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

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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.

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-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.

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-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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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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