It's Record Store Day weekend! Celebrate by checking out some free performances from Little Big Bangs, 18andCounting and more over the next couple of days. Click on the following links for full schedules of entertainment: Vintage Vinyl, Euclid Records, Music Record Shop and Kismet.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
Communion (Chicago, IL)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages
Communion clambers down the dusty road of mid-tempo punk with an inescapable jangle, bringing a sense of urgency to short songs that burn out fast. This isn't such a bad approach -- think of it this way: the band respects your time and your short attention span. Potion is the solo effort of Brit Lockhart, who is known for Potion(s) and, most recently, Ish.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
Bloody Knives (Austin, TX)
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+
The yearly Bloody Knives/Tone Rodent show has become a south city tradition. Austin's Bloody Knifes brings psych rock that skins itself alive in real time by sharp riffs and frenetic beats. Tone Rodent now sports a much different roster, and that change in personnel offers a new perspective on the long running shoegazey rock band that worships at the church of My Bloody Valentine. Dracla is the latest addition to this tradition, but we'll save the surprise -- be sure to show up on time.
New Music Circle presents:
Tyshawn Sorey's Alloy Trio
@ KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages
At age 35, percussionist and composer Tyshawn Sorey is still a fresh face in the North American free-jazz scene, yet his accolades describe an artist with decades of accomplishments. He has worked with names such as Anthony Braxton (on Trillium E to be specific) and John Zorn among many other stellar performers, but his most striking output might come from his four full-length albums as band leader. The video above gives a solid example of what the 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award-winner will bring to the Stage at KDHX on Saturday.
Everything Went Black and Fister both perform at the Demo to celebrate the release of a split 7" wherein each band covers the other.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
Animal Mother (Cincinnati, OH)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5
Animal Mother manages to actually apply shades of punk to its busy jazz songs without watering down a dense and nuanced approach. The band injects a sense of forward momentum that almost forces the pieces along, but thankfully that rushed excitement is harnessed in a way propels the music well beyond canned jazz with rock beats and into a headspace that blends a raw aesthetic with careful listening.
Constant Cocoon celebrates 1 year as an active booking entity in St. Louis music over at the Firebird with a solid all local lineup.