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

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Bruiser Queen heads off the SXSTL Heavy Hitter Showcase this Friday at Blueberry Hill.

Has spring sprung? SXSW certainly has, and St. Louis gets the run-off from one of America's biggest festivals all weekend long. Start off with our city's own response to Austin's overblown event with the SXSTL Heavy Hitter Showcase featuring Bruiser Queen, Blackwater '64, Pretty Little Liars and the Maness Brothers. Continue to quench that rock thirst on Saturday night with the legendary King Khan & BBQ Show and Bug Chaser at Blueberry Hill. EDM fans should check out the Reboot event at Utopia while "hippy-hop" artist Mod Sun performs at the Firebird. If you're bored, you're boring.


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

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Don't call it a jam band. Lotus returns to St. Louis tonight at the Pageant.

The Grove is the spot to be this weekend. Between the Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy's grand opening and two great consecutive nights at the Demo, the gayest stretch of Manchester Avenue brings more than enough in punk, rock, hip-hop and folk. Siam even hosts mid-'90s rave legend Terry Mullan for a rare gig. Variety is the spice of life, or something -- that's the old saying, right?


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: February 27 to March 1

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Never Shout Never returns to Off Broadway this weekend. Check out more photos in RFT Slideshows.

You know you're living in the dead of winter when 32 degrees feels toasty. The city seemed to thaw out for a day or two, only to be pulled back down with frigid air and biting wind. But March approaches, bringing warmer air (hopefully) and plenty of great shows (definitely). This weekend brings plenty of the latter for those bold enough to brave the elements. Delmar Records celebrates the Kick Start, a show to raise awareness about the label's new Kickstarter campaign and its solid roster of artists, including Tef Poe, Tech Supreme and more. Friday is especially packed, but we've pulled together the strongest shows in town so you can plan ahead.


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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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