Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 10 Best Concerts of 2014 in St. Louis

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at Plush. - STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Steve Truesdell
  • Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at Plush.

Do you have any idea how many concerts happen in the St. Louis metro region each night? From big-name spectacles to intimate local gigs, from monstrous city arenas to tiny St. Charles bars, there are hundreds -- seriously, hundreds -- of shows that Gateway City music lovers can enjoy seven nights a week. All genres. All lengths. All levels. "Baseball heaven?" Forget that, St. Louis is music heaven.

2014 was a banner year for music in St. Louis, so below, we're putting the spotlight on ten of the best shows we saw. We were completely sucked in by the musicians' banter, stage presence, visual aids and, yes, their musical prowess. These folks gave us the full package, and we're not going to forget them anytime soon. Our top ten shows are here, but you can find even more of our favorites in our slideshow.

And don't worry if the concert you adored isn't listed here! Try as we might, we just couldn't make it to every show in an official RFT role. So while we enjoyed big names like Jack White and Slayer or locals like El Monstero and the Blind Eyes, we did so as fans, not necessarily as journalists. We want to know about your faves, though, so tell us in the comments which shows you thought rocked!

Spoon at the Pageant. See more photos here. - MICAH USHER

10. SPOON

We've been Spoon fans for a while now, so it was nice to see the band nix its usual stiff stage presence in favor of some loose rock-and-roll swagger at the Pageant on September 20. Completely locked in, band members rotated instruments like a game of musical chairs, and Britt Daniel tried -- and adorably failed at -- the classic "kick the mic stand and retrieve it with your foot" rock-star move. Tight orchestrations plus a phenomenal light show made this a night to remember. Read our review of Spoon here and see more photos here.

Weezer at Plush. See more photos here. - STEVE TRUESDELL

9. WEEZER

We were baffled to find out that Weezer would perform at a post-marathon party, but when Rivers Cuomo recently eschewed the midlife-crisis ennui that had plagued the band since the mid-2000s, a crazy new world opened up for the former alterna-gods and its fans. On October 19, Weezer sprinted through its set in just over an hour, but the band packed every minute with longtime anthems and new feel-good tunes. The show was a surprisingly good fit for the low-capacity confines of Plush, which will close for good January 3. Read our review of Weezer here and see more photos here.

Miley Cyrus at Scottrade Center. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER

8. MILEY CYRUS

Miley Cyrus certainly isn't for kids anymore. When shaved her head, air-humped Robin Thicke and started wearing marijuana onesies, we had a feeling that was the case, but her spectacle at Scottrade Center on August 10 sealed the deal. Well, for us, at least; looking around the arena, it seemed like many parents still were holding out hope for the former Hannah Montana. That wasn't happening, though -- not with Cyrus grinding against everything from a giant wolf statue to a flying hot dog. Read our review of Miley Cyrus here and see more photos here.

Page two has even more awesome shows.

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