by Joseph Hess
February 14 is an absolute mess. Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras on a Saturday night? Enjoy the city-wide walk of shame on Sunday. While Craigslist's "missed connections" will blow up like never before -- take heart -- love can still be found within the sea of booze and beads. From Acid Kat's punk-rock party to a '90s music festival, this weekend is sure to live up to the hype.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Heavy Horse Tape Release Show w/ Laika, Gilliam, Anodes Friday, February 13 Foam Coffee & Beer 9 p.m. | free Heavy Horse is heavy indeed; the trio takes the raw-throated vitriol of hardcore and channels it through the structure-blurring methods of post-rock. The songs on 2013's A Dialogue Between Us can be slinky and sludgy ("Never Forgotten, Always Changed") or take the form of a pneumatic squall ("Tomahawk"). The band's latest, The Spoils of Youth Laid Waste by Age, will be available at this show in cassette form. (CS)
Whitey Morgan & the 78's w/ Joe Fletcher Friday, February 13 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $12-$18 From 10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To: Whitey Morgan and the 78's is the greatest country band you've never heard. In the country bar of your wildest dreams, this is what plays on the jukebox while you double-fist Miller High Life and shots of Fireball, including everything from rockers to weepers, honky-tonks to cheaters. (NP)
You Blew It! w/ Tiny Moving Parts, Rozwell Kid Friday, February 13 The Demo 8 p.m. | $10-$12 You Blew It! funnels the expressive yells of early emo into layered post-hardcore. The band's bright mix of pop-sensible riffs hits hard while knowing precisely when to pull its punches. Minnesota's Tiny Moving Parts seems to visit St. Louis every other month -- come reciprocate the love this Valentine's Day weekend. (JH)
Pepperland: The Beatles Revue Friday, February 13 Cicero's 8 p.m. | $7 Naturally, St. Louis has its own Beatles cover band in Pepperland, an offshoot of the popular jam band Madahoochi. And while the four blokes and one bird in the quintet don't dress up in Nehru jackets, they perform the Beatles songbook with a bluesy energy instead of slavish devotion. (CS)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
The Beach Boys Saturday, February 14 Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts 8 p.m. | $49.50-$79.50 Recently reunited with original lead singer Mike Love, the Beach Boys plays all the hits you might expect alongside rare cuts. The band is all smiles and sunshine, and really, what better soundtrack to a frigid day in February? (JH)
Acid Kat's 3rd Birthday/Calentine's Day Party w/ Cal and the Calories, CHUD, Laffing Gas, the Cowboys, Boreal Hills, Soda Boys Saturday, February 14 Foam Coffee & Beer 7 p.m. | $6 Cupid's stupid reign of terror will come to an abrupt halt as Acid Kat celebrates its third year of weirding out readers all across the Mississppi River territory. Not to be outshined, Cal and the Calories (an alter ego of multinational corporate punk sensation Lumpy) has finally graced us with a new record. On top of all that, three of Bloomington's best (CHUD, Laffing Gas, and the Cowboys) are coming through to help wallow in the grimy underbelly of St. Louis' lonely hearts club. (JE)
G. Love & Special Sauce w/ Matt Costa Saturday, February 14 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $22.50-$25 G. Love & Special Sauce beautifully straddles the line between rap, funk, blues and R&B. And the band -- with frontman Garrett Dutton, drummer Jeffrey Clemens and bassist Jim Prescott -- is able to maintain its alternative hip-hop sound while covering myriad subjects, including beverages, cereal, love and rodeo clowns. (TM)
Jason Isbell w/ Damien Jurado Saturday, February 14 Peabody Opera House 8 p.m. | $35-$45 Be sure to read our feature story this week on Jason Isbell, and how his newfound sobriety may have quite literally saved his life. (DH)
Langhorne Slim w/ Cory Chisel Saturday, February 14 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $15/$18 Pray for vehicular dependability, Slim fans. Also, it'd be neat if Conan O'Brien came with as well, but I guess we shouldn't hold our breath. (DH)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing Sunday, February 15 Jazz at the Bistro 10 a.m. | $34.95 By Joseph Hess From Best Band St. Louis 2014: Tommy Halloran and his backing band perform live almost every night of the week -- every week of the year. You'd think that a schedule like that could become a wearisome drag, but day after day Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing hits with power, versatility and -- if you couldn't tell by the bandmates' smiling faces -- absolute glee. Besides blowing through classic covers and standards, the band is distinct and original, teetering between jazz and blues. And, really, no two shows are the same as Halloran often brings in other players to expand on the band's already huge sound. Maybe Dave Stone will join to play saxophone at a small gig at Blues City Deli, or they'll bring on a marimba player at Herbie's Vintage 72. No big deal. Just the best band in St. Louis, doing its thing -- and worth seeing every time.
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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