The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 26 to 31

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The Decemberists return to St. Louis this Saturday at the Peabody Opera House. View more photos from its 2011 show at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

Ex-Cult, the hyped-up punk troupe via Memphis, kick off a week of St. Louis music that includes truck-commercial legend John Mellencamp, avant-chamber group Alarm Will Sound, and St. Vincent, a band fronted by successful android-woman Annie Clark. On Sunday, Pop's Nightclub brings the best three-band metal bill in ages, on an outdoor stage no less.

Read on and let us know what you're looking forward to in the comments below.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 18 to 24

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The almighty Judas Priest graces us with its presence this Tuesday. See more photos from the band's 2011 concert at the Family Arena in RFT Slideshows.

Stone Temple Pilot fans across the bi-state region will now a shed single, solitary tear for their fallen angel Scott Weiland. It seems the '90s singer can't catch a break after being caught botching "Vasoline" at a gig in Texas last month. This YouTube video, if you haven't seen it already, shows the poor guy stumbling through his own song like a heroin-soaked cover band crooner reliving the glory days at Tuesday night karaoke.

Needless to say, his show at the Pageant has been canceled. Alt-rock diehards can still find solace in Pointfest 2015 this weekend with Breaking Benjamin, Seether and many more.


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Built to Spill's Doug Martsch Presses On with a New Lineup on Untethered Moon

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Doug Martsch and Built to Spill -- his high-decibel, highly influential rock troupe -- have been at this a while. Indie-rock standbys for almost 25 years, they've collaborated and shared bills with everyone from the band's principal forerunner, Dinosaur Jr., to a number of well-known northwestern guitar acts the group has helped inspire, including Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 11 to 17

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Jenny Lewis returns with Nikki Lane this Sunday at the Ready Room. See more photos we snapped back in 2009 in RFT Slideshows.

This is the week where we throw a bone to the gamers out there. On Monday night, chiptune artist Solid State Disaster opens for Japan's Melt-Banana with an 8-bit squalor made through two Nintendo Gameboys jacked into the Firebird's house system.

And this weekend, the St. Louis Symphony hosts Distant Worlds at Powell Hall for two nights of live performances and video projections from the Final Fantasy video game series, while Action Bronson caters to another world of nerdom on Tuesday at the Ready Room -- the rapper actually hosts a foodie Web series called Fuck, That's Delicious, sponsored by VICE.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 4 to 10

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Ed Sheeran returns to the Scottrade Center this Sunday. See more photos from his 2013 appearance opening for Taylor Swift in RFT Slideshows.

For those unlucky folks who missed out on tickets to Wilco's twentieth-anniversary show at the Pageant tonight, there's an odd yet totally appropriate alternative: Darin Gray, who plays bass in Jeff Tweedy's group Tweedy, will be performing on the roof of the Kerr Foundation building downtown with jazz drummer Tyler Damon.

Hardcore fans might recognize Gray's name from his experimental jazz duo with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, On Fillmore. Maybe this family tree is a bit much, but both shows tonight are a sure bet, even if they sit on far sides of the musical spectrum.

Speaking of Tweedy, that group will perform a free show today at Vintage Vinyl, but access to the event seems a bit trickier than all of the above.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, April 27 to May 3

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Andrew W.K. returns to St. Louis on May 1 as a one-man band. Check out photos from his 2013 performance in RFT Slideshows.

Although Andrew W.K. might never return with a full band as he did during his MTV glory days in the early aughts, he has since become something of a self-help guru. Remember his column "Ask Andrew W.K.?" If not, just know that his live show this week at teh Firebird should be relentlessly positive, barring any surprise mental breakdowns (which could make for an even more entertaining night).

Any reader with a keen eye will notice that most of our top gigs this week take place at one of two venues. We're not playing favorites; both the Firebird and Off Broadway are killing it lately, and the staff at both spots deserve props. Tip your bartender, alright?


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, April 20 to 26

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Zappa Plays Zappa returns to St. Louis tonight with a show at the Ready Room. See more photos from the 2010 performance at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

Insert 4:20 joke here. I'll help you out: Tumblr is an endless sewer of hash-hashtags and humorless stoner gifs. Those who choose to abstain on such a national holiday might find solace in the sonic equivalent of flying high as a kite.

Zappa Plays Zappa is such a band. Weed stench is sure to permeate every inch of the Ready Room, so if your office requires randomized drug tests, you could be in danger from second-hand smoke alone. Hoodie Allen plays Maryville University the next day, which might not be much safer. It's best just to give up and go green.

Here is our list of the week's best live music.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, April 13 to 19

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The English Beat returns to St. Louis this Friday at Blueberry Hill. See more photos from its 2009 performance at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

The English Beat is back, so tighten those suspenders and checkerboard-whatevers and get to skankin'. (That was really the best term we could come up with for the half-dance, half-mosh?)

Also, the prince of swoony pop-rock himself Bryan Adams returns to town this hump day with his Reckless Anniversary Tour. Intrepid writer/comedian Jeremy Essig recently broke down the seminal album track-by-track, calling it the "...one album to have on a deserted island if you happen to fall in love and break up with someone on that island (while also cheating with a third person on said island)." Whether you have a plus-one or you're going solo this week, there's great music to be heard in St. Louis every single night.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 6 to 12

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Awarded Best Jazz Artist of 2013, the Bosman Twins celebrates the release of a new album this weekend at the newly renovated Jazz at the Bistro.

Two thousand years from now, historians will study our strange rituals like ass-shaking and pogo bouncing. Maybe by that time we will have evolved into emitting psychic vibes, or we'll all just quietly grunt in agreement. Or maybe there won't be any live concerts at all. Before humankind meets that kind of grim future, think of your grandchildren. Go to a show today and keep that part of human culture going, lest we all jack into the matrix and live our lives through whatever emoticons look like in the distant future.


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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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