Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Sarah Dougher and the Star Death 

Friday, May 12; Centro Sociale

It's nearly mystical, how one person can shine the philosopher's stone into a song and beget gold, yet another can rub and rub, only to see the same chord progression sink like said stone. Sarah Dougher is an alchemist. Maybe it's her sturdy voice that holds together the songs on her second full-length, The Walls Ablaze (Mr. Lady). Maybe it's the brilliant lyrics, little word combinations that combine to yield song skyscrapers. Of course, it's the combination of both -- it always is.

Dougher, whom many know from her other projects (former member of the Lookers and the Crabs; current member of Cadallaca, along with Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker), writes songs that seem kinda clunky the first time you hear them. The chords change very deliberately, and she strains to sing them. But the deliberateness gathers a momentum all its own, until what you thought was clumsy just seems thick and hulking. This is one of those itsy shows that promises heaven for those willing to make the effort. Don't miss it.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Speaking of...

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation