Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From May 12 to 18

Categories: Out Every Night

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Pig Destroyer - Friday, May 16 @ Fubar.
Every month, RFT Music's concert fanatics highlight a hodgepodge of the best shows happening around town -- from hip hop and metal to noise and experimental. Here's a selection of these picks combined with our weekly critics' picks and beyond. Stay tuned to our weekend best bets post on Friday for even more recommendations over the weekend.

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Laika
Monday, May 12, 8 p.m.
w/ Flesh Born, Lions, Gilliam
@ Lemp Arts Center - $5
By Mabel Suen
From this 2013 profile: When asked to describe his own music, guitarist and vocalist Mike Brown of Laika says, "It's something that continues to push us as musicians. It's aggressive and fast at times but slow and emotional at others. It's a mix of feeling and indifference. We're all aggravated and angry. This is a way for us (or at least me) to sort out our heavies... It doesn't do anyone any good when it sits inside. I'd rather scream them in people's faces." Rooted in screamo and the melodic side of finger-tapped math rock (a la Piglet, Don Caballero and Tera Melos), the trio creates high energy music that peaks, resolves and moves on in a scatter shot manner from song to song. Structures wax and wane between harried quick-paced attacks to slow, dense sections of emotionally-driven yells dripping with disdain.

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DJ Mahf
Tuesday, May 13, 10 p.m.
@ Pin-Up Bowl
By Blair Stiles
From the 2013 RFT Music awards: DJ Mahf works from some place in his brain that pumps out enough enthusiasm to make his work look easy. Performing with a chilled zeal, the Indyground DJ interplays dense minutes of thumping samples with crackling movie clips and fine-tuned, one-and-two-handed scratches. He has already banged around Kansas City's spirited Middle of the Map Festival with labelmate Brett Gretzky, crossed the northern American border and cut and pasted for Red Bull's Thre3style competition this year. Whether live or replayed through Indyground's streaming footage, Mahf exudes the enjoyment he feels: In tempo he bobs at the waist, moving faster in the moments when he is inundated with the floor's energy, always looking pleased. It is Mahf's obvious enjoyment of his craft that puts his sets so squarely in the spotlight.

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Lumpy & the Dumpers 7" Release
Wednesday, May 14, 8 p.m.
w/ Cabeza Twins, Scary & the Scrapers, Bathhouse Boys, Mainland Divide
@ Plush - $7
By RFT Staff
From the RFT Best of St. Louis 2013: Straight from the demented brain of a man who calls himself "Lumpy" (a.k.a. Martin Meyer, former drummer of St. Louis punk favorite Sweet Tooth), Lumpy & the Dumpers is a band tailor-made to occupy the deepest, darkest corners of subterranean spaces. Like the musical equivalent of the 1984 B-movie C.H.U.D., Lumpy and his band of "cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers" (better known as the Dumpers, a.k.a. "the best backing band in punk") ooze slime and nastiness as readily as they churn out infectious riffs and bafflingly catchy choruses. (We still don't know what it means to "face the meat," but we've been assured that one of these days we will find out.) It didn't take long at all for this former one-man, four-track project to take on members and form a life of its own, building blog buzz and already touring the Midwest this year.

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Slayer
Thursday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
w/ Suicidal Tendencies
@ The Pageant - $32.50-$35
By Rick Giordano
From "The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: May 2014": Slayer was that super awesome band that put out four or five of the best metal albums ever created before the guy who wrote all the good songs died and they kicked the founding drummer out for asking about his paycheck. Then the band's singer became a Catholic and the remaining wah-wah pedal player, who legally changed his name from Kerry King to Tribal Tony in the early 2000s, turned the band into a merchandising outfit and starred in a Jagermeister commercial wearing sunglasses indoors. Go for Exodus, stay for Suicidal and then throw hot dogs at Kerry King and see how many he catches in his mouth. RIP Jeff.


Location Info

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Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

3301 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Pin-Up Bowl

6191 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Plush

3224 Locust St., St Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO

Category: Music

Fubar

3108 Locust, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Apop Records

2831 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Old Rock House

1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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5 comments
egolterman
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'Best' is kind of a subjective term as used in St. Louis. Dont know if it is legitimate when the best place for outdoor concerts in the midwest, the MUNY is closed until late June. And the best place for indoor concerts is condemned to weddings and banquets.  Kansas City has a better claim of 'best', as its outdoor theater-Starlight-is presenting a May concert series and Kauffman Center, Downtown closes the month with Tony Bennett.  St. Louis is regressed.

VaingloriousCox
VaingloriousCox

@egolterman  My asshole engulfs you. Inside its chancered void you will learn a new language, one that has not been spoken for a thousand generations. The mucus worms will enrobe you in the viscous strands of quietude, and you will hang suspended in dreamstate between waking and sleep, wise in your swaddled silence. After untold cycles you will emerge like a faecal moth, fluent in an ancient tongue that requires profound thought before any word can be said or written. 


And only then will I take you to see Pig Destroyer.

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