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Monday, December 9, 2013

Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From Dec. 9 to 15

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So Many Dynamos Friday, December 13, 9 p.m. w/ Hawthorne Headhunters, DJ MAKossa @ Off Broadway - $10-$13 By Tara Mahadevan Throughout lineup changes, including the recent addition of St. Louis punk alum Stephen Inman -- So Many Dynamos rocks on, with a new record entitled Safe With Sound slated to drop in 2013. The band's sound has varied over the years, from its pure-rock single "This Can Be Useful In Rocketry" (2003) to electro-dance-punk single "Analysis Paralysis" (2012). In any case, So Many Dynamos is sure to satiate your need for local indie music mixed with a hint of pop.

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Phoenix Friday, December 13, 8 p.m. w/ Bastille @ The Pageant - $42.50-$47.50 By Allison Babka Not content with the massive success of 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Paris' Phoenix decided to change things up this year. For Bankrupt!,released in April, the band curtailed its indie rock-friendly sound listeners were used to, instead dipping its toes further into the slightly darker synth-pop and dance waters. This version of Phoenix hasn't reached "Daft Punk Does Tron" levels yet, but the band may be heading that way. And speaking of Tron, Phoenix's impressive light show surely will bring Disney's classic sci-fi flick to mind as you're watching the band on stage.

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Beyoncé Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m. @ Scottrade Center - $45-$250 By Jaime Lees Beyoncé Knowles has played many roles in her life. From talented child to church choir soloist to the massively successful Destiny's Child, the massively talented woman has always been a performer. When she eventually began a solo career, Beyoncé was instantly recognized as a first-name-only powerhouse superstar a la Cher or Madonna. Then she even created "Sasha Fierce," an alter-ego with a naughty personality -- remember Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines? These days, Beyoncé is back to being herself and is known as the talent behind mega hit singles like "Crazy in Love" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." But she's also a wife to Jay-Z, a mother to insanely fashionable wee one, Blue Ivy, and a rumored Illuminati high priestess. Way fierce.

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The 12 Bassists of Christmas Saturday, December 14, 9 p.m. w/ Bruiser Queen, Middle Class Fashion, Sleepy Kitty @ Off Broadway - $5-$10 By Mabel Suen rom "The Ten Best Holiday Shows to See in St. Louis This Season": Bruiser Queen invites a dozen of its favorite St. Louis bassists to join its standard two-piece set-up for a song each. "Being a guitar and drums duo is fun, but sometimes we miss what a bassist brings to the live show," says drummer Jason Potter. "In this season of overindulgence, this is us eating all the pie." The cameo cast includes Matt Harnish of Bunnygrunt, Syrehea Conaway of Syna So Pro, Kevin Schneider of the Blind Eyes and many more. Besides the special guest appearances, look out for "the world's largest tambourine ensemble," what Potter describes as a rock'n'roll style gospel choir.

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St. Louis Symphony: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m. @ Powell Symphony Hall - $30-$70 By Mabel Suen From "The Ten Best Holiday Shows to See in St. Louis This Season": When it comes to classic Christmas, no one does it better than the St. Louis Symphony. Besides these modern symphonic arrangements of classic Christmas tunes, check out a packed schedule that includes Handel's Messiah, a holiday celebration with Christmas carols, and for a special post-holiday treat, the music of John Williams.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and send show tips any time to clubs@riverfronttimes.com to be considered for inclusion on these lists.

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