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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From February 2 to 8

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Foam Benefit Show w/ Golden Curls, Whiskey Ginger, John Krane, Eric Hall, Hands and Feet, The Fog Lights, Zak M, Kid Scientist Friday, February 6 Foam Coffee & Beer 5 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess Local musician Mic Boshans never dreamed of owning a coffee shop, much less a music venue. But when Foam's former owner Mike Glodeck decided to close up shop Boshans swooped in to save the burgeoning venue. In only two months, Foam has become one of the busiest bars on Cherokee Street, hosting comedy nights, open-mics and, most frequently, live music. When the spot's P.A. was swiped last month, the music scene responded in kind by pulling together a quick benefit show to not only replace the stolen gear, but to supply the stage with an even better sound system than before. The line-up ranges from ambient acts like Eric Hall and Golden Curls to the colorful indie rock of Kid Scientist. Of special note on this show is Hands and Feet, a veritable one man band who just released one of our favorite records in recent memory.


Leo Kottke Friday, February 6 The Sheldon 8 p.m. | $40-$45 By Roy Kasten The world's greatest living partially deaf guitarist, Leo Kottke, hears what he needs to hear and plays what he needs to play. His second album, simply called 6- and 12-String Guitar, was released in 1969 and featured an armadillo on the cover -- a fitting symbol for such a tenacious, impenetrable root digger. Recorded in less than four hours, the album, as surely as any by Jimi Hendrix or Robert Johnson, changed guitar playing forever. Everyone knows Kottke as a virtuoso, but he should also be recognized for the emotional, even spiritual force of his music, which is always inseparable from his great wit and storytelling.



Jim Lauderdale Saturday, February 7 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $20/$25 By Christian Schaeffer As often happens in Music City, USA, you can be Nashville-famous but a relative unknown outside of the 615 area code. Singer and songwriter Jim Lauderdale has been a revered talent among country music fans throughout much of his 30-year career, working with country, bluegrass and rock & roll circles but retaining his dignified, twangy charms regardless of the medium. His output with Dr. Ralph Stanley has won him two Grammy awards, and in the past few years Lauderdale has sung and written alongside such talents as Elvis Costello and Laura Cantrell. But last year's twenty-track I'm a Song pairs his solid, unfussy songwriting with his own soul-stirring vocals -- no guest stars were needed to burnish his first-call talents.

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Zak Marmalefsky Tape Release Show w/ Jack Toft, Little Cake, Demonlover Saturday, February 7 CBGB 9:30 p.m. | free By Roy Kasten The music of Zak Marmalefsky is simultaneously of this age and not of this world. With a finger-plucked guitar and a clutch of heartbroken but witty songs, Marmalefsky conjures Depression-era street corners and speakeasys, where his rich, sincere baritone crooning might have once made him king of the minstrels for a day. For now, he'll settle for an air of folk-troubadour mystery. Following in the footsteps of Leadbelly and Dave Van Ronk isn't for the faint of skill or heart; Marmalefsky has both. His music - sometimes poignant, sometimes off-color, often both at the same time - is never a throwback put-on.


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Riff Raff Sunday, February 8 The Ready Room 8 p.m. | $25-$30 By Tara Mahadevan Riff Raff had humble beginnings in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, with a promising future in basketball. But in 2003 he let go of that dream and decided to pursue a rap career instead, spitting rhymes over other artists' beats and crafting CDs at home while using the Internet to his maximum viral advantage. After a short stint on Soulja Boy's label SODMG, he signed a ridiculous eight-album deal with Diplo's Mad Decent label in 2012, releasing Neon Icon in 2014. Riff Raff is largely recognized for his crazy facial hair, outlandish style and colorful braids --a luminous, shining hip-hop icon, indeed. Neon Icon's first official single, "How to Be the Man," was no match for the second official single "Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz," a tribute to Riff Raff's beloved sneakers. Though he's likely made a princely sum from his album deal -- he "used to drive a Focus" after all -- he's still rocking those Jordans.

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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