The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: October 26 to 28

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SLEIGH BELLS: SUNDAY AT THE PAGEANT
  • Sleigh Bells: Sunday at the Pageant

This weekend is Halloween weekend (Halloween-kend???? Nah, that sucks....) and as such there are plenty of sweet shows for you to attend in clothing that is not your own. Lucky for you -- and more work intensive for me, (you are welcome) -- we already wrote up a post regarding the best Halloween shows in town, so you are all set for costumed festivities. This here post is for the other stuff.

Primus in 3D! I know people have trouble with Primus, and I understand, but really this is probably the best imaginable setting to see 'em, what with the 3D cartoons and all. Royal Smokestacks!! The band's record release is this weekend; show up and purchase some great new music. Exclamation points!!!! I've been told I overuse them, but fuck that. The rest of our picks follow!!!!!!!!1111oneoneeleven

Friday:

Freelance Whales @ The Firebird 8:00 p.m. | $18.50 Freelance Whales honed their indie-pop-rock sound on subway platforms around New York City; catch them here at a venue decidedly less coated in bum urine. (DH)

Royal Smokestacks Record Release Show @ Off Broadway 8:00 p.m | $10 This is the debut full-length by Royal Smokestacks, but this is a band with no shortage of experience commanding the hell out of a stage. The new record is great -- we talked about it in print this week. Just go; it's going to be a good time. (KM)

Minus the Bear @ Plush w/ Cursive, Girl in a Coma 7:00 p.m. | $18.50-$20 Call it laziness on my part or unparalleled succinct-ness on Ryan Wasoba's, but either way I'm quoting the man again, as I again cannot think of a better way to put it: "Minus The Bear and Cursive: the best tour of 2002 in 2012." (DH)

NOisEfestNInE: Midwest New and Experimental Music Festival @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday Click here for details | $20 In this writer's opinion, much of St. Louis' interest in noise music over the last decade can be traced back to the Lemp Arts Center, which has always served as a haven for those pushing sonic boundaries. This years Noisefest spans 3 days and includes several workshops in addition to musical acts. (DH)

Saturday:

8th Annual Halloween Hootenanny @ Off Broadway w/ Strawfoot, Whiskey War Mountain Rebellion, Hellblinki 7:00 p.m. | $12 No more Royal We! This one's going to be a raunchy good time. Intrigued? (KM)

Street Fighting Band: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones @ The Pageant 8:00 p.m. | $12-$15 Do you know how good this band is? They're really good: Andy Shadburne is one of the better frontmen in St. Louis (or anywhere else) and guitarist Jimmy Griffin should probably have people playing shows in his tribute. (KM)

Sunday:

The Milk Carton Kids @ Off Broadway w/ Leslie Stevens 7:00 p.m | $13-$15 Folks like folk! The Milk Carton Kids play folk. NPR likes the Milk Carton Kids! NPR = folks? Transitive property. (DH)

Sleigh Bells / AraabMuzik @ The Pageant 8:00 p.m. | $22.50-$25 It gon' be loud. (KM)

The Sea & Cake @ Luminary Center for the Arts w/ Matthew Friedberger 8:00 p.m. | $14 It's rock! It's jazz! It's fancy, dancy stuff. Go hang out. (KM)

Primus in 3D @ Peabody Opera House 6:00 p.m. | $35-$55 From what I gather about this event, Primus will more or less be playing inside of a giant 3D cartoon, which is about the most appropriate thing I can even think of. (DH)

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