Kentucky Knife Fight Says Goodbye at Off Broadway: Photos

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Theo Welling
Kentucky Knife Fight waves farewell to its fans at Off Broadway. See more photos here.

It's the end of an era for one of St. Louis' most respected yet most underrated bands.

Kentucky Knife Fight played its final show November 22 at Off Broadway. After nearly a decade of blending folk, Americana, blues, rock, garage and a smorgasbord of other musical genres, the band decided to end its run with a farewell show full of longtime hits as well as tunes from its 2013 album Hush Hush.

Maybe the theft of its touring van proved too vexing for the group to overcome. Or maybe KKF had too varied of a sound to fit into one easily marketable genre. Either way, St. Louis has lost one of its beloved musical totems.

See also:
- Photos: Kentucky Knife Fight's Farewell Show at Off Broadway
- St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight to Call It Quits With a Farewell Show November 22

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The Best Body Art at the Old School Tattoo Expo

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Theo Welling
We saw this in a dream once. See more photos here.

One of the most colorful events in the city, the St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo gathers thousands of ink lovers annually for a celebration of body art and the latest techniques. From a tiny star near the ankle to a sleeve of thorny vines to museum-quality color on the back, tattoos of all types are proudly displayed -- and created -- during the Expo.

Quite a few works of art caught our eye during this year's three-day affair, held November 14 to 16 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel downtown. Below, check out our eleven (twelve, counting the one above!) favorite tattoos from the convention, and then tell us in the comments the best tats you've seen!

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Candy-Coated Fans at Primus' "Willy Wonka" Concert: Photos

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Theo Welling
Oompa Loompa doopety-doo: The stuff of our nightmares is the stuff of Les Claypool's dreams. See more photos here.

Surely Les Claypool of Primus has had dreams about jumping into the chocolate river seen in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or finding the golden ticket. Or getting a golden egg-laying goose nooooow, Daddy.

Claypool's obsession with Willy Wonka is on display in Primus & the Chocolate Factory, the group's newest and eighth studio album that reworks the film's songs, and was the foundation for an imaginative stage show November 5 at Peabody Opera House. With psychedelic lighting, Wonka-esque costumes and candy as far as the eye could see, Primus' production was "pure imagination."

See also:
- Slideshow: Primus Opens a Chocolate Factory in Peabody Opera House
- Les Claypool Talks Primus & the Chocolate Factory: "Expect Lots of Chocolate"


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The Best Music Photos from October 2014

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Steve Truesdell
Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at Plush. See more photos here.

Plenty of concerts and music-related events happen in St. Louis every night, and we try to photograph as many of them as we can. Each month, we'll look back at photos from the previous month's batch of concert photography and hook you up with a bunch of shots you may have missed. Below, check out our favorite music moments from October 2014, in no particular order.

Note: Though we'd like to, we're unable to send a photographer to every show in any given month.

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Here's How St. Louis Band We Bite Becomes the Misfits: Photos

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Theo Welling
We Bite as the Misfits.

True tribute bands have it rough. In their quest to bring an authentic experience to die-hard fans, they attempt to recreate everything perfectly, from the music to the costumes to the makeup. It's not an easy thing to pull off, especially if you're celebrating one of the most influential artists in recent decades.

But that's exactly what We Bite has been doing as its members share their love for horror-punk pioneers the Misfits. Billing itself as "the Midwest's premier Misfits tribute," the band already has earned a reputation for authenticity after just a few months of playing the local music scene.

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Bleeding Nipples, Udders and Blood-Soaked Fans at the Gwar Show: Photos

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Steve Truesdell
If you are going to go to a Gwar show, such as the one last night at Pop's, you better be prepared to wind up covered in blood. Gallons of the stuff.

In the past, one primary source of crowd-drenching bodily fluids would have been the massive and disturbing penis of former lead singer Oderus Urungus, but the Gwar leader was sent off viking-funeral-style earlier this year after his earthly analog, Dave Brockie, died of an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 50.

See also: Our complete slideshow from the event

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Peace, Love and Hippies at the Widespread Panic Show: Photos

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Steve Truesdell
Widespread Panic performs a two-night stand at Peabody Opera House October 21-22, 2014. See more photos of the band here.

The music-induced "good vibes level" in St. Louis right now is sky high.

Widespread Panic, the Athens, Georgia, jam band that's been rocking out for nearly 30 years, just wrapped up two consecutive nights at the Peabody Opera House, and fans are still floating around euphorically. And with WP's night one setlist (see below) why shouldn't they?

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- Photos: Widespread Panic at the Peabody Opera House


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The Best Music Photos from September 2014

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Bryan Sutter
Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim performs at LouFest. See more photos here.

Plenty of concerts happen in St. Louis every night, and we try to photograph as many as we can. Each month, we'll look back at photos from the previous month's batch of concert photography and hook you up with a bunch of shots you may have missed. Below, check out our favorite music moments from September 2014, in no particular order.

Note: Though we'd like to, we're unable to send a photographer to every show in any given month.

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An Under Cover Weekend 2014 a Huge Success, Of Course: Photos

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Steve Truesdell
"Say jam, sucker!" Volcanoes as Rage Against the Machine. See more photos here.

Every year for An Under Cover Weekend, Mike Tomko and Mike Cracchiolo throw together two nights of exceptional local bands that pay tribute to their favorite nationally known acts at the Firebird. Well, "throw together" isn't quite right, considering that the event takes more than eight months of planning, auditioning and booking bands, putting together an extensive information-leak calendar and running everything behind the scenes when it's showtime.

The duo has done this for eight years running, building up one of the city's most anticipated tribute-band festivals and also offering music lovers a taste of St. Louis' rich talent. Each year's event is special in its own way, but the 2014 festival proved especially memorable, with Volcanoes' night one Rage Against the Machine set naturally lending itself to thoughts of Ferguson, and night two's entire show happening at the same time as the continued unrest there.

See also:
- Photos: Night One of An Under Cover Weekend 8 at the Firebird
- In Defense of Tribute Shows


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Cali Handshakes and Insane South Africans at the Die Antwoord Show: Photos

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Bryan Sutter
South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord made a stop at the Pageant last night, bringing Zef style and generalized shock-factor insanity to the Delmar loop. Fans came out in droves as well, ready to have a good time and many even willing to indulge our photographer in what is known as the "Cali Handshake," which basically involves both parties executing the "hang loose" surfer signal with their hands while bumping knuckles.

Hey, its a Die Antwoord show. We can get weird if we want.

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