The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: November 28 to 30

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Jay Farrar performs tonight at the Old Rock House.

Since the theme of Thanksgiving is, well, being thankful for what you have, it's fitting that the nation balances itself with a full day of excessive consumption. Like clockwork, the sales come and people flock. We all need breaks from exhausting American customs, and what better way to do that than with music? Shows can be a time to come together, regardless of your background -- so consider sharing a moment with your fellow human beings at a live concert. This weekend brings us rock, dubsteb, Americana, free-jazz, metal and more.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: November 21 to 23

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Ded Bugs perform their farewell show this Saturday at Schlafly Tap Room.

This weekend brings big events with a bittersweet aftertaste. On Friday night, beloved hip-hop fusion group Lojic returns for one night only -- just enough time for fans to lament the loss of a favorite band once again. Both Kentucky Knife Fight and Ded Bugs play their last shows on Saturday, so the rare connoisseur of both punk and Americana will have to make a tough choice between the two. Of special mention is the recently announced Thollem McDonas solo gig at the Tavern of Fine Arts on Friday. A world-class pianist who has worked with the likes of Nels Cline, William Parker and Deerhoof? Sign us up.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: November 14-16

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Captured! By Robots performs this Saturday at the Heavy Anchor.

If you couldn't tell by the photo above, this weekend brings frackin' robots. Re-purposed toasters play rock burnt to a crisp. If that doesn't impress you (if not, nothing will), then slip on your dancing shoes (because you actually own some) and see Home Body on Friday or RL Grime on Saturday night. Psych-rock devotees will find a lot to love at Plush on Sunday when Baltimore rippers Dope Body and Roomrunner drop by to play with St. Louis' own Bug Chaser and Con Trails. As always we try to keep this list short and sweet, but remember, you can read previews for more weekend concerts in our Out Every Night column published every Monday.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: November 7 to 9

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performs at Pop's Nightclub tonight.

This weekend feels especially packed, which is odd considering Halloween (a holiday this city really takes to heart) was only last Friday. While some of us are still finding stains from a gross misuse of fake blood, there's no rest for local bands, venues and promoters. At least that means a huge range of great shows to choose from. As usual, we've tried to highlight a few shows that might otherwise go under the radar, but if nothing here wets your whistle, check out Out Every Night, our weekly column that features different previews for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 31 to November 2

Theo Welling
From last year's Halloween Covers Show at Melt.

It's Halloween! Yes, that magical holiday that encourages children to take candy from strangers. For one night, it's acceptable for anyone to dress like "slutty" versions of Disney characters, and let us not forget the clever jackasses all across the country who will dress in blackface and woefully proclaim, "But I'm not racist, I swear!"

All Hallows' Eve is going down whether you love it or not, so just give in and throw on your clever last-minute (and culturally relevant) costume. We've laid out a great list for not only tonight, but for Saturday and Sunday as well, so read on and plan for the weekend ahead.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 24 to 26

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The Hood Internet performs tonight at 2720.

This weekend is crammed with tons of shows to choose from, including two local record-release shows from Mathias and the Pirates and Anodes. St. Louis ex-pat Schwarz plays Upstairs Lounge tonight while Project Pat headlines a great event over at Plush. But really there's lots to do all weekend long, so read on for our recommended top picks. And if you think we missed something, feel free to add to the list in the comments section below -- that's what it's for, so don't be shy!

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 17 to 19

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Carolina Chocolate Drops - Sunday, October 19 @ Off Broadway.
This weekend features some heavy hitters, including sold-out shows for both the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Old Rock House and Weezer at Plush. Not to worry, though. There are still plenty of worthwhile concerts to check out over the next few days. Choose from Crushed Out or Shonen Knife at the Firebird, Jason Derulo at the Pageant, Allen Stone at the Ready Room and more. Our recommendations await after the jump.

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The Musical Side of My Little Pony: Meet the Shake Ups in Ponyville

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Meet Twi-fi Sparklecaster and Professor Savvyshy of the Shake Ups in Ponyville.

St. Louis has no shortage of tribute bands. Elevation channels U2, the newly formed We Bite! personifies the Misfits, and at least ten acts impersonate their big-name heroes every year during An Under Cover Weekend. Plus we've got countless cover bands like Dance Floor Riot and the VCRs that expertly play the best hits without sporting the crazy costumes and makeup.

But what the Gateway City doesn't have is a tribute to My Little Pony, that '80s toy bastion of friendship and sparkles. Thankfully, that temporarily will be remedied this weekend when Indianapolis power-pop band the Shake Ups in Ponyville performs during Crystal Fair, St. Louis' own MLP convention. Hooves up, Bronies!

See also: I Watched Four Hours of Brony EDM So You Don't Have To

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: October 10 to 12

Willie Nelson will NOT perform tonight at Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.
UPDATE: Willie Nelson's show has been canceled due to "artist illness." Organizers of the show are planning a make-up date.

This weekend sees new local releases from Jack Grelle, Hurt Feelings, and Banks and Cathedrals. For some other exciting events, check out the last show at Apop Records, see the Fifteen Keys: the Guitars of St. Louis exhibit, or choose from a long list of concerts happening across town including Merchandise, Vice and a free show featuring Dead Prez and Talib Kweli. Read on for our recommendations.

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

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Friday, October 3 @ Jazz at the Bistro.
This weekend, check out Grove Fest or the latest FarFetched event for some free fun. In exciting news, Jazz at the Bistro unveils its new expansion. Other concerts to choose from include Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, an album release party from Bruiser Queen and much more. Read on for our recommendations.

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