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When they played the Pageant in April 2019, the sold-out audience was treated to a nonstop party led by lead singer David Shaw. The never-ending flow of extended songs with instrument solos passed around the band, whether it was a sax solo, guitar solo, or keyboards and trumpet.
Speaking of keyboards and trumpet, Michael Girardot says, “We’re playing rock music; that can mean a whole lot of different things, but we play a whole lot of different things.” Much how their hometown Crescent City is home to many flavors, the Revivalists span genres of music: they can rock while paying homage to the southern rock-and-roots style, jazz, soul and blues that the city is known for.
The band’s guitar, drums, pedal steel guitar, bass, saxophone, keyboard, and trumpet collide with Shaw’s soulful, swaggering vocals to create a sonic imprint all their own. To shore up an unequivocal party atmosphere, Tank and the Bangas will be opening, so, you’ll want to arrive early and stay hydrated.
pageant • March 10th • show 8 pm
Southern Soul Rockers back at the Pageant
New Orleans octet the Revivalists make their second stop in St. Louis in as many years when the “Into the Stars” tour rolls into the Pageant on March 10th. The group is still riding the wave of success from the acclaimed album Take Good Care, which gave us the Number 1 hit, “All My Friends,” plus “Change” and “You and I.”
A false fire alarm, a mint-green tour bus and a failed—yet comedic—attempt at a Collective Soul cover.
This was Angel Olsen at Brooklyn Steel. The former 20,000-square-foot steel fabrication shop turned venue is less than three years old and has already become a mainstay for live shows in New York City, catapulting itself onto the list of top NYC venues likes of Webster Hall, The Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5.
It’s a big deal to sell out the 1,800-capacity venue. It’s an even a bigger deal when you do it three nights in a row, which is what Angel Olsen did November 21, 22 and 23.
A Sublime Gary Clark Jr. at the Fox
"Best Friend Sh*t": Phantogram in KC
The Coors Light Block Party at the Power and Light District definitely felt like a party on Friday, August 23rd. Bob Moses and Phantogram lit up the stage and provided the soundtrack for a dance-filled evening.
Matt Maeson Sells Out Delmar Hall
A Subdued Whitney at Delmar Hall
Truth Mystics: Bad Suns at Ready Room
Liily: Young, Alternative, Ready to Rock
You may never hear Liily’s lead vocalist Dylan Nash say the name of the band, but you’ll be able to hear their music from a couple blocks away. This young alternative rock group is finding its footing in the world with the opportunity to open for Bad Suns on their Mystic Truth tour this fall.
Whitney, an indie-rock band whose name is often confused with the late-great Whitney Houston, played one of the most relaxed shows I’ve ever attended. The engaged crowd was calm and attentive on a Tuesday evening in September at Delmar Hall, attuned to everything that was happening on stage, just like the band.
Through The Lens
There was no doubt that the fans gathered at Delmar Hall on February 12th knew who they were about to see. I say that because the stage’s backdrop featured a perfectly hung banner with big capital block letters that spelled out the band name, JOSEPH.
Made up of three sisters, Joseph is an American folk band from Oregon with voices that harmonize as smooth as butter. The all-woman singing group is accompanied by an all-male band—a drummer, a keyboardist and a bassist—which is an interesting dynamic. I expected the sisters to stick with their “girl empowerment” mantra and opt for a girl band, but there is no real reason to complain because the backing band brought the sisters’ music to life and truly supported their voices.
On its new album, Fake Tunes, Bear Hands explores new sounds and themes. This exciting reinvention is on full display on the band’s tour, which is currently going on in support of the album. On Friday, March 13th, it comes to Off Broadway.
Bear Hands has already found chart success with singles like “2AM” and “Agora,” and that continues on its latest release. “Back Seat Driver” was the highest charting and highest streaming single on the album, reaching Number 21 on the Alternative Songs charts.
Fake Tunes is said to be a deep dive into a twisted modern era, paranoid yet hopeful, celebrity-obsessed and introspective, and an unmistakable sign of troubled times. This translates to a unique and visceral live show, and certainly one worth catching in late winter at one of the best sounding rooms in the city. California’s Irontom opens.
Real News, Fake Tunes with Bear Hands
Walston’s third studio album, Essential Tremors, helped to put him and The Business on the alternative radio map. The songs “Heavy Bells” and “Take It As It Comes” showcased their Southern/bluesy rock with heavy airplay. You get a real feel for Jimmy Page in the familiar song “Sweat Shock,” which is featured in a Coors Light commercial, and it actually makes you want to buy a sixer and rock out with these guys.
Promoting their latest album Destroyers of the Soft Life, the rock quartet, who calls Richmond, Va., home (via Cleveland, Tenn., and Baltimore), has gained a large following. Look for them to play rock anthems “The Wanting” and “Bad Habits” off of the new album, and plenty of songs off Essential Tremors and their self-titled release.
J. Roddy Walston and the Business (and their 300 pounds of piano) will be playing at Off Broadway on Saturday, March 14th, along with Palm Palm. Be sure to get there early to check out the opener as it’s J. Roddy Walston’s side project.
Off broadway • March 14th • show 8 pm
Rowdy Roddy Business
Off broadway • March 13th • show 8 pm
Being a roadie for J. Roddy Walston and the Business isn’t a job for a lightweight. Whenever they go on tour, a 300-pound Yamaha CP-60 piano is on stage by the time they start their first song—usually snugged with the other instruments—inside a smaller venue. Walston has been known to say, “I don’t play keyboards, I play piano.” Known for his energetic shows, with a pounding style of aggressively tickling the ivories, he also holds his own with an axe as well.