Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 2 to 8
Friday, June 6, 9:30 p.m.
@ Old Rock House - $17/$20
By Roy Kasten
There's nothing new about the New Mastersounds. Masterful, however, is another story. Since forming in the late '90s in the midst of the Leeds, UK club scene, the band has become the standard bearers for muscular instrumental soul, like the Meters with less grease and more soul jazz. Focusing principally on a lean, mean four-piece foundation of bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ, the band has also stretched out to collaborate with a who's who of the UK soul and DJ scene, as well as across-the-pond funksters like Karl Denson. If you want to dance -- really dance -- few bands snatch it back and groove it like the New Mastersounds. If you like your funk laid on thick with long, squiggly improvisations, Boston-based jam band Dopapod are worth an early arrival.
As Unstable As - A Survey of Contemporary Electronic and Performance Art in St. Louis
Friday, June 6, 7 p.m.
w/ Kevin Harris, Perverted, Dr. Mabuse
@ Kraznberg Arts Center - $7-$10
By Joseph Hess
Building movement through objects, natural forces and the human body is displayed throughout As Unstable As with a deep sense of contemporary and improvisational art. If anything, the event this Friday at Kranzberg Arts Center showcases the growing scene of subversive artists based in St. Louis.... The name As Unstable As, comes from Harris' tendency to manipulate conditions within his own aural and visual work. By injecting instability into a live video feed, Harris creates a situation where his performance relies on surrounding elements like light and space in addition to his own controls.
Saturday, June 7, 9 p.m.
w/ Bo & The Locomotive
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free
By Christian Schaeffer
From this 2011 album review: Magic City isn't on any map, but our guess is that the mythical burg sits somewhere in the middle of the Mississippi Delta's blues, New Orleans' swampy backwaters and Southern California's back alley of sideshow barkers and prophetic freaks (Waits, Zappa, Beefheart, et. al). The quintet features some south-city stalwarts -- Anne Tkach (Rough Shop) on bass, Adam Hesed (ex-Bad Folk) on organ, JJ Hamon (Theodore) on guitar and Sam Meyer (Wormwood Scrubs) on drums -- but the whole album is a projection of singer and guitarist Larry Bulawsky's fetid fever dreams.
RFT Music Showcase
Saturday, June 7, 2 p.m.
@ The Grove - $10-$20
From the showcase homepage: Riverfront Times' Music Showcase is an all-day festival featuring 80+ local acts, held this year on Saturday, June 7. The annual celebration of St. Louis' best and brightest musical talent will take place for the first time in the eclectic Grove neighborhood, along Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer, inside ten participating venues. A $10 wristband grants access to all participating venues, and a free, all-ages outdoor stage will host music until from 1 to 7 p.m.
Third Annual Even Chance Pit Bull Benefit
Sunday, June 8, 6 p.m.
w/ Better Days, Black For A Second, Vanilla Beans, Typhoon Jackson, Old Time Assault
@ The Crack Fox - $5
By Mabel Suen
Even Chance Pit Bull Advocacy aims to kick the bad rap for otherwise lovable pups, providing resources for the public and rescuing them from local shelters. This annual event to benefit the organization features punk to pop in addition to performance art and raffles. More details available on the event page.
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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