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Monday, January 5, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 5 to 11

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Cowboy Mouth plays both Friday and Saturday at the Old Rock House. - PRESS PHOTO
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  • Cowboy Mouth plays both Friday and Saturday at the Old Rock House.

Remember last May when Jazz at the Bistro announced a $10 million expansion? Less than a year later the Ferring Jazz Bistro is now open to the public, complete with world-class acoustic treatment and a brand-new bar area. Take a look inside the new venue this week at Tommy Halloran's Sunday morning jazz sermon or any of the Bad Plus' eight performances across four nights. Locals are lifting off all over the city with stacked shows like the Prologue IV release party on Friday and Bruiser Queen's tour kickoff on Saturday. Read on for more great events happening every single day this week.

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Suzie Cue and Friends w/ Letter To Memphis, Traveling Sound Machine, Dirty 30s Monday, January 5 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $7 By Christian Schaeffer By the time early January rolls around, you've had to contend with the new year's resolutions and have already had a few days to blow promises to yourself. Maybe you took the boring old resolutions -- drink less, exercise more -- but the vow really worth making good on is that commitment to seeing more local music. The touring dead zones of January and February make that a pretty easy task, especially with this Monday night lineup. Suzie Gilb celebrates her thirtieth birthday as her rock alter ego, Suzie Cue, heads up a night of local bands including Letter to Memphis, the Dirty 30s and the Traveling Sound Machine.

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Free At Last w/ United Races, Primal League, Keep, Pillow Talk, Dissention Tuesday, January 6 Fubar 7:30 p.m. | $10 By Joseph Hess Springfield's Free At Last comes from an alternate world where Black Flag got as big as the Beatles (read: bigger than Jesus) and suffered the kind of Cobain-esque punksploitation that could only end with Rollins dead on his bathroom floor. While the punk set tends to idolize its forebears, some bands take the extra step and build on the genre's cracked foundation. Free At Last keeps catchy riffs deadlocked between strict beats and chooses to drive its songs with fierce, unnerving vocals. Its recent tape What's Inside Four Walls is rife with hooky jams for easy access.

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G-Eazy w/ Kehlani, Kool John, Jay Ant, Marc Goone Wednesday, January 7 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $25-$29.50 By Evan C. Jones From 2013's G-Eazy Talks About Headlining His First Tour and Success As an Independent Artist: For most musicians, it can take a village to create everything that goes into a strong career, but most musicians aren't rapper G-Eazy. Early into his career, the young Bay Area native has criss-crossed the country on tour multiple times, shared the stage with such industry heavyweights as Drake and hit number three on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart with his new release Must Be Nice...all as an independent artist. And he has no plans on slowing down now.

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Bruiser Queen Tour Kickoff Show Friday, January 8 Foam Coffee & Beer 9 p.m. | $15 By Christian Schaeffer From Homespun: Bruiser Queen: Credit the sheen of dingy reverb, the reedy combo organ squeaking in the background or the genre-appropriate seven-inch vinyl format, but garage-rock duo Bruiser Queen sounds righteously ragged on this single. It's not that last year's Swears full-length sounds clean or polished; it's more that the band embraced a flubs-and-all looseness on these recordings that favors economy and grit. Morgan Nusbaum's guitar is rangy and reverberant throughout, giving her vocals more to push against. That means her voice -- which has shown remarkable range and control on her solo project -- simply pile-drives through these songs. For "In Your Room," double-tracked vocals allow Nusbaum to go primal on the lead vocals and coo along in the background as her own girl-group choir.

Follow through for more recommended concerts happening all weekend long.

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