All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for December 28-29

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The last weeknight edition for 2011:
Wednesday, December 28
Dock Ellis Band / Lonesome Cowboy Ryan and His Dried-up Teardrops / Arson for Candy
El Leñador  3124 Cherokee  10-1  $5 (21+ only)   Smoke-free
It’s a twang-centric line-up for the final Stag Nite of 2011. Classic C&W covers and hilarious originals from DEB. LCRaHD-uT are the South City Three (without Pokey LaFarge), dishing out some old-school honky-tonk. AfC are two ladies who split their time between here and Austin (Jennifer Roques has now moved back here full-time, I believe), entertaining both sites with a blend of country, blues, and folk, with very tasty vocals.
$1 cans of Stag until midnight, and good food until you’re told the kitchen is closed.
Thursday, December 29
Murder by Death / Royal Smokestacks / Strawfoot
Off Broadway  3509 Lemp  9-12  $12 advance/15 door (+2 under 21)  Smoke-free
The year is about to exhale one last time, so it’s appropriate to have a show filled with songs of death and despair, I suppose.

Bloomington, Ind.’s MbD deal in the Gothicana sound that blends folk and rock with frequently-dark lyrical themes. 88.1 KDHX DJ Chris Bay offers a perspective on them for the RFT. RS are fronted by Pat Eagan (Monads), and offer a energetic style of folk-ish rock. S also offer up darkly-themed songs, but with a more bluegrass-tinged sound.
DinoFight! / Spot-Ons / Jedi Nighties / Langen Neubacher
The Heavy Anchor  5226 Gravois  9-12  $5 (21+ only)  Smoke-free
This is another Girlfight show, with all or mostly-female acts featured. A fun, primal mix of punk/surf/rock from DF! I haven’t heard S-O. Blues-y rock from JN. Solo folk from LN.  
Your humble servant,

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