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It's true. Hard times beget hard times. But hard times also beget country music -- real country music, not the pop schlock that occupies a seat on the Voice.

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The Old Rock House was not rocking on Sunday night; it was swinging. Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers brought their clever jazz improvisations to an attentive crowd, weaving classical, blues and jazz sounds into a psychedelic sonic wave of dreams.

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Don't mess with his microphone. Crank it up and keep it loud. Standing well over six feet, and sporting a "Sex, Drugs and Rap" shirt, the one and only Ghostface Killah brought his aggressive yet intricate delivery to St. Louis on Saturday night, proving why he's one of the most impressive rappers of Wu Tang descent.

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Dressed head-to-toe in stark white and blitzing the House of Blues in Chicago with the incendiary "Witness," Little Jimmy Urine perfectly encapsulated Mindless Self Indulgence in his first 15 seconds on stage: "I am the best...fuck everybody else."

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There was wine on every table with glasses that couldn't stay full. The crowd at Jazz at the Bistro buzzed with a friendly familiarity and mingled between tables waiting for the night's second set, featuring James Carter and the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, to begin.

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The Dublin, Ireland four-piece Kodaline, previously known as 21 Demands, opened with a set of breezy tunes helmed by Stephen Garrigan's nigh-falsetto vocals. The sound played multilayered and grandiose, like a more alternative rock version of Mumford & Sons, with crashing waves of piano, acoustic strumming and vibrant bass.

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More than 30,000 music lovers, myself included, headed south last week to Live Oak, Fla. for the eighth annual Wanee Music Festival. Conceived by the Allman Brothers Band nearly a decade ago, the band still holds down the festival with two nights of headlining sets, flanked by their extended "family" of bands as well as other like-minded acts.

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Samuel Fickie opened with a set of introspective tunes full of write my essay for me romantic import. His tone was lovelorn with sparkling bits of darkened humor complete with elements of local St. Louis insight twisted atop.

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Middle ground doesn't exist when it comes to Bob Dylan shows. The response is either, "I can't believe I walked six blocks in the rain for this," or "I have printed set lists from every show he's played in the past five years! Do you want to see them?" I overheard both of those snippets within seconds of standing among the rain-besotted crowd in the Peabody's lobby.

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Josh Ritter returned to St. Louis for a jam-packed show at Plush on Saturday, April 20.

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