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Friday, March 11, 2016

The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 10 to 12

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 6:57 AM

click to enlarge Radkey will perform at the Demo this Saturday. - PHOTO BY PHIL KNOTT
  • Photo by Phil Knott
  • Radkey will perform at the Demo this Saturday.
In case you've been living under a rock: Donald Trump is coming to St. Louis this Friday. We at the RFT are excited!! (Is "excited" the right word?)

Anyway, assuming the St. Louis metro area is still standing afterward, there will be some shows this weekend — all of which are infinitely more worthy of your time than that arm-flailing, spray-tanned maniac. St. Joseph's Radkey brings its sibling-band Afro-punk to the Demo on Saturday, the Trophy Mules release their latest at the Schlafly Tap Room (free show!) and Bruiser Queen will say bon voyage at CBGB on Sunday before heading to Austin for SXSW. Check out our full picks below:


CaveofswordS w/ Whoa Thunder, The Foreign Resort, New Canyons
8 p.m., $5. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-772-2100.
By Christian Schaeffer
From the RFT Music archives: If successful marriages are built around love, respect and a division of labor, Sunyatta and Kevin McDermott's union bears fruit every time CaveofswordS takes the stage. She sings with entrancing verve and laser-direct clarity; he creates atmosphere with a mix of trippy samples and visceral musicianship. Since its inception, the band has also grown to include a living, breathing rhythm section that has added both industrial and jazz-like colors to the palette, making the band impossible to pin down.

Tortuga w/ Big Shoals, Matt Woods
9 p.m., $7. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Avenue. 314-352-5226.
By Jenn DeRose
From the RFT Music archives: Those familiar with Mike Leahy as the frontman for 7 Shot Screamers or as the man behind the face paint of Clownvis Presley might be surprised by his new project. Tortuga, a desolate take on country-rock as viewed through a psychedelic lens, is Leahy's first foray into solo songwriting instead of, as Leahy puts it, "having four guys involved in the writing process like we did in 7 Shot Screamers." While the dark, sparse tracks on Tortuga's first EP, West of Eden, were mostly written by Leahy, the album itself is far from a solo effort. Leahy is backed by an assembly of artists hand-picked from the local label Big Muddy Records, with members of Pokey LaFarge, Rum Drum Ramblers, Loot Rock Gang, the Hobosexuals, Arson for Candy and Jack Grelle's band all lending their talents.


9 p.m., $10. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532.
By Daniel Hill
For decades, we as a society have been subjected to a cavalcade of sub-par bands made up entirely of male siblings. Hanson spouted nonsense all throughout the '90s, so sugar-sweet that it inevitably made us all sick. The Jonas Brothers inspired similar disgust in everyone over the age of twelve through the mid 2000s. We could go back way further, too. The Bee Gees? Yeah, you guessed it: They all spent their formative months gestating in the same womb. St. Joseph's Radkey is different, though. Brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke kick out the fucking jams, playing energetic garage-punk that has landed the band spots at festivals including Riot Fest, South By Southwest, Coachella and the U.K.'s Download Festival, winning fans and changing minds about family bands all the way. The Radke siblings spent their whole lives being home-schooled before picking up instruments and traveling the world. Their father is their manager, and their records are self-released through their Little Man Records label, meaning there are very few music-industry hands in this family’s pockets. That puts them light-years ahead of the curve. Maybe home-schooling isn't so bad after all.

Kenshiro's w/ Mope Grooves Barbecue Boys, Stone Hen
9 p.m., $5. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-772-2100.
By Roy Kasten
From the RFT Music archives: With devil-may-care guitar riffage and a rhythm section that's strapped in tight because it's about to hurl itself off a cliff, Kenshiro's is a punk band with a distinctly St. Louis sound. Guitarist Julio Prato isn't afraid to solo (and he knows his classic-rock shredders as well as he knows his post-rock switch-flippers), bassist Antonio Leone loves a good steady groove and drummer Jessie Vendegna digs those jazzy little fills before getting back to what he and the band do best: bash their garage-rock brains out. If you're looking for a band to make you fall in love with punk again, Kenshiro's has a proposal: Put down your PBR and rock harder.

