The 5 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend, January 11 to 13

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The Knuckles will perform at the Bootleg on Saturday as part of the S.L.U.M. Fest Awards. - DANIEL HILL
  • DANIEL HILL
  • The Knuckles will perform at the Bootleg on Saturday as part of the S.L.U.M. Fest Awards.
Each week we bring you our picks for the best shows of the weekend! To submit your show for consideration, click here. All events subject to change; check with the venue for the most up-to-date information.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

Drool w/ Sewingneedle, Little Big Bangs, Kids
8 p.m. CBGB, 3163 South Grand Boulevard. $5. No phone.
Chicago duo Drool dresses a loose-fitting sleeve of noise around a shapely set of punk played in slow motion. Circular riffs leak out from the guitar, feeding into a structure that sees each part degrade a little with each repetition. It’s like memory, which we now know works a lot like a game of telephone: Each time we recall events, we’re really calling back to the last time we remembered them. Drool’s subtle use of looping and octaves applies a similar feeling through quick songs that rarely pass the two-minute mark. DROOL II, a full-length follow-up to years of tapes and EPs, is set to release a mere week after this show, so expect new songs in the set.

Sad Cops w/ St. Villagers, John Hawkwood’s Blackfoot Sun
9 p.m. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street. Free. 314-241-2337.
Sad Cops crafts the kind of polished power-pop you might expect from a band whose members spent their formative years moonlighting in church bands. The band’s first EP was even made in the depths of a huge church in Coppell, Texas. A far cry from Christian rock, the group spends most of its time in Denton, a college town known for its solid DIY scene and exports of emo bands. And Sad Cops is no slouch in that scene, with a handful of solid EPs and one full-length under its collective belt.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12



Hit Like a Girl w/ Jupiter Styles, Carte De Visite, Flourescent
9 p.m. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 South Jefferson Avenue. $5. 314-772-2100.
You won’t be able to grab any Hit Like a Girl merch at this show, which is a shame, because that’s a great name to wear across your chest. Instead, the folk-rock outfit opts to sell goods from No More Dysphoria, a nonprofit that aids transgender individuals in transition. At the center of both the band and the organization is Nicolle Maroulis, a non-binary/queer artist based in Montclair, New Jersey. The band itself is an evolution of Maroulis’ humble start with little more than an acoustic guitar and a voice. Now Hit Like a Girl is run as a collective, with an amalgam of collaborators who rotate in and out to flesh out its lush, indie-leaning sound.

In the Mouth of Radness w/ Path of Might, Van Buren, Beyonder
8 p.m. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway. $5. No phone.
What In the Mouth of Radness lacks in subtlety — that name! — is made up for by bliss-inducing bass riffs running roughshod over cannon-fire drumming. Singer and bassist Noah Koester pushes out lyrics in frantic bursts, as if he were coming up for air between what has to be a test of endurance on the four-string. Any track off the aptly titled Radsterpiece Theatre is proof-positive of the Iowa duo’s sugar-snorting brand of math metal. St. Louis has its own set of bass-and-drum shredders with Van Buren, which will lend local support hot off the heels of debut Flameless Forge.

S.L.U.M. Fest 2019 Hip-Hop Awards w/ the Knuckles, Bates, T Dubb O and many more
8 p.m. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Avenue. $5. 314-775-0775.
There are few entities as integral to St. Louis music as S.L.U.M. Fest, run by a collection of luminaries with their fingers on the pulse of local hip-hop. It’s no secret that winning an award through S.L.U.M. Fest really means something. Sure, it’s a stepping stone for a select few on their way to broader success, but these hip-hop awards exist primarily so fans can take a look back at the last twelve months while getting primed for the year to come. Whether you’re a lapsed fan or a diehard or you’re new to local hip-hop altogether, consider S.L.U.M. Fest a one-size-fits-all guide to regional rap that’s been proven year after year.

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