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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From November 17 to 23

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Kentucky Knife Fight plays its final show this Saturday at Off Broadway. - PHOTO BY COREY WOODRUFF
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  • Kentucky Knife Fight plays its final show this Saturday at Off Broadway.

Don't let snowfall ruin your good time. This city has a tendency to panic every time a flake hits the ground, but fret not, the road is still here for those brave enough to venture out for good music. Shaggy and the Urge are just a few highlights for the week ahead, but we want to make a special recommendation for Kentucky Knife Fight's final performance on Saturday at Off Broadway -- this is your last chance to catch one of St. Louis' most underrated bands.

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Russian Tsarlag w/ Dan Talbot, Three Kinds of Wildness Monday, November 17 The Revisionist Inn 7 p.m. | $10 By Josh Levi Since the early 2000s, Carlos Gonzalez's Russian Tsarlag project has traversed the astral plane of underground music. What initially started as a mish-mash of lo-fi, dirgy slop-rock has evolved beautifully into a hazy blend of weirdo crooner-pop. With a sound akin to a Beach Boys cassette played backwards and underwater, Russian Tsarlag's strung-together tunes drift in and out like a twisted dream. His work as an illustrator and filmmaker equally informs his music as themes of purgatory, slime, witchcraft and malaise creep throughout each release. As a 21st-century polymath, Gonzalez's genius flies beneath the radar of the mainstream, with a strong following of mutants coming up closely behind.

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Horse Feathers w/ Sara Jackson-Holman Tuesday, November 18 The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $15-$17 By Christian Schaeffer Singer, songwriter and bandleader Justin Ringle took over a year off from writing, recording and performing in between Horse Feathers' 2012 Cynic's New Year and the just-released So It Is With Us. The time off gave Ringle and his compatriots time to burnish their acoustic-folk roots while deepening the group's approach, specifically with the addition of a full-fledged rhythm section. Ringle maintains his beautifully featherweight vocals but divines a more soulful spirit on the new LP.

Shaggy w/ Ay Musik Wednesday, November 19 The Ready Room 8 p.m. | $18-$22 By Tara Mahadevan Shaggy is best known for his pop-reggae-hip-hop fusion songs, "It Wasn't Me," "Angel," and "Boombastic." Now it seems our favorite purple-satin-robe-clad musician has veered a little from his fusion path and is creating solely reggae music. His latest offering Out of Many, One Music, released October 2013, only features one-drop reggae, a style that was revived by Bob Marley and the Wailers drummer Carlton Barrett. Shaggy debuted the album in Jamaica at the famed dancehall session Rae Town, deriving the album title from Jamaica's national motto, "Out of Many, One People." Shaggy is indeed going back to his roots, and with full-force.

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Undercurrent 11 w/ Britches, Kevin Harris, Nathan Cook, John Tamm-Buckle Thursday, November 20 Schlafly Tap Room 8:30 p.m. | free Josh Levi In an effort to showcase the variety in punk, experimental and underground music in the city, Wrong Division, which (disclosure) is an entity operated by RFT Music writer Joseph Hess, continues its free, monthly series Undercurrent with a stellar lineup. For years now, Kevin Harris has been the go-to synth wizard in the St. Louis area. Having developed his craft in his former home, the now-defunct Floating Laboratories, Harris exhibits a masterful hand with computer-generated synthesis and the limitless world of modular synths. John Tamm-Buckle's dream mash-up of Venetian Snares plus Sissy Spacek reveals itself in a beautiful, IDM hybrid. Britches' obliterating, blown-out noise-rock is bliss to both open minds and ears.

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