The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis this Weekend: May 3 to 5


Mathias & the Pirates Album Release - Saturday, May 4 @ The Demo
  • Mathias & the Pirates Album Release - Saturday, May 4 @ The Demo

The RFT Music Showcase is only a month away! Have you voted yet? And to the nominees, have you submitted your info to play? As far as we're considered, every weekend is a showcase. In addition to Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, Grace Basement's record release, Apop's 9th Birthday Party, Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street and Patti Smith (all mentioned in our Out Every Night post from earlier this week) there are new releases from Mathias & the Pirates and Barely Free Partial Prisoners. See those and more after the jump.

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Friday (May 3):

BDR Records Tribute Showcase w/ Trauma Harness, Bunnygrunt, Kimi & the Underwires, 3 Minute Record @ The Heavy Anchor 8 p.m. | $5 Several of St. Louis' present finest pay tribute to the BDR Records artists of yesteryear! Hear songs by the Welders, the Retros, Philosophic Collage and Max Load. Also the debut of 3 Minute Record! (DH)

Greensky Bluegrass w/ Fruition, Acoustics Anonymous @ 2720 Cherokee 8:30 p.m. | $15-$20 Greensky Bluegrass returns to St. Louis yet again as it continues to criss-cross the country with great frequency. Catch the spirited bluegrass act this time at 2720. (DH)

Jim Mahfood's Tank Girl Release Party & Free Comic Book Day Pre-Party w/ DJ Mahf @ Star Clipper 7 p.m. | free Indyground's DJ Mahf will provide the soundtrack, Boulevard Brewing Company has the beers, and Star Clipper provides the spot. Following the show at the comic book store, there will be an after-party at the Gramophone, and the the next day is Free Comic Book Day! (DH)

Pure X w/ Spiral-Shaped Mind @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $10-$12 If you're in the mood for some moody indie pop, give Pure X a shot. (MS)

Young Jeezy @ The Ambassador 7 p.m. | $40-$75 Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy plays the Ambassador! If you didn't know about this one until now, don't beat yourself up about it -- the show was announced only very recently. (DH)

Psychosomatic - Sunday @ Cusamano's Pizza

Saturday (May 4):

Barely Free EP Release w/ Little Big Bangs @ Livery Company 2:30 p.m. | free Barely Free Partial Prisoners releases its third EP, unsurprisingly titled 3 Pounds of Flax Volume 3. Check it out on their Bandcamp page, or just pick one up at the show! (DH)

Cinco de Mayo After Party w/ Demonlover, Skarekrau Radio, Cool Dog, Dani Band Traveling Band @ Blank Space 9 p.m. | $5 If you haven't imploded from taking in all the awesome at the Gringo Stage local showcase happening throughout the day, stay tuned for plenty more tunes including some raw punk from Minneapolis and new jams from Skarekrau. (MS)

Mathias & the Pirates Album Release w/ Superhero Killer, Thelonius Kryptonite @ The Demo 9 p.m. | $8-$11 Mathias & the Pirates commit their soulful hip-hop sounds to cyberspace and beyond. Listen to Life of the Buzzard on Bandcamp to get a preview of the performance. (MS)

Sunday (May 5):

Psychosomatic w/ Lich King, Smash Potater, Vanlade, Black Fast, Tropical Storm! @ Cusamano's Pizza 7 p.m. | $8 This "Cinco de Thrasho" show ain't nothin' to mess with. '80s crossover thrash metalheads Psychosomatic from Sacramento meets Amherst's Lich King meets plenty of area thrash masters. (MS)

Titus Andronicus w/ The So So Glos, SPEEDBOATS @ Off Broadway 7:30 p.m. | $15-$20 Feel good indie punk dances its way across the stage at Off Broadway. Mimic their movements on the dance floor. Show us whatcha got. (MS)

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