Thursday, April 24, 2014

This Week(end) in St. Louis Music

Thursday April 24th

Local Natives makes their first stop back in town since they destroyed the main stage at Loufest last summer.  Find out why people were saying it was the best set of the weekend.

The Pageant
Moses Sumney opens the show

Lost In The Trees hit the Old Rock House and bring their own brand of ethereal indie pop

The Old Rock House
$8/$10 DOS
All Tiny Creatures open the show

Friday April 25th

One of the things that we talk about a lot around the Eleven office is cover songs and tribute bands.   And we’re not talking about your average bar bands (though there is certainly something to be said for a great bar band!), we’re talking about bands like This Must Be The Band.  The Chicago-based Talking Heads tribute is unparalleled, often at their shows they will take requests and they are never stumped, no matter how obscure the Talking Heads tune, you can bet they know it.  What started as a Thanksgiving tradition for the band, a full rendition of the Jonathon Demme classic concert film “Stop Making Sense”, is coming to St. Louis on Friday.  If you’ve never seen “Stop Making Sense” stop reading this right now and go watch.  If you have, you know how cool this will be.   

The Pageant

Here’s a little clip from the original

Saturday April 26th

Rounding out a full Pageant weekend, Slightly Stoopid hits the joint on Saturday, but that’s not important.  What’s important is the opener.  Mariachi El Bronx doesn’t make many stops through these parts, so it’s usually worth the effort to catch them.  Here’s why:

The Pageant


Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Record Store Day!

Finally!  There is a lot going on all day today, so pour yourself some coffee and let's get down to business.  First - there are WAY too many releases to cover efficiently, so check out the official RSD webpage to find out what will in the bins.

But, of course, there's much more!  Over 40 bands and DJs will playing at 3 different stores throughout the day.  Here's the schedule, as it stands, for Euclid, Vintage and Apop, plus be sure to check out Dead Wax Records who will be stocking lots of the releases as well.

Euclid Records:

9:30am - Grace Basement
10:30 - Edward Burch
11:00 - Supe Granda
Noon - Fumer
1:00pm - Middle Class Fashion
2:00 - Bible Belt Sinners
2:30 - Bella and Lily
3:00 - The Minus 5
3:30 - Schwervon!
4:00 - Sleepy Kitty
5:00 - The Adoring Heirs
6:00 - Soma Jet Set
7:00 The Bottle Rockets

Vintage Vinyl

10:30am - Bastard & The Crows
11:30 - Loot Rock Gang
12:30pm - Via Dove
1:30 - Scarlet Tanager
2:30 - Ransom Note
3:30 - Brothers Lazaroff
4:30 - Hawthorne Headhunters
5:30 - Turntable Orchestra f/ DJ Needles, DJ Alejan, DJ G-Wiz, DJ B Money, Fly D-Ex

Apop Records

12pm - Better Days
12:40 - Liquor Lord
1:20 - Fister
2:00 - What We Won't See
2:40 - Shitstorm
3:20 - Life Like
4:00 - Wax Fruit
4:40 - Braining
5:20 - Execution Techniques
6:00 - Wild Hex
6:40 - Bruiser Queen

Ryan Hess and Jeff Snowden will be DJing

Friday, April 18, 2014

What's Happening Tonight? Friday, April 18th

At The Pageant tonight is electronic guru Gramatik. The Slovenian-by-way-of-Brooklyn DJ mixes up an vaguely eastern European sound with funky hip hop and electronic beats underneath the jazzy licks of his guitar player, Ales, creating some seriously chill music.  Check it out:

Russ Liquid opens the show

Where: The Pageant
When: 8pm
How Much: $18 ($2 surcharge for minors)

Also tonight - Euclid Records is kicking off Record Store Day at their new(ish) location in downtown Webster.  Four bands will be playing short sets, with Willy Vlautin starting the show at 5pm, followed by The Feed at 6pm, Big Brother Thunder & The MasterBlasters at 7 and finally The Company She Keeps finished up the first night of the best day of the year at 9.

