All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for October 28-31
Here are a ton of treats to stuff your ear candy bag with – no tricks required:
Friday, October 28
Tonight offers hell-raising rock sounds of the South from Macon, Ga.’s Drive-By Truckers and Murfreesboro, Tenn.’s Those Darlins at the Pageant (6161 Delmar), starting at 8. This is $22 in advance, 25 at the door (with 2 more for 20-under). Smoke-free. Welcomed by KDHX.
Read Scott Allen’s interview with Patterson Hood and KDHX DJ Allen Dahm’s top 10 list of DBTs songs.
If you’re attending, you should still hustle on down to Cherokee to catch what you can of this:
David Vandervelde / Magic City
El Leñador 3124 Cherokee 10-1 $5 Smoke-free
Nashville’s DV is a very talented musician (and producer) who blends rock, country and pop elements into music that fans of the ’60s-’70s SoCal scene (especially early Crazy Horse) should especially dig. I’ve been eagerly awaiting a return for quite some time. In contrast, the awesome MC plays rock with a somber vibe that ranges from dirge-like to frenzied. Add the tasty food available to the tasty tunes getting played, and you’ve got a night that’ll make Your Humble Servant a happy boy!
Being a big fan of the films of Ed Wood, it’s unfortunate that tonight is also when his ridiculous Orgy of the Dead will be recreated as part of the monthly Conspiracy cabaret show at the Crack Fox (1114 Olive), starting around 9. There are many components to this, including music from shock-a-billy band Paul Bearer & the Coffin Kings. Get the full details here.
Saturday, October 29
Bring Your Ray Gun / Paper Dolls / DinoFight!
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9-12 Free Smoke-free
BYRG is a Chicago act that plays an infectious, dance-oriented style of pop-rock. Moody, piano-driven pop from PD (who should play their Black Cat Stories song for this). It’s only appropriate that DF! perform their zombie-centric mix of surf, punk and rock tonight.
The Nevermores / Hot Liquors
Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest 9-12 Free Smoke-free
A driving mix of psychedelic-tinged garage sounds from Edgar Allan Poe fans TN. HL are more down-to-earth fellows; they love beer, and write songs about it — conveyed with a mix of rock, punk and garage sounds. This show includes a costume contest.
A tradition that I thought was dead has arisen from the grave — bwahahaha!!!
Strawfoot — the Gothi-cana group who had stated their intention to call it quits after last year’s Halloween Hootenanny — will carry on instead, performing a 7th iteration at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp), starting at 9. This year will be different as they and the Royal We, which I’ve been told is a spin-off, are the sole music providers, with burlesque and carnival acts rounding out the evening. Cover is $8, with 3 more for 20-unders (this is all-ages, but the burlesque portion of the show should be kept in mind). Smoke-free.
For those desiring a late night show, Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand) offers the languid, country-tinged rock of Tenement Ruth and The Field Animals, a band I haven’t witnessed. Starts at 11 or later. Free (21+ only) and smoke-free.
Sunday, October 30
Meat Puppets / Dexter Romweber Duo
Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th 8-11 $13 advance/15 door (all ages) Smoke-free
It’s appropriate that MP hail from Phoenix; they had to rise from the ashes, as bassist Cris Kirkwood is lucky to be alive after a bad drug-induced downward spiral that included getting shot and imprisoned. A mix of punk with country and garage/psych sounds. DRD features the former Flat Duo Jets axe-man teamed with his sibling Sara on drums; they explore rock, rockabilly and surf sounds, with a few jazzy licks probable.
Fred Eaglesmith / The Fabulous Ginn Sisters
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8-11 $20 (+3 under 21) Smoke-free
A Canadian who’s tough to define, FE’s sound has a Tom Waits sings Steve Earle vibe to me. Here’s another perspective, from writer Dennis O’Toole:
Eaglesmith makes music that defies categorization or imitation. Blending bluegrass sensibility and rockabilly swagger with the raw emotion of country and gospel at its best; an E show is unlike anything that your hard-earned dollar is going to buy a ticket to in this town or any other.
It takes a healthy dose of self-confidence to drop the “fab” bomb as part of your group’s name, but for Austin’s TFGS, it’s not bragging. They offer great sister-fied singing of songs that are mostly in the country vein, but also branch into blues and pop.
Monday, October 31
Orgone / The Right Now
Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th 8-11 $12 (all ages) Smoke-free
Danceable funk/soul sounds from LA’s O and Chicago’s TRN - get sweaty! A take on the headliners from Roy Kasten at the RFT.
Those looking for something more Halloween-esque can head to the Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois) for a screening of the classic silent vampire flick Nosferatu, accompanied by an original score from Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra. This starts at 9, with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.
Your horrifying servant,