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Ludo

Friday, September 30; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)

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Anyone who accuses St. Louis bands of having no ambition hasn't heard Ludo. This summer alone the quintet's traveled to Cleveland to play shows hyping a new cell-phone company, opened for Goldfinger at SOKA Fest and recorded a new album, Broken Bride. In fact, Bride contains all the trappings befitting its rock-opera tag: a dramatic story arc involving death, zombies, dragons and rebirth, all wrapped up in music ranging from Ludo's trademark Weezer-esque crunch to Star Wars-epic strings and even some moody synth-prog shuffle and medieval monk chants thrown in for good measure.

Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $10; call 314-421-3853 for more information.

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