Check out The Feed:

Where: Euclid Records, 19 N. Gore in Webster
When: 5pm
How Much: FREE!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What's Happening Around Town tonight?

Eleven's "What's Happening" for the weekend is back!  There are a bunch of cool things happening around town this weekend, starting tonight with the Talib Kweli lecture this evening, read more about that here

But there's more!

Tonight at the Sheldon, Todd Snider will also be speaking and playing his guitar.  Snider is one of the best songwriters around these days and his laid-back and don't let his easy going attitude and humor fool you, he can be just poignant as he is funny.  Tonight, not only will he be playing, but he'll be doing a Q+A about his life, his new book, I Never Met A Story I Didn't Like and his life on the road as a barefootin' hippie folk singer.

Where: Sheldon Theater
When: 8pm
How Much: $25

Latin Jazz great Pancho Sanchez will posting up at Jazz At The Bistro all weekend and that is well checking out.  There is not better spot in St. Louis for a date than a night at The Bistro listening to some great salsa, is there?

Where: Jazz At The Bistro
When: 2 shows, 7:30 & 9:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday
How Much: $38

While we're on the more traditional stuff, like folk and jazz, how about a little Blues?  Head down to The Broadway Oyster Bar for St. Louis stalwarts, The Bottoms Up Gang, led by guitarist and Eleven contributor Jeremy Segel-Moss. Now that spring has sprung, it's time to enjoy some shows outside!

Where: Broadway Oyster Bar
When: 9pm-1am

We'll have more stuff happening this weekend tomorrow!

The Flames Need Fannin'


As far as hip-hop icons fare, few have shone brighter and burned hotter than the industrious and multi-faceted, Talib Kweli, who visits the St. Louis History Museum this month to deliver a lecture for the Remixing Education initiative, co-presented by the Rockwood and Parkway School Districts.

Though his first name translates to “student” or “seeker” in Arabic, Talib has moved well beyond that namesake by dedicating a few cities across the country to a lecture series focusing on the plight of black youth in modern society and what changes can be made through a combination of education and community engagement.

Not many rappers have this double identity; an MC who can move a concert crowd but also an intellectual crowd. A musician whose lyrical views align strongly with his political views.  His strong stance on social justice and involvement have made him a counterculture figure to black and white audiences alike, as he continues to speak, perform, record and now produce acts with his new independent label, Javotti Media.

Much like his music, a scholarly mix of hip-hop influences, fusing beats with soul hooks, DJ samples, and socially-conscious lyrics, Talib will expound upon several different attitudes and examples of hip-hop culture as politic, offering a broader, more accessible teaching points for inner-city youth.

Organized and hosted by St. Louis resident poet MK Stallings, co-host of Literature for the Halibut on, the lecture will feature Kweli speaking to the pressures of being an artist and the compromises necessary to maintain artistic integrity, the illusion of politics, and the dire importance of motivated social activism to institute social change and educate African-American youth before they fall victim to their environments.

The lecture is free to the public but room is limited; reserve your seat by contacting the St. Louis Missouri History Museum and find out how you can help make a difference.  

For more info:


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lo-Fi Cherokee Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Photo: Glenn Hall

Bill Streeter originally began his Lo-Fi STL video series as a way to document bands in the city—and in City Museum specifically. The idea was simple: find an interesting spot (not a hard task in City Museum), do a one-shot runthrough of a song, and post the results. No editing, no trickery, just documentation.

Turns out there’s a lot of room in that idea. On April 12, Streeter and a crew of photographers are shooting Lo-Fi Cherokee, a one-day event in which they somehow propose to shoot 16 different bands in 16 separate venues along the street, as a crowd of interested observers looks on. It’s a crazy idea—but this is his third year doing it, so he must be doing something right. 

Each year Streeter has invited a host of new bands to participate, and found all new venues along the relatively short street. In 2013 Streeter opened up his own video-production storefront, Hydraulic Pictures, on Cherokee, and this year’s bands include Cherokee locals Née and Bruiser Queen, alongside some of STL’s strongest bands, including Popular Mechanics, Middle Class Fashion, Ellen The Felon, Syna So Pro, and more.

