Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From April 21 to 27

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Lil Boosie Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. @ The Ambassador - $50-$100 By Calvin Cox It has often been said that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Rapper Lil Boosie would likely agree, as his career seems to be picking up right back where it left off after his highly-publicized release from prison last month. The Louisiana native was locked up on drug charges in 2009 at the height of his popularity, shortly after the release of Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz and the subsequent launch of his own record label. Although some of Boosie's more violent lyrics were used against him while he was on trial for first-degree murder (for which he was acquitted), he's retained a loyal fan base throughout the south and is regarded as an icon on the underground rap circuit.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken: A Tribute to the Carter Family Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. @ The Sheldon - $35-$40 By Roy Kasten The 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken is one of the most important musical documents in American history. Think that's hyperbole? Think about the first time Doc Watson met Merle Travis, the first time Mother Maybelle Carter recorded with dozens of her musical heirs, the first time the counterculture truly had a summit with old-time music and bluegrass traditionalists. John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was there, and will be at at the Sheldon Concert Hall -- along with John Carter Cash -- to host this tribute to the Carter Family, whose songs form the foundation for that landmark album and so much after it.

The Faint Saturday, April 26, 9 p.m. w/ The Hussy @ The Ready Room - $20-$23 By Christian Schaeffer Always the most difficult band to pin down in Omaha's diverse millennial music scene, the Faint became the architect of a sound that quickly took on a life of its own. The band's conceit wasn't exactly brand new -- musicians had long since proven that synthesizers could be every bit as aggressive as guitars -- but the quartet's mix of metallic, skittering synths and propulsive rhythms was as danceable as it was dark. This year's Doom Abuse marks the Faint's first full-length in six years, and vocalist Todd Fink continues to throw darts at modernity while the band flogs its brutalist grooves. Wisconsin-based duo the Hussy will warm the stage with guitar, drums and a pocket-full of psychedelic garage rock.

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Nato Caliph Saturday, April 26, 10 p.m. w/ Truth Universal x DJ Waht, Quanstar, Lyriqs Da Lyriciss, DJ Def D, Marcel P. Black, Sol Asar, Allwise360, Domino Effect, Lyfestile, KD Assassin & Jah Orah @ Blank Space - $5 By Joseph Hess From this recent profile: Whether he's writing for new tracks or booking shows, Nato stays humble, with a strong sense of community. That humility shows in the poster for his next show, on which his name sits at the very bottom, despite his role as its main promoter. Catch him, along with ten-plus additional performers, at The Build at Blank Space on Saturday, April 26.... Although the spectacle of a release party doesn't appeal to Nato, the upcoming gig could be considered one. The poster even features a photo of Nato holding a copy of Understanding Understood. But, true to his humble form, he prefers to keep the focus on the touring performers, like Truth Universal from New Orleans and DJ Waht from Memphis. A huge roster from the North, South and Midwest populate the bill, making for a huge show Nato likes to call "The Build."

Arcade Fire Sunday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. @ Chaifetz Arena - $26-$60.50 By Katie Moulton From this 2011 show review: "We're still getting used to this arena-rock thing," Win Butler said last night. "But shit, a room's a room. Let's go!" With that, he and the indie-rock juggernaut he fronts launched into "No Cars Go," seven of its eight members singing full-force from the front of the stage.... Arcade Fire's arrangements are dense, playful, variegated and tight -- and therefore don't vary much from the recording when played live.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.


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