[GUEST FEATURE] Kyle Kapper on Jack White at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 7/20/14

The following post has been written in full by one of our new guest contributors, Kyle Kapper. Among other places, Kyle’s work has been featured on KDHX and in Eleven magazine. We think you’ll enjoy the fresh perspective and distinct passion for live music that Kyle will bring to IWTAS. Welcome to the team, Kapper!

Jack White at The Fox.

Jack White at The Fox.

The room had grown restless. The strange and beautiful among us pressed against the ugly and the mundane. Scents of incense and cupcakes wafted between towering crimson pillars, but still the host was unseen, the hall brooding over his absence.

“You are early,” Count Jackula seemed to say through a striking blue curtain at the front. Severe lights glared from its crown, interrogating us from above.

Three long quarters of an hour had passed since the doorman’s departing words, spoken with a voice which rustled like cornhusks in the fall. Through arcing tales of grunge and grit, the man named Benjamin Booker had held our interest for a duration appropriate of such a butler. Yet he’d borrowed more time than deserved and doomed all the goodwill he’d won. Our impatience was even shared by the woman who’d errantly offered him her love, comically mistaking a black man for White at the top of the evening’s program. In the end, we cheered more for Booker’s leaving than for his limitless hospitality.

A second man appeared, a small and dapper compère who warned us to keep our pocket machines pocketed. The manner of the manor would be conveyed to us forthwith, he promised, asking that we convey the same to others – to you – by way of memories instead of thumbly gadgets. The emcee disappeared, again leaving us with nothing to do but wait.

Then, the room changed.

Jack was nimble – Jack was quick – Jack was ferocious, precocious, and slick.

He lashed out at us like a startled beast, his white winged boots trampling over the Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground. His silver trousers shined like a tribute to spacewalkers of yore, and he flogged his pale complexion with the long black veil of his mane.

We rose as he approached and recited rhymes of the Stijl-ish dialect. The Count recognized his own stripes, and the prayer pleased him. A cease-fire was reached on neutral Temporary Ground. The skirmish faded, and the harsh glare along with it. Fire-laced ivory globes appeared in a lavish lavender sky, and the host finally welcomed us to his ultimate ball of balls.

Soon enough, he was charmed with fiddles and disarming with riddles: “Shouldn’t your river be named something different when it gets past Mississippi?” He massaged his flock’s pride with some snide on the side: “Your arch was too shiny as I was trying to sleep this morning. Buff that shit up.” Only once did he slip and betray his otherworldly nature: “This is a song I co-wrote with Hank Williams from the grave.”

Often he spoke of his native land, comparing his beloved city of motors to the metropolis where his flock now gathered. He’d even brought some indigenous magic with him, adding Motown to MO-city with a dash of panache.

Once the affair was as warm as a campfire, though, the Count plucked fear into his aural tapestry, infusing chords of discord. A mossy monster of malice rose from the depths, lumbering at the steady pace of an executioner’s tromp.

The festivities turned on themselves thusly, over and once more, just as the horde had hoped. Hostility frolicked with levity, and war waltzed with peace. When an encore of rancor unfolded, the nature of the host truly crystallized, revealing a man ruthless yet sensitive, gentle yet mad. Likewise, like any good Master, Count Jackula left his throng quenched yet voraciously thirsty.

You could say he left us restless, as if he had never arrived at all.

 
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24. July 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Wednesday, July 16th – Spectator’s “House of White”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

Delectable dream pop outfit Spectator plays this Saturday at Off Broadway with Maryland’s Cotton Jones. The band’s leading lady, Megan Rooney, checked in with IWTAS to talk about “House of White”, and earned Spectator today’s #STLSOTD:

“‘House of White’ is the first single from our new record, which we’ve been working hard on this summer and which will be out sometime in the next few months. There’s sort of a story to this record and H.o.W. plays a big part. It’s actually one of the first songs Jeff and I wrote together, long before there even was a Spectator. We’ve been wrestling with it for several years and feel like, finally, it has a home with these other tracks.”

Saturday will be your only chance to catch Spectator ahead of their record release, so get yourselves out to O.B.

 

16. July 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Thursday, July 10th – Travis Bursik’s “Slow Milk”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long…
M.O.

 

Drawn in by a handsome bit of album art (below) and a friendly affection for Travis Bursik as a human, I spent some time with the innovative experimental artist’s most recent bit of solo work and settled on “Slow Milk” for today’s STLSOTD. The corresponding three-track EP will be out in a few months thanks to Already Dead Tapes & Records.

