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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 10 Best Valentine's Day Shows in St. Louis 2015

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G. Love & Special Sauce w/ Matt Costa Saturday, February 14 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $22.50-$25 From our monthly hip-hop column, penned by Tara Mahadevan: G. Love & Special Sauce beautifully straddles the line between rap, funk, blues and R&B. And the band -- with frontman Garrett Dutton, drummer Jeffrey Clemens and bassist Jim Prescott -- is able to maintain its alternative hip-hop sound while covering myriad subjects, including beverages, cereal, love and rodeo clowns. As a member of the band and as a soloist, Dutton is able to careen between alt rap, folk and indie rock with precision: In 2011, he released a collaborative album with the Avett Brothers. In 2014, the original G. Love & Special Sauce trio got back together and recorded Sugar, with a few throwbacks.

The Schwag Saturday, February 14 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center 9 p.m. | $10 Jimmy Tebeau and company are practically jam-band royalty, thanks to their own take on the Grateful Dead experience. The Schwag has its own brand of psychedelic tangents and could, in all fairness, call itself an original band. By wearing the Dead on its sleeve, the group pays tribute but never comes off as "just a cover band."

Downtown Brown w/ Fungonewrong, Outcome of Betrayal, Snooty and the Ratfinks Saturday, February 14 The Firebird 7:30 p.m. | $10-$12 While rap rock gets a bad, well, rap, Downtown Brown takes to the genre with a wink and a nod. Clever hooks take the lead, but the group doesn't shy on shock value, nor does it overuse those age-old cliches. If your date proudly doesn't "give a fuck," take them here. Snobs, stay away.

Langhorne Slim w/ Cory Chisel Saturday, February 14 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $15/$18 Langhorne Slim always seems to visit right around Valentine's Day. Here's what Roy Kasten had to say in 2009 (from the RFT Music archives): Our hero made his first impression on St. Louis while opening for Clem Snide at the Duck Room in the spring of 2005. Derby-wearing Sean Scolnick (a.k.a., Langhorne Slim) beat on an acoustic guitar and, drunk off his skinny white ass, rambled and meandered and refused to get off the stage. (Our indie-rock kingdom for a rail, dreamt a polite audience, just to run him out of town and back to Brooklyn.) Since then, Slim has redeemed himself with a killer, Dylan-as-rockabilly self-titled album in 2008, and last year's bubbly, gospel-conscious, folk-pop suite, Be Set Free. It's the kind of record so many scruffy songster punks aspire to make -- but one that's out of reach for most because they lack the native charisma, charm and tunes that make life worth living and affirming. All things, naturally, our hero believes and communicates so well.

Skeet Rodgers & Inner City Blues w/ Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band, Big Mike and the Blue City All-Stars, Jeremiah Johnson Band, Roland Johnson Saturday, February 14 Beale on Broadway Noon | $7 Beale On Broadway celebrates Mardi Gras with stellar blues bands featured across thirteen hours of music. Obviously, people are meant to stop in throughout the day, but technically you and yours could stick around like crazed blues fanatics. We recommended getting out and seeing some sights with your sounds. Plus, beads. Do you know what people do for beads?

Vernacular String Trio w/ Dizzy Atmosphere, May Day Orchestra Saturday, February 14 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Consider this: Your significant other (or potential partner) doesn't have an ear for free jazz. You call it "high art," they call it "extremely irritating." So trick them. Vernacular String Trio sits sandwiched between Dizzy Atmosphere's subtle swing and May Day Orchestra's jagged folk rock. The Schlafly Tap Room fits the kind of romantic mood you'd want on Valentine's Day, and the show's free. Who doesn't like a cheap date? No one you want to be with, anyway.

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