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

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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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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 19 to 21

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Patterson Hood performs this Saturday at the Sheldon.

Now is your last chance to escape the house before the old ball and chain of holiday obligation weighs you down. Quick! Leave while no one's looking. El Monstero starts its string of sold-out holiday shows this weekend, but if you don't already have a ticket, have fun getting scalped on the streets outside the Pageant. There's great indie-rock, doom-metal and EDM this all weekend long, so pick your poison and get your fill before those awkward catch-up sessions with your estranged cousins.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 12 to 14

Loot Rock Gang performs not once but twice on Saturday.

"The best things in life are free." A bit cliché, but the old saying was made for weekends like these. Loot Rock Gang, Rum Drum Ramblers, Whiskey Myers and Hilary Scott are among the many artists performing here in St. Louis, free of charge. Whether you're penny pinching for the pricey X-Mas to come or you don't mind shelling out for live music, there's plenty to love all weekend long.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 5 to 7

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Cracker returns to St. Louis this Saturday at Blueberry Hill.

This weekend might be heavy with indie rock, but St. Louis still has plenty to offer for fans of jazz, country and hip-hop. Of special note is the X-Mas Juggalo Bash happening at Pop's. What other American music subculture has provoked so much anger? Considering the comment threads on many of our recent news stories, I miss the days when readers would argue over which band is good or bad instead of yelling about who should live or die.

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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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