The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 12 to 14

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Loot Rock Gang performs not once but twice on Saturday.
  • Loot Rock Gang performs not once but twice on Saturday.

"The best things in life are free." A bit cliché, but the old saying was made for weekends like these. Loot Rock Gang, Rum Drum Ramblers, Whiskey Myers and Hilary Scott are among the many artists performing here in St. Louis, free of charge. Whether you're penny pinching for the pricey X-Mas to come or you don't mind shelling out for live music, there's plenty to love all weekend long.

Friday, December 12

Brave Combo Friday, December 12 Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $15/$20 Good enough for the Simpsons; good enough for St. Louis. In fact, Brave Combo is just plain good. (DH)

Hilary Scott Friday, December 12 Vintage Vinyl 7:30 p.m. | free Scott's stop this weekend at Vintage Vinyl does not accompany a concert at a larger venue -- as is often the case. You'll have to wait until December 26 at Old Rock House for that. But, don't! In-stores are more intimate anyway. (DH)

Whiskey Myers Friday, December 12 Ballpark Village 8 p.m. | free Whiskey Myers is just the latest in a great run of country shows happening in St. Louis this month. The best part? You can catch this group free of charge at downtown's latest attraction (or distraction), Ballpark Village. (JH)

Saturday, December 13

Blue October Saturday, December 13 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $25-$30 I'm gonna go ahead and out myself: I don't think this band is nearly as bad as many of its contemporaries, and I am even willing to recommend that you attend its show. Please direct all ridicule to daniel.hill@riverfronttimes.com. (DH)

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band w/ The J. Geils Band Saturday, December 13 Scottrade Center 8 p.m. | $79.10-$99.55 Having just released a new album in October of this year, Seger is still kicking out the jams at nearly 70 years old. Have a listen to one of the new tracks, even if you'd rather just hear the classics at the show. It's only right. (DH)

The Hobosexuals Record Release Party w/ The Carondelettes, Demonlover Saturday, December 13 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $5 Pick up the Hobosexuals' new LP Definitive Dirtbag Vol. I via Big Muddy Records. And be sure to show up early enough to catch Demonlover and grab their latest, Moody Future, as well! (DH)

Lemuria w/ Prince Saturday, December 13 The Demo 8 p.m. | $10-$15 Lemuria has been around for a decade, but only recently gained critical acclaim. The band's tight sound blends crafty indie-rock songs with a hard punk edge. (JH)

Loot Rock Gang w/ The Rum Drum Ramblers Saturday, December 13 Blues City Deli 1 p.m. | free If 1 p.m. is too early for you, catch Loot Rock Gang (sans the Ramblers) at Plush later in the evening. But try to catch this show -- it's free! (JH)

Omoo Omoo w/ The Tory Z Starbuck Project, Willis Saturday, December 13 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Omoo Omoo seldom plays out, but the project brings heavy synth, blending the repetitive and meditative nature of ambient music with driving kraut rock influence. Willis is still St. Louis' best enigma wrapped up in a minimalist goth-punk package. (JH)

Sunday, December 14

The Wrong w/ King Worm, The Warden, Animal Teeth Sunday, December 14 Foam Coffee & Beer Update: This show has been moved to the "Babe Cave," which is also located on Cherokee Street. 8 p.m. | free While some music fans might judge a song by its quality or cleanliness of the playing itself, there are some groups who push back against the notion that all bands subscribe to the same standards. Chicago punk outfit The Wrong isn't a total mess, but the guitars do revel in mud alongside sharp, scattershot drumming. The band's recent demo invokes the same masculine rip that governs the hardcore genre by and large -- but with a heavy shot of estrogen. Shrieking vocals pierce The Wrong's guttural tone, carrying atop songs that burn out quick before wearing out any kind of welcome. Aesthetics aside, there's enough catchiness to be had here, even for dabblers of punk rock. (JH)

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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