Hey diddle diddle: The easiest way to identify the poisonous brown recluse spider is by the shiny violin pattern on its head which has garnered it the nickname "fiddleback." While same-named St. Louis jazz fiddle trio FiddleBack (www.fiddleback.org) are hardly venomous, they are indeed infectious, nesting in the ears with impressive aplomb. Best of all, you don't need a can of Raid to catch them at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, with special guests the St. Louis Fiddle Ensemble. The concert is at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900), and tickets are $6 in advance or $8 the day of the show.
Saturday school: Class, you are being assigned one 4 p.m. class this Saturday, January 14, with Rushmore Academy. Please arrive promptly at the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard; 314-621-9333), and bring an aptitude for local bouncy power-punk and a No. 2 pencil. Also included is a field trip to Amsterband, where we will witness the progressive and unpredictable piano-driven rock of the natives. Additionally, you will learn about Addictive Behavior, the Treaty of Paris and Arus. And please, don't drop any of the F-Bombs (although they are playing, too). Tickets are $8 for kids 21 and over, $10 for those under.
Dog food for thought: If Neil Armstrong had released a spacesuit-clad dog on the moon, what sort of soundtrack might have accompanied its buoyant jaunt? I would speculate something reminiscent of a Led Zeppelin-Pink Floyd groove with a dash of psychedelic funk sort of like the sound produced by the appropriately named St. Louis duo Moondog Freed. Strap on your moon boots, grab Fido and test this theory at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue; 314-773-3363), where they are playing with Fattback and Rebecca Hays. Tickets are $6.