Friday, March 29, 2019

The 3 Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: March 29 to 31

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 6:34 AM

click to enlarge Ray Wylie Hubbard will perform at Off Broadway on Friday, March 29. - VIA RED 11 MUSIC
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  • Ray Wylie Hubbard will perform at Off Broadway on Friday, March 29.
Ray Wylie Hubbard
8 p.m. Friday, March 29. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $20 to $25. 314-773-3363.
If Ray Wylie Hubbard weren’t such a damn good songwriter, he’d have made a decent rock critic. He once described his aesthetic as “a bunch of sticks on a hollow log, a bunch of groaning and yelling,” or maybe “the devil jingling the coins in his pockets…more like a pistol when you cock it.” Either way, both vocations have much to wonder at in his music. The Oklahoma-born, Wimberley, Texas-based artist has transmogrified the blues, warping and revamping the primal structures for sure, but also relishing the lightning wit, always the blues’ secret weapon against fatalism. His latest album, Tell The Devil That I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can, is his most quintessentially Wylie-esque: The slide guitars sting, the rhythms clomp and thwack, and the lyrics find redemption in times of cold and in times of bone-shaking grooves.
Honky-Tonk Heroine: Opener Bonnie Montgomery sings and plays old-school country that’s as unapologetically trashy as it is feminist. Outlaw country fans should arrive early for this one.
—Roy Kasten


T-Pain
9 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Pop’s Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois. $30 to $35. 618-274-6720.
Since coming to prominence in the mid-’00s, Florida rapper and singer T-Pain has virtually been synonymous with Auto-Tune, an audio processor whose primary function is pitch correction. By pushing the dial to its most extreme settings, the singer was able to make his voice take on a robotic quality that the music-buying public simply couldn’t get enough of. From 2006 to 2010, in fact, T-Pain was featured on more than 50 singles that topped the charts. Soon other artists took note — chiefly, Kanye West made heavy use of Auto-Tune for his 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak — and for a while the sound was completely inescapable. So it came as a surprise to many when, in February, T-Pain was revealed as the winner of the Fox music competition The Masked Singer — which he accomplished sans Auto-Tune. It served as vindication for the artist, who has long been accused of being unable to sing without its assistance.
Rain Check: T-Pain was slated to appear at 2018’s LouFest, which was infamously canceled at the last minute. Think of this show at Pop’s as a make-up date.
—Daniel Hill

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets
7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street. $45 to $99.50. 314-499-7600.
The passage of time and the effects of nostalgia have hit the remaining members of Pink Floyd in different ways. David Gilmour recently began auctioning off a literal fortune’s worth of his old guitar arsenal while Roger Waters continues to make hay with The Wall, finding new resonance for the set’s fascistic themes in our current era. Drummer Nick Mason takes it back even further with his Saucerful of Secrets show, highlighting the band’s pre-Dark Side tracks and founding member Syd Barrett’s madcap psych with songs like “See Emily Play” and “Astronomy Domine.” It’s another view of the band’s early catalog that even the most dedicated Floyd tribute acts don’t touch.
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun: Mason is joined by a band that includes longtime session man and Floyd collaborator Guy Pratt and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp.
—Christian Schaeffer
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