The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

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Steve Truesdell
5. "I Didn't Get Any Sex" - Things Overheard During the National's Set at LouFest
There were so many people saying downright bizarre things around us that we just couldn't concentrate much on the The National's tunes at LouFest. Instead of watching Matt Berninger pace the stage like a frightened animal or getting lost in bassist Scott Devendorf's powerful low tones, we found ourselves writing down the inane crap that the nearby drunk, high and stupid thought important to discuss.

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4. Saint Vitus Returns to St. Louis After Nearly Thirty Years: Recap
Fuzzy distortion, feedback, and a colorist's wet dream of grey hair dominated the stage as Saint Vitus brought the room back to drunken life. Drums were smashed, guitars screamed exclusively from the neck pick up and vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich brought the Sabbath-influenced doom rock as if he were Ozzy's own wide-eyed tweaker nephew. Whiskey bottle in hand, Wino led the crowd through all the classic Saint Vitus tunes including "I Bleed Black" and "War is Our Destiny."

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Todd Owyoung
3. Nine Inch Nails Triumphantly Comes Out of Retirement at Chaifetz Arena 10/1/13
Reznor didn't speak much at all during the October show, but he shouted "Yes!" before picking up the guitar next for "Terrible Lie." He can be a difficult person to read, but Reznor's constant bouncing suggested an enthusiasm for his return to touring. Flashing black and white backlights accompanied most of the performance, with the stage going dark and Reznor standing in the spotlight as he sang the quiet, painful bridge: "Don't take it away from me. I need someone to hold on to." The energy went back up for the raging outro as Reznor stomped and panted while screaming: "You fucking promised me!"

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Cory Greenwell
2. Jeff Mangum at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 1/16/13: Review and Setlist
After a quiet, politely-received set from New York guitar duo Tall Firs, Jeff Mangum took the stage and grabbed one of his four acoustic guitars. Other than his grey-flecked, almost rabbinical beard, he looked basically like the same guy from the late '90s, complete with his standard brown thrift-store sweater and green hat. Opening with "Two-Headed Boy," he spend the next hour performing a selection of Neutral Milk Hotel songs.

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Jamie Lees
1. Bob Reuter Memorial Show: A Review in Photos
When legendary local musician, writer and photographer Bob Reuter died suddenly in August, friends and loved ones were grief-stricken. Reuter played in and documented the South City music and arts scene for decades, leaving behind a vast amount of artistic work and no shortage of fans and admirers. On September 8, his bandmates, collaborators and friends came together at the Casa Loma Ballroom to pay tribute to Reuter's life and work.

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39 comments
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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