The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 22-24

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Built to Spill's Doug Martsch performs with a new lineup tonight at the Ready Room.

The dream of the '90s is alive in St. Louis. While most trends tend to move in twenty-year cycles, that particular decade has particularly fun doomsday bookends: The Cold War ended in 1991, while nearly ten years later, not ready to hang up the idea of a good 'ol apocalypse, society predicted doom at the hands of Y2K.

Now that we're in the present and back to real issues like civil rights, St. Louis gets to enjoy the soundtrack to those Clinton years all weekend long.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 15-17

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They Might Be Giants returns to St. Louis tonight at the Pageant. No openers this time, so arrive at 9 p.m. for the full show.

You might think this week couldn't get any better, what with Bob Dylan on Monday, a surprise show by Kimya Dawson on Wednesday and Rush's 40th anniversary show last night. But as you can see in our guide for the weekend ahead, the hits keep coming.

Read on for the lowdown on the best shows Friday through Sunday.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 8-10

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Matt and Kim return to the Pageant this Friday. See more photos from their 2011 show in RFT Slideshows.

LouFest is approaching, but not before our own RFT Music Showcase, which takes place in the Grove on June 20. If the busy springtime has you reeling with festival fatigue, just remember that you never have to go far for the best acts in America. As you can see in our guide for the weekend ahead, they will come to you.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 1-3

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South-city rock outfit Bug Chaser performs at Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo party this Saturday. See more photos from the band's recent show at Blueberry Hill in RFT Slideshows.

While Cinco de Mayo is technically next Tuesday, business owners on Cherokee Street celebrate the holiday this Saturday with performances from more than twenty local bands across three stages. What other concert in town has live Lucha Libre wrestling and a mechanical bull? That's a rhetorical question.

Regardless of what shows happen in the evening, there's enough to wet every whistle both day and night. While this might be only a blip for music fans far and wide, Free Comic Book Day also takes place on Saturday, and two new comic shops, AM Trading Co and Wizard's Wagon, celebrate with live music. Margaritas mix well with Marvel.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 24-26

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Murder by Death returns to St. Louis alongside Pistols & the Sisters and Union Rags tonight at the Ready Room.

Two of the country's best soundtrack-esque rock bands return to St. Louis on Friday and Saturday -- Murder by Death and ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, respectively. Free-jazz legend Gerald Cleaver also brings his group Black Host to the Stage at KDHX for New Music Circle's final show of the 2014-'15 concert season.

OK, a show of hands. How many of you are catching all three of Pokey LaFarge's release shows this weekend? This weekend's already moving too fast. Go out and take a breather, and maybe see another show.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 17-19

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Euclid Records celebrates national Record Store Day this year with a full weekend of live performances Friday through Sunday. See more photos from last year's festivities in RFT Slideshows.

For those who doubt the revival of vinyl, the hoards crowding shops on Record Store Day should be proof enough that people still love the buzz and pop of a needle on wax.

This holiday isn't one for dad rockers sick with nostalgia. No, this day celebrates new bands with new albums while bringing out-of-print favorites back into circulation for fresh ears to hear. Break it all down and Record Store Day isn't just the latest in consumer holidays, it's a time for loving and for sharing.

There are great concerts all weekend, and some of them take place in your favorite brick-and-mortar.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 10-12

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Lumpy & the Dumpers' rockin' alter ego Cal and the Calories plays at Foam on Friday. View more photos from Cal's performance at last year's Acid Kat Fest in RFT Slideshows.

This weekend brings the kind of sweaty rock shows that should prepare us for the dank, humid summer to come. Kowabunga Kid hits all those punk vibes, while Jeff the Brotherhood harkens back to a simpler time in rock history. Lo-Fi Cherokee fills the south-city street with bands stretched across businesses from Broadway to Gravois, making for a full and free day of show hopping on Saturday.

And before anyone makes a fuss about how the Bosman Twins' album-release show was not included, just know that all four of its concerts for the weekend are already sold out -- and we suspect ticket scalpers have failed to see the jazz scene's lucrative business possibilities.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: April 3 to 5

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Blank Generation performs a free concert this Saturday at the Music Record Shop as part of the FarFetched label showcase.

Now that April Fool's has passed, we can all get back to believing everything we see on the internet. Our favorite prank was Tok's failed campaign video to crowd fund a private plane to replace its rickety tour van. Head over to the band's Facebook page and scroll down to April 1st to see the video. While we're still mourning the loss of Apop Records, two great record stores have opened in the past year: Music Record Shop and Kismet Creative Center. Both spots host in-store performances this weekend, so come scope the selection ahead of Record Store Day taking place later this month.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 27 to 29

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Local College radio stations KSLU and KWUR team up with the Kranzberg Arts Center to present ambient artist Tim Hecker on Friday night.

Face it, spring is in full effect and it's time to shed that winter weight. All the Leftover Salmon at the Old Rock House can't be good for that waistline. You never liked Fleetwood Mac anyway, and the fact that the band is back with its classic lineup won't tear you away from the treadmill. Don't bother going out on Saturday either, free-jazz legend Matthew Shipp is a calorie counter's nightmare -- let's not get started on the free show at Music Record Shop that afternoon. No, you need to hit the gym and work on that beach bod before the RFT Music Showcase later this summer. Speaking of which, nominations are open for the 2015 RFT Music Awards.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 20 to 22

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Crazy XXX Girlfriend celebrates the release of its debut album this Saturday at Foam. View more photos from the band's Halloween show in RFT Slideshows.

Maybe most of your friends are in Austin, Texas, right now, and you're looking for a bar to drown your sorrows in. On Saturday, Heavy Anchor hosts the Crazy XXX Girlfriend album-release show while the Ready Room has a homecoming of sorts for rapper Chingy. Don't spend your weekend stuck in the gutter of social-media hell wishing you were somewhere else. St. Louis has much to offer these next three days -- minus the hellish parking of an overblown, overhyped festival like SXSW.


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