The 5 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend, January 18 to 20

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The Burney Sisters will perform at the Ready Room on Friday, January 18. - AMBER THIESSEN
  • AMBER THIESSEN
  • The Burney Sisters will perform at the Ready Room on Friday, January 18.
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 18


Greensky Bluegrass w/ Circles Around the Sun
8 p.m. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $25-$30. 314-726-6161.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, boasts one of the more lush and underrated music scenes in America. Within it resides Greensky Bluegrass, the kind of genre-bending band one might expect from a college town with so much heart. Putting “bluegrass” in the name is something of a clever parlor trick, as the group barely fits the mold. Take it as a bold declaration that, contrary to whoever might feel otherwise, this is the band’s take on the style, through and through. All for Money might be the name of Greensky Bluegrass’ latest full-length, but the Kalamazoo crew is quick to quip, “Clearly, we aren’t a band all for money.” That doesn’t mean its members don’t deserve a little for breaking new ground in Americana.

Animal Years w/ the Burney Sisters
8 p.m. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue. $10. 314-833-3929.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one: A rock band holes up in a cabin somewhere in the woods to make an album that stands the test of time. Sure, it’s a cliché at this point, but a little seclusion and a lot of focus make for a good record, as demonstrated by Animal Years’ 2017 release Far From Home. In this case, the indie rock outfit worked with Ryan Hadlock, producer of both the Lumineers and Vance Joy, to churn out an EP that’s proof positive of the band’s enduring sound. Columbia’s Burney Sisters share equal billing on this show, with sweet, carefully crafted folk that could make you forget that both of its members are too young to drive. The rest of the country will catch up with Missouri’s best-kept secret soon, no doubt.

Ramones Tribute w/ 120 Minutes
9 p.m. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway. $8. 314-621-8811.
The normally cover-band-friendly St. Louis has been slow to warm to punk tributes, but a tribute to the Ramones is surely the exception that proves the rule. At this point, the group seems as American as apple pie. It’s fitting that Broadway Oyster Bar has brought in a few raucous acts to break in its newly christened stage, and the show itself should be a proper band sandwich, with the Ramones tribute as the meaty center. The bread is two sets of punk and alternative rock under the name 120 Minutes — a nod to the long-running MTV show made popular in the mid-’90s. Buried in the band’s backlog are covers from both Fugazi and Devo, bringing deep cuts for fans of post-punk and new wave.



SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Midwest Avengers w/ Anthony Lucius

8 p.m. The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard. $20. 314-533-9900.
Midwest Avengers uses the term “hip-hop” loosely. In addition to the rappers it borrows from, the group cites both Nine Inch Nails and Pink Floyd as key influences, which might seem strange for people who haven’t explored Midwest Avengers’ expansive body of work. Now in its 27th year, the group puts its genre splicing under a microscope at the Sheldon while doing something else it’s long been known for: uplifting new and young talent. Opener Anthony Lucius blends golden-era hip-hop with the sharp edge of modern rap and an emphasis on production — a full package to be sure.

Sarah Davachi and Lea Bertucci
8 p.m. Link Auction Galleries, 5000 Washington Place. $10 to $20. 314-454-6525.
New Music Circle presents a pair of solo sets that range from longform, synth-driven pieces to vibrant manipulations of saxophone and clarinet. LA-based Canadian composer Sarah Davachi has a master’s degree in electronic music and is currently a doctoral student of musicology. Davachi is also well traveled, having performed throughout the states and several continents including Europe, Asia and Australia. Sound artist Lea Bertucci revels in the aura of processed saxophone, scultping sonorous walls through a careful balance of feedback and extended technique. Both performers exhibit a keen understanding of space while working to bring out a shared voice between themselves and a given show’s venue.

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