Monday, November 24, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From November 24 to 30

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Rusko performs at the Old Rock House this Saturday. - PHOTO BY TODD OWYOUNG
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  • Rusko performs at the Old Rock House this Saturday.

Local reunions are the "in" thing right now, and Thanksgiving week doesn't disappoint. The Stag Nite All Stars will return this Wednesday to pay tribute to the Band - a fitting concert for Thanksgiving eve (otherwise known as the "drunkest night of the year"). If you're not glued to the couch via food coma on Thursday, Fragile Porcelain Mice play their pulverizing rock at Pop's. And, as usual, the whole weekend is jammed packed with plenty of choices for music lovers. Choosing between Ha Ha Tonka and Jay Farrar on Friday will be a bummer for some - but that's not a bad problem to have.

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Run The Jewels Monday, November 24 The Ready Room 8 p.m. | $20-$25 By Tara Mahadevan Run the Jewels -- rappers El-P and Killer Mike -- is here to save music. After dropping a wildly successful and free debut album Run the Jewels in 2013, the duo came back swinging in 2014 with the follow-up (and also free) album Run the Jewels 2, which the rappers leaked a few days early for their beloved fans. And on top of that, RTJ launched a Kickstarter for a remix of RTJ2 called Meow the Jewels, made entirely out of cat sounds (El-P even auditioned cats for the album). El-P and Killer Mike far exceeded that project's goal, with about $25,000 to spare. The proceeds from the album will go to the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. RTJ is something to love, y'all.

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The Gamits Tuesday, November 25 Fubar 8 p.m. | $10 w/ Dwayne, Horror Section, Better Off Damned By Jimmy Eberle Ladies and gentlemen, presenting this month's best offering in what will tickle your pop-punk sensibilities but isn't over-promoted or past any primes: The Gamits is probably a front-runner in the field of that insanely catchy sound Masked Intruder is cashing in on, sans the gimmick. Regardless of the jaded internet kings' overall pop-punk dismissal, this will be an immensely fun time. Listen to Horror Section right now - the brand-new split with Eaten Back To Life on Eccentric Pop Records is outstanding.

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The Stag Nite All Stars Wednesday, November 26 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center 8 p.m. | $10 Christian Schaeffer If Thanksgiving is all about tradition -- the rituals of food, football and late-afternoon napping -- few local music traditions embody the spirit of the holiday like the mostly-annual tribute to the Band. Seeing as how the legendary quintet called it quits on Thanksgiving night (and recorded the bash for its film/live LP set The Last Waltz), the Band is doubly ripe for tribute. Johnny "Vegas" Moynihan has been arranging these sets for years, and this year's edition (featuring members of Red Headed Strangers, Fattback, Magic City and more) should serve as a rootsy aperitif to your Thanksgiving feast.

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Fragile Porcelain Mice w/ Bent Thursday, November 27 Pop's Nightclub 7 p.m. | $15-$20 By Bob McMahon From the RFT Music archives: The band earned a devoted following and a spot on one of 105.7 The Point's first Pointessential compilations with its blend of hard rock that lands somewhere between post-punk and metal. Fragile Porcelain Mice stayed active as a creative unit through the middle of last decade, releasing its last album in 2004. By this time however, the group slowed down its concert booking. That's a shame, because FPM's heavy attack works best in person. Dave Winkeler's spidery bass lines and Mark Heinz's pummeling drum work lay a foundation for Tim O'Saben's metallic guitar washes and Scott Randall's distinctive descending shouts. The result is a punishing attack that ignites the pit. This isn't to slag on the group's fine studio output, which for the time being is available on the pay what you want model on its bandcamp site. But the stage is FPM's natural habitat.

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