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Monday, May 4, 2015

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

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New Music Circle presents: Tim Berne's Snakeoil Friday, May 8 The Stage at KDHX 7:30 p.m. | $10-$20 By Christian Schaeffer Fans of experimental, boundary-pushing jazz music should bring two floral bouquets to this show: one for headliner Tim Berne's Snakeoil and one for the heads at New Music Circle, who have brought the likes of Black Host and Matthew Shipp to town in recent weeks. Berne's outfit can hold its own amid such august company; the alto saxophonist crafts melodically dexterous charts and leads an able combo through their twists and turns. Oscar Noriega serves as Berne's woodwind foil, matching him on clarinet and bass clarinet on these propulsive numbers. Expect to hear a live airing of the group's just-released album You've Been Watching Me.


Tom Russell Saturday, May 9 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $28-$30 By Roy Kasten From the RFT Music archives: You could say he's a Brooklyn cowboy, a restless traveler, an insatiable observer or, after more than 30 years of recording, a purveyor of the songcraft of the masters -- starting with Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, and on to Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams. Heavy names, but at his best, as on his latest album, Blood and Candle Smoke, Russell merits the comparisons. He's dedicated to songwriting, to getting the lines right, framing images with poignant and dry wit and finding stories where less sharp eyes would never look.


Ed Sheeran Sunday, May 10 Scottrade Center 7:30 p.m. | $24-$263 At the ripe old age of 24, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has already done more in his life than most pop stars twice his age. In addition to touring with Taylor Swift, he has written songs for One Direction in addition to his own music, which gets more plays on Spotify than anyone else. Kind of insane but understandable, because unlike most breakout acts in the last decade or so, Sheeran's work remains distinctly his own, without the hands of countless execs shuffling around behind the scenes. Not that Sheeran is completely old-fashioned -- his records bring a dense backline of beats and bass -- but the end result is a polished gem of pristine pop rock.

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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