This Week's Newly Announced Concerts: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, M.O.P., El Monstero

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Ghostface Killah will play the Ready Room with Raekwon on July 11.
Here, again, is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention.

Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of your own and let us know which ones you are excited about. Click through, and start planning ahead.

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Homespun: Witch Doctor's Witch Doctor

Categories: Homespun

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It's one thing to call someone a Rock & Roll Lifer