This weekend brings big events with a bittersweet aftertaste. On Friday night, beloved hip-hop fusion group Lojic returns for one night only -- just enough time for fans to lament the loss of a favorite band once again. Both Kentucky Knife Fight and Ded Bugs play their last shows on Saturday, so the rare connoisseur of both punk and Americana will have to make a tough choice between the two. Of special mention is the recently announced Thollem McDonas solo gig at the Tavern of Fine Arts on Friday. A world-class pianist who has worked with the likes of Nels Cline, William Parker and Deerhoof? Sign us up.
Friday, November 21
Charlie Daniels Band Friday, November 21 River City Casino & Hotel 8 p.m. | $35-$55 Wanna see/hear the WORST THING on the entire Internet? Behold "The Devil Went Down to Jamaica," a parody of Daniels' best-known song, but with a marijuana theme. A friend showed this to me once, and now I must purge the evil by spreading it. Sorry, everybody. (DH)
Dwarves w/ The Queers, Pears Friday, November 21 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $15 Roughly 30 years in, the Dwarves are still kicking hard. As evidenced by this August's "The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll," not a lot has changed for the band over the decades -- and that's a good thing. Listen for yourself here. Be warned: The cover art is NSFW (but you should have already known that). (DH)
Falling Fences Album Release w/ The Aching Hearts Friday, November 21 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $10-$13 Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $7,000, Falling Fences releases its debut double-LP at this show. Show up early, and don't miss the Aching Hearts! (DH)
Lojic Reunion Show w/ Village Idiot, Mathias and the Pirates, Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters, DJ Mahf Friday, November 21 Plush 7 p.m. | $10/$15 Lojic is another underrated local act that could have easily headlined major venues but, for whatever reason, their signature blend of hip-hop, funk and rock didn't quite break through. Although this is the group's first gig in several years, that doesn't mean Lojic is back in full effect. Whether you're an old fan or remember seeing the name around town during the '00s, this could be your last chance to catch the band live. (JH)
Thollem McDonas November 21 Tavern of Fine Arts 8 p.m. | free Last time Thollem McDonas performed in St. Louis, he formed last-minute ensembles featuring Eric Hall, Dave Stone, Ryan Wasoba, Mike Herr (of Kisser) and more. Besides his collaborations with Nels Cline, William Parker, John Dieterich (of Deerhoof) and others, McDonas is known for his fierce, pointillist approach to the piano. (JH)
Saturday, November 22
The Ataris w/ Teenage Kicks Saturday, November 22 Fubar 8 p.m. | $12 The Ataris dubbed this outing the "You Call the Shots" tour, meaning that the band will exclusively play fan requests at this show. (Don't ask for "Boys of Summer." Don't be that guy.) (DH)
Dads w/ Tiny Moving Parts Saturday, November 22 The Demo 8 p.m. | $12 There's a disturbing trend of emo groups putting some form of "dad" or "father" in their band names. Dads from LA obviously went the direct and simple route -- a major contrast to the band's lush and layered songs. Tiny Moving Parts tends to come through every few months. They must adore our river city, so go out and show them that it's not an unrequited love. (JH)
Ded Bugs Farewell Show w/ Million Hits, Whoa Thunder Saturday, November 22 Schlafly Tap Room 8 p.m. | free Back in May, founding member Matt Meyer revealed that the Ded Bugs called it quits after a string of shows in 2014. Well, the time has come, and you should be sad. Although Ded Bugs has slowed down in recent years, it was one of the most fun (and most active) bands through the '90s and early '00s. Thanks to early social-media site STLpunk.com, many people consider this era to be the local punk heyday because of the strong, interconnected community. Come see the band that kept one goal in mind for 25 years: to have fun. (JH)
Kentucky Knife Fight Farewell Show w/ Whiskey Folk, Christian Lee Hutson Saturday, November 22 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10 2014 has been a bittersweet year for the boys in Kentucky Knife Fight. Back in January, we reported that the band's van had been stolen -- and subsequently obliterated. Members of KKF met with us last month and expressed the feelings and frustrations that led to the band's split. Like or not, this is your last shot to see one of St. Louis' most underrated bands. (JH)
Sunday, November 23
The Mavericks Sunday, November 23 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $55 When you think of country music, you don't usually think of Latino influences, and certainly not the Cuban American culture of Miami. Or at least you wouldn't were it not for the Mavericks, the greatest country band of the '90s, fronted by one of the genre's very greatest singers, Cuban American Raúl Francisco Martínez-Malo Jr., a.k.a. Raul Malo. The Mavericks' fusion of Latin pop, Texas rockabilly and the driving, jangling Bakersfield sound resulted in massive hits before Malo departed to pursue a solo career. But the band's 2013 reunion album In Time and its subsequent tour have reminded fans of just how thrilling maverick country can be. (RK)
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas, and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.
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