Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From February 10 to 16
St. Louis Music Festival
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m.
w/ Maze, Frankie Beverly, Anthony Hamilton, Joe
@ Chaifetz Arena - $49-$89
By Calvin Cox
The "St. Louis Music Festival" concert series returns to the Chaifetz Arena this Valentine's Day, featuring the legendary Frankie Beverly and Maze as the show's headliner. A soulful string of gold records dating back nearly four decades has earned the band a devoted following, which has in turn earned it a reputation as one of the best live acts in the game. Anthony Hamilton will be bringing his own brand of southern-fried soul to show, along with R&B singer-songwriter Joe, who made a name for himself in the late '90s with his post-new-jack-era ballads. The Human Beat Box himself, Doug E. Fresh, is scheduled to host.
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m.
w/ Greg Farough, Mark Sarich
@ Lemp Arts Center - $5
By Joseph Hess
From "The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: February 2014": Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center is turning twenty this year, and the Quiet Concert series is a new, exciting addition to the venue's programming. Hot off of last November's Noisefest X, the staff behind LNAC formed a bimonthly series focused on the subtlies of sound in noise music. The careful approach to low volume and space comes influenced by American composer Morton Feldman. The most common assumption about noise is that it's meant to be loud or abrasive, and LNAC's Quiet Concert seeks to eschew that notion by doing the very opposite. On Valentine's Day, test your partner who always claims how "open-minded" they are: Take them them to LNAC for a keen, intimate evening of experimental sound. Oh, and come on time. The show is called "Quiet Concert" after all -- meaning there's no admission during the performances. Greg Farough will perform a 45-minute piece entitled "Fawn." Mark Sarich will collaborate with local musicians Rush Dorcett and Grant Riew to premiere Sarich's piece "Book of Songs."
Saturday, February 15, 9 p.m.
@ Ye Ole Haunt - $5
By Mabel Suen
Meet SLLAW, the St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers, a riot grrrl-inspired organization bent on strengthening the community with performance art, philanthropy and unabashed fun. SLLAW's first large-scale competition strong-arms north city's Ye Ole Haunt for an evening of entertainment in the name of a good cause, and the half-time show couldn't be more appropriate. Local trio DinoFight! takes the stage with its punk and pop infused rock & roll, a riffed-up deliverance of solid, catchy songwriting, sassy, yelled singing and silly subject matter. Bring cash for bets, bribes and booze, but most importantly, bring $5 to get yourself in the door. Proceeds from the evening's admission price go to support Karen House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality for homeless women and children in north St. Louis.
Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m.
w/ Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
@ Old Rock House - $20
By Ryan Wasoba
From this archived show preview: If the White Stripes' stripped-down bar rock represents the greasy underbelly of the Motor City, then Detroit art-punks Tyvek (who are sometimes known as Tyvjk) are a rusted-ass Ford truck limping along blissfully on fumes with a flat tire. Some would call it post-punk, but Tyvek sounds almost prehistoric. Guitars pound along primitively like cavemen who just discovered distortion pedals, drums and cymbals are struck with the accuracy of a six-year-old playing darts, and vocals are half-sung with a sunglass-wearing apathy so intense that it makes Joey Ramone look excited. It all comes off like the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth getting wasted on hobo wine and covering "I Wanna Be Your Dog" all night long.
Sunday, February 16, 8 p.m.
w/ Nos Bos, Self Help, Astral Place
@ Apop Records - $7
By Jimmy Eberle
From "The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: February 2014": Cheap Art is bringing fastcore from Cleveland to the south side Sunday night. This is Self Help's either third or fifth or whatever show, along with Astral Place's second. This is going to be a short, noisey one. If you think you have what it takes to basement slam with the best/worst this town has to offer, come act absurd for 118 minutes. Yell at the new bands to put out goddamn demos already!
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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