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Week of January 19, 2006

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Cuddle-core fuzz-heads Dressy Bessy return to St. Louis for the third time in the past six months, this time headlining an all-ages show at Cicero's (6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-0009) with Maxtone Four and Tight Pants Syndrome at 9 p.m. Saturday, January 21. Tickets are $10 for those over 21, $13 for those under. .... Another St. Louis fave, bluesy bar-burners the Black Diamond Heavies, hit Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street; 314- 351-5711) Wednesday, January 25. The band will also appear at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) the following Friday at 8 p.m. .... Hotly tipped local rapper Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R. — whose single, "Always," recently hit No. 6 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart — performs at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444) at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, January 21, with The Elite (starring Vandalyzm), John Hill, Black Spade and others. Cover is $5. .... Inspired by the late afrobeat master Fela Kuti, Chicago Afrobeat Project brings its mix of percussive funk, soul and house music to Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue; 314-773-3363) Friday, January, 20 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $7.

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