Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From June 30 to July 6
Friday, July 4, 8 p.m.
w/ Rough Shop
@ Plush - $8/$10
By Roy Kasten
Rock songs about rock songs rarely capture the exhilaration that inspired them in the first place. "Teenage Wasteland," the lead track from Attica!, the latest chapter in the story of a Cincinnati-based band called Wussy, does just that -- and more. Over shimmering fuzz and a guitar-picked parabola echoing the synth hook of "Baba O'Riley," singer Lisa Walker howls her devotion to a song and a band that truly changed lives. It's but one of many such explosive moments on what may be the band's finest hour. If you caught Wussy at its last appearance at Plush, you know that fireworks don't just happen in the night sky. Opening band Rough Shop has been holed up of late working on its second Christmas album, but fear not: The veterans have more than enough soulful, non-seasonal material to entice your early arrival.
Friday, July 4, 9 p.m.
w/ Bruiser Queen
@ Atomic Cowboy - $10
By Allison Babka
From this 2012 show review: Clownvis took the stage in his blue caped jumpsuit outfitted with silver sparkles and giant belt buckle. Thanks to friends' photos from previous shows, I knew the getup was coming, but I was fairly impressed just the same. Aaaaaand then my eyes moved from the jumpsuit to his head - hair higher than my grandma's, '70s-style sunglasses, giant red nose. Even though Clownvis sang Elvis songs and seemed like a perfectly lovely clown, his makeup still tricked my brain into thinking that he soon would reveal fangs and have me for a post-show snack.... Clownvis led the club in dramatically singing the film version of "Tomorrow" from "Annie." The audience responded by being quite off key. I responded by having Chuck-E-Cheese flashbacks.
Zagk Gibbons CD Release
Saturday, July 5, 8:30 p.m.
w/ Volcanoes, Rigoletto, Lords and Kids
@ Plush - $7
By Joseph Hess
Solo acts typically come in one of two flavors: singer-songwriters or some variant of DJ or electronic artist. While Zagk Gibbons is no stranger to the allure of a simple rock song, he takes a more brainy approach by looping together guitar and synth. His set climbs, picking up melodies along the way, and when the sound starts to peak, Gibbons hops behind a drum kit, where he's obviously most at home. Elements of dance, jazz and prog co-mingle in palpable pop songs that swarm with adjacent beats -- ultimately a genius mix of genres. Volcanoes, Lords and Kids, and Rigoletto will open the show, each with its own take on danceable rock. Hit the gig early and don't miss out. And bring your ass -- you will need it for shaking.
Steve Truesdell for RFT
Saturday, July 5, 7 p.m.
w/ 311, The Urge
@ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - $34-$500
By Josh Levi
From this archived show preview: In 1981, Bob Marley was taken from this earth, leaving behind an untouched legacy and his closest ally, the Wailers. Thirty years after the legend's untimely death, the band continues to forge ahead, spreading messages of peace, love and understanding. Although many members have moved on, veteran bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett anchors the Wailers with the addition of vocalist Koolant. Said to have channeled the spirit of Marley himself, the vibrant singer delivers beloved classics with devotion and grace. In homage to its fearless leader, the band is sure to play hits like "I Shot the Sheriff' and "Redemption Song" with a few originals slipped in as well.
The English Beat
Sunday, July 6, 8 p.m.
w/ The Rocksteady Flyers
@ Blueberry Hill - $25/$27.50
By Allison Babka
From this 2013 show preview: Okay, okay, we get it: The current English Beat isn't exactly the same band that put out songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Save It for Later" in the late '70s and early '80s. Though vocalist/guitarist Dave Wakeling has been the only original member of the North American iteration for many years (pals Ranking Roger and Everett Morton are active in the U.K. version, the Beat), the English Beat still deserves respect for what it is: a two-tone ska revival band with energetic musicians who layer some sweet reggae, punk and new wave beats. The band makes regular stops all over St. Louis, but seeing a show in the intimate Blueberry Hill will give you the best bang for your skankin' dollars.
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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