Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from January 7 to 13

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Bruiser Queen
Fri. 9:00 p.m. January 11
w/ 33 On the Needle, The Cuban Missiles
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free
By Christian Schaeffer
(From Homespun: Bruiser Queen): As a rule, garage rock rides on adrenaline, muscle, repetition and little else, so the bulk of these three-minute bashers are heavy on thick, slabby chords and light on dynamic range; Potter's time with lovable east-side Neanderthals Left Arm informs much of Swears' instrumental approach. Opening track "You Are My Only" is rife with windmill guitar chords, but Nusbaum's multi-tracked vocals are another story -- studio magic allows her to simultaneously rage in the verse and cool off with disembodied harmonies on the chorus.

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Melody Den CD Release
Sat. 8:00 p.m. Jan. 12
w/ Saint Gnome, Half Knots
@ Off Broadway - $10
By Christian Schaeffer
Marc Chechik has been leading Melody Den for over a decade, trotting out his steel-eyed, soulful brand of Americana every once in a blue moon. The quartet is set to release Storylines, its sophomore record (and first since 2007) this weekend, and it was made with help from a handful of local friends. John Horton, CoCo Soul, Kip Loui and others contributed to the LP, and these embellishments - the peppy horns on opener "More Here than Meets the Eye," the strong and well-placed harmony vocals on the title track and throughout - give a bit more muscle to the songs. But it's Chechik's voice and vision that give Storylines its grounding and what makes these songs stories worth retelling.

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12 to 6 Movement
Sat., 8:30 p.m. January 12
@ Cicero's - $7
w/ ProbCause, Seymour Awesome, Timmy Stallone, Metropolotix, Jonezy
By Bob McMahon
From this 2012 interview: It took a while, but local hip-hop trio 12 to 6 Movement finally unleashed their new collaboration-heavy album, Titties Out. Since our last interview with the group, they added songs with Joe Budden, Opio and A-Plus from Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and Psycho Les from The Beatnuts to a tracklist that already featured appearances from Sadat X, Raekwon, Bubba Sparxxx, Planet Asia, and Keith Murray, as well as a lot of local talent. 12 to 6 Movement admits that the extravagant guestlist, the cleavage-boasting cover and title are partially ploys for attention, but underneath the brazen marketing is a fun album. Titties Out mostly focuses on braggadocio and good times over beats that range from dusty soul/funk samples to modern synth-driven club fare to guitar-driven rock.

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Troubadour Dali
Sun., 8:00 p.m. January 13
w/ Frances with Wolves, Night Flights
@ Off Broadway
By Christian Schaeffer
From 2010: File this release under "Better Late Than Never." Psych-shoegaze alchemists Troubadour Dali have gigged around town, gone through several lineup changes and now have finally released their long-awaited debut. (The self-titled disc also serves as the first release on Euclid Records' new label.) It was worth the wait: The band takes the best bits of classic rock and pop and feeds them through phasers, tape-echo machines and spring reverb units, creating a dense, swirling sound which never dulls the sharpness of the hooks.

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