The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: August 17 to 19

Lady Miss Kier - Saturday @ the Gramophone
Throughout the whole of the English vernacular, nary are there etymological compositions quite so objectionably mellifluous as are those employed in the odious overindulgent offenses of music journalists. Such belittlingly belletristic behavior burdens the reader and introduces intensely inhibitive inquisition. Now, guess which one was on my word of the day calendar today!

Local rockers The Orbz are hanging it up and playing one last show this Saturday at the Firebird; miss this one and you'll miss them for good. Milan's The Sensibles are playing Mangia Italiano; I wonder what they'll think of the food there. Something to think about, right? Friday at El Lenador Bassamp & DanO bring the Brothers Gross for a night of good times and hard-charging punk rock and roll. With the problems that El Lenador has been having with the city lately, it is probably prudent for now to get in there for a show whenever you get the chance. The rest of our picks follow.


Jon Hardy & The Public
@ Off Broadway
w/ Hemmingbirds, Jon Bonham & Friends
9:00 p.m. | $7/$10
It's been almost exactly a year since Jon Hardy & the Public last played, and St. Louis rock & roll is lucky to have the boys back. (KM)

@ Plush
w/ Catacombz, Skarekrauradio
8:00 p.m. | $7
Weirdest show of the weekend, no question. Finally, a lineup at least as psychedelic as the decor at Plush. (KM)

The Brothers Gross
@ El Lenador
w/ Bassamp & DanO, Soma Jet Set, Middle Class Fashion
8:00 p.m. | $5
Straight out of "Nowhere Indiana," The Brothers Gross plays kick-ass proto-punk / rock and roll along the lines of the Stooges. Similar-minded Bassamp & DanO never disappoint with their ever-immature catchy jams. (DH)

Ring, Cicada
@ The Firebird
w/ Centaur, Crucial
9:00 p.m. | $10
Fans of Collinsville's Ring, Cicada have been waiting some time to see the rock band live again, and Centaur is the perfect band to accompany -- the band features Matt Talbott of bygone alt-rockers Hum. (DH)


@ Cicero's
w/ Cowboy Indian Bear, Troubadour Deli, Hawley Shoffner
8:00 p.m. | $10
Co-front woman Jamie Finch is moving and this will be her last show with Palace. There will still be plenty of pipes left in the lineup without her, but it's safe to say she's an irreplaceable voice and presence. (KM)

Location Info


Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

El Lenador

3124 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Mangia Italiano

3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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@RiverfrontTimes thx for forgetting Twista playing in Alton tonight. he tops all 10 show you have listed.

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