#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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[PHOTOS] The 2014 RFT Music Showcase

There was a wealth of music to enjoy and a decent amount of bad weather to endure at this year’s RFT Music Showcase in the Grove. We brought back these digital pictures from Saturday:

Last to Show First to Go at Atomic Cowboy

The Defeated County at HandleBar

The Maness Brothers at O’Shay’s

The Maness Brothers at O’Shay’s

The Maness Brothers at O’Shay’s

3 of 5 through the window at Taha’a Twisted Tiki

Chris Ward at Layla

Chris Ward at Layla

Chris Ward at Layla

The Union Electric at O’Shay’s

The Union Electric at O’Shay’s

The Union Electric at O’Shay’s

The Union Electric at O’Shay’s

Eric Hall at HandleBar

Syna So Pro at HandleBar

Syna So Pro at HandleBar

Syna So Pro at HandleBar

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

So Many Dynamos at The Ready Room

All photographs by Jess Luther. Full photo set from the 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase can be found here.

09. June 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Friday, June 6th – The Maness Brothers’ “Let It Roll (Into the River)”

#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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http://themanessbrothers.bandcamp.com/

Underneath the luscious locks of “Midwest mud” duo The Maness Brothers are the bright musical minds of two young dudes making some deliciously sludgy rock in the St. Louis region. Torch carriers for The Whiskey War Festival, 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees, and recent Daytrotter alums, these real-life siblings are poised to make 2014 a banner year.

Today’s St. Louis Song of the Day, “Let It Roll (Into the River)”, is just a ton of Gateway City fun. It comes from The Maness Brothers’ late 2012 EP, Grief Factory:

The Maness Brothers are David and Jake Maness. They perform tomorrow at 7:00pm at O’Shay’s Pub in the Grove as part of the 2014 RFT Music Showcase. 

06. June 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Thursday, June 5th – Last to Show First to Go’s “Subtle Blend”

#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 Abby Gillardi.

Courtesy Abby Gillardi: http://www.gillardiphotography.com/

Last to Show First to Go, led by Bredon Jones, is one the most consistently delightful live bands in town. Buttressed by socially conscious songwriting and a proficient band lineup, LTSFTG’s dynamic, accessible brand of folk rock is warm enough to feel familiar and smart enough to keep your full attention.

Today’s St. Louis Song of the Day is “Subtle Blend”, off LTSFTG’s 2013 EP, Everything’s Fine, America.

Last to Show First to Go is Bredon Jones, Mikey Naucas, Miriam Keller, Phil Valko, and Ryan Albritton. They play this Saturday at 4pm at Atomic Cowboy’s outdoor stage as part of the 2014 RFT Music Showcase. The band is nominated in the Folk — Americana category. 

 

05. June 2014 by Jess
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[CONTEST] Win tickets to TWANGFEST w/ Centro-matic, SSLYBY, Tristen & Beth Bombara!

Night 3 of Twangfest features a cavalcade of stars from the worlds of indie rock, synth pop, and Americana. (THIS IS GOING TO BE SUCH A GREAT SHOW, YOU GUYS.)

Leading the charge is St. Louis favorite Centro-matic (Denton, TX), 17+ year rock veterans whose latest new release, Take Pride in Your Long Odds, came out yesterday. It is loud and well-written and beautiful.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, indie pop princes of Springfield, MO, are also on the bill. [PERSONAL ANECDOTE ALERT] When it was still called Southwest Missouri State, a 17 year-old me ambled out of my little dorm room in Freddy at MSU and found an outdoor concert on campus. Some dudes with a silly band name were playing some seriously good tunes (even back then!), and those dudes were SSLYBY. Nine years later I stood in the photo pit at LouFest 2012 as a they played to a big, enthusiastic crowd who knew their songs and were singing and dancing along. Life is stupid/magical.

Providing further support is Nashville’s Tristen, who had a breakout year in 2013 with the release of C A V E S, her powerful sophomore album on PUPsnake Records.

The local element for Night 3 of Twangfest is Beth Bombara. If you don’t know about Beth and her band’s contributions to the STL music scene by now, you better ask somebody.

IWTAS has a pair of tickets to give away for Twangfest Night 3 at Off Broadway Friday, June 6th. It’s easy enough to enter the contest: just leave a comment below (and a valid email address) letting us know why you’d like to attend. We’ll choose a winner at random on Friday morning.  Good luck!

04. June 2014 by Jess
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[CONTEST] Win tickets to TWANGFEST on June 4th w/ Cody ChesnuTT and More!

Cody ChesnuTT plays Twangfest tomorrow at Plush.

