The Ten Best Non Mardi Gras Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 8 to 10

Since 1902 CD Release - Friday @ Plush - Image via
Since 1902 CD Release - Friday @ Plush

Well, I can cross "get personally serenaded in a room full of people by an expertly expletive-spitting, sparkly cape wearing Blowfly" off of my bucket list now (the "girlfriend" mentioned in the appropriately titled Blowfly Stole My Girlfriend and Called My Dick Puny show recap is me). He held my hand the whole time! It was touching, literally. I suppose it was touching in other ways too, emotionally.

What's next on life's momentous list of exploits? Choose your own adventure! A variety of options await and lucky for you, RFT Music is here to hold the page just in case you accidentally choose the wrong path (like, say, by spending all of your money on over-priced beer in Soulard instead of supporting the local music scene). This week, check out loud and proud locals like Anodes and Doom Town in all their glory, or catch touring acts such as DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Wee Trio and Tift Merritt. Click ahead for this week's recommendations.

Friday (Feb. 8):

DeRobert & The Half-Truths w/ The Right Now @ Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $10 Get fresh, get horny with this Nashville funk and R&B powerhouse made up of eight members including bright brass and sax. DeRobert Adams leads with a soulful set of pipes. (MS)

Since 1902 CD Release w/ Jake Leech @ Plush 9 p.m. | $5 Feel-good jangly indie rock to spruce you right up -- in arguably St. Louis' best indie haunt. (MS)

Umphrey's McGee @ The Pageant 7:30 p.m. | $25-$30 These guys play "improg." What's improg, you say? Progressive improvisation, along the lines of Phish running headfirst into Yes. Second show on Saturday - same time, same place. (MS)

Wee Trio @ Jazz at the Bistro 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. | $10-$20 New Orleans' Wee Trio built its reputation in the same fashion of similar-minded the Bad Plus, through innovative jazz and incongruent covers of popular rock songs. In this case the band's favorite artist to emulate is David Bowie. (DH)

Saturday (Feb. 9):

2nd Annual J Dilla Tribute w/ Downstereo, DJ Mahf @ The Gramophone 9 p.m. | $5 The Gramophone says happy birthday to one of the best producers to ever do it. I'll be listening to Donuts at the office all day. (DH)

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