The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: May 11 to 13


Bobby Bare Jr. - Saturday @ Off Broadway
  • Bobby Bare Jr. - Saturday @ Off Broadway

Local music fans in the know spent last night at KDHX's massive party at the City Museum, Midwest Mayhem -- I myself had to wash my eyeballs this morning to try and purge them of the things I saw at the skatepark burlesque show. The whole event was huge, weird, fun and extremely exhausting, but there's no rest for the weary with the shows coming up this weekend. Our picks follow, along with a sentence or two each explaining why we think they are worth your time. Let us know what you are up to in the comments!


Burrowss CD Release Show @ The Heavy Anchor w/ Buffalo 66 8:00 p.m. | $5 Local dance-rock duo Burrowss is releasing their debut full-length Don't Take It Slow at this show, with friends Buffalo 66 in tow as well. (DH)

New Music Circle Showcase @ Kerr Foundation Building w/ Olivia Block, Joe Raglani, Kevin Harris, Jeremy Kannapell, Pat Boland and DJ Josh Levi 7:30 p.m. | $15 The New Music Circle is an international treasure of experimental and avant-garde music. It's 53rd season comes to a close here at the Kerr Foundation Building with an all-star lineup of regional knob fiddlers and sound manipulators. (KM)

The Polyphonic Spree @ Blueberry Hill 8:00 p.m. | $20 Tim DeLaughter and his merry army of noisemakers will play an improbably small venue. Our experience with the Spree has always left us in the mood to join hands and do good deeds for strangers. (KM)

Tennis @ Plush 7:00 p.m. | $12 It's something about a boat and modern art and philosophy degrees. Let's not get bogged down in the back story: The dreamy pop emanating from this preserved-since-the-80s duo (plus Denver scene veteren James Barone on the skins) doesn't need the gimmicks. (KM)


Maps and Atlases @ The Firebird w/ So Many Dynamos 8:30 p.m. | $12 Chicago's eccentric indie-rock outfit Maps and Atlases continuously pushes creative boundaries with a sound that is equal parts folk, math rock, and experimental pop. Locals and friends of the band So Many Dynamos open the show. (DH) Kid Scientist @ Blueberry Hill w/ Middle Class Fashion, Spot One 8:00 p.m. | $5 Kid Scientist has a rock opera to share with the group, so make it back-to-back nights finding your thrill at the Duck Room. Like-minded ebullient pop artists Middle Class Fashion and the Spot Ons (both RFT Music award nominees) will open. (KM)

Bobby Bare Jr. @ Off Broadway 9:00 p.m. | $10 / $12 Rocker Bobby Bare Jr. was nominated for a Grammy at the tender age of eight for a collaboration with his country musician father. Since then he has released several solo albums of his own and made a name for himself in his own right. (DH)

Better Days @ Crack Fox w/ Bass Amp & Dano, Al Bundies Army, Hillbilly Herald 9:00 p.m. | $5 Better Days and Bass Amp & Dano are both nominees for RFT Music Awards, in the punk category. Better Days plays high energy punk rock that calls to mind equal parts Save the Day and Gorilla Biscuits, and Bass Amp & Dano always bring a good time with their infectious humor and poppy songwriting style. (DH)

DJ Scratch @ Lola 9:00 p.m. | $10 DJ Scratch is a hip hop legend with over 40 gold and platinum releases and 3 Grammy nominations to his credit, cutting his teeth during the Golden Age of hip hop performing with Run DMC and EPMD. (DH)

Adult Fur Listening Party @ Brennan's 9:00 p.m. | free Ryan McNeely's ever-weirder Adult Fur project gets a little help from his friends in St. Louis and abroad (Iceland and France, fittingly). The list of high-profile locals lending remixes to this new project include Kristin Dennis of Nee, Eric Hall, CaveofswordS, Black James and more. (KM)

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