Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 16 to 22
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Friday, June 20, 8 p.m.
w/ Letter to Memphis, The Lovejoys
@ Off Broadway - $7
By Michael Dauphin
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: The self-proclaimed "Most Adorable Indie-Pop Band in St. Louis" has already toyed with taking itself to the next level (i.e. MTV series song placement, viral YouTube videos), but 2014 may turn out to be its biggest year yet. With the impending release of its second full length, Let's Love to be released on June 20, fans may as well cancel their Paxil and Zoloft prescriptions and let the band's artfully crafted, feel-good pop tunes do the work. But as strong as its songs are, it's the band's joyous live show that truly sets it apart. When you go to a concert and the folks on stage are having just as much fun as everyone else in the room, if not more, you know you're at the right show.
Friday, June 20, 9 p.m.
w/ WolfCryer, High Castle
@ The Heavy Anchor - $5
By Christian Schaeffer
From this 2013 album review: Lyrically, [Lacie] Mangels' song cycle would seem to be the stuff of side-length prog-rock overtures: Visions appear, serpents tempt, paramours are scorned, empires fall, holiness and hedonism clash swords. But in Mangels' hands (and with the warm support of her bandmates) Prairie Rehab is able to tell an old story in new ways. The stand-alone songs are a little less cumbersome, and the new flourishes on the band's sophomore release retain the twangy spirit at Prairie Rehab's core.
Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m.
w/ Black Fast, Boddicker, The Gorge, Valley
@ The Firebird - $8
By Rick Giordano
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Phil Anselmo wears this band's T-shirt. What else do you really need to know? Tour dates with Pallbearer, a split EP with Portland's Norska and a spot on NYC's first-rate Martyrdoom Festival this July are only part of Fister's impressive resume. The band's sound is an intricate mix of doom, doom and vomit-drenched doom, wherein Godzilla drums, chainsaw guitars and speaker-melting bass tones are all used more like weapons than instruments. It's the perfect soundtrack to something like a plane crashing into the Andes -- and if you can't handle it, you'd probably be the first one to be eaten.
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.
w/ Bruiser Queen
@ Tower Grove Farmers' Market
By Bob McMahon
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: Even for a band accustomed to hard work, Bruiser Queen is having an insane year. Somehow, the garage-pop duo released an acoustic EP, a seven-inch split and finished an upcoming full-length, despite a nonstop concert itinerary. But it's best to stay busy when you've hit your stride. The kicky and catchy songwriting approach its members employ is still as simple as their guitar and drums setup, which works because Morgan Nusbaum and Jason Potter know their way around a killer hook. New songs feature '60s girl-group influences and a greater variety of tempos, but they are still powered by Nusbaum's rich voice. With a coo that's equally arresting as her bellow, Nusbaum's pipes are Bruiser Queen's not-so-secret weapon, pushing its songs into the stratosphere.
Sunday, June 22, 8 p.m.
w/ Alex Wiley, Kevin Abstract, Mvstermind, Cory Miller, Duke Rellington
@ The Ready Room - $15
By Tara Mahadevan
Born in Michigan, Nitty Scott moved to Brooklyn to pursue a career as an emcee when she was only seventeen. She caught her big break in 2010 when her freestyle over the Kanye West song "Monster" went viral. Since then she's dropped two mixtapes and one EP -- she released her latest offering The Art of Chill under her own label, which features appearances by Ab-Soul and production by Chuck Strangers. With a style akin to MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill and Ladybug Mecca, Nitty Scott is indie, grassroots hip-hop at its finest.
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 submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.
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