Monday, February 1, 2016

This Week's Best Live Music, February 1 to 7

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Power Trip will perform at Fubar on Monday. - PRESS PHOTO VIA THE BAND
  • Press photo via the band
  • Power Trip will perform at Fubar on Monday.

St. Louis is heating up, both weather- and music-wise. Crossover monsters Power Trip will start the week off right with a little hardcore-damaged thrash to start you off right. Kim Massie, Cyrille Aimee and Pokey LaFarge will sing you through the mid-week blues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. And if you aren't watching football this Sunday, head to Fubar an d catch Scru Face Jean. Check out our full picks below:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Power Trip w/ Out of Time, Grand Inquisitor, Skinner
8 p.m., $10. Fubar, 3108 Locust St., St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
By Nick Lucchesi
From the RFT Music archives: For any other band, all the breakdowns, grunts, reverb and solos could come very close to feeling like a buffet of retrograde 1980s thrash, where the musicians scrub out all the originality and fill in the blanks with cliches, Mad Libs-style. But Manifest Decimation's sonic depth — much of the credit goes to lead guitarist Blake Ibanez and engineer Arthur Rizk — is such that by comparison, records from other thrash revival bands sound squeaky-clean, safe, even, next to Power Trip.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Kim Massie and the Solid Senders 
9 p.m., $10. Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-7880.
By RFT Staff
From the RFT Music archives: Although the word "diva" is so overused it's almost a useless descriptor, Kim Massie is one vocalist who deserves the honor. With its brash, gospel-influenced strains of vibrato, Massie's voice can be as big and broad as Aretha Franklin's, but it contains just enough Etta James-ian blues to undercut this strength with sorrow. When Massie sings the standard "At Last," you can close your eyes and imagine her voice as a vocal preacher, laying down the lyrics like audible commandments, just as easily as you can imagine the sound slinking down a smoky stage moonlit by a lonely spotlight. Massie is always — and effortlessly somehow — magical, spiritual and glowing. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Cyrille Aimee 
7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 4, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 5, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 6, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., $30. Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 314-571-6000.
By Daniel Hill
French-born, New York-based jazz singer Cyrille Aimee begins her four-day, eight show run at Ferring Jazz Bistro this evening. Aimee has collected numerous awards for her singing since her career began almost by accident. The singer was busking across Europe in 2007, performing on street corners, when she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She wound up winning first prize in the vocal competition, a prize which also included financing of her first album.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Pokey Lafarge w/ Nick Africano
8 p.m., $30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363.
By Thomas Crone
For the better part of 2015, Pokey LaFarge spent a lot of time in vans, not just around the United States, but also around the world. Late in the year he played roughly two dozen European shows, criss-crossing the continent while only taking two days off along the route — an experience that stretched LaFarge’s voice just shy of the breaking point. “Traveling is a huge inspiration,” he says. “I’m taking a break from touring so much right now. New surroundings have crossed my mind and new challenges. I’m wanting to not be comfortable. Being comfortable and complacent is evil — it’s the end of creatively.”

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Brothers Lazaroff w/ the Fog Lights, Whoa Thunder
8 p.m., $10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363.
By Roy Kasten
On the St. Louis scene, Brothers Lazaroff stands apart for pure musicianship and openness to experimentation within rock structures. One need look or listen no further than bassist Teddy Brookins and drummer Grover Stewart, both of whom hold first-chair status on the neo-funk and fusion scenes. They groove like they were siblings that had played together all their lives, though of course that's the story of songwriters, singers and guitarists Jeff and Dave Lazaroff. Dylanesque blues, rattling country, dub-drenched reggae, Hammond B3-caressed funk (courtesy of newest member Nate Carpenter) – all of the genres the band has mastered coalesce in a moodiness that's never ever just mood music.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Gregory Porter
8 p.m., $20-$49. Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy, 314-516-4949.
By Christian Schaeffer
On the surface, Gregory Porter certainly cuts a fascinating figure: his sartorial elegance, his signature hat (a hybrid flat cap/balaclava), his hulking frame which helped him play college football, his Grammy in 2014 for his Liquid Spirit album. But with all great jazz and soul singers, it’s what goes on below the surface that counts, and Porter’s velvety baritone contains a depth and nimbleness that make each song expressive and river-deep. He handles traditional material with comfort — “You Send Me,” “The ‘In’ Crowd” — but his original songs, “Hey Laura” in particular, show his ability to melt the boundaries of soul, jazz and gospel traditions.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Scru Face Jean 
8 p.m., $10-$25. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
By Daniel Hill
Music fans will be hard-pressed to find some live music to get into on Superbowl Sunday — and artists who attempt to perform shows on this day are certainly brave. Scru Face Jean is on such brave artist. The Lincoln, Nebraska rapper, who has collaborated with such heavy hitters as Dizzy Wright and Metro Boomin, will perform at Fubar for those who are indifferent to football. Check out Jean's Another Night mixtape here.


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