The big news, of course, is that this year’s Lo-Fi Cherokee will include a performance by Streeter’s friend Pokey LaFarge, who will be freshly back in town from a tour of New Zealand. 

This year will also feature a couple of bands from down the road, including Columbia, MO ragers The Hooten Hallers and Springfield, MO’s The Yowl. And that’s where things get particularly interesting, because it turns out, upon investigation, that The Yowl is really fuggin’ cool—as in, you should check them out immediately.  They’ll be playing Don’s Muffler Shop (of all places) at 12pm, so if you’re planning on joining in the Lo-Fi action, get there early, because this is a band you’re going to want to clap your ears on sooner rather than later. Check out their “Lips of the Apocalypse” video if you need proof, and remember, you heard it here first.

Streeter and crew welcome a crowd to witness the madness. These are some of the best bands in the city—and region, and country—attempting to pull off a day that some would say is impossible. Should you be there to see what happens? Probably. I would if I were you.  Keep your eyes peeled here and on Lo-Fi St. Louis' Facebook Page for the remaining bands to be announced!  It's worth! 

-Evan Sult

This story includes a correction from the original print version, Yowl was originally scheduled for 11am and has been corrected to 12pm in this version

Here is the schedule, as it stands.  As always, it may be subject to change on Saturday.  Additionally, while there is no charge to watch, admission to all of the shoots is not guaranteed.  

1 Ellen the Felon  - Pianos for the People (Jackson Piano) 3138 Cherokee 10:00 AM
2 SHEILA SHAHPARI - Tenth Life 3200 Cherokee 10:30 AM
3 Middle Class Fashion - Velvet Elvis 3214 Cherokee 11:00 AM
4 Bruiser Queen - Livery 3211 Cherokee 11:30 AM
5 The Yowl - Don's Muffler Shop 2923 Cherokee 12:00 PM
6 Neé - Whisk 2201 Cherokee 12:30 PM
7 Javier Mendoza - Melt 2712 Cherokee 1:30 PM
8 Hooten Hallers - Bank 3420 Iowa 2:00 PM
9 POPULAR MECHANICS - Craft Art Bar 2732 Cherokee 2:30 PM
10 Kentucky Knife Fight - Whiskey Ring 2651 Cherokee 3:00 PM
11 Cree Rider - Strange Overtones 2626 Cherokee 3:30 PM
12 Ryan Spearman - Smalls 2619 1/2 Cherokee 4:00 PM
13 Syna So Pro - Scarlet Garnet 2619 Cherokee 4:30 PM 
14 Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band - Saxquest 2116 Cherokee 5:00 PM
15 The Feed - The Heirloom Room 2114 Cherokee 5:30 PM
16 Pokey LaFarge - TBD 6:00pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

American Country Superstar Toby Keith Set to Headline Summer Rocks Festival

Today in Los Angeles, ICM Partners, the company behind the "Summer Rocks" festival planned for downtown St. Louis in 2015 and beyond announced that Toby Keith would be the exclusive headliner for both weekends of the festival, each year, for the next ten years. There is also an option within the agreement for Keith to be the exclusive Country Music Superstar Performer at all events within the St. Louis City limits for the next 10 years, including any and all sporting events, Fair St. Louis, Shakespeare in the Park, the Balloon Glow, Midwest Rib Week, Ribfest America, The Great American Rib-off, The Mississippi River Rib Round Up, LouFest and all Schlafly seafood-related festivals as well as most events at the Peabody and Fox Theaters. It was also announced that Keith will be be the new Artist-in-residence at the St. Louis Symphony and will work closely with conductor David Robertson to craft the upcoming 2014-2015 season and every season until Keith decides he is bored and wants to move on. Attending the press conference were Keith (with his signature red solo cup in hand), ICM President Chris Silbermann, Mayor Francis Slay and Louie, the Blues bear-like mascot thing.