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Monday, May 4, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 4 to 10

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Ed Sheeran returns to the Scottrade Center this Sunday. See more photos from his 2013 appearance opening for Taylor Swift in RFT Slideshows. - PHOTO BY TODD OWYOUNG
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  • Ed Sheeran returns to the Scottrade Center this Sunday. See more photos from his 2013 appearance opening for Taylor Swift in RFT Slideshows.

For those unlucky folks who missed out on tickets to Wilco's twentieth-anniversary show at the Pageant tonight, there's an odd yet totally appropriate alternative: Darin Gray, who plays bass in Jeff Tweedy's group Tweedy, will be performing on the roof of the Kerr Foundation building downtown with jazz drummer Tyler Damon.

Hardcore fans might recognize Gray's name from his experimental jazz duo with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, On Fillmore. Maybe this family tree is a bit much, but both shows tonight are a sure bet, even if they sit on far sides of the musical spectrum.

Speaking of Tweedy, that group will perform a free show today at Vintage Vinyl, but access to the event seems a bit trickier than all of the above.


Darin Gray and Tyler Damon w/ Timeghost, Ora Iso, What We Won't See Monday, May 4 William A. Kerr Foundation 7:30 p.m. | $10 By Joseph Hess From his duo with Wilco's Glenn Kotche (known as On Fillmore) to collaborations with Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, bassist Darin Gray keeps good company with stellar drummers across the globe. Indiana-native Tyler Damon is yet another powerful player who brings jazz-tinged fury through the sticks and skins, which happens to merge perfectly with Gray's sense of scale and texture. The two can command the tiniest noise with total control and, in the same breath, build to cacophonous waves that seem to constantly crash. Arrive on time, because the so-called headliners (every act could be considered as such) perform on the roof at 7:30 sharp.


DJ Mahf Tuesday, May 5 (and every Tuesday) Pin-Up Bowl 10 p.m. | free By Blair Stiles From DJ: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees: The style which makes Mahf popular is a kinetic blast of throwback samples that spread from '70s disco-funk to the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop. Mahf juxtaposes his old-school aesthetic with conspicuous club burners -- the resulting sound can be found in venues as disparate as the Pin-Up Bowl to a basement rave located inside the cheapest set of headphones. His latest mixtape Sonic Trauma shows Mahf has still got it, and that all the attention and critical acclaim has been well-deserved.


Darsombra w/ Kevin Harris, Tory Z Starbuck, Eric Hall Wednesday, May 6 Koken Art Factory 8 p.m. | price TBA By Joseph Hess Baltimore natives Brian Daniloski and Ann Everton command a perpetual motion machine of beaming keys and rock riffs to invoke hippie vibes from the future. The cyclical sounds of synth blend in with subtle guitar crunch in a way that feels less industrial and more organic, like a soundtrack to actually traveling through time via wormhole. Forget to plug your ears and Darsombra happens.


Ray Wylie Hubbard w/ Ronnie Fauss Thursday, May 7 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $20-$35 By Roy Kasten A preacher who refuses to preach, a rounder who quit drinking, a Zen poet who finds transcendence in a MOSFET distortion pedal, a Texas bluesman who quotes Rilke and Lightnin' Hopkins like they were blood brothers -- Ray Wylie Hubbard is all these things and more. With his just-released album The Ruffian's Misfortune, the Austin-based alchemist melts down primitive rock & roll and spiritual country-blues into sound as loose and grungy as the rough mixes for Exile on Main St. and as real as a cyclone. (And only Hubbard could get away with namedropping Sylvie Simmons and Joan Jett in the same song.)

Follow through for more great concerts in and around St. Louis throughout the weekend.

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