This week, we get plenty of visitors including Dropkick Murphys, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, 2 Chainz, Shovels and Rope, and more. Besides that, support a couple of local shows to help out some hardworking St. Louis bands. Palace plays the Gramophone to raise funds to make it to SXSW and Kentucky Knife Fight headlines Off Broadway this weekend in an effort to replace their stolen van. Read about these shows and more after the jump.
Dropkick Murphys Monday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. w/ Lucero, Skinny Lister @ The Pageant - $27.50-$35 By Michael Dauphin On paper, a Dropkick Murphys and Lucero pairing may seem odd. On the one hand you have a gang of Yankee Irish punks who wear kilts and chant songs about union pride, and on the other a group of grizzly Southern boys singing about broken hearts, fucking up, and Red State blues. It almost sounds like a recipe for disaster, really, but while it may not make sense on paper, there's a common bond among each band's fans that is undeniable. Both love nothing more than standing front and center in the pit, arms around the sweaty body next to them, singing along to every word and paying no mind to the thirty bucks in beers they'll each inevitably spill by the time the night is over.
Shovels and Rope Tuesday, February 25, 8 p.m. w/ Hurray For the Riff Raff @ Off Broadway - $15-$18 By RFT Staff From RFT's Best of St. Louis 2013 (named Best Concert of the Past 12 Months): Hard-rocking country-blues duo Shovels & Rope probably could have sold out the Off Broadway music venue on its own, but with LA-based lyrical rock band Dawes headlining, the joint was at sweating-room-only from start to finish. And the headliners proved more than up to the task of following the wild-and-loose opener.
Palace Wednesday, February 26, 9 p.m. w/ Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals @ The Gramophone - free By Allison Babka From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: Close your eyes while listening to Palace and you're bound to "see" all kinds of crazy things. Stars twinkling over old-timey carnival. A roomful of balloons just waiting to be kicked and tossed. A dance line of pastel unicorns. You get the idea. Palace often describes its music as sounding "like your childhood," and that's no lie. Palace songs are pillow fights and cotton candy and best friends doing that hand-slap-rhyming thing. They're unapologetic happy-dappy pop tunes that feature beautiful vocal harmonies and make you want to bask in the sun. Palace is what the Arcade Fire might sound like on a never-ending sugar rush. There's no crash afterward, though -- only bliss.
Anodes Tour Kick-Off Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m. w/ Two Knights, Heavy Horse, Cathedral Fever, Stonechat @ Foam - $5 By Joseph Hess Anodes bridges the gap between genres of hardcore and emo by mashing familiar sounds of both. While many tread this sound, Anodes excells in the art with a distinct set of dramatic songs. Melodic hooks build through a wall of guitar chords, punctuated by a loud, percussive jaunt. Guitarists AJ Hofstetter and Sean Survant share vocal duties, swinging between screaming, spoken word and singing. The drums come filled with a certain depth, infused with heavy-handed jazz. Since forming in 2012, the four-piece has released multiple records followed by numerous tours. Check out the band's latest split with Champaign's Enta and wish its members good luck on the road.
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