Winter is coming, and with the approach, a storm of fall shows designed to draw music fans out of their post-summer doldrums. Located at Plush, the Yacht and White Fang bill did very little to assuage the desire to go outside and seek solace in a cigarette. The two played a pair of jesters who cartwheeled around court with their tongues out and wagged before us cracked-out antics that were just irreverent enough for the audience to enjoy.
With over an hour until show time, the floor space in front of the Plush stage was already at a premium, contested by an ever thickening group of the most dedicated fans.
At 7:47 p.m. I was running down Olive Street in downtown St. Louis. I was three blocks away from the 8 p.m. show at Plush, where Christina Perri was headlining her "Head or Heart" tour, with Birdy opening. The surrounding lots and street parking were full; in hindsight, I'm not sure the running was necessary, so I'll chalk it up to anticipation of seeing two women rock the stage for three hours.
To know what Reverend Horton Heat is, you have to know rockabilly, the genre of music arising out of direct lineage to the rock 'n' roll, country and R&B of the '50s.
While legendary musicians often struggle with audiences that don't evolve with them, Les Claypool isn't your average legend. With Duo de Twang he moves Primus' quirky, alternative sound further than the typical "MTV writing an essay Unplugged" session while mostly translating his music to bluegrass.