Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 23 to 29

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Friday, June 27, 8 p.m.
w/ Home Body, Adoptahighway, Abnormal
@ Foam - $5
By Blair Stiles
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: 18andCounting, a.k.a. Stan Chisholm, is a multifaceted mastermind tearing around St. Louis' art scene with radioactive energy. Recently, he has treated Cherokee's Blank Space to his healthy collection of wax -- every second Thursday of the month he participates in Lord Have Merzy, a monthly event bringing Chisholm and his contemporaries together to host a series of sets crafted for all who love to dance, from St. Louis and beyond. Chisholm can also be spotted at the Royale about three crates deep, with sets that span everything from English psych-rock to rap samples texturized with crackling instrumental overdub.

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Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Friday, June 27, 8 p.m.
@ Off Broadway - $15-$23
By Christian Schaeffer
Last year's Cheater's Game was a welcome collaboration between singer Kelly Willis and her husband Bruce Robison -- a performer in his own right but better known as a hit songwriter -- considering how the two had previously pursued separate careers in country music that only occasionally overlapped. The LP touched on the pair's love of classic country duets (the George Jones & Tammy Wynette singles were a clear touchstone), and the latest release Our Year continues that thread. Both Robison and Willis are talented songwriters, but they dot this release with well-chosen covers by the likes of the Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall and the Zombies. Though not joined in holy matrimony like Bruce and Kelly, St. Louis' premier classic-country couple Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets) and Kip Loui (the High Dives) will warm the stage.

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Travi$ Scott
Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m.
w/ Taylor Bennett, Vince SEGA
@ The Ready Room - $17-$20
By Tara Mahadevan
From this recent preview: Only a few years after dropping his first project, producer, rapper and occasional music-video director Travis $cott caught the attention of Epic Records, T.I. and Kanye West. Now, the young Houston native and triple threat is signed to two more labels: as a producer of Kanye West's Very GOOD Beats and as an emcee to T.I.'s label Grand Hustle. His debut mixtape Owl Pharaoh sounds like a blend of both the West and T.I. camps: West's artful hip-hop and T.I.'s dirty South bangers. $cott's debut album Rodeo is set to drop this year.

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The Whiskey War Festival
Saturday, June 28, 11 a.m.
w/ Tok, Beth Bombara, County Graves, Old Capital Square Dance Club, Whiskey War Mountain Rebellion, The Thin Dimes, The Maness Brothers, Werwulf, The Barn Mine, The Ol' One Two, Chris Black and the Eagles of Unemployment, Carriage House, Cara Louise Band, Animal Children, Miss Molly Sims, Runaway Barge, The Pat Sajak Assassins, Googolplexia, Jake Leech, Ian D Band
@ VFW Post 2866 - $10
By Mabel Suen
From this 2013 write-up: What's more Midwestern than the summers? Missouri humidity makes the air feel heavy, temperatures break the 90 degree mark and pit stains emerge as the norm once more. For a true down-home Midwestern experience, don some cut-offs and become one with the sun at the Whiskey War Festival.... Why a VFW Hall? With multiple acres of land to separate itself from surrounding neighborhoods, as well as a new indoor bar, it seemed like the best possible space to throw an all-day family reunion style shindig that provides "a look into Midwestern culture," as the event agenda states.

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Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Sunday, June 29, 9 p.m.
w/ The Brainstorms, Shitstorm, Posture
@ Apop Records - $7
By Joseph Hess
How one man could grip groups of showgoers with only his voice and a floor tom remains a mystery, but Ed Schrader traveled across America for three years doing just that -- slamming stick to skin and howling from the chest. Ed Schrader's Music Beat was born when the project expanded by merely one member -- bassist Devlin Rice. The duo's minimalist take on outsider pop is percussive and visceral, with brief songs saturated with catchy hooks. Schrader himself pours an honest narcissism into the set, blowing kisses at the crowd between bouts of flourished vocals. Shirtless and contorted, his onstage persona does more to magnetize the crowd than to offend it. Openers the Brainstems, which we named "Best Band to Die in 2013," returned with jangly garage rock in tow earlier this year. So instead of mourning the ones we lost, let's all celebrate the bands who are still around, right?

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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Location Info


The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Ready Room

4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Sheldon

3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Heavy Anchor

5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Foam Coffee & Beer

3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Ready Room

4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

VFW Post 2866

66 VFW Lane, St. Charles, MO

Category: General

Apop Records

2831 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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