by Mabel Suen
Temperatures get really low over the next few days, but don't let that freeze up weekend activities. Aquitaine and Mound City Slickers release new CDs, and St. Louis gets some musical guests from out-of-town including Bobby Bare Jr. and Turkuaz. Learn about these shows and more after the jump, and let us know how you'll kick off the new year by telling everyone what else is going on in the comments.
Friday (January 3):
Aquitaine CD Release w/ Hidden Lakes, The Vondrukes @ The Firebird 9 p.m. | $7 Check out our latest edition of Homespun for a review of Aquitaine's American Pulverizer, Part 2, what music critic Christian Schaeffer refers to as "swirling shoegaze enveloped in fuzz." (MS)
Diesel Island @ Off Broadway 9 p.m. | free Start the new year off right on a tighter budget by checking out this free show featuring what we've dubbed the best traditional country band in town from last year's RFT Music Awards. (MS)
Saturday (January 4):
New Orleans New Year w/ The Funky Butt Brass Band @ Jazz at the Bistro 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | $10-$20 Because honestly, who is better qualified to start the new year with a proper party than the good ol' FBBB? (DH)
Omoo Omoo w/ Tory Z Starbuck Project, Willis @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Omoo Omoo plays ambient, experimental kraut rock. Check out its sounds here, and expect an evening of equally strange and stimulating sounds. (MS)
32 Pc Vintage Party Set w/ Zoned Out, Night Grinder, Beauty Pageant @ Livery Company 9 p.m. | $5 This show is actually titled "Brain melt 2014 ALIENS VS HUMANS," whatever that means. Find out the hard way by giving Johnny Vegas five dollars at the door. (MS)
Sunday (January 5):
Turkuaz w/ Unresolved @ The Gramophone 8 p.m. | free With influences like Sly and the Family Stone and the Talking Heads, Turkuaz's sound is a full-frontal assault on the senses, but with a dollop of sweetness as its female vocalists' voices collide with the band's blaring horns and soaring guitar riffs. Rest assured that you'll be blasted with some deliciously pure funk from this large-and-in-charge P-Funk-inspired nontet. (Tara Mahadevan)
Frankie Teardrop w/ N. Nomurai, What We Won't See, Beauty Pageant @ Cafe Ventana 9 p.m. | $5 This bill features a line-up of raucous noise rock to interrupt your Sunday night. Worried about the cold? Just warm up by the fireplace with some of Cafe Ventana's hot tea or coffee (or better yet, a beer), and get ready to curl up with a blanket of loud sounds. (MS)
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 submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.
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