The Best Concerts in St. Louis From February 9 to 15

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Whitey Morgan & the 78's w/ Joe Fletcher Friday, February 13 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $12-$18 By Nicholas Pell From 10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To: Whitey Morgan and the 78's is the greatest country band you've never heard. In the country bar of your wildest dreams, this is what plays on the jukebox while you double-fist Miller High Life and shots of Fireball, including everything from rockers to weepers, honky tonks to cheaters.

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Pepperland: The Beatles Revue Friday, February 13 Cicero's 8 p.m. | $7 By Christian Schaeffer From the RFT Music archives: Naturally, St. Louis has its own Beatles cover band in Pepperland, an offshoot of the popular jam band Madahoochi. And while the four blokes and one bird in the quintet don't dress up in Nehru jackets, they perform the Beatles songbook with a bluesy energy instead of slavish devotion. The band favors the post-Rubber Soul albums, so don't be surprised if Pepperland rips through side two of Abbey Road in one fell swoop.


The Beach Boys Saturday, February 14 Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts 8 p.m. | $49.50-$79.50 By Mike Appelstein After an all-too-brief reunion with Brian Wilson, the boys of the beach have once again slimmed down to original lead singer Mike Love, long-time guitarist Bruce Johnston and a backing band. As tempting as it is to poke fun at Love -- he of the open-collared Hawaiian shirts and awkward stage moves -- it's a mistake to dismiss this version of the Beach Boys out of hand. The group doesn't just play the surfing and car songs; recent setlists have also included introspective material like "In My Room" and "God Only Knows," as well as deep cuts like "Sail On, Sailor" and "Please Let Me Wonder." Think of the show as a tribute to some of the greatest American music of the 20th century, and suddenly the lack of any Wilson brother hurts a little less. Brian's former musical director, Jeff Foskett, is now a permanent Beach Boy. Given that Foskett helped Brian finish Smile, his presence should elevate the performance.

Acid Kat's 3rd Birthday/Calentine's Day Party w/ Cal and the Calories, CHUD, Laffing Gas, The Cowboys, Boreal Hills, Soda Boys Saturday, February 14 Foam Coffee & Beer 7 p.m. | $6 By Jimmy Eberle Finally, Valentine's day will mark a new day for dwellers of Cherokee street. Cupid's stupid reign of terror will come to an abrupt halt as Acid Kat celebrates its third year of weirding out readers all across the Mississippi River territory. Not to be outshined, Cal and the Calories (an alter ego of multinational corporate punk sensation Lumpy) has finally graced us with a new record. On top of all that, three of Bloomington's best (CHUD, Laffing Gas and the Cowboys) are coming through to help wallow in the grimy underbelly of St. Louis' lonely hearts club. Plus, it's the Soda Boys' (members of Q, Pink Sock and Animal Teeth) first show ever. Anyone with a brain should choo-choo-choose to be at Foam this Val...Calentine's Day.


Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing Sunday, February 15 Jazz at the Bistro 10 a.m. | $34.95 By Joseph Hess From Best Band St. Louis 2014: Tommy Halloran and his backing band perform live almost every night of the week -- every week of the year. You'd think that a schedule like that could become a wearisome drag, but day after day Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing hits with power, versatility and -- if you couldn't tell by the bandmates' smiling faces -- absolute glee. Besides blowing through classic covers and standards, the band is distinct and original, teetering between jazz and blues. And, really, no two shows are the same as Halloran often brings in other players to expand on the band's already huge sound. Maybe Dave Stone will join to play saxophone at a small gig at Blues City Deli, or they'll bring on a marimba player at Herbie's Vintage 72. No big deal. Just the best band in St. Louis, doing its thing -- and worth seeing every time.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week 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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