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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 26 to February 1

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Better Days Release Show w/ The Humanoids, Chaos Order, Freak Out Friday, January 30 Melt 8 p.m. | $5 From Best Punk Band St. Louis 2012: You were just about to give up on the hardcore-punk scene in St. Louis. You had grown tired of the perceived elitism, the tough-guy posturing, the cramped basement venues and dive bars. As far as you were concerned, the diamonds had finally been overtaken by the rough, and you were ready to move on. Then you heard Better Days, and in an instant you were swept back to a simpler time, as if the name itself had transportive properties, as if that name was prophetically speaking directly to you, reminding you of all the reasons you fell in love with punk rock in the first place. You dusted off your old Gorilla Biscuits and Kid Dynamite records and got reacquainted and reawakened. Now all you can think about is faded stickers on skateboards, epic stage dives from speaker stacks and nights spent out raising hell with your friends. You should probably thank Better Days at its next show, where you will be standing front and center, grinning ear-to-ear and singing along to every word.

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Bruxism 7 w/ Mister Ben, Travis Bursik, Ajay Khanna Friday, January 30 Foam Coffee & Beer 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess In 2014, Nathan Cook's concert series Bruxism brought bi-monthly oddities with free gifts at the door including handmade zines and special cassette releases. A collaboration of the now-defunct Apop Records and Cook's label Close/Far, these events emphasize a subtle approach to subversive sound -- quiet noise, if you will. Bruxism 7 brings Travis Bursik, who crafts slow-burning songs for the patient ear. Fans of his former band Ou Où should be familiar with Bursik's approach to meditative drone, but expect a darker, synth-driven ambiance. For contrast, Mister Ben brings a frenetic guitar mess through the careful clawing of his fretboard. As one-half of long-time noise act Brain Transplant, Ajay Khanna crafts sound by live playing his own audio programs, but on this night he delivers a focused solo act.


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2015 Slumfest Hip-Hop Awards Show Saturday, January 31 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center 8 p.m. | $10 By Tara Mahadevan St. Louis' annual hip-hop awards is back with its latest round of artists, DJs, Bboys. Bgirls and producers from the past year. As per usual, the show will also feature live performances from local musicians and artists between award nominations. Last year's show was at Plush (R.I.P.) -- but this year's Slumfest is being held at the incomparable 2720 Cherokee.

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DinoFight! w/ Pat Sajak Assassins, Dibiase Saturday, January 31 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free By Melinda Cooper Seeing Cory Perkins pull off Claypool-esque bass licks while holding down perfectly punk lead vocals is reason enough to add DinoFight! to your St. Louis "bands-to-watch" list. With her brother Cody on drums, this band has a rhythm section locked down so tight you'd be hard-pressed to find a worthy rival. Lindsey Cranmer's overdriven tube tone combines with wicked lead chops to round the band out nicely, creating a cartoon-zombie-math-punk sound. DinoFight! will make you want to bounce around like an idiot and kick stuff, but in a good way. Pat Sajak Assassins' gore-comic circus sounds and Dibiase's Jurassic thunder-rock complete the night and appropriately kill this bill.


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The Sal Show w/ The Good Earth, Tit for Tat, Ish Sunday, February 1 CBGB 9 p.m. | free By Joseph Hess As part of Chicago's Animal City, Sal bounced from drums to guitar slinging visceral pop tunes. By going solo, he maintains the same jangly tone and does so with the help of live video. Sal interacts with an on-screen clone of himself in such a casual way that it tricks the brain into accepting his warped reality. At the heart of his stage antics sit catchy little melodies -- the kind that get annoying stuck in your head. The songs pass by before wearing out their welcome and, if not for Sal's awesome stage banter, you might ask for more.

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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