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. - Photo by Theo Welling
Photo by Theo Welling
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.


Flood Yr Face Presents: Jeff Carey w/ C10, Trish Devine Friday, March 20 Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center 8 p.m. | $5 Jeff Carey brings harsh, textural noise through computer-based synthesis which often includes a DIY light show among other homegrown visuals. C10's unbridled techno provides a strong contrast to the other abstract performers, making for a varied night of expansive sounds. (JH)

Little Big Town w/ Chris Stapleton Friday, March 20 The Fox Theatre 8 p.m. | $20 to $42.50 Two million Facebook followers can't be wrong: Little Big Town is not so little in the country scene. The group is set to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next week, too. Come see these rising stars before ticket prices get stupid. (JH)


Chingy w/ Huey, Big Reeno, Zeus, TrevHype, Project Zero Elite, Tre Vaughn, Mad Money Mike, Murker Saturday, March 21 The Ready Room 8 p.m. | $20-$25 Fun fact: I used to deliver pizzas in Ching-a-Ling's neighborhood, and one time I was let inside by a member of his posse while someone else got the money. Chingy was, no joke, sitting alone in his darkened living room and listening to his own music. (DH)

Crazy XXX Girlfriend Album Release w/ Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, Crystal City Saturday, March 21 Foam Coffee & Beer 8 p.m. | free Riot grrrl is in full effect: Crazy XXX Girlfriend plays searing punk rock in lingerie. If we're lucky, the two studs in Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship will too. (JH)

Endora w/ Bagheera, Little Big Bangs Friday, March 21 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Ellen the Felon, beloved songstress of south city, now fronts a full band in Endora. Little Big Bangs keeps the dream of the '90s alive with its grungy melodic rock slop. (JH)

FarFetched Label Showcase I w/ Loren D, Hands and Feet, Subtle Aggression Monopoly Saturday, March 21 Music Record Shop 2 p.m. | free The first of a three-part label showcase by STL's prolific FarFetched crew. Spend the next three weekends at Music Record Shop to complete the trilogy. (DH)

Jason Boland and the Stragglers Saturday, March 21 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $18 to $30 Red Dirt country from Austin, Texas, co-signed by Shooter Jennings. It's safe to say JB & the S is the real deal. (DH)

New Tongues w/ This City of Takers, Old City Saturday, March 21 The Heavy Anchor 9 p.m. | $5 Columbia's New Tongues pours on the reverb with a heavy hand, soaking its own heady rock with a thick sheen of shoegaze. Sharp, punchy basslines provide a bed for the disparate guitar and ranting vocals to strike in tandem. (JH)

Satellite Theory CD Release w/ Spacetrain CD Release, As Earth Shatters, Rev Nation, A Brighter Side Saturday, March 21 Pop's Nightclub 7 p.m. | $10 to $14 A double record-release show, with new music from Satellite Theory as well as Spacetrain! The kicker? Both albums will be free with paid admission to the show. What a bargain! (DH)


Benefit Concert For Bluesman Roosevelt Sykes w/ Tom "Papa" Ray, Alonzo Townsend, Brian Curran, Ethan Leinwand, Curt Landes, Animal Children Sunday, March 22 BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 3 p.m. | $10 Roosevelt Sykes has a legacy as one of St. Louis' most prolific bluesmen (before a talent scout whisked him away to NYC of course) and, criminally, he currently lies in an unmarked grave. The Killer Blues Headstone Project and the St. Louis Blues Society intend to right that wrong with the money raised at this benefit show. (DH)

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas, and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.


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