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Monday, June 10, 2013

Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from June 10-16

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Kittypalooza Tenth Life Cat Rescue Benefit Friday, June 14, 8 p.m. w/ Langen Neubacher, Finn's Motel, The Deciders, 3 Cows in the Road, The Jump Starts, Spectator, Melody Den, Aquitaine, The Remodels, The Love Experts, The Vondrukes, Brothers Lazaroff @ Off Broadway - $10-$13 By Allison Babka Is there anything more purrrrrfect than a fast-paced show, twelve local bands and a donation drive for cats? Nope, not really. As the Internet has shown us, people are suckers for creatures of the feline persuasion, and Tenth Life Cat Rescue is hoping that fandom will translate into cash for the kitties it nurses back to health. A $10 entry fee gives you access to some of St. Louis' best bands, including Aquitaine, Finn's Motel, Brothers Lazaroff and Jump Starts, most of which will perform at least one cat-centric tune. Bring food or toys for the kitties, and you'll be entered to win a Kittypalooza poster designed by Ronald Weaver and signed by the bands.

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George Porter Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners Friday, June 14, 10 p.m. w/ Funky Butt Brass Band @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $15 By Christian Schaeffer There's already an established pantheon of session bass players, men and women who laid it down on some of American music's best-loved tracks: James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Carol Kaye are rightly lionized. But then comes someone like George Porter, who began as Allen Toussaint's first-call bassist in New Orleans' R&B heyday and then found solid-gold funk acclaim as part of the Meters. His bass-playing and singing helped define swampy '70s funk, and he continues playing with a number of New Orleans groups. Don't miss this chance for a master-class with the innovator

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The Blind Eyes and Beth Bombara Double EP Release Saturday, June 15, 9 p.m. w/ Bruiser Queen @ Off Broadway - $10 By Jaime Lees One of the coolest things about the St. Louis music scene is the way that the bands support each other. Each group celebrates its neighbors accomplishments, with success for one symbolizing success for all. This friendliness expands to the stage, where locals are always eager to mix genres: Punk bands play with Americana bands, electro bands play with noise bands, etc. The Blind Eyes and Beth Bombara represent two different (but not dueling) aspects of the St. Louis scene: pop and indie-folk. Whereas the Blind Eyes bring flash and hooks and Kinks-itude, Bombara is like a bourbon-warmed Neko Case. Still, these clashing sounds somehow work together in a way that is uniquely St. Louis.

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Mary J. Blige Sunday June 15, 7:30 p.m. w/ Chrisette Michele, Eric Benet @ Chaifetz Arena - $67-$92 By Calvin Cox From this 2010 show review: After intermission, the lights went up to reveal a NYC skyline backdrop for MJB's set as she sang her version of Game's "Hate it or Love it." Mary's set featured a bigger band, more background singers and a glowing mic stand. She proceeded to run through her illustrious catalog, usually performing just one verse of a song before moving on to the next. She played "Be Happy," "You Remind Me" and "Real Love" before breaking out into her own dance solo, while the crowd chanted "Go Mary!" It had a very '90's vibe; and just in case you'd forgotten, Mary can move.

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The Supersuckers Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m. w/ The Number 9 Blacktops @ Old Rock House - $15 By Roy Kasten From this 2012 show preview: What the Supersuckers lack in subtlety and originality it makes up for in testosterone and comedic timing. Only its biker-wannabe following took the "Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World" marketing seriously, but the band's highly head-bang-able and equally unlikely cult hits for Sub Pop -- "Creepy Jackalope Eye," "On the Couch," "Pretty Fucked Up" (as in "she used to be pretty, but now she's...you know what") -- still rock harder and come off less dated than most of the band's grunge-era peers. With the years, the group has added more and more country to its leather-and-shades attitude, and absurd as it sounds, the fusion of metal and twang sticks.

See Also: - The Ten Biggest Concert Buzzkills: An Illustrated Guide - The 10 Most WTF Crimes Committed by Musicians - The Glee Treatment: "Fuck That Shit" and Five Other Rejections From Bands

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