Zagers keeps enough control to induce a hot fever dream of sleazy lounge jams. It's an absolute treat of outsider pop music for those brave enough to hear it.


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The Body w/ Shaved Women, Everything Went Black, Faultfinder Wednesday, April 8 Melt 9:30 p.m. | $7 By Josh Levi Since 1999 the Body has dragged its searing brand of sludge-metal from Hell (by way of the United States) and back again. Moving to Portland from Providence, the duo continues to wreak havoc with an electrifying crossover of noise and cacophonous doom. Often operating outside of the typical metal mindset, the Body's punk ethos has led to an unexpected release on indie staple Thrill Jockey as well as a collaborative recording and tour with the all-female Assembly of Light Choir. Mixing the beautiful with the ugly, the brutal with the opulent, the Body has always been able to weave an underlying pull of the senses with the heaviness of a plague of locusts. Last Slam Dance: St. Louis' Shaved Women will be calling it quits this spring. This show remains one of the last chances to catch the city's most dynamic punk outfit.


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Dr. Dog w/ mewithoutyou Thursday, April 9 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $22.50-$25 By Roy Kasten In consideration of the strange, funky and poetic music of Dr. Dog, the word "psychedelic" is common, but mostly because other genre descriptors won't suffice. Sure, its members have clearly studied the cosmology of Nuggets bands, Pink Floyd and even the Flaming Lips. But the Philadelphia group, led by Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken, is at its most adventurous in its fusion of rhythmic drive with sweetly surreal and exploratory lyrics, in which black holes, shadow people and distant lights are metaphors for rock n' roll that, for all its hipster trappings, really is physically and emotionally transcendent. Once a staple of classic-rock bands, the live album may be making a comeback, as witnessed by Dr. Dog's surprisingly listenable Live at a Flamingo Hotel from this year.

Follow through for more great shows in and around St. Louis this weekend.

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