Weekend round up for Jan. 18-20

Radfest, the Down South Showdown, Comethazine and more

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WALK THE WALK: Comethazine plays the Masquerade Fri., Jan. 18.
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Welcome to another installment of CL’s weekend's roundup. This weekend, CL critics Jacob Chisenhall and Will Cardwell join Music Editor Chad Radford to share their top picks for weekend music and events. From the Down South Showdown to Comethazine, Sloppy Jane, Hannibal Buress, a video game-based art galleries at the Bakery, and the impending return of Radfest there weekend is full of activities that are not to be missed.

Fri., Jan. 18
The Down South Showdown carries on with a weekend onslaught of garage, punk, and rock ’n’ roll antics. Andy Animal hosts the Down South Champagne Jam at the Little Five Points Corner Tavern. Mr. Animal plays host and DJs from 2-6 p.m., and will be joined by a handful of special guests throughout the day. Later that night, the party moves across the street to the Star Bar for a night of performances by the likes of Rod Hamdallah, Gunpowder Gray, Bad Spell, and more. $25 (single day pass) - $35 (weekend pass).

— St. Louis’ free-wheeling post-trap lyricist Comethazine headlines the Masquerade’s Heaven stage, playing songs from his debut full-length,Bawskee (Alamo Records). Jaydayoungan, Lil Gnar, and TNT Tez also perform. $18. 7 p.m.

— Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Haley Dahl leads an avant-garde punk ensemble on stage at 529. The show is a performance art piece as much as it is a musical act. Dahl often performs fully or partially nude while dribbling bright blue Tide Pod-esque ooze from her mouth. Her stage presence walks the line between classic punk and confrontational shock rock. Sloppy Jane’s ever-evolving cast of backing musicians looks to Dahl almost as a conductor of a bizarre cult, and disturbing ragtag orchestra. Material Girls, Karaoke, Shouldies, and DJ Kale Svvick also perform. Read Paul DeMerritt’s feature story in this month’s CL.

— Pontoon Brewing celebrates its one-year anniversary blowout. Check out Alex Patton’s feature in this month’s issue. All weekend long. Free (Fri.) - $20 (Sat. and Sun.). 3 p.m. Fri. 12 p.m. Sat. and Sun.

Sat., Jan. 19
CL’s Music Editor Chad Radford celebrates one more trip around the sun with a night of music at the Drunken Unicorn. The show features performances by a wide variety of acts including blackened hardcore trio Misanthropic Aggression, punk acts Ryan Dinosaur and Upchuck, and the legendary jazz ensemble the Wolf Pack. Plus Junior’s Pizza hosts a pop up pizza shop in the club, and Kelly’s Death Pickles will be on hand with a table of their finest pickled offerings. Free (donations taken at the door go to the musicians). 9 p.m. Listen to a brief history of Radfest, and check out the Facebook event page for more details.

The Down South Showdown continues, beginning at El Myr, from noon till 5 p.m., with a record release party for Spaghetty Accident, a compilation LP featuring songs by many of the garage-punk acts performing throughout the weekend. Later that night, there’s a total of 10 bands playing the Star Bar. The party starts at 5 p.m.

— Best known for co-hosting The Eric Andre Show, his recurring role in Broad City, or his standup comedy Cosby callouts, Hannibal Buress has solidified his voice in the current comedy circuit. Buress utilizes a low energy deadpan style of comedy, which adds volumes of relatability to his act. This one looks like it's sold out, but don't let that stop you. 10 p.m. (doors). Variety Playhouse.

— Mississippi Records co-founder Eric Isaacson is in town showing and discussing a film, titled A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records. Read Doug DeLoach’s feature story.

Sun., Jan. 20
GALLERY: An Experimental Video game Showcase is the latest exhibition from indie art gallery event organizer avantBeetle is an experimental video game installation that’s part of the Bakery’s Bakie's Kansas City — a riff on New York City’s infamous Max’s Kansas City — a gathering spot for artists, musicians, and various other creative types. The installation is a hyper-meta virtual art experience, featuring works my Moshe Linke, the Zium Museum, and AAArtgames. Free. Noon-10 p.m.

The Down South Showdown makes one final stand this year. Sunday Service (noon-5 p.m.) features DJ Ben Tipton spnning records at the Flat Iron. Later that night, Dinos Boys, Killer Hearts, the Uppers, and Mongo close out the fest at the Earl. $10. 7 p.m. (doors).

Have a great weekend!

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