11 Concerts You Must Check Out this February

By Katie Davis
In Culture

It’s time to brave the cold weather this February because St. Louis is absolutely filled with awesome concerts to see. From alt-rock group The Pixies‘ headlining tour of The Peabody to country superstars Lady Antebellum’s highly anticipated concert to rapper 2 Chainz and his upcoming show, there are concerts all across the genre map this month.

Many of the shows (including The Pixies, Neutral Milk Hotel and Story of the Year) are also reunion tours and either sold out or selling out quickly, so be sure to read our previews below and get your tickets ASAP.

Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel. Photo courtesy of The Pageant.

Neutral Milk Hotel
Feb. 5, The Pageant
Fans of indie band Neutral Milk Hotel are both excited and curious about the band’s sold-out show  with the band playing their original 1998 album “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” in its entirety. After the album’s release, Neutral Milk Hotel went on a long hiatus and only began performing again a few years ago. For show information, visit The Pageant’s website.

The Pixies
Feb. 6, Peabody Opera House
Genre-defying alt-rock band The Pixies reunited in 2003 after years of separation to the delight of fans. Now, after bassist Kim Deal has left the group and Paz Lenchantin has joined, the crazy rockers are at it again, making new music with the release of three EPs and a huge tour. Buy tickets online.

Story of the Year
Feb. 7, The Pageant
St. Louis-based punk-rock group Story of the Year announced a reunion and tour back in March 2013 to celebrate ten years since the release of debut album “Page Avenue.” After a few years of no new music and very few (mostly local) shows, the band’s back on the road and even rumored to be working on a fifth studio album. Get tickets online.

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums. Photo courtesy of The Pageant.

Fitz and the Tantrums
Feb. 10, The Pageant
Fitz and the Tantrums have a one-of-a-kind sound, described by music critics as neo soul or indie-pop. Between lead singers Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick, and with numerous instruments used throughout their tunes, these folks have a bigger-than-life feel. Buy tickets online.

The Airborne Toxic Event
Feb. 12, The Pageant
Classical music meets edgy rock with The Airborne Toxic Event, the alt-rockers based out of L.A. that are known for using orchestral arrangements throughout their music and for working closely with the Calder Quartet in the past. Expect to hear older music as well as some of the newer tracks from third album “Such Hot Blood,” released in 2013. Get your tickets online.

Lady Antebellum
Feb. 13, Chaifetz Arena
Country-pop trio Lady Antebellum has only increased in popularity and reach since it worked with Jim Brickman and created music for MTV television series The Hills in 2007. A Grammy Award and multiple albums later, the group is touring again and playing hits like “Need You Now” as well as music from 2013’s “Golden.” Tickets available online.

Arctic Monkeys
Feb. 15, The Pageant
British psychedelic indie-rockers Arctic Monkeys have been going strong and continually releasing top-notch music since the debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” back in 2006. Now, with last year’s release of fifth studio album “AM” and its multiple guest appearances including Josh Homme and Elvis Costello’s drummer Pete Thomas, the band’s ready for the road and performing as strong as ever. Buy tickets online.

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers. Photo courtesy of Peabody Opera House.

The Avett Brothers
Feb. 20-22, Peabody Opera House
North Carolina folk-meets-bluegrass rockers The Avett Brothers have come a long way in the last decade with Grammy performances, Billboard-topping music and now an eighth full-length album, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” just released in October. With three evenings of music, there’s no excuse not to catch this group while it’s in town. Find tickets here.

Mayer Hawthorne
Feb. 20, The Pageant
A true musical Jack of all trades, Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Mayer Cohen) has written, performed, collaborated on, engineered and produced large amounts of music over the last few years. For this show, his neo-soul work will be front and center, although his biggest fans also know him as “Haircut,” his DJ and rapper name.  Tickets available through The Pageant’s website.

Dropkick Murphys
Feb. 24, The Pageant
Celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys performs for its die-hard fans this month, a few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, the band released “Signed and Sealed in Blood” and spent much time on raising support and funds for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Concert-goers should expect extremely hard-rocking musicians, outspoken ideas on politics and workers’ rights and a whole lot of energy. Buy tickets online.

2 Chainz
Feb. 28, Chaifetz Arena
Formerly one-half of the rap duo Playaz Circle back in the 90s, rapper Tauheed Epps has been known as 2 Chainz for a couple years and has been signed with Def Jam Records since 2012. Since then, his songs like “No Lie” and “Birthday Song” have seen a lot of success, and he’s been known to chart the Billboard. If you go, plan to hear some of his newest tracks off 2013’s “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me TimeFind tickets online.

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