The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 28 to March 2

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Air Dubai - Saturday, March 1 @ The Firebird. - PRESS PHOTO
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  • Air Dubai - Saturday, March 1 @ The Firebird.

Have you ever had a run of really shitty luck? Like, really bad?

Recently St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight, whom we've named as the best rock band in town from time to time, had a particularly bad run, starting with the mid-January theft of their touring van and ending with the subsequent discovery of said van smashed to unrecognizable pieces at a local scrapyard. KKF will be playing a benefit show to get some new wheels this weekend at Off Broadway -- stop on by and contribute to the cause; they could certainly use the assistance.

More show recommendations after the jump.

Friday (February 28):

Bible Belt Sinners Video Release Party w/ Jefferson Avenue Duo @ Lemp Grand Hall 7 p.m. | $10 To ramp up to Mardi Gras, Bible Belt Sinners release a new vadio for its song "Lake Michigan" from an upcoming album called Sunday Best. Karaoke closes out the night. (MS)

Ded Weight Release w/ Willis, The Vanilla Beans, Playing Possum, Animal Teeth @ Livery Company 9 p.m. | free This zine release show features a collective of young, fun bands who "like arts" and "like farts." See what these whippersnappers conjure up over a beer or a few at this south city speakeasy. (MS)

Mass Appeal - Dre Day w/ DJ Mahf, Grocery, Big Once, Kool Hersh, Pickel, Trew @ The Gramophone 9 p.m. | $5 It's Dre Day -- and everybody's celebratin'. (DH)

Old Salt Union @ Stagger Inn Again 10 p.m. | $2 Make sure to congratulate the boys in Old Salt Union for that whole "playing at Daytona 500" thing. Its kiiiiiind of a big deal. (DH)

Popular Mechanics @ Vintage Vinyl 7 p.m. | free Local rock group Popular Mechanics recently put out a music video and a new album, which critic Christian Schaeffer proclaims "smart songs, rock efficiency and punk wit. Click the links to read more and catch 'em for free in the Delmar Loop. (MS)

Also on Friday, check out 2 Chainz at the Chaifetz Arena and Tok's CD Release show at Schlafly Tap Room. Click the links for concise previews, and check out this week's music feature on Tok.

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Saturday (March 1):

Air Dubai w/ Itch, Gateway Getaway @ The Firebird 6:30 p.m. | $13-$15 Denver's Air Dubai is a six-piece hi-hop group well known for its energy and jazzy sound. Now signed to Hopeless Records, the group was also one of the early group's announced for 2014's Warped Tour lineup. (DH)

Aquitaine w/ Final Veil, The Tory Starbuck Project @ The Crack Fox 8 p.m. | $8 RFT Music writer Christian Schaeffer praised Aquitaine for its "heavily effected guitar tones, moody atmospherics and icy vocals" in this review of the group's latest, American Pulverizer, Part 2. Hear it for yourself, in a live setting! (DH)

Hank w/ Capys, Stonechat @ Lemp Arts Center 8 p.m. | $5 Hank and Capys make the trek from mid-Illinois to play math rock for you. Click the links to hear some tracks. (MS)

Psycho Beach Party w/ Go! Tsunami, The Mad Titans @ Plush 9 p.m. | free Live surf-rock at Plush! Go for the music, stay for the macaroni and cheeseburgers. (DH)

Zydeco Crawdaddies w/ Bedlam Brothers & the Big Easy Review @ Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen 1 p.m. | free In an event dubbed "Pardi Gras," Zydeco Crawdaddies channel bayou sounds throughout the day while the Bedlam Brothers serve up some musical gumbo. If you're looking for a way to get festive, this is the way to go. (MS)

For a couple more options, peruse these two recommendations: Kentucky Knife Fight plays a benefit to raise funds for its stolen van at Off Broadway and the Dive Poets perform at the Gramophone.

Also on Sunday, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play the Pageant. More on Jones in this week's cover story: "Soul Survivor: She's conquered cancer, now Sharon Jones is ready to reclaim the stage."

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