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

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Jessica Lea Mayfield returns to St. Louis this Saturday at Off Broadway. Check out our extensive interview with Mayfield from May 2014.

Don't let sub-zero temps snap you into hibernation mode. This weekend brings plenty of ways to get warm and wild with fellow music fans. The Firebird celebrates its anniversary twice -- one night brings the best in local indie-rock while the next offers riffy metal. From the avant-garde strings of Okkyung Lee on Saturday to the stripped down shoegaze of Military Police on Sunday, St. Louis is a veritable Baskin-Robbins of sonic flavor. Oh and a quick PSA, for the greater good of every basement across the region: leave your faucets at a drip, people.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: February 13 to 15

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Photo Courtesy Of Bloodshot Records
Whitey Morgan & the 78's is the greatest country band you've never heard. And they're returning to St. Louis for Valentine's Day.

February 14 is an absolute mess. Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras on a Saturday night? Enjoy the city-wide walk of shame on Sunday. While Craigslist's "missed connections" will blow up like never before -- take heart -- love can still be found within the sea of booze and beads. From Acid Kat's punk-rock party to a '90s music festival, this weekend is sure to live up to the hype.

See also:
-The 10 Best Valentine's Day Shows in St. Louis 2015
-Jason Isbell and John Prine: An Unlikely But Essential Connection
-G. Love & Special Sauce's Garrett Dutton Is Living his Dream

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The 10 Best Valentine's Day Shows in St. Louis 2015

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Langhorne Slim performs at Off Broadway with Cory Chisel this Valentine's Day. See more pics from his show in 2010 in RFT Slideshows.

Why don't we just cram Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day into a blender and pour it out on some unsuspecting Saturday in February? Good thinking, St. Louis. Hate to put a damper on your date ahead, but designate a driver -- this is the night our city becomes submerged in a sea of beads and beer. For those hoping to find love, try our Soulard Mardi Gras/Valentine's Day Board Game, the Birds and the Beads. This might give a little insight about what you're getting yourself into before ever leaving the house. For those undeterred and still willing to brave the streets, we've assembled a handy concert guide for Saturday night. Whether you want to avoid Soulard or not, we can help.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: February 6 to 8

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Trampled By Turtles performs tonight at the Pageant with Charlie Parr and the Lowest Pair.

When Purina brought out The Bacon Brothers for its 2013 Beggin' Pet Parade, they kind of blew any chance of topping themselves. Sure this year we have Blues Traveler, and by all means that's a much better band musically, but we want Kevin Bacon back and slinging our (dog's) favorite bacon snacks. They're made with real meat, sort of. Riff Raff would have no problem tearing through them with his $21,000 shark tooth grill. Don't know Riff Raff? Do not pass go, do not collect $200. In fact, go straight to internet jail. He's probably the most viral dude on the whole damn web, but can he rap? You be the judge.

See also:
-Riff Raff to Bring Shark Grills and Neon Clothes to the Ready Room
-Sine Nomine To Perform Final Show With Interim Guitarist
-The CharFlies to Release Linoleum Angel This Friday at Off Broadway

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: January 30 to February 1

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Tear Out The Heart celebrates the release of DEAD, EVERYWHERE this Saturday at the Ready Room. View more photos from the band's music video shoot in the RFT Music archives.

When RFT Music contributor Drew Ailes penned "Six Reasons Musicians Don't Deserve To Get Paid," I don't think he expected such a torrent of angry comments. There's more to the piece than the headline suggests, but this is the Internet and, more often than not, people respond to the title rather than the content therein. Actions speak louder than the comments section of your favorite alt-weekly paper, so go out and support live music and make sure the artists get paid. With album-release shows from Better Days, Tear Out the Heart and Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes, this weekend offers up a healthy dose of jazz, punk and more. Fans of ambient and avant-garde should check out the kick-off show for Bruxism, a collaboration between Foam and local sound artist Nathan Cook.

See also:
-Six Reasons Musicians Don't Deserve To Get Paid
-Critic Pick Comic: Bruxism 7


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: January 23 to 25

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Photo by Steve Truesdell
Jack Grelle performs a Saturday matinee at Music Record Shop located between the Ready Room and the Demo in the Grove.

Album release shows are like birthday parties, but for bands. These events tend to be overhyped affairs, and for good reason -- they bring out family members, old friends and casual fans alike. And this weekend, St. Louis bands are releasing their records en masse: Bo and the Locomotive slings its soulful indie rock tonight while Ashes & Iron delivers metal to the masses on Saturday. Country fans can find new favorites in Jack Grelle or Falling Fences. To those who just want to party: Scroll down to Dudes Weekend and start to pre-game.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Holiday Weekend: January 16 to 19

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Jukebox The Ghost returns to St. Louis tonight at the Ready Room.

This has to be the busiest January in history for St. Louis music. Five venues across the city team up to bring the Art of Live Festival, which provides a great opportunity to show-hop Friday through Sunday. Don't forget -- you're probably off work on Monday, so stay out late the night before (Vice at Fubar or Cloud Nothings at Old Rock House are both solid options). This 50 degree weather won't last forever, so join us in shaking off the ice cold shackles of wintertime, if only for a day.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: January 9 to 11

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The Bad Plus plays a double-header this weekend at the newly renovated Jazz at the Bistro.

St. Louis has become a frozen hell of cutting wind and bleak skies. Bands like Cowboy Mouth and the Bad Plus seek to save us from our icy doom. Benefit shows rule the weekend with heavy hitters like Res and Talib Kweli raising money for the Prison Performing Arts association of St. Louis. While it's a less noble affair, Better Off Damned headlines a Dudes Weekend fundraiser that's sure to light some fires (metaphorically, hopefully). There's plenty of warmth to go around, just leave the house and find out for yourself.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: January 2 to 4

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Plush will host its last concert ever on Saturday, January 3.

Sure New Year's Eve drained the city's collective batteries, but those who chose staying in over dodging wild cars and cavorting woo girls now own the weekend. Plush provides two very different ways to kiss the venue bye-bye with Day26 on Friday and a wired local showcase on Saturday. Tyranny Enthroned releases its latest record at the Firebird and The Maness Brothers play an extended set over at Layla. St. Louis starts off 2015 with a strong weekend line-up of local powerhouses.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 26 to 28

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Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters play Schlafly Tap Room's 23rd birthday on Friday.

Post-Christmas shows are afoot and most people will fall into one of two categories: exhausted from the week prior or plagued with cabin fever and ready to party. If you're unsure of where to go, look into the last remaining concerts at Plush. Holiday mainstays like El Monstero and Trans-Siberian Orchestra are safe bets, but gutsy showgoers should try The Night Grinder or Kristeen Young. Read on and plan for the busy weekend ahead.


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