The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: March 27 to 29

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Local College radio stations KSLU and KWUR team up with the Kranzberg Arts Center to present ambient artist Tim Hecker on Friday night. - PRESS PHOTO
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  • Local College radio stations KSLU and KWUR team up with the Kranzberg Arts Center to present ambient artist Tim Hecker on Friday night.

Face it, spring is in full effect and it's time to shed that winter weight. All the Leftover Salmon at the Old Rock House can't be good for that waistline. You never liked Fleetwood Mac anyway, and the fact that the band is back with its classic lineup won't tear you away from the treadmill. Don't bother going out on Saturday either, free-jazz legend Matthew Shipp is a calorie counter's nightmare -- let's not get started on the free show at Music Record Shop that afternoon. No, you need to hit the gym and work on that beach bod before the RFT Music Showcase later this summer. Speaking of which, nominations are open for the 2015 RFT Music Awards.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Fleetwood Mac Friday, March 27 Scottrade Center 8 p.m. | $46.50-$176.50 Reunited and it feels so good! Be sure to check out our print music feature for the week, an interview with Mick Fleetwood about the return of his band's classic lineup. (DH)

KSLU, KWUR (90.3 FM) and the Billiken Club present Tim Hecker w/ Travis Bursik Friday, March 27 Kranzberg Arts Center 7 p.m. | $15 By Joseph Hess Tim Hecker's work spans the spectrum of electronic music, ranging from subtle, minimalist beats to a lumbering, expansive stretch of ambient noise. Despite being lauded on hype sites such as Pitchfork and Noisey, Hecker still remains a mostly unsung hero of experimental sound. (JH)

Humdrum w/ Good English, Army Of Infants, Shitstorm, Sole Loan Friday, March 27 Foam Coffee & Beer 8 p.m. | free Humdrum returns after a lengthy hiatus. If you haven't already, check out the band's 2013 EP We Are Electricity, recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Welcome Shitstorm back from its last tour and wish it luck for the next -- that's one of the hardest working bands in the city. (JH)

Leftover Salmon w/ Old Salt Union Friday, March 27 Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $25-$45 So much Salmon it couldn't all fit in one day! If you missed Thursday's show, fear not -- head right back to Old Rock House, where the band will be doing it all over again. (DH)

Los Folkloristas Friday, March 27 The Sheldon 8 p.m. | $35-$40 45 years running and with over 40 musicians throughout that time, Mexico City's Los Folkloristas is a bonafide traditional Latin American music institution. (DH)

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

Cree Rider Family Band w/ Hilary Scott, Emily Wallace Saturday, March 28 Off Broadway 7:30 p.m. | $8-$10 Consider Cree Rider this city's pre-eminent practitioner of modular folk. Rider works well in any setting he chooses -- as a solo act, accompanied by his fiancée Cheryl Wheeler, as a member of the trio ARR!, or fully formed with his Family Band. (CS)

FarFetched Label Showcase II w/ Abnormal, Mathias & the Pirates Saturday, March 28 Music Record Shop 2 p.m. | free Part two of the FarFetched label showcase. Don't worry, you won't be too lost if you missed part one. The plot is easy to follow: St. Louis crew creates outstanding music for eager fans. There, you're all caught up. (DH)

KDHX 88.1 FM and New Music Circle present Matthew Shipp w/ Michael Bisio Saturday, March 28 The Stage at KDHX 7:30 p.m. | $10-$20 Matthew Shipp flips free-jazz on its head with a punk rock fervor. He brings longtime collaborator and bassist Michael Bisio for a night of free improvisation. This show comes as part of New Music Circle's spring season -- that means flexible pricing for artists and struggling music supporters. (JH)

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Black Pussy w/ Daybringer, Big Blonde Sunday, March 29 The Demo 8 p.m. | $8-$14 How do you feel about that name? What about the fact that the band contains no female members or African Americans? Does that make a difference? Because some people are in quite an uproar about it, though the band seems to be taking it in stride. (DH)

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus w/ A Skylit Drive, Wolves At The Gate, For the Win, A Promise To Burn, Make Room, Eurydice Sunday, March 29 The Firebird 6:15 p.m. | $15-$17 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus forges ahead with its hard rock meets power pop in proper anthemic style. This show starts a bit sooner than usual, so arrive on time and don't miss a minute of this stacked bill on a Sunday night. (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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