Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from July 22 to 28
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m.
w/ Elway, The Copyrights, Sam Russo
@ The Firebird - $15-$17
By Daniel Hill
Madison, Wisconsin's favorite band of law-breaking pop-punkers, Masked Intruder, returns to St. Louis yet again. The ski mask wearing four-piece seems to have taken a shine to our fair city -- or maybe it is simply our dark alleyways and unsecured valuables that the band is after. Either way, Masked Intruder marries the simplistic three-chord punk of the Ramones perfectly with the hyped-up skate-punk of NoFx, culminating in energetic, bombastic tunes that won't leave your head for weeks. It is fitting, then, that the band landed itself on Fat Wreck Chords, NoFx vocalist Fat Mike's long-standing haven for all things poppy and punk.
Friday, July 26, 9 p.m.
w/ Jordan Pippen Rodman, Handsome Tyrants, The Mercs
@ The Heavy Anchor - $5
By Mike Appelstein
From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: Led by the husband-and-wife team of Sunyatta and Kevin McDermott, CaveofswordS has garnered attention for the past year or so for its elegant, chilly minimal synth sound. Silverwalks, the duo's debut CD, was full of goth-tinged vocals, droning loops and trip-hoppy rhythms. One could imagine the McDermotts contributing to a This Mortal Coil record in the 1980s, or perhaps opening for Portishead in the 1990s. On their Skillwavers remix CD, the McDermotts draw from a variety of like-minded local friends, including Ou Où, Spectator and Adult Fur. The pair plans to spend the next few months recording a second album, so be sure to catch one of the few live shows they'll have time for this summer.
Infest StL 3
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, 3 p.m.; Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.
@ 2720 Cherokee - $10
By Mabel Suen
If you missed out on some bigger music festivals this summer, consider a homegrown option that's both within reach and easy on the billfold. For just ten bucks, gain access to three days of local music, dance and art. The third installation of this quarterly indoor fest's kick-off includes the gothic folk of Strawfoot paired with burlesque of "the derriere beyond compare" in the flesh, Lola Van Ella (and troupe). The rest of the weekend's live music schedule features everything from the pop stylings of Scarlet Tanager and adorable crooning of Dubb Nubb to sweet beats from Thelonius Kryptonite and metal-drenched hardcore of Everything Went Black.
Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
w/ Sponge, Everclear, Live, Filter
@ River City Casino - $45-$55
By Allison Babka
From this 2013 show preview: There's no shortage of '90s acts touring the country in search of inspiration - or, more accurately, revenue to fund a whole new decade of flannel shirts and combat boots. But Sponge has been on the reinvention track for quite a while, shuffling band lineups and experimenting with poppier sounds instead of its trademark distorted guitar and vocals. The Detroit band's last full-length album, 2007's Galore Galore, sounds like something from Nickelback's closet, but '90s revelers shouldn't fret - fans can still revisit their own nostalgic alternativity when Sponge performs 1994's classics from Rotting Piñata.
Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m.
w/ Syna So Pro, Loose Screwz, Ou Où
@ Old Post Office Plaza - free
By Mabel Suen
From: "The Luminary Returns with the Post Performance Series This Summer: Luminary Center for the Arts makes a comeback on the show scene this summer -- well, not at its pending new physical space on Cherokee Street, but with the return of the Post Performance Series, featuring live music and one-day-only art installations at the Old Post Office Plaza. Families and friends gather outdoors at the Old Post Office Plaza, many with blankets, folding chairs and picnic baskets -- others just content with sitting Indian-style and soaking it all in -- to enjoy the sounds of live music as it echoes off of buildings in downtown St. Louis. And the setting is always a unique one, with art hauled up and set in place in the already scenic plaza for just one music-filled, memorable evening.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and send show tips any time to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for inclusion on these lists.