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8 p.m. Friday, December 23. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $10.


>Time to check in on Kristeen Young, the St. Louis native with a keyboard, big hair and a much bigger vocal range. After nearly a decade of playing every venue like it was the Pageant, she actually got there when Morrissey tapped her to open for a 2007 tour. One fan, observed by a reviewer for the RFT, succinctly summed up the city's general response: "God, I wish she would shut the fuck up." But it is no longer 2007, and she returns on the heels of another tour with Moz. She's taken the space from her band's moniker and released some new material — notably this year's V the Volcanic, a concept EP based on the perspectives of supporting characters in some of her favorite movies.

Homework: Watch Young's newest video for "Fantastic Failure," which is chock-full of STL pride. Friends?