I don’t know what “Slow Milk” is going to sound like to you. Lacking a nimble critical vocabulary when it comes to music, I’m telling you that the instrumental track is warm and compelling. It moves over six and a half minutes with quiet urgency. I can’t quite reach it, but I’ve been reaching out to it over the last week, and have been so glad I did each time.

When I asked Bursik if IWTAS might feature his solo work, he was more anxious to talk about Ou Où, his minimalist/drone duo with Patrick Weston, which just received an RFT Music Award in the Electronic/Eclectic category. On August 29th, Ou Où will release their fourth album, Ou Ng, when they support Fielded and Mind’s Skull at The Luminary. Until then, check out the band’s prior releases here.  

10. July 2014 by Jess
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[SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT] PRETTY LITTLE EMPIRE w/ TOWN CARS at IWTAS HQ – Saturday, July 26th

“Our new set leans on the loud side…” wrote Pretty Little Empire‘s Justin Johnson to us via email when asking if we wanted to collaborate on a house show, which would be the band’s only performance leading up to LouFest.

A loud-leaning PLE show?

A loud-leaning PLE show in the cozy confines of IWTAS HQ?

A loud-leaning PLE show in the cozy confines of IWTAS  HQ WITH Town Cars?

YES. TO. ALL. 

PLE

On Saturday, July 26th, Pretty Little Empire and Town Cars will take over IWTAS HQ (a residence in Soulard) for a very special house show performance. Tickets are extremely limited (35 is a sell out), will cost 10 bucks, can (and should) be purchased ahead of time. Beer will be provided at no additional cost!

Come enjoy PLE as you’ve never heard them before and preview their LouFest set! Catch Town Cars up close and personal before they release one of the best St. Louis records of 2014! 

Tickets: https://tikly.co/-/2665
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/930265087003146/
Questions: jess@iwenttoashow.com 

TC

We’ll see ya there!

08. July 2014 by Jess
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[EXCLUSIVE] #STLSOTD: Friday, June 27th – Mikey Wehling’s “Skies of the World”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

Photo by Corey Woodruff

Mikey Wehling, musical workhorse, inventive sound maker, and all-around gentleman digitally releases a new CD with his band The Reverbs on Monday, but there’s a free listening party on Sunday at The Whiskey Ring. A listening party on a Sunday is a great idea; they’re relaxed as all hell, you can chat with your buddies while enjoying some music, and this particular one will have a complimentary cask of delicious beer from Civil Life.

Wehling was kind enough to share with IWTAS followers an exclusive track from Looking For an Echo. (RFT Word Genius Christian Schaeffer just posted a review of the album that you can find here.) It’s called “Skies of the World” and it’s smooth and wonderful. You heard it here first!

The guys also just let loose a fresh, trippy video for “Dead Hyacinth” by Tom Buckholz:

Event details and a chance to RSVP for Sunday here

27. June 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Tuesday, June 24th – Dubb Nubb’s “Burial Mounds”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

Photo by Rachel Kertz

Photo by Rachel Kertz.

Curators of joy Dubb Nubb released a swell full-length record in 2013 called Wild Dreamin’, which rounded out an already impressive body of work by the young trio. Dubb Nubb as a duo cut their teeth at venues like FOAM and Off Broadway in St. Louis, and all over Columbia, MO as they attended college and managed to be working musicians at the same time.

Today’s #STLSOTD is “Burial Mounds” from the band’s aforementioned latest album. It’s a slight departure from Dubb Nubb’s normal thematic structure. Sure, the track glides along smooth harmonies and spare, thoughtful instrumentation, but “Burial Mounds” swoops quickly and frequently into delicious darkness. So on this steamy Tuesday, examine your mortality and delight in this wonderful song:

Dubb Nubb is the sisters Hannah, Delia, and Amanda Rainey. They play this Thursday, June 26th at the Heavy Anchor with River Monks, Bobby Stevens Band, and Googolplexia

24. June 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD [EXCLUSIVE]: Thursday, June 19th – Scarlet Tanager’s “How the West Was Won”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

They swept St. Louis away about this time of year back in 2011, with the release of their debut album, American Songbird. Now, the indie pop sweeties of Scarlet Tanager are set to release their second record tomorrow at Off Broadway.

Let’s Love is an accurate insight into where we are in our personal lives right now. Our last album was written during the first stages of our marriage, whereas Let’s Love explores lyrically and musically the maturation of our marriage and ourselves,” said Susan Logsdon, in reference to her relationship with bandmate/husband Michael Logsdon and about her songwriting process for the new album. “We still hold tight to not wanting to lose our child-selves, but we’ve accepted the adult-lives we’ve grown into,” she continued. “However, we couldn’t help but maintain some familiar musical aspects of our last album, mostly because it’s just a lot of fun to sing at the top of your lungs with your closest friends.”

