Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From December 23 to 29
Jack Buck's Last St. Louis Show
Friday, December 28, 9 p.m.
w/ Fake Limbs, Coward, Black Panties
@ Apop Records - $5
By Joseph Hess
From this 2012 show preview: Jack Buck is a muscular guitar mess, serving up a sweaty blend of angular riffs. The foundation is a meaty rhythm section with fuzzy bass and heavy-hitting down-beats. Fans of Touch and Go Records will feel right at home as Jack Buck invokes the meanest slices of the Jesus Lizard, Killdozer and Shellac. The group pokes around in noise-rock territory while keeping its head above water with classy hooks. Singer Colin Webb screams his guts out so as to compete for space among the intertwined instruments. The syncopated rhythms lend a complex feel to each piece so the songs never tire or wear out.
Friday, December 27, 8 p.m.
@ Kranzberg Arts Center - $10
By Tara Mahadevan
From "The Best Hip Hop Shows in December 2013": Want to hear hip-hop fusion done right? Local pioneers, Illphonics, are playing their first ever "unplugged" event this month, after the release of their self-titled sophomore album. Though rap and rock can sometimes be hard to blend, the band does it tastefully, coupling the instrumentation of keys, guitar, drums and bass with the rhythmic storytelling of front man and emcee Fallout Morris.
Saturday, December 28, 9:30 p.m
w/ Dibiase, Boreal Hills
@ The Firebird - $8
By Rick Giordano
The name "Tilts" could easily represent the uphill battle the its members have faced over the last few years. Between head honcho Andrew Elstner touring the world with fuzz-rock heavyweights Torche since 2011 and the other fistful of bands Andy White, Shawn Hart and Ken McCray have dedicated their talents to, there simply shouldn't be time for Tilts. But this classic rock-worshipping labor of love has somehow never been abandoned, always rising to top priority whenever the four can get together. Tilts shows have become somewhat seldom these days and new material even less frequent, but next year will see the release of a new LP titled Cuatro Hombres through the well-respected Robotic Empire label. Expect 2014 to be the year that St. Louis' favorite high-energy riff-rock outfit ceases to be just our little secret.
Saturday, December 28, 9 p.m.
w/ The Haddonfields, The Cuban Missiles, Black For a Second
@ Lemmons - $5
By Jimmy Eberle
From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: December 2013": The first of a couple pre-NYE options to spend getting drunk with best of the DIY punk community. If you're compelled to do shots of whiskey and debate the finer points of Lagwagon or the Replacements, this is be the event for you to throw your money at. Plus, the Disappeared has started to play shows again after a bit of a break -- you should also prepare to develop an inferiority complex about whichever given instrument you might dabble in. Also, the suspense builds as to whether Denny from Black for a Second will still have a broken hand to keep him from playing his fancy basslines on this night.
St. Louis Symphony: Music of John Williams
Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m.
@ Powell Symphony Hall - $30-$65
By Jenn DeRose
Holiday trips to the movies have a classy counterpart this year with the return of the movie music of John Williams, performed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under conductor David Robinson. Exposure to classical music, for many Americans, is limited to the soundtracks of the silver screen. John Williams has contributed as much to the lasting iconic success of these films as the directors and actors; Darth Vader’s statesmanlike evil image lacks gravitas without his “Imperial March,” yet simply hearing his theme vividly recalls the dread and doom of Vader’s imposing stride. The synesthetic nature of Williams’ work makes this a rare opportunity to enjoy a live orchestral performance with friends and family, including the kiddos, who might not otherwise be open to the classical experience. This event features arrangements from Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and Saving Private Ryan.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.
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