Enigmatic, enthralling neo-soul artist Cody ChesnuTT headlines the first evening of Twangfest tomorrow at Plush. Landing ChesnuTT in this coveted opening night spot underscores Twangfest’s expanding commitment to reflecting the rich, varied musical landscape to which St. Louis plays host.

Following his lauded The Headphone Masterpiece (2002), ChesnuTT took a decade away from the music scene before releasing another full-length, Landing on a Hundred, in 2012  (and a subsequent B-sides EP in March of this year). Bonus: On Wednesday, he’ll be playing selections from Headphone Masterpiece that he hasn’t performed live in the ten years since the record was put out.

Twangfest also brought in some big guns to provide support for the show. Inspirational soul singing St. Louisan and 2014 RFT Music Award nominee Theresa Payne will start things off. Check out Payne’s stunning voice on “Bye Fear”, her latest single:

Nashville’s DeRobert & the Half-Truths round out a stellar, soulful Night 1 Twangfest bill.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky IWTAS reader courtesy of our magic friends at KDHX. Comment below and let us know why you’d like to go to the show tomorrow. We’ll choose a winner by 10:00am Wednesday, and be sure to include a valid email so we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

Tickets to all nights of Twangfest are still available here!

03. June 2014 by Jess
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[SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT] Emperor X w/ Cassie Morgan and Ryan Wasoba at IWTAS HQ!

When we cold-called (emailed) LA’s Emperor X  (aka Chad Matheny) after noticing that there was a St. Louis-sized hole in his summer tour schedule, here was the first line of his response: “St. Louis has a very special place in my heart.” 

Well, that was all we needed to know. And we got to work.

We ended up with this: a Wednesday evening house show at the end of June featuring Emperor X, Cassie Morgan, and Ryan Wasoba. What an absolute treat.

Emperor X will be in St. Louis on 6/25.

The four of us who run IWTAS are very grateful that these three fine musicians and humans will share a bill for a show at our place.

Here are the details:

Emperor X w/ Cassie Morgan and Ryan Wasoba
Wednesday, June 25th
IWTAS HQ (an apartment in Soulard, actual address on ticketing website)
7:00pm, doors at 6:30pm
$11 ahead, $13 at the door – Tickets here: https://tikly.co/-/2548

Please note that our house shows tend to sell out due to the capacity of our “venue”, and also because they’re really fun. Grab tickets in advance as they’ll cost more at the door. Feel free to email Jess with any questions or concerns here: jess@iwenttoashow.com.

 

 

02. June 2014 by Jess
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[COUPON POST] Save $5 on RFT Showcase Tickets through IWTAS

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There’s a lot to like about the annual RFT Music Showcase put on by our city’s alt-weekly:

  • Instant camaraderie with fellow show-goers  who are also boppin’ around on foot looking at schedules and rushing to different bars/venues to see their favorites.
  • Numerous cell phone concert photo-taking opportunities, since many of your choice acts will be playing in *broad daylight* or in well-lit bars!
  • Day drinking, if that’s your thing.
  • New band discoveries thanks to being in the right place at the right time.
  • Exploration of local businesses that you might not have stumbled into otherwise.
  • Fourteen solid hours of St. Louis music good enough to be nominated for RFT Music Awards.

Celia’s Big Rock Band playing the 2011 RFT Music Showcase.

 

All that to say, someone at the Riverfront Times emailed us and was all, “Hey do you want to help promote this show by schlepping these tickets for us at a $5 discount to your fans and followers?” And we were like, “Yeah, thanks for thinking of us.” 

So that’s our whole deal: If you’d like, follow this link to buy tickets and enter SHOWSTL in the promo code area to get a $5 discount.  

The performance schedule for the 2014 RFT Music Showcase has been released, and it all happens on Saturday, June 7th in the Grove.

 

30. May 2014 by Jess
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#STLSOTD: Friday, May 30th – Other People’s “I Don’t Mind”

#STLSOTD is a 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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Bob McMahon has been a staple in the St. Louis music scene for a while now. He’s a steadfast partisan at local shows and a contributor to multiple projects around town. Now McMahon and his band mates are workin’ for themselves, releasing a debut album from their rock/pop outfit, Other People. “I Don’t Mind”, a track that the band has released to preview the record, called Hell Is…Other People, is just over 2 minutes of passive aggressive, fatalistic fun. Check it out below:

Other People is Bob McMahon, Jeremy Goldmeier, and A.J. Lane. They play TONIGHT at The Heavy Anchor (objectively one of the city’s most fun bar/venue combos…so many activities!) with The Defeated County, Prune, and Lights Out Loser.

30. May 2014 by Jess
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