Welcome to Radar Blips, where I quickly highlight three shows that catch my eye. Go see a show and hook me up with your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Deas Vail | Wed. 11/30 | Cicero’s
The Russellville indie popsters just put out a new album back in October and Cicero’s will be a great place to hear them perform the new tracks live. RIYL Mae and Copeland.
Born Ruffians w/US English | Thurs. 12/1 | The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle PR crew seems awfully quiet this semester, so don’t forget to mark your calendar for the arrival of this Canadian indie rock band. US English (James & Brea from the Luminary Arts) opens and I’ve been dying to see them too.
Trout Fishing in America | Sat. 12/3 | Off Broadway
I remember seeing them in high school and it’s a hard name to forget. Bring the kids along for a special afternoon show from the folksters.
While Menomena was the obvious draw that evening, there seemed to be a lot of fans in attendance just equally excited to catch the opener, Maps & Atlases. You could probably count me in that group, although it took me a while to get there.
It hasn’t been that long since Menomena’s last performance in St. Louis (October at The Luminary Center) but the recent departure of Brent Knopf resulted in a different band returning for a show at The Gargoyle.
Good news? Got to test out my new 14-22mm.
Bad news? RED. EVERYWHERE.
Doesn’t matter. Menomena killed it. More pictures to come in a few days.
The last time I saw The Romany Rye, the Little Rock crew was opening for Delta Spirit and I remember enjoying what I heard. So knowing that they were opening for Dawes this time at The Gargoyle was an added incentive to show up early and catch their set. I found myself remembering a lot of their songs, which is usually a good sign, and definitely had a better idea on how to shoot them this time around (although the lighting during their set was a killer!). Wins all around!
Some nights things just don’t seem to work and due to some mono vs. stereo issue (that’s as much as this non-techie could pick up on) that was the case for Peter Wolf Crier’s set opening for Dawes at The Gargoyle. I’ve seen other bands leave the stage over audio problems, so when the microphones refused to pick up singer Peter Pisano’s vocals, I’m sure more than a few of us were apprehensive about the evening becoming a complete disaster. Thankfully the Minneapolis duo adjusted their game plan and flipped it into an opportunity to deliver a memorable set.
Even though our buddy Travis at 5 Score Pachyderm has been exalting the praises of Dawes for some time now, I put aside listening to North Hills for quite some time. It was a bad decision on my part and to make up for the lost time, the AM-radio folk rock of Dawes has been on constant repeat on my iPhone these last few weeks leading up to their show at The Gargoyle.
The Delta Spirit show at The Firebird was strangely my most anticipated show of the month, with little justification, other than seeing some great articles about them in Fan the Fire Magazine and loving their new single “Bushwick Blues.” Between the intensity, the howling, the sweat, I left the show a big fan of this California group. I missed out on their last show at The Gargoyle in early 2009, but the next time they come through STL I’m definitely planning on showing up.
On assignment for Eleven Magazine.
More pictures after the jump.