The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 21 to 23

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Speakers in Code's Fourth Anniversary featuring Houndmouth - Saturday, February 22 @ Plush. - PRESS PHOTO
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  • Speakers in Code's Fourth Anniversary featuring Houndmouth - Saturday, February 22 @ Plush.

Welcome to the weekend! Barenaked Ladies kick off Mardi Gras this Sunday during Soulard's annual Beggin' Pet Parade. Can they outshine the stage set by Kevin Bacon Band? Only time will tell. Our list of must-see goings-ons includes Garagefest at the Heavy Anchor, Speakers in Code's 4th Anniversary shindig at Plush and Brothers Lazaroff meets Elizabeth McQueen's latest collaboration at the Demo. Take your pick. There's plenty to get out and see.

Friday (February 21):

The Avett Brothers @ Peabody Opera House 7 p.m. | $35-$50 Folk rock powerhouses, the Avett Brothers, hit St. Louis with a three-day weekend bender of shows. Saturday's already sold-out, so catch 'em on Friday while you can. (MS)

MitiS w/ Big Red, Henzo, Seamz Legit @ 2720 Cherokee 7 p.m. | $15 Pennsylvania's MitiS grew up playing classical piano before making his was into the electronic music scene, even performing at Carnegie Hall. (DH)

Cove w/ Dopecopper, Liquor Lord, Animal Teeth, Bathhouse Boys @ Cusumano's Bar 10 p.m. | $5 This heavy-hitter features Cove from Nashville and Dopecopper from Baltimore, bringing crusty, metallic punk to Cusumano's (note: pairs nicely with the bar's pizza crust). Click on the links to have a listen. (MS)

Garagefest w/ Strangefellas, Holy Doldrums, Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals, Kenshiro's @ The Heavy Anchor 9 p.m. | $5-$12 Day two of Garagefest features some up-and-coming local projects. Learn more about Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals in this write-up by reporter Blair Stiles. Stick around for day three of the fest to check out White Mystery, Bruiser Queen, the Wheelers and Tiger Rider. (MS)

Also on Friday, consider checking out Tristen at the Firebird, the Third Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert at the Gramophone and Syna So Pro's album release at the Schlafly Tap Room. Just click on the links to read more on each show from our team of music critics.

Saturday (February 22):

Brothers Lazaroff & Elizabeth McQueen EP Release w/ Thelonius Kryptonite, Jenny and the Late Nite @ The Demo 10 p.m. | $7 Ex-Asleep at the Wheel singer Elizabeth McQueen pairs up with the Brothers Lazz for this collaborative release. Read more about it via an extensive interview by reporter Roy Kasten's. (MS)

Those Darlins w/ Diarrhea Planet, Speedboats @ Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $12-$15 Those Darlins, of course, but make sure you show up in time for Diarrhea Planet -- consistently a good time and fast becoming a favorite for St. Louis music fans. (DH)

Speakers in Code's 4th Anniversary w/ Houndmouth, Howell Dawdy @ Plush 9 p.m. | $10/$12 Speakers in Code, a homegrown music blog, celebrates four years with a line-up featuring Indiana's indie-folk-rockers Houndmouth and comic/poet Howell Dandy of Louisville, Kentucky. Click the links to learn more about each of these performers. (MS)

A couple other recommended options for Saturday include Skeletonwitch at the Firebird and Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society at Joe's Cafe. More info behind the links.

Sunday (February 23):

A.J. Croce @ Old Rock House 8:30 p.m. | $15-$22 The musical influence and background of A.J.'s parents, singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce, has resulted in no shortage of talent within their musician son, who shows flashes of his folks' sensibilities in his own work. (DH)

Off With Their Heads w/ I Am Heresy, The Haddonfields, The Scam @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $10-$12 Minneapolis' Off With Their Heads is a favorite among St. Louis pop-punk fans. Wonder why the Humanoids aren't on this one? (DH)

Roomrunner w/ Gnarwhal, Shaved Women, Stonechat @ CBGB 9 p.m. | $6 Nashville's Gnarwhal and Baltimore's Roomrunner bring noisy rock to St. Louis, with opening sets by two of St. Louis' best purveyors of subversive sounds. CBGB is always a great place for shows too -- just avoid the gin buckets if you want to function the next day. (DH)

Also for your consideration, Barenaked Ladies hit Soulard this Sunday at the annual Beggin' Pet Parade.

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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