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Monday, February 27, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From February 27 to March 4

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

  • The Del Fuegos play Old Rock House on Thursday.

Some big names from decades past populate this week's featured shows -- Eddie Money and Barry Manilow on the same night?? Del Fuegos the night before? Luckily Manilow is playing two shows in town or else there'd be some difficult decisions to be made. In addition to the gray-hairs, St. Louis will play host to pop-punkers the Ataris, Green Day's American Idiot opera, the record release show of local outlaw country boys the Reebs and more. Additional info on the bands and shows after the jump.

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Rusko Mon., February 27, 8:00pm @ The Pageant - $28 By Josh Levi Since 2006, Rusko has made his way from packed London clubs to the international dubstep pantheon. Staying away from the darker side of the genre, Rusko's music vibrates through the masses with a vital focus on high energy and massive bass. His unique approach and highly contagious remixes of acts like Adele and Basement Jaxx have kept him in the eyes of party monster Diplo, who is on his second Rusko release through his Mad Decent imprint. Full of trademark wobble, the new album ― called Songs ― is sure to make the kids wait for the drop.

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Pearl and the Beard Wed., February 29, 8:00pm @ The Gramophone - $5 21+, $8 18+ By Daniel Hill Hailing from Brooklyn, Pearl and the Beard is a quirky three-piece with a penchant for folksy multi-instrumentation and sophisticated vocal harmonization. Don't mistake them for your typical run-of-the-mill "alt-folk"; members Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles add elements of blues, jazz, and world music to the formula to form beautifully crafted ballads, using -- according to their press release -- "one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul." With a DIY approach and a passion for music that is evident on first listen, Pearl and the Beard are truly unique and worth checking out.


Del Fuegos Thu., March 1, 8:00pm @ Old Rock House - $18-$20 By Roy Kasten Cut from the same proto-punk cloth as Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers, the Del Fuegos had hooks, looks, tunes and 'tude: everything it should have taken to break into the '80s mainstream. Everything, that is, but business sense. The band notoriously sold out too soon (shilling in a Miller beer commercial), squabbled over songwriting and got sucked into studio-glossed R&B. Its best songs "Don't Run Wild," "Hand in Hand" and "I Still Want You" are still among Dan Zanes' best tunes, and along with brother Warren, bassist Tom Lloyd and drummer Woody Glessman (all original members), the reunited Del Fuegos should have the muscle to rescue them from the cut-out bin. Why This Show Matters: A non-Disney-approved rock show from Dan Zanes is nearly as rare as a show by his first band, which hasn't toured in over twenty years.

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YACHT Thu., March 1, 9:00pm @ Plush - $12 By Christian Schaeffer Since 2003, Jona Bechtolt has kept YACHT evolving, first as a man vs. laptop side project during his time away from the Blow and now as a full-blown electro dance party. Since joining a few years back, Vocalist Claire L. Evans has worked in sweet congress alongside Bechtolt's already high timbre, and their partnership allows for some crucial call-and-response vocals. As the title suggests, last year's Shangri-La is long on uplifting utopian party jams, where one-finger synth lines meet metronomic drum beats and everyone makes twenty new best friends. Synth Siblings: The keyboard-driven flair of local opener Née will provide an electro-pop aperitif for the show.

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