The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: November 22 to 24

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The Pageant will look like this all weekend. - TODD OWYOUNG FOR RFT

This weekend features a grab bag full of shows to go to. The Urge celebrates a CD release all weekend, local musicians pay tribute to the late great Lou Reed at Off Broadway, the Crack Fox celebrates its fourth birthday, and the Saint Louis Science Center features a star show paired with live music. Check out these recommendations and more in our weekend roundup.

Friday (November 22):

Acid Kat Fall Freak Out w/ Babe Maggots, Shit/Storm, Snooty and the Ratfinks, Zoned Out, Corrigan Brothers, Tubby Tom, Animal Teeth, Beauty Pageant, Nightmare Boyzzz, Dad Jr., Pet Rock the Musical @ Livery Company 6 p.m. | free Acid Kat Zine curates its next big local showcase, featuring punk, garage rock and noise. Read more about minds behind Acid Kat in this week's Fill in the Blank profile on Animal Teeth. (MS)

The Black Dahlia Murder w/ Skeletonwitch, Fallujah, Wolvhammer @ The Firebird8 8 p.m. | $15-$18 The Black Dahlia Murder plays melodic death metal with blackened thrash metal masters Skeletonwitch -- click the link to check out an interview with the latter, and head to Vintage Vinyl at 6 p.m. for a Skeletonwitch meet-and-greet. (MS)

Black Uhuru w/ Mike Pinto @ Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $25.-$27.50 Straight out of Kingston, Jamaica, Black Uhuru plays real, no-bullshit roots reggae that even netted the group the first ever Grammy award in the category of Best Reggae Album, in 1985. (DH)

Hessler w/ Truculuent Void, Manifest, Shock the Junkie @ Fubar 7 p.m. | $8-$10 Close your eyes and you'd swear you we at a hair-metal show from the '80s. Chicago's Hessler goes balls-out at every show, even if the group's female lead singer isn't physiologically equipped to do so. And no, that wasn't a sexist joke. It was a balls joke. (DH)

Also on Friday night, check out Iris Dement and the Urge CD Release (with performances also on November 23 and November 29). Click the links for more info from our Out Every Night series.

Saturday (November 23):

The Crack Fox Four-Year Anniversary w/ Molly Simms Band, DJ Jason De Guire, DJ Skeletal @ The Crack Fox 8 p.m. | free The Crack Fox, named best 3 a.m. bar in the Best Of St. Louis 2013, celebrates four years with music, Sailor Jerry drink specials and 4 Hands Brewing Company, and food catered by JJ Gumbo's. Local entertainer Joe Kloun also makes an appearance wih special viewings of the Mighty Boosh. (MS)

Nova Nights w/ The Hulapoppers @ Saint Louis Science Center 7 p.m. | $40/$45 This planetarium show pairs starry constellations with danceable covers rocked by local party band the Hulapoppers. Admission includes two drink tickets and small bites, so tune in and space out. (MS)

BBQ Competition Film Shoot @ The Fortune Teller Bar w/ The Ottomen 3:30 p.m. | free An undisclosed cable network films a barbecue competition, and the Fortune Teller Bar plays host by providing a wood-burning hot tub and sauna, an ice luge for drinks and drink specials for the public. The Facebook event page says that they can't make any promises about any of the 'cue to go around, but provides some tasty live jams from the Ottomen instead. (MS)

Satellite of Love: A Tribute to Lou Reed w/ Union Electric, Jedi Nighties, Union Rags, Auset Music Project, Karate Bikini, Bug Chaser, Seth Porter, Beth Bombara, Kit Hamon, Melody Den, Sleepy Kitty @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10-$13 Several of St. Louis' finest musical acts join forces to pay tribute to a recently deceased legend. (DH)

RFT Music also recommends the following shows. Click on the links for preview coverage: High On Fire, Rittz and Beers and Cheers.

Sunday (November 24):

The Mowgli's w/ Royal Teeth, X Ambassadors @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $12-$14 Even if you don't show up, the Mowgli's eight members will still fill the club out nicely, but you should show up anyway. How do you even tour with eight members? Do they bring two vans? Go to the Firebird and find out! (DH)

The Slow Death w/ Doom Town, Breakmouth Annie, The Winchester @ The Demo 9:30 p.m. | $8 Note: This is not the Australian Doom Metal band, known for songs such as "Reclaimed by Dust" and "To Your Fate." This is the Minneapolis pop-punk band, known for "Suck My Ass, It Smells." Just thought I'd clear that up to avoid confusion. (DH)

Elton John also performs in town this Sunday.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and send show tips to clubs@riverfronttimes.com to be considered for inclusion on these lists.

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