The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 14 to 16

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Pokey returns to town to help blow out St. Louis' 250 birthday candles tonight. - STEVE TRUESDELL FOR RFT

This Valentine's day weekend, celebrate St. Louis' 250th birthday with a festival in Forest Park or snuggle up to Bruiser Queen during an acoustic intimate set in south city. Alternatively, ignore the holiday entirely and check out some rock and comedy at Pet Sounds, an event to benefit Stray Rescue this Saturday. Read on for details on all these options and more.

Friday (February 14):

Bass Luvers V-Day Party w/ ill-esha, SAUCEmonster, Druid Cloak, Pleasure, Blaze Luminous @ 2720 Cherokee 8 p.m. | $10-$15 What better way to celebrate Valentine's day than with bass so loud it rattles your brain around in your skull? (DH)

Bruiser Queen EP Release w/ Tiger Rider, Powerline Sneakers @ Livery Company 9 p.m. | free This "Under the Sea" themed show features a special all-acoustic set from Bruiser Queen, performing its album Swears in its entirety along with a sweet new acoustic EP, For All the Hunnies -- right in time for Valentine's Day! (MS)

The Burnin' Love Festival w/ Pokey Lafarge, Erin Bode, the Royal All Star Rhythm & Blues Review, Memories of Elvis @ Art Hill 4:30 p.m. | free This festival, part of the 250th anniversary of this here city, features live music, the world's biggest engagement party, fireworks, firedancers and plenty of food and drink. (MS)

Dangers w/ Perfect People, Blackhole, Lamentors @ Fubar 8 p.m. | $8-$10 Remember that band that made waves like seven years ago by calling out the FSU as a big gang of bullies? And then their singer got beat up a bunch of times for it? This is that band! Still smart, still confrontational and still making great hardcore punk music.(DH)

Also on Friday, check out the Quiet Concert series at Lemp Arts Center, the St. Louis Music Festival featuring Maze and Frankie Beverly and Eric Hall at Foam. Just click the links to learn more.

Video by Lo-Fi St. Louis

Saturday (February 15):

Wild Hex w/ The Funs, Little Big Bangs @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Schlafly Tap Room presents another great local showcase featuring some of the city's most unbridled, fun rock'n'rollers. For another great all-local bill, consider checking out Ransom Note, the Jungle Fire and Bug Chaser the night before. (MS)

Arctic Monkeys w/ Saint Motel @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $30-$32 You know 'em; you love 'em. Now go shell out $30 to see them -- those blokes from across the pond don't stop by little ol' St. Louis that often, you know? (DH)

Eliot Lipp w/ Goodness Gracious, Blaze Luminous 9 p.m. | $10-$13 Straight outta Brooklyn, Eliot Lipp has been making a name for himself in the EDM scene since 2004, when he released his debut album through Scott Herren of Prefuse 73. (DH)

Pet Sounds: A Benefit For Stray Rescue w/ Bluefish, Search Parties, Kelsey McClure, Jon Venegoni, Kenny Kinds, Via Dove @ Off Broadway 8:30 p.m. | free Music and comedic forces join together to save the animals! That is three of our favorite things all in one show. (DH)

Ruthie Foster & Eric Bibb @ 560 Music Center 8 p.m. | $20-$36 Grammy-nominated Ruthie Foster draws comparisons to both Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Blending blues and gospel with R&B, Foster performs with Eric Bibb, a finger-picking blues guitarist and vocalist. (MS)

Rye Bread & the Loafers CD Release w/ The CharFlies, Clayton Scott @ Way Out Club 9 p.m. | $5 Rye Bread & the Loafers are self-described "acoustic gospel punk" artists. Check out some tracks on Bandcamp. (MS)

Other options for Saturday include the Heartbreakers Brawl featuring DinoFight! at Ye Ole Haunt and Tyvek with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at Old Rock House. And for something to see on Sunday, put Cheap Art at Apop on your agenda.

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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