Weather Station w/ Basia Bulat
8 p.m., $12-$15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363.
By Roy Kasten
Tamara Lindeman has a voice that will stop you in your tracks — if perchance you're making tracks through some crystal-frosted dreamscape. So warm and husky and close to the soul, that voice could melt all the permafrost in the interior of Ontario, her native turf. As the voice behind Weather Station, Lindeman turned inward for last year's Loyalty, a sublimely acoustic, lightly jazzed song-cycle in the tradition of post-folkie Joni Mitchell. Lindeman's themes? Shadows and light, relationships that haunt and honesty that turns out to be the only grace. "You always tell me the truth," she sings. "When it hurts me it hurts you." And when she sings, somehow almost everything is almost healed. Weather Station opens for fellow Ontarian and autoharpist Basia Bulat, who recently teamed up with My Morning Jacket's Jim James for her fourth and finest album to date.

Between the Buried and Me w/ August Burns Red, the Faceless, Good Tiger
7 p.m., $25-$27.50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
By Andrew Miller
From the RFT Music archives: The name Between the Buried and Me exudes death-metal morbidity, but the North Carolina band grabbed its moniker from a Counting Crows lyric. It's an apt origin for a group that draws from outside influences; BTBAM incorporates jazzy prog-rock interludes and poignant singer-songwriter passages into technical thrashathons.

The Trophy Mules CD Release Show w/ Prairie Rehab
9 p.m., free. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis, 314-241-2337.
By Roy Kasten
From the RFT Music archives: Corey Saathoff first made a name in St. Louis as part of alt-country band Jerkwater Junction and as leader of jangle-rockers Brain Regiment, but he's really hit his stride as a songwriter fronting the Trophy Mules, a flexible country-rock outfit featuring mandolin and guitar picker Larry Rosenhoffer and pedal-steel ace Scott Swartz. Saathoff doesn't write predictable alt-country fare — if there are booze and broken hearts in his songs, they're part of his stories. His style is impressionistic in the best sense, as evocative of the songs of R.E.M. as those of Jay Farrar.

Demon Lover w/ Gymshorts, Shitstorm
9 p.m., $5. CBGB, 3163 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis.
By Christian Schaeffer
From the RFT Music archives: Demon Lover's latest release, Moody Future, touches on dream-pop, basement hip-hop, Krautrock and punk, but cares little about drawing lines between the forms. Opening track "Moody Future/It's a Mystery" serves as an overture to the record with a kind of Saturday morning cartoon verve, introducing themes and sounds to come. The song's simple riff gets repeated on slide guitar, trumpet and steel drum over joyous proclamations of the album title before slipping into a haunted-house soundtrack of scrawling synths and dead-eyed incantations. 


Bruiser Queen SXSW Kickoff w/ Absolutely Not, The Baby Magic
9 p.m., $5. CBGB, 3163 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis.
By Bob McMahon
From the RFT Music archives: The kicky and catchy songwriting approach Bruiser Queen employs is as simple as their guitar and drums setup, which works because Morgan Nusbaum and Jason Potter know their way around a killer hook. Songs feature '60s girl-group influences and a variety of tempos, but they are still powered by Nusbaum's rich voice. With a coo that's equally arresting as her bellow, Nusbaum's pipes are Bruiser Queen's not-so-secret weapon, pushing its songs into the stratosphere.

Maximum Effort w/ Growwing Pains, Dracla 
8 p.m., $5. Foam, 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 314-772-2100.
By Jenn DeRose
From the RFT Music archives: Maximum Effort is a self-described "public awareness group," a collection of concerned citizens committed to helping their fellow earthlings understand the dangers that lurk behind the Shadow Government and the truth about the aliens among us. Coast to Coast influence is woven into every detail of the aesthetic; even the band's cryptic logo could easily be imagined as negative space in a corn field — a postcard left by visitors from another world. It would be a mistake to dismiss Maximum Effort's members as a bunch of obsessive-paranoid wackos, though. Guitarist Adam Hoskins and drummer Tom Valli shred their respective instruments harder than the government shredded memos about the Roswell Incident, and frontman Nick Zengerling is brilliant with a microphone — his hilarious onstage banter and fervent delivery make the ravings of Jello Biafra seem tepid and meek.

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