Best Rock Club

The Firebird

The Firebird undoubtedly earned this year's award for "Best Rock Club," but in this case the word "rock" may be a bit of a misnomer. Yes, the club frequently caters to a rock crowd, but its overwhelming appeal is primarily in its eclectic how-the-fuck-did-they-get-that-band booking. No matter what your personal tastes are, it is likely that one of your favorite bands has been to the Firebird. An inquisitive look at the club's 2012 concert calendar reveals staggering findings: Sludge-metal punk the Melvins sold out the joint in May. Hip-hop tastemakers Diplo and Chiddy Bang played an unannounced Axe-sponsored show in March. Death-metal legend Deicide hasn't played a show in St. Louis in fifteen years — guess which club convinced the band to come to town. Still not a believer? We'll just throw out a few more names for good measure: Naked Raygun, Gaslight Anthem, Lil B, Mission of Burma, Doomtree, Mayer Hawthorne and the County, Propagandhi...skeptical still? You probably listen to some obscure genre of music, like "sissy bounce" — and you probably didn't realize that even the Queen Diva, Big Freedia herself knows that in St. Louis, the Firebird is the place to be.

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