The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 30 to April 5

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OK Go returns to St. Louis on Saturday, April 4 at the Pageant. Check out more photos from the band's 2014 concert in RFT Slideshows.

SXSW ended roughly one week ago, but St. Louis still enjoys the side effects from all those bands being out and about nationwide. March has been the busiest month for music in recent memory, and April shows no signs of slowing down. Hip-hop collective Turquoise Jeep kicks off the month ahead with a stacked bill at the Firebird -- arrive on time for Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, who just debuted an absurd video for its equally absurd song The Undertaker Joins The Avengers. Are you a fan of Radiolab on NPR? If so, chances are you've heard On Fillmore's music laying down ambient beds behind hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. The experimental jazz duo of bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche will perform in St. Louis for the first time in over a decade this Saturday.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 23 to 29

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Earl Sweatshirt returns to St. Louis this Tuesday at the Ready Room. Check out RFT Slideshows for more photos from his 2013 show with Mac Miller at the Pageant.

Spring has sprung, and the next seven days bring the best in hip-hop, indie rock and more. The Ready Room has a hat trick of shows this week with Earl Sweatshirt, Tycho and the Gaslight Anthem on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Ambient artist Tim Hecker plays the Kranzberg Arts Center on Friday while free-jazz legend Matthew Shipp takes the Stage at KDHX with bassist Michael Bisio on Saturday night. Peruse our picks below, and let us know what you're looking forward to.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 16 to 22

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Chingy performs a long-awaited homecoming show this Saturday at the Ready Room with a stacked lineup of guest performers.

Two of St. Louis' strangest, Yowie and Brain Transplant, start off the week opening for Sub Pop recording artist (and inventor of the genre "trip metal") Wolf Eyes at the Luminary. Maybe that's too weird and you prefer a lighter sound? Sylvan Esso provides the chill vibe on Tuesday night while Neil Salsich of Acoustics Anonymous leads a whole night of singer-songwriters at Thurman Grill on Wednesday. This weekend brings a benefit for legendary bluesman Roosevelt Sykes at the same site where he performed his final show: BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups. There's no excuse to stay in -- see a different genre every night of the week.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 9 to 15

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Elvis Costello returns to St. Louis tonight at the Pageant. View more photos from his 2011 concert in RFT Slideshows.

While St. Louis might be fly-over country for some, passing through Missouri is a must for many acts coming to and from SXSW in Austin, Texas. And where else are they going to go? Kansas City? Sure, heavy hitters like Elvis Costello and Marshall Crenshaw are coming to town, but what about the underdogs? Bouncy rap duo OCD: Moosh & Twist hit Fubar on Tuesday and somber indie rockers Forrister play the Demo on Wednesday. Fans of rock 'n roll have to make a hard choice between the King Khan & BBQ Show and the Red Elvises on Saturday night, but that's not a bad problem to have. Staying in? Not an option.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From March 2 to 8

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Steve Aoki returns to St. Louis tonight at the Pageant. View more photos from his 2012 show in RFT Slideshows.

Electro house music kicks off a full-on aural assault of hyped shows all week long. While Steve Aoki brings theatrics (and cake, apparently) to the Pageant's stage, Juggalo rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie brings out the clowns for a stacked bill at Pop's. This weekend brings the long-awaited release of Sigils, the latest release by beloved synth group Caveofswords (they have guitar and drums too, ya know). A Benefit for the Organization for Black Struggle features a diverse line-up at the Demo with Mikey Wehling, 18andCounting and more on Saturday night. March is packed already and if you know of a great show that we missed this time around, tell us in the comments below.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From February 23 to March 1

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Koffin Kats returns to St. Louis this Saturday at Fubar with local openers Opposites Attack.

This week brings the calm before March's storm of touring acts coming to and from SXSW -- a great side effect of festival season. Don't let the cold cripple your love for local music -- DJ Crucial's release show at Blank Space on Friday is a good place to start. For fans of blues, punk and hip-hop, there's a great gig every night this week. Read on for just a small sample of our city's vibrant music scene.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From February 16 to 22

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New Music Circle presents Okkyung Lee with Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker this Saturday at Joe's Cafe.

The Firebird celebrates its 6th anniversary as a venue with a stellar pair of shows -- Friday night sports pop-infused indie rock while Saturday brings the best in local metal (including a rare appearance by So Many Dynamos offshoot Thor Axe). The week kicks off strong with two hip-hop shows at the Demo while singer-songwriters like Christopher the Conquered and Robyn Hitchcock dominate the latter part of the week. Fans of shoegaze and punk rock will find a lot to love in Military Police, the new project from St. Louis ex-pat Mark Plant (formerly of Times Beach).


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Critic Pick Comics: St. Louis Valentine's Day Fest Brings Nostalgia to the Chaifetz

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Editor's note: Each week illustrator Curtis Tinsley and writer/clubs editor Joseph Hess team up in comic form to recommend an upcoming show in St. Louis. Follow Curtis and Joseph on Twitter at @curtistinsley and @JosephSHess, respectively.

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All art by Curtis Tinsley, words by Joseph Hess.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From February 9 to 15

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Marilyn Manson returns to St. Louis tonight with Hide. Check out this slideshow for more pictures from his 2013 show with Alice Cooper at the Family Arena.

The unholy alignment of Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras weekend is upon us, but Soulard won't be the only place to find love. Local zine and record label Acid Kat celebrates its third birthday with a packed house of fuzzed-out garage rock at Foam, but those looking for a more romantic outing should check out the Beach Boys at Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Or avoid the Hallmark holiday altogether with a great show any other night this week -- from Beatles tribute group Pepperland to '90s-borne classics like Less Than Jake and Guster, we've got you covered.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From February 2 to 8

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Rhett Miller returns to St. Louis with Salim Nourallah tonight at Off Broadway. Check out the full slideshow of Miller's band the Old 97's back in 2012.

This week is heavy with singer-songwriters and Americana which, to be fair, is sort of St. Louis' forte. Not-quite-radio-country acts like Rhett Miller and Sturgill Simpson kick off a great seven-day stretch that peaks this weekend with Jim Lauderdale and Leo Kottke. Foam hopes to replace its recently stolen sound system with a benefit show this Friday featuring a local lineup of eight bands ranging from acoustic folk to ambient and indie rock. If nothing else, Riff Raff is returning to the Ready Room, and you probably need that train wreck of trap beats and neon hip-hop in your life. After all, his PR team provided a local-centric flyer for this Sunday's show.


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