Monday, October 27, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From October 27 to November 2

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click to enlarge THEO WELLING
  • Theo Welling

Halloween 2014 Covers Show w/ w/ So Many Dynamos (as Devo), Demonlover (as Prince), Trauma Harness (as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), The Humanoids (as the Damned), Escalade, Shaved Women (as Rudimentary Peni), Mark Willey and friends (as Roxy Music) Friday, October 31 (Halloween) @ Melt 9 p.m. | free By Jaime Lees Halloween is all about dressing up and pretending to be something else, so fittingly, this All Hallows' Eve will see entire bands dressing up and pretending to be completely different groups. The yearly event always brings out a big crowd, and this year it will attempt to fit a large chunk of the south-city music scene (and their costumes) into Melt. The lineup features sets from So Many Dynamos as Devo, Demonlover as Prince, Trauma Harness as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the Humanoids as the Damned, Shaved Women as Rudimentary Peni and Mark Willey and friends as Roxy Music. The show also promises unannounced surprise performances and guest stars (including Escalade as an unknown performer). It's a free show, but just like last year, organizers will be accepting donations for a charity cause at the door.

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We Bite! A Tribute to the Misfits Friday, October 31 @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $9 By Christian Schaeffer In a town overloaded with cover bands and full-scale tribute acts honoring classic rock's hoariest riffs, it's a blessing that We Bite! has emerged as this city's pre-eminent tribute to the Misfits. These four locals own their roles -- shirtlessness, forelocks, face paint, leather pants -- and tear through the band's Glenn Danzig-led golden era. For a band with hits like "Night of the Living Dead" and "Horror Business," Halloween night is the perfect time to re-up your membership in the Misfits Fiend Club. In addition to enjoying a night of New Jersey-bred horror-core, you can take home $100 in the Firebird's costume contest.

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Bobby Bare Jr. w/ Union Rags Saturday, November 1 @ Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $12-$15 From the RFT Music archives: If you thought you had a handle on Bobby Bare Jr., think again. The Nashville misfit can do country-soul, sure -- it's literally in his blood, given his paternity, and few can wrench heartbreak and humor like he. But his alt-rock past asserts itself with his occasional passes through town with his Pixies cover band, Is She Weird-Is She White. Hell, he even resurrected some AM Gold chestnuts with tossed-off flair but plenty of love on the American Bread EP, full of (you guessed it) songs by America and Bread. But the portrait of the artist in the documentary Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) tries to capture his multitudes and finds Bare to contain the humor and pathos in his songs -- he's a singer who can opine about "emotions and feelings," as he's fond of saying, and then proceed to fray nerve endings with full-bore rock & roll.

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  • Steve Truesdell

The Schwag Saturday, November 1 @ 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center 9 p.m. | $10-$13 By Joseph Hess Grateful Dead-inspired jams come by way of psychedelic-guitar guru Jimmy Tebeau and his group of masterful players. This is the second night of a weekendlong Schwag blowout. And since tribute and cover bands are all the rage on Halloween, it's only fitting that the Schwag holds the holiday in such high esteem.

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Carcass w/ Obituary, Exhumed Sunday, November 2 @ Pop's Nightclub 7 p.m. | $20 to $24 By Rick Giordano All right, cavemen, it's time to reconnect with all those forbidden cassette tapes you loved so much in junior high, and this time you won't even have to hide them from your mom. Carcass and Obituary are both known for wearing some of the bloodiest gloves in the operating room during the gory birth of death metal and grindcore during the late '80s and early '90s. Distortion-caked guitars, machine gun drums and throat-shredding vocals with lyrics about the darkest, ugliest sides of life and death all add up to the perfect cocktail for your reptile brain to release it's inner neanderthalian rampage. Californian goregrind pioneers Exhumed and the young bucks of Baltimore's Noisem will open the show for an added blast-filled bonus.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.

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