The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: December 21 to 23

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Tone Rodent is releasing its splt with ROSCO this weekend.
  • Tone Rodent is releasing its splt with ROSCO this weekend.

So yeah, in case you missed it: Hello, I will be your new music editor starting January 7. I now completely believe that the world is going to end this weekend, because the fact that I got myself a full-time job that I don't hate is frankly too good to be true.

Actually, wouldn't it be funny if I really did just go batshit cult-crazy and totally bought in to this Mayan Calendar stuff, 100%? Like, if police arrested me on Saturday night, running through the streets in a loincloth, looting stuff and drunkenly slurring biblical references in between bars of overly-obvious REM songs? And then having to explain to my bosses on Monday (likely via collect call from County) that I just "really, really thought it was gonna happen!" I personally think that shit would be hilarious, but I got this weird tic wherein I'm just overall infatuated with the concept of last-minute failure in general.

Shows! There are three big show releases this weekend: Tone Rodent, Rum Drum Ramblers and the Cuban Missiles will all grace the city with new slabs of wax. Get the details on those and the rest of our picks below.

Friday:

A Very Mayan Christmas w/ Kisser, Maximum Effort, Black Panties, The Bad Dates @ St. Louis Skatium 7:00 p.m. | $8/$10 Rock & roll is almost never this exuberant -- don't miss it. (KM)

Last Show on Earth w/ Bo and The Locomotive, Magic City, David Vandervelde, Old Lights, Pretty Little Empire @ Off Broadway 7:00 p.m | $5 Some of St. Louis' best indie rock bands alongside an out of town guest and a monster from somewhere in the swamp. (KM)

Brian Henneman Christmas Show @ Iron Barley 9:00 p.m. | $10 Alt-country legend gets festive. (KM)

Local H @ The Firebird Shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 p.m. | $12/$14 Local H returns! Our proximity to Chicago serves us well in this regard, methinks. (DH)

El Monstero 2012: The Pigocalypse @ The Pageant 8:00 p.m. | $27.50-$42 At what point does this thing have to stop getting bigger? So far we have no idea. (KM)

Talib Kweli - Saturday @ Old Rock House

Saturday:

Talib Kweli w/ Tef Poe @ Old Rock House 7:00 p.m. | $15-$20 Talib Kweli could destroy a microphone just by staring at it; ask anyone that attended the Idle Warship show at 2720. Tef Poe opens, fresh off an appearance on BET's 106 & Park. (DH)

The Cuban Missiles CD Release Party w/ The Disappeared, The Winchester, Sink The Bismark @ Cicero's 8:00 p.m | $10 Catchy punk rock for the people, fun-centered and sincere. Record release, go! (DH)

Tone Rodent Record Release Show w/ Demon Lover, Trauma Harness, Catholic Guilt @ Mushmaus 9:00 p.m. | $5 Tone Rodent releases its long-anticipated split with ROSCO! Furthermore, a more perfectly-suited set of openers would be hard to imagine, so don't linger outside between sets for too long. (DH)

Sunday:

Rum Drum Ramblers Record Release Party w/ Chicago Blues Angels, the Hobosexuals @ Off Broadway 8:00 p.m. | $5-$8 New slab of vinyl from South-City's pre-wartime-bluesiest. Ask Mat to do some Nineteen covers; it'll be funny. (DH)

The Breaks @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $5 One of the most promising bands in the city is back and playing shows again after a long absence and a member change. (KM)

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