The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: January 24 to 26

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Lamar Harris performs "The Shawn Carter Jazz Suite" - Friday, January 24 @ Kraznberg Arts Center - JON GITCHOFF FOR RFT
  • Jon Gitchoff for RFT
  • Lamar Harris performs "The Shawn Carter Jazz Suite" - Friday, January 24 @ Kraznberg Arts Center

Never mind that resurgence of cold weather (seriously, enough is enough!), you still need to get out this weekend and catch some live music. Especially when the sonic possibilities are this good: S.L.U.M. Fest Awards 2014, FarFetched's Prologue III release show, Destruction Unit and more. Check out all of our picks after the jump!

Friday (January 24):

The 2014 SLUMFEST Hip Hop Awards w/ Bates, Jonezy, Farout, Riley B, Darris Robins, Legend C4mp, Nato Caliph, Bo Dean & Domino Effect, Doorway, Allen Gates @ Plush 7 p.m. | $7-$10 Year after year S.L.U.M. Fest showcases the very best in St. Louis' underground hip-hop scene. Show up and catch performances by some of the best rappers in the STL game. (DH)

FarFetched Presents: Prologue III Release Party w/ Thelonius Kryptonite, Hubble, Mathias & the Pirates, 18andCounting, SNS, HearskraZ, Black James, Abnormal, Scrub @ 2720 Cherokee 8 p.m. | $3-$5 The album is seriously good -- genre lines are blurred and creative boundaries are pushed. The latest from one of the most exciting groups in St. Louis music. (DH)

Lamar Harris @ Kranzberg Arts Center 7:30 p.m. | $12 Lamar Harris, the 2013 RFT Music Award winner in the jazz category, riffs off of the sampling of jazz in hip hop music by experimenting with the inverse. In this show, he deconstructs the songs of Jay-Z into a jazz suite, featuring musicians Mark Harris and the People's Key. (MS)

Spooky Action Space Captain w/ The Pat Sajak Assassins, Kites @ Cafe Ventana 7 p.m. | $5 Come for this show, stay for the one that follows: CC Murder Dogs, Bearer and Ruz round out the night in hardcore punk fashion -- bring your slammin' shoes. (DH)

Tiltwheel w/ Ultraman, Ded Bugs, Spruce Bringsteen, Rad Company, Breakmouth Annie, Horror Section, The Scam, The Turkletons, Deth Warrant, The Timmys, Guy Morgan, The Cuban Missiles, The Winchester @ Fubar 6 p.m. | $12-$30 This annual punk fest goes strong into the weekend, with shows at Fubar on Friday and Saturday. For even more fun on Saturday, check out an afternoon barbecue at Silver Ballroom with acoustic performances and an after-party at Lemmons with the Supermen and the Haddonfields. (MS)

For more options on Friday, check out some other shows we've previewed recently: CC Murder Dogs plays Cafe Ventana and the latest installation from Hearding Cats, Hear What You Don't See, takes place at the Regional Arts Commission. Click the links to learn more.

Video by Bill Streeter

Saturday (January 25):

Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing CD Release w/ Jeremy Joyce, BrotherFather @ Mad Art Gallery 7 p.m. | $5 Check out our review of Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing's latest record, and pick it up at the show! (DH)

Beth Bombara @ Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar 8 p.m. | free Bluesey americana songstress Beth Bombara debuts three new music videos in the basement of Bridge. Local artist David Burnett creates custom viewing stations to check 'em out, and Bombara plays the songs live as well. (MS)

Lucrezio w/ Junior Miss, Summer Osborne @ Foam 9 p.m. | $5 Alternative acoustic duo Lucrezio stops in St. Louis after a full year of touring. Give 'em a warm welcome and have some warming drinks at the bar, too. Learn more about the band via its website. (MS)

Also on Saturday, Railroad Earth plays its quasi-bluegrass at the Pageant.

Sunday (January 26):

Destruction Unit w/ Bug Chaser, Life Like, Self Help @ Melt 8 p.m. | $5 Phoenix's Destruction Unit plays face-melting psych rock with a heavy, noisy bend. Have a listen via this official music video. (MS)

Twista @ The Mad Magician 7 p.m. | $20-$25 Twista, again! I think we are benefiting from St. Louis' close proximity to his hometown Chicago, and I think he is benefiting from St. Louis' fondness for the motor mouthed rapper. In any case, expect a superb show. (DH)

Consider Califone at Off Broadway and Action Bronson at Pop's this evening as well.

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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