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Monday, March 25, 2013

Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from March 25 to 31

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Fister CD Release Friday, Mar. 29, 9 p.m. w/ Bastard, ((THORLOCK)), The Gorge @ The Firebird - $7 By RFT Staff The best metal band in town should be the one that goes at it full force. It should be unrelenting in its approach, bombarding you sonically and disturbing you emotionally. It should pour its blood, sweat and tears into its every release -- pardon the cliché, but we're going somewhere with this. St. Louis' Fister fulfills each of these requirements and then some. Its "Bronsonic" metal is played at eardrum-shattering volumes. Its lyrics deal in brutality, ranging from the prehistoric to the post-apocalyptic. And its blood is in its releases -- specifically, in its May 2012 release entitled Violence, for which the band members each had their blood drawn and mixed into the ink used to screen the liner notes. Never mind the sweat and tears we mentioned earlier; the blood alone is metal enough. Just don't forget to wear protective surgical gloves when purchasing merch.

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Afroman Friday, Mar. 29, 8 p.m. w/ Beach Bum Alcoholics + Decedy @ 2720 Cherokee - $8-$10 By Jaime Lees I was gonna write this show preview, but then I got high/I was gonna tell you about rapper Afroman, too, until I got high/Now I'm skimpin' on the content and I know why (Why, man?)/Because I got high. Because I got high. Because I got high/I was gonna hype this show up well, but then I got high/I had a whole lot of stuff to tell, until I got high/But I'll see you on Cherokee Street and you know why (Why, man?)/Because you're all high. Because you're all high. Because you're all high./La da-da da da daa.

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Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy: A Tribute to The Kinks Saturday, Mar. 30, 8 p.m. w/ The Aviation Club, The Blind Eyes, Burrowss, the Educated Guess, Estevan, Karate Bikini, Melody Den, the Nevermores, Old Lights, Prune @ Off Broadway - $10 By Christian Schaeffer While the band was a perennial third-place finisher in the British Invasion sweepstakes, the Kinks could be every bit as tuneful, subversive, raucous and inventive as the Beatles or the Stones. And if his peers were more interested in channeling American R&B, Ray Davies focused his peerless pen on every corner of the British Empire, from English Music Hall tradition to the kitchen-sink colonialism of the band's hallmark Arthur LP. KDHX (88.1 FM) continues its tribute to top-shelf songwriters with Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy: A Tribute to the Kinks, featuring a host of St. Louis' best pop bands, including Old Lights, Prune, the Blind Eyes, the Educated Guess and more, with all of the proceeds benefiting KDHX.

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Luke Winslow King Saturday, Mar. 30, 10 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $6 By Roy Kasten To paraphrase a notorious segment of Portlandia, the dream of the '30s is alive in the music of Luke Winslow King, a native of the Rust Belt who packed up his 78s and immersed himself in the living traditions of old-time jazz and blues in New Orleans, a town too welcoming and too wise to mistake him for a slick carpetbagger or sickly nostalgia-peddler. Winslow King knows the Great Depression was great for nothing save music, and he pours all the clatter, slide and swing of gospel folk, ragtime and country blues into his refreshingly tuneful and modestly hopeful songwriting.

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Langhorne Slim Sunday, Mar. 31, 7 p.m. @ Off Broadway - $12-$18 By Roy Kasten w/ Old Lights, Nathan Reich, The Highway Companion - Our hero made his first impression on St. Louis while opening for Clem Snide at the Duck Room in the spring of 2005. Derby-wearing Sean Scolnick (a.k.a. Langhorne Slim) beat on an acoustic guitar and, drunk off his skinny white ass, rambled and meandered and refused to get off the stage. (Our indie-rock kingdom for a rail, dreamt a polite audience, just to run him out of town and back to Brooklyn.) Since then, Slim has redeemed himself with a killer, Dylan-as-rockabilly self-titled album in 2008; bubbly, gospel-conscious, folk-pop suite, Be Set Free; and The Way We Move. Be Set Free is the kind of record so many scruffy songster punks aspire to make -- but one that's out of reach for most because they lack the native charisma, charm and tunes that make life worth living and affirming. All things, naturally, our hero believes and communicates so well.

See also: -Ten Bands You Never Would Have Thought Used to Be Good -The Ten Biggest Concert Buzzkills: An Illustrated Guide -The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever -The Ten Worst Music Tattoos Ever

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