The Best Concerts in St. Louis From September 2 to 7

Categories: Out Every Night

Steve Truesdell
Pü Fest Kickoff Party
Friday, September 5
w/ Tone Rodent, Jack Grelle, Pizza Boys, Black Panties
@ Melt
9 p.m. | free
By Jaime Lees
St. Louis music event LouFest has been gaining a reputation as a solid destination festival, but this year it has also accidentally inspired a rival underground music concert with a tounge-in-cheek name: Pü Fest. The organizers aren't billing it as an anti-LouFest party, but as a DIY alternative to the mega-mainstream acts that LouFest offers. Pü Fest also will run throughout the weekend, hosting tons of local talent and crowd-favorite touring bands. The kickoff party is this Friday at Melt, and features Tone Rodent, Jack Grelle, Pizza Boys and Black Panties. The event is free and is your last chance to buy a discounted weekend pass before the festival starts.

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Joyce Manor
Friday, September 5
w/ The Exquisites, Meat Wave
@ The Firebird
8:30 p.m. | $12-$14
By Ryan Wasoba
Folks throw around the phrase "guilty pleasure" when discussing Torrance, California quartet Joyce Manor and its new album Never Hungover Again. But why should anybody feel guilty? The band strips pop-punk of most of its annoyances, squeezes full songs into two minutes or less (who needs bridges?), and plays the theme of transcendence-via-loneliness no more heavy-handedly than, say, Arcade Fire. If you dug the Thermals and Tokyo Police Club in their respective primes, or if you hear meaningless Green Day songs from your adolescence that mean something to you, Joyce Manor is your favorite band. You just may not know it yet.

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Tom Russell
Saturday, September 6
@ Off Broadway
8 p.m. | $25-$30
By Roy Kasten
For some four decades, Tom Russell has been chasing heroes, known and unknown: Charles Bukowski and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, but also forgotten vets, immigrants, workers, poets and those without work or poetry. As a songwriter, he has few peers in our narrative vernacular tradition, and while much of the Americana cadre is content with steel guitar and fiddle, Russell brings his stories to life with horns and gospel choruses, with dirty rock & roll and dirtier jazz. But he is at his best as a solo or duo performer, just voice and guitar, delivering his prolific body of work just as he wrote it.

Saturday, September 6
Sunday, September 7
w/ Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Grouplove, Matt & Kim, The 1975, Portugal. The Man, Future Islands, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kelis, Washed Out + many more
12 p.m. | $60-$350
@ Forest Park
By RFT Staff
From the RFT Best of St. Louis 2013: One would be hard-pressed to attempt to justify any other local festival's placement above this year's LouFest -- the sheer size and scope of the event easily place it in the top spot. The homegrown festival, founded by St. Louisan Brian Cohen, teamed up this year with C3 Presents, a promotion company best known for putting on Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The partnership resulted in an affair that was expanded in every way: More stages, bigger bands and bigger crowds pushed the event over the top, coming to life as the destination festival it is meant to be.

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


Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Mad Magician

5625 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


2712 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Forest Park

Highway 40 (I-64) & Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

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