Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from May 13 to 19

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You'd think that having jobs like our's would grant us innate superpowers to recall the goings-ons of any particular day at the blink of an eye, but the reality of it is that staring at the dozens and dozens of new shows that roll in weekly can become somewhat disorienting (luckily, this here concert calendar keeps it all on lockdown).

An entire month will have gone by before we realize that it's time to tear off the latest page of our refrigerator-sized desk calendar, and in doing so, we sometimes panic and forget where we are, who we are, whether or not we put on pants that morning, etc. I hope these weekly show recommendations are as helpful to you as they are to us, because quite frankly, without them, we'd have a hard time remembering what's going on. Keep on clickin' to see what's in store for the days ahead, including a new release from Mvstermind and much more.

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 show post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time.

Did we leave something significant out? There's a chance it didn't make it onto our radar! Send your show tips anytime to [email protected].

Soulard Blues Band Monday, May 13, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $5 By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has gigged around town for more than twenty-five years. Most notably, its weekly residency at Broadway Oyster Bar perfectly accompanies the Southern-themed vibe complete with booze and Cajun food. Bassist and sole remaining founder Art Dwyer, a blues aficionado on local community radio station KDHX, holds down the band with his casual plucked lines. The rest of the rhythm section follows suit, allowing room for solos to float between rounds of drinks and a comfortable swing.

Marquise Knox Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m. @ Missouri History Museum - free By RFT Staff Though the renewed interest in pre-WWII blues among some younger St. Louis musicians has produced some interesting music over the last couple of years, many blues purists still see singer-guitarist Marquise Knox as the most likely candidate to push the music forward in the future. Immersed in the sounds of Mississippi, St. Louis and Chicago blues, Knox was mentored as a teenager by, among others, the legendary Henry Townsend, who knew Robert Johnson and recorded in every decade from the 1920s to the 2000s. Heralded as a potential star since before he was old enough to have a driver's license, Knox now is showing every sign of being able to deliver on that promise.

Black Moth Super Rainbow Wednesday, May 15, 8:30 p.m. w/ The Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug @ The Firebird - $15-$17 By Diana Benanti From "Black Moth Super Rainbow At Off Broadway, 9/12/11: Review:" Sometimes it's hard to remember that these people making these sounds are just people. Get them in front of you, mostly maskless, wearing their every day human faces and clothes made out of fabric and thread, it's kind of like, "huh." And then you see the crowd member in a full chicken costume and the other half dozen in animal headdresses and consider whether maybe the rest of these people are the ones you should be wondering about.

$3.63 Blog Showcase Thursday, May 16, 9 p.m. w/ Ou Où, CaveofswordS, Golden Curls @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Christian Schaeffer From "Homespun: Ou Où:" Patrick Weston and Travis Bursik of experimental duo Ou Où defy you to hang a name on them. As an instrumental band that uses samplers, synths, effects banks and found sound, everything from hip-hop rhythms to outré; art rock gets thrown in the mix... The choices are almost always tasteful and interesting, and to hear one sound morph into another is one of the true joys of this kind of experimental music.

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