Susan Logsdon of Scarlet Tanager performing in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill.

Dustin Kent (l) and Michael Logsdon (r) of Scarlet Tanager.

Tomorrow’s release show will certainly be a blast; it will also be bittersweet. Logsdon explains: “[The concert will be] the culmination of 2 years of hard work as a band, and it’s also Josh and Jordan’s final show with Scarlet Tanager. They’re leaving to start their family and we’re thrilled for them, as they are expecting a little baby tanager in August. This reflects a lot of what is on the record…sad to say goodbye to the way things use to be, but excited about the life adventures that lie ahead. Taking Josh and Jordan’s place will be our brother-in-law, Ben Helman, and our very good friend, Anna Westra. We hope to bring them up to speed quickly and play throughout St. Louis the rest of the summer, and then other Midwest cities this fall.”

Spouses Jordan and Josh Shepherd will play their last show with Scarlet Tanager on Friday, June 20th.

Being generous per usual, Scarlet Tanager has released an IWTAS exclusive track from Let’s Love called “How the West Was Won”, and it’s today’s STL Song of the Day. Stream, share, and get a taste of what’s to come on Friday!

Information about the Let’s Love release show at Off Broadway can be found here.

19. June 2014 by Jess
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[PHOTOS + REVIEW] Sylvan Esso w/ Thelonius Kryptonite

The Luminary – which recently relocated and reopened on Cherokee Street next door to Los Punk, and across from Melt – set off its summer concert schedule in high style with a performance by Durham, NC electro-pop (synth-folk? I don’t know how genres work) duo Sylvan Esso. Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun) took to the stage with wide grins and a bottle of Andre; it stayed closed until midway through SE’s set, when the two joked about their choice of alcohol, then cheerfully toasted the The Luminary’s first show on Cherokee while thanking the venue and the considerable crowd.

The band, washed in pink and purple light, cooked up a sublime combination of Meath’s opulent vocals and Sanborn’s dense, warm beats. The atmosphere elevated the experience of listening to their already much talked about debut album. The night was a success barring a couple opening night snags (toilet troubles, somewhat bizarrely slow bar service that involved the near constant rinsing of a single stirring spoon) that were easily forgotten when considering how much fun it was to be in the interesting and vibrant mixed-used art space.

Hip hop fusion artist Thelonius Kryptonite opened the show with a live drummer and a DJ/trumpet player, thus providing a shot of energy to an audience that desperately needed one (it was a breezy, sleepy Wednesday night after all). Kryptonite’s performance of “Breaker Brakah” was a highlight of the evening.

The Luminary’s remaining 2014 concert calendar is small and stacked. Check it out here.

Sylvan Esso:

 Thelonius Kryptonite: 

17. June 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Monday, June 16th – Sleepy Kitty’s “What Are You Gonna Do When You Find Bigfoot?”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to St. Louis music by spotlighting one track by one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

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Sleepy Kitty at Off Broadway. Photo by Jess Luther.

Good afternoon, music fans! Today’s #STLSOD is Sleepy Kitty’s “What Are You Gonna Do When You Find Bigfoot?” The song is from their latest album, Projection Room, which was released at the beginning of this year.

I love a great conspiracy theory and the Bigfoot theory will send you to the depths of Wikipedia. This song is funny, catchy, and at the end I like to imagine Paige is trying to call out to ole’ Sasquatch. I’m a fan. Sleepy Kitty also made a charming video for “What Are You Gonna Do…”.

Sleepy Kitty and about 10 other local bands play this Saturday night at Off Broadway in a salute to Guided by Voices’ 20th Anniversary release of Bee Thousand. Facebook details here.

16. June 2014 by Annie McCance
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[PREVIEW] Sylvan Esso at The Luminary Center for the Arts – Wed, June 11th

Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso

It’s a dangerous thing, to refuse to rest on the laurels of an already successful musical project (or two), and start something untested and new. But Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun) did just that, each forming one half of burgeoning melodic electronic project, Sylvan Esso. The band’s self-titled debut on Partisan Records is a an often bright, occasionally haunting tapestry of Meath’s ethereal singing voice woven in and out of Sanborn’s dance-able, sythpop beats.

Tonight, Sylvan Esso plays The Luminary Center for the Arts, which recently reopened following the purchase of a great building on Cherokee Street. Tickets are just $12 and should be available at the door. Speaking personally now: this is a Wednesday night concert risk I highly encourage you to take, even if you’ve never heard of these folks. Inventive FarFetched artist Thelonius Kryptonite provides support.

 

11. June 2014 by Jess
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