The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 23 to 25

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Riff Raff - Friday, May 23 @ The Ready Room. - Press Photo
Riff Raff - Friday, May 23 @ The Ready Room.

RFT Music will take a break this upcoming Memorial Day Monday. Here's a list of ways to make the most of the extended weekend, including a couple of ways to score some barbecue alongside live tunes. Eels play the Sheldon, local artists Mario Pascal and Lobby Boxer drop new releases, Bluesweek Festival happens in Chesterfield and more. Read on for our recommendations.

Friday (May 23):

Eels w/ Chelsea Wolfe @ The Sheldon 8 p.m. | $31-$36 If you haven't seen it yet, you should watch this hilarious Funny or Die video featuring the Eels as fronted by Jim Carrey, who incidentally does a mean Charlton Heston impression. (DH)

Mario Pascal EP Release @ Kranzberg Arts Center 7:30 p.m. | $10 Releasing a new EP at this show! For fans of reggae fusion, God. (DH)

Riff Raff w/ Davo Fly, Kid Quill @ The Ready Room 8 p.m. | $20-$25 I shouldn't have to sell this one to you. Just go. You will absolutely not be disappointed. But if you need further convincing, maybe check out this recently released video for "How To Be the Man" from his upcoming Neon Icon album. (DH)

Lobby Boxer CD Release w/ Volcanoes, All My Vices @ Foam 9 p.m. | $5 Local band Lobby Boxer plays poppy emo-punk. Get a preview of its new self-titled album on Bandcamp, available on CD with admission. Fellow rockers Volcanoes and All My Vices fill out the bill. (MS)

Also on Friday, check out a couple of great local shows: Illphonics at Plush and Dave Stone Trio at Mangia Italiano.

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