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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from May 28 to June 2

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Gogol Bordello Friday, May 31, 8 p.m. By Scott Heisel @ The Pageant - $25-$27.50 From this 2010 show preview: For a few years in the mid-'00s, the name Gogol Bordello was on the tip of everyone's tongue. Led by wildly charismatic (and wildly mustachioed) frontman Eugene Hütz, the self-labeled gypsy-punk band blew away festival audiences from Austin City Limits to Warped Tour -- and earned some pretty famous fans along the way. (Madonna, anyone?) But then a strange thing happened: The band turned into the new Flaming Lips -- y'know, a band known for its "totally killer" live show, but one with a catalog full of albums that deliver diminishing returns.

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Bald Eagle Saturday, June 1, 9 p.m. w/ Jack Buck (Record Release), Union Rags, Believers @ Off Broadway - $10-$13 By Bob McMahon Bald Eagle ruled the roost of Columbia, Missouri's music scene in the late aughts, winning over a loyal fanbase with loud, energetic sets of hard rock. Meeting somewhere at the intersection of hardcore and post-punk, its sound is characterized by intertwining, sometimes knotty twin guitar leads and lots of screaming. It all goes down easy, though, because the riffs are righteous and they're delivered with the force of a sledgehammer. The band called it quits in 2009, but started playing occasional shows again last year. Even in its hard-touring days, Bald Eagle performances in St. Louis were rare. Now that the band only plays around five concerts a year, this show is nothing short of essential.

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RFT Music Showcase 2013 Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m. w/ 50+ RFT Music Award nominees @ Washington Ave. Each year, we at RFT Music HQ present the RFT Music Awards, an annual celebration of the best and brightest musical acts St. Louis has to offer. The nominees are chosen by a crack team of industry insiders, dedicated die-hards and various other musical minds from organizations all over the city -- and then the winners are chosen by you, the readers! During this one-day event in downtown St. Louis, we gather as many of our nominees as possible to present their locally grown sounds for you. Check them out, and don't forget to vote in the official poll.

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Alkaline Trio Saturday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. w/ Bayside, Off With Their Heads @ Pop's Nightclub - $20-$26 By Allison Babka Many bands combine punk and pain in their music, but few make it as enjoyable a treat as Alkaline Trio. For well over a decade, AK3 has made relationship retaliation sound exciting, with Matt Skiba's torture serving as therapy for our own life woes. Creating a career out of marrying dark themes to pop-punk scores, the Chicagoland trio continues its music mastery on 2013's My Shame Is True, a scathing love-letter to Skiba's ex. Backed by Dan Andriano and Derek Grant, Skiba's agony sounds more vibrant than ever.

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