The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: June 29 to July 1

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Lucero - Friday @ Plush
This weekend (Friday, to be specific) St. Louis will play host to the record releases of three of its finer bands: CaveofswordS release its debut offering on Friday at Heavy Anchor (click here for a profile of the band by Christian Shaeffer), Aquataine (formerly Supermoon, then Super Maroon) release its new EP at the Firebird, and the upstart pop-punkers in Best Friends release its EP at Fubar. When purchasing these newest offerings, please remember that temperatures are in the triple damn digits, so don't leave them to melt in your car. If you're looking for some motivation, check out how we desecrated some vinyl in the hot sun yesterday.

Other artists playing in town this weekend include Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (see our interview with Jason here), the Mynabirds (check out our interview with Laura Burhenn here) and the Nappy Roots. The rest of our picks follow.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
@ The Sheldon
8:00 p.m. | $15-$20
Isbell has held the stage just fine lately while sharing it with legends like John Prine and idols like Ryan Adams; you get his undivided attention in the best-sounding venue in town. (KM)

@ Plush
8:00 p.m. | $18-$20
Hard touring country punk Lucero makes a welcome stop in River City -- it's a good weekend at the new fever dream in Midtown. (KM)

CaveofswordS Record Release
@ The Heavy Anchor
w/ Syna So Pro, Ou Ou, Sinfinis
9:00 p.m | $5
Sunyatta McDermott has an endless voice; Kevin McDermott builds a mean song, and they both play guitar pretty damn well. They may be new to town in this arrangement, but it sure doesn't sound like it. (KM)

Water Liars
@ Off Broadway
w/ Bo & the Locomotive
9:00 p.m. | $15
Both Water Liars and Bo & the Locomotive are leaving for tour soon (separately); come out and make this show a proper send-off for two of St. Louis' finest. (DH)

Aquitaine Record Release
@ The Firebird
9:00 p.m. | $8
Aquataine releases their new EP at this show; think the Clash meets Joy Division, or maybe the Kinks plus Pulp. Or don't think anything at all and just go to the show and listen for yourself. (DH)

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The South City Drunkard's Ball is tonight. I was going to make it annual but decided we needed a summer AND winter ball. Mangia. Free. 10-3 am. 6/30 (my bday bash) In order: ETF w/Mattronome, Pillow Talk, Bass Amp &Dano and Chill Dawgs. Photo booth and iPod playing downstairs so you can take a break from the rock music. This ball goes til 3 am guys so KKF, you better be there after your bad ass show at Offbroadway. Much love people. What a great weekend for music!!! Love, Ellen the cock blocking pelican.


Also on Saturday, June 30th: Kentucky Knife Fight "Misshapen Love" single release at Off Broadway with Brothers Lazaroff and The Ladybirds (Louisville, KY) 8:30 doors, 9 pm show, $8 gets you in the door and a gets you a free download of the song.  It's Kentucky Knife Fight's first show since Cinco De Mayo, so come help them celebrate the release of a song recorded at Cherokee's own Native Sound Studios, by David Beeman and Kit Hamon (of Old Lights). 


Aren't the illphonics playing at the Gramophone Saturday night?  That sounds pretty fun, too.

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