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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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 26 to February 1

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Better Days releases its new record this Friday at Melt with The Humanoids, Chaos Order and Freak Out.

If Dudes Weekend was any indication, St. Louis is the epicenter for pop punk in the Midwest. Better Days hopes to keep the scene at fever pitch this Friday with launch of its latest album Nope, released by Encapsulated Records. The homegrown Slumfest Hip-Hop Awards show goes down Saturday night at 2720 Cherokee with live performances by local acts throughout the ceremony. After a successful program in 2014, Nathan Cook's Bruxism series returns to showcase experimental artists alongside the release of handmade zines and cassette tapes. For those looking for more low-key affairs, check out the Stone Sugar Shakedown's Monday night jam or DJ Mahf on the 1s and 2s at Pin-Up Bowl.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 20 to 25

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Greek Fire returns to the Ready Room this Saturday with its homegrown alternative rock.

We're nearly three weeks into 2015 but I'm calling it now: winter festivals are the best new trend this year. Hot off the heels of last week's Art of Live fest comes Dudes Weekend, a three day mish-mash of hot-rod guitar rock and pop-punk -- essentially the dad rock of the future (or present). Mid-week literally brings the noise with warbling bass beats from Xerome and the harsh, stringent sounds of New York's Pharmakon. Saturday comes packed with heavy rock in Greek Fire and Shooter Jennings. So, if you're bored this week, you're boring.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 12 to 18

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Jukebox the Ghost returns to St. Louis this Friday at the Ready Room.

This week's Art of Live Festival spans five days across five venues with a stellar roster of local and touring bands alike. Zola Jesus, Jukebox the Ghost and the Grifters are just three of many acts hitting St. Louis this week, which makes picking our weekly recommendations all the more difficult. Although festivals tend to be the catch-all for casual fans and die-hards alike, we prefer our shows to come in waves rather than have to pick and choose between a three stage affair on a single day (or weekend). Read on for more happening every night this week:


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 5 to 11

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Cowboy Mouth plays both Friday and Saturday at the Old Rock House.

Remember last May when Jazz at the Bistro announced a $10 million expansion? Less than a year later the Ferring Jazz Bistro is now open to the public, complete with world-class acoustic treatment and a brand-new bar area. Take a look inside the new venue this week at Tommy Halloran's Sunday morning jazz sermon or any of the Bad Plus' eight performances across four nights. Locals are lifting off all over the city with stacked shows like the Prologue IV release party on Friday and Bruiser Queen's tour kickoff on Saturday. Read on for more great events happening every single day this week.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From December 29 to January 4

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Bret Michaels returns to St. Louis for yet another NYE bash this Wednesday.

New Year's Eve brings lofty expectations for lavish parties and because we, as a people, build this night up so much, it tends to end in disappointment or disaster. As you read our rundown for the week ahead you might notice only one show gets the spotlight for Wednesday but don't worry, we also have a comprehensive guide to the drunkest night of the year. After all, this column is called "Out Every Night" for a reason -- so you can find an excuse to leave the house all 7 days of the week. But don't let that stop you. If we left out your favorite show for the week ahead, let your fellow readers know about it in the comments below.


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