The tastemakers over at I Went to a Show have been singing praises for Samantha Crain for some time, so I’ve noticed her name with every trip through STL the last few years. I finally decided to break that streak of non-attendance, when The Gramophone hosted her “Kid Face” album release party, joining up with a nice crowd of fans to see the Oklahoma musician. Indian Blanket opened for the evening, who we’ve been hearing a lot more about since their appearance with First Aid Kit.
Welcome to Radar Blips, where I quickly highlight three shows that catch my eye. Go see a show and save me some leftover brats from your weekend BBQ.
Best Coast | The Firebird | 5.27
You’ve been warned. If you want to go, make sure you have your tickets before the show date.
No Coast Skateboards tribute to MCA | The Gramophone | 6.01
DJ Crucial and DJ Mahf will be out to help celebrate Mr. Yauch.
Rocky Votolato | Vintage Vinyl | 6.03
Free in-store concert featuring the well-seasoned singer-songwriter. Free Schlafly!
Welcome to Radar Blips, where I quickly highlight three shows that catch my eye. Go see a show and please try and ignore how bad I am at football on Thursday.
The Coathangers w/Little Big Bangs, The Girls 2021 | Mon. 11/21 | The Firebird
The Atlanta quartet put out Larceny & Old Lace earlier in the year and expect some gloriously fun and sloppy garage-rock / retro girl-group action in person.
The Chariot w/Listener | Tues. 11/22 | Fubar
Arkansas rapper / Deepspace5 member Listener and his eccentric delivery don’t seem to go side-by-side with mathcore destruction of The Chariot, but hey if you’re headed out to see the Georgia thrashers, make sure to get there early enough to catch Listener.
Black Spade | Wed. 11/23 | The Gramophone
Local hip-hop talent Black Spade is releasing a new album and you’re invited to the party. Paid admission also gets you a copy of the album. You can always sleep in the next day.
Maybe not everyone got word that the Big K.R.I.T. Return of 4Eva Tour at the Gramophone was sold-out. Or maybe they heard, but tried to roll the dice and see if some tickets magically showed up at the door. Either way, while waiting in line to get in the recurring scene I saw was groups of bummed people realizing “sold-out” meant just that and turning back and heading home.
Note: Part 1 focuses solely on Freddie Gibbs. Did you miss that one? Head over here first!
Before Freddie Gibbs’ appearance in the late evening early morning, an extensive list of local hip-hop/rap talent worked the Gramophone stage showcasing the various styles the city currently has to offer. I’ve been tangentially aware of the scene, but had yet to actually partake in a show, so the night became a great primer of the names out there.
Part 2 of our Freddie Gibbs wrap-up will focus on the massive list of openers – an interesting testament of St. Louis’ hip-hop/rap scene. The lone exception was the surprise appearance of Chicago’s GLC, which turned out to be a huge highlight of the night for me.
Full set and write-up to come early this week. In the meantime, drive slow homey during this cold Monday.