Monday, June 1, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 1 to 7

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David Cook w/ Briar Rabbit Friday, June 5 Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $20 By Annie Zaleski From the RFT Music archives: Although you don't have to win American Idol to have a viable singing career -- heck, for some contestants, losing the show has been a reputation boost -- the exposure certainly doesn't hurt. Just ask Kansas City resident David Cook, who made the entire state of Missouri proud after being crowned Idol's seventh-season champ. His influences are akin to hard-rocker/fellow Idol heartthrob Chris Daughtry -- some of Cook's song choices on the show included Collective Soul, Our Lady Peace and Bon Jovi -- and his range also extends to sensitive-dude ballads (i.e., the windswept hit "Light On," which Chris Cornell cowrote).


Via Dove's Final Show w/ The Feed, Hidden Lakes Saturday, June 6 The Firebird 9:30 p.m. | $10 From Christian Schaeffer's review of Via Dove's last release, 2014's Fugue State:

In reviewing the band's first release, 2008's Twilight, for this column, I heard a mix of amorphous, suggestive shoegaze and more square-shouldered rock. Any traces of softness were obliterated on 2010's El Mundo Latino, a KSHE-fired batch of strident rock & roll. On Fugue State, the original quartet added Mike Tomko (guitar) and Charlie Brumley (piano) to the mix; the expanded lineup flexes its collective muscles best on opener "You & Me Alone," with its twin-guitar riffage and minor math-rock syncopations. The song is a strong opener and shows what the band can do when it hammers out a tune but takes time to add smart, surprising quirks. To wit: Brumley's electric piano arpeggios, along with some synthy oscillations, give a shimmering backdrop to the closing song "So Deep," and coupled with Aaron Vaught's chunky, searching solo, the song stands as the clearest marriage of Via Dove old and new. When the tempo slows down, as on "Borderland," the band still sticks to rock conventions (hard-hitting drums, eight-bar guitar solos), leaving the song somewhere between The Joshua Tree and Slippery When Wet. Shadburne's vocals are strong when backed by swift musicianship but falter somewhat in the upper register here, though his expressiveness shows an intuitive link to the core of each song on this EP. Fugue State is further proof that Via Dove is a good rock outfit, and that's no small thing. Luckily, there are enough flashes here to suggest that it can be a restless, challenging rock band as well.


David Liebe Hart w/ Tim Convy, Ben Johnson Sunday, June 7 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $15 By Joseph Hess From inane skits on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! to his puppeteering on public access television in L.A., David Liebe Hart isn't quite a comedian, musician or spiritual mentor; he's an entertainer to the bone and works through raw art forms like punk rock to riff on religion, alien abduction and the importance of abstinence. Like a Sunday school teacher from an alternate dimension, Hart is many things to many people, not to mention a master of Dadaism.

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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