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20 Best St. Louis Concerts of 2012 

From shows large (a Beatle) to small (a barbecue), here are the most memorable concerts in St. Louis in 2012. Curated by Riverfront Times music editor Kiernan Maletsky.
Kholood Eid
"20. Fiona Apple at Peabody, July 14
Fiona Apple is not afraid of silence -- but at least a few of her St. Louis fans might be. At Apple's concer
Jon Gitchoff
"19. Van Halen at Scottrade, April 29
Van Halen came to the Scottrade Center on April 29, 2012 with Kool and the Gang in tow. The band, in its fift
Todd Owyoung
"18. R. Kelly at the Fox, November 15
R. Kelly inspires an adoration that bordered on worship from the rafter-stacked patrons of the Fox Theatre in
"17. Chain and the Gang at Pig Slop Studios, April 21
In its second St. Louis appearance, Chain and The Gang succeeded in raising the roof. Besid
"16. Slaughterhouse at Old Rock House, May 25
For hip-hop fans who still appreciate lyricism, Slaughterhouse epitomizes the term "supergroup." Joe B
Jason Stoff
"15. Walkmen at Plush, June 28
This was a no-bullshit show, straight into the tunes. We begin with a bunch of the new stuff, which manage
Jason Stoff
"14. Tenacious D at the Pageant, July 23
Core members Jack Black and Kyle Gass took to the Pageant stage slowly in July, entering from t
Jon Gitchoff
"13. Phish at Chaifetz, August 28
Maybe Phish was really living up to its proclamation that the 2012 Summer Tour would be one of the ban
Todd Owyoung
"12. Die Antwoord at the Pageant, October 18
Last night, Die Antwoord shifted reality for a room full of screaming Midwesterners. -- Kristin
Mabel Suen
"11. Demonlover / N. Nomurai at Smash Bar, February 15
N. Nomurai was coming off a recent sabbatical from shows. On February 16, the powerhouse tri
Roy Kasten
"10. Nick Lowe at the Sheldon, September 26
"I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll," sang Nick Lowe to wind down an hour of songs at the Sheld
"9. Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Tribute at Off Broadway, July 14
88.1 KDHX, the hardscrabble radio station Woody Guthrie would h
Alexis Hitt
"8. Big Freedia at Firebird, July 21
Big Freedia and her Divas came wiggling into the Firebird on Saturday. It was an unusual show. Unusual how? Let's c
Todd Owyoung
"7. Radiohead at Scottrade, March 19
Thom Yorke set the standard for nonchalance, cracking off little streams of late-night consciousness betwe
"6. Japandroids at The Firebird, November 20
Throughout its frenetic seventeen-song set on November 20, the Vancouver duo showed why it has earned its
Henry Diltz
"5. Van Dyke Parks at Luminary, April 5
Part concert and part monologue, Van Dyke Parks gave a tour of America in April at the Luminary Center for
Jon Gitchoff
"4. Paul McCartney at the Scottrade Center, November 11
70-year-old Paul McCartney tripped and fell face-first from his piano riser onto the
Mandy Malazdrewich
"3. Propagandhi at the Firebird, November 4
But Propagandhi doesn't want you to blow your brains out in frustration; the band sells a guitar and bass tabl
Roy Kasten
"2. Lee Fields and the Expressions at Lola, September 16
Bathed in blue, like the hottest point of the flame, Lee Fields took to the row of s
Brian Heffernan
"1. Big Muddy Chili Cookoff at Off Broadway, May 27
Big Muddy Records has always postured itself as more of a family than a profit-driven busi
Kholood Eid
"20. Fiona Apple at Peabody, July 14
Fiona Apple is not afraid of silence -- but at least a few of her St. Louis fans might be. At Apple's concer

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