The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

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Theo Welling
10. Alabama Shakes' Commanding and Powerful LouFest Set Belied Its Youth
Just as the sun was starting to set at LouFest in September, and the muggy St. Louis air was starting to thin, a cool breeze of Southern-fried rock n'roll blew in from Athens, Alabama. What started as a slow-burning soul set, eventually swerved into a full-on rock n'roll swamp boogie. Howard cussed, barked, and preached throughout the set as if she were standing at the alter of rock n'roll--and maybe she was. How many other folks her age could carry a band to the level of success she has in such a short time? And how many other bands this young actually deserve it?

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Theo Welling
9. Bunnygrunt's Twentieth Anniversary Show: Review and Photos
Bunnygrunt rocked Plush for the band's twentieth anniversary in March -- before the skies spat on us -- and the band brought some excellent friends along for the ride.

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Todd Owyoung
8. Taylor Swift Red Tour at the Scottrade Center 3/18/13
Seated with an acoustic guitar on a small platform near the rear of the arena, Swift described a song request she saw on Facebook from a girl who was "going through a really rough time. I've been through that same thing." Swift shook her head and said, "You know, I think it's really easy not to cheat on someone." After beautifully performing a quiet but powerful "Should've Said No," T.S. smiled at the audience and laughed, "I'm fine. I promise, I'm fine." Most of the females over age 21 nodded knowingly. Some cried.

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Timothy Norris
Kendrick Lamar performing live, courtesy of L.A. Weekly.
7. Kendrick Lamar Brings the House Down at the Chaifetz Arena 4/17/13
Compton's new "King of West Coast Hip-Hop" (so dubbed by the likes of Dr. Dre, the Game and Snoop Dogg) made a stop in St. Louis in April to a packed Chaifetz Arena. The prodigious, fan-favorite rapper was welcomed by a rabidly excited crowd, and he performed with the confidence of a veteran, rather than a relative newcomer.

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Steve Truesdell
6. Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist
With the sky growing darker and a continuous sprinkle of rain threatening to derail the LouFest fun, it was the perfect time to go into a moodier-than-usual "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." The crowd perked up to an ecstatic level and remained there for the rest of the night, with a group of douchebags violently rushing through the audience to the stage and a hippie girl beside me dancing with her hands above her in prayer like that chick from Prince's "7" video. Wilco worshippers roared as strobe lights complimented Glenn Kotche's percussion and Cline's electronic thunder.


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Lori Franke
Lori Franke

My favorite was Muse - they were awesome! Bruno Mars put on a fantastic show! Varied audience and everyone was having a great time!

Laura Davis
Laura Davis

A Day to Remember, Cannibal Corpse, Avenged Sevenfold...

Angie Cunniff
Angie Cunniff

Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles, both at the Pageant.

Ben Williams
Ben Williams

Off the top of my hungover head: Tame Impala at the Pageant. Built to Spill at the Firebird. Menomena at the Firebird.

Ben Miller
Ben Miller

Hipster hipster hipster hipster.

Jacob La Beau
Jacob La Beau

www.facebook.com/sarahmarielive always great the hear her

Jamie Jordan
Jamie Jordan

And the overuse of the word "hipster" continues into 2014, I see. Only a handful of the shows listed could be classified as "hipster". Just because you may not recognize the musicians, doesn't put them in that category.

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

Clownvis Presley,Bass Amp and Dan & Bruiser Queen at The Demo

Roy Jacobs
Roy Jacobs

My favorite show this year was REO Speedwagon at the Washington County Fair...Real musicians on stage playing their instruments, oh and they actually sang as well.

Jim Schulman
Jim Schulman

Just an altogether terrible list. Wilco is terrible, the national, while amazing, was not nearly as good as walk the moon at the same show, and Taylor swift? Really?

Maria Nicole
Maria Nicole

Once again RFT, you fail. Sigur Ros deserved to be on that list.

Heather King
Heather King

Umm seriously taylor swift. Justin Timberlake 20/20 tour was amazing.!

Lee Montgomery
Lee Montgomery

This List Is Missing 2 Shows, Limp Bizkit At Pop's And DevilDriver At Pop's!!!

JonBHamilton
JonBHamilton

@ikecrosoft I bet! Pearl Jam was probably best all told. 3+ hours, crazy crowd. Well and at Raw we drowned out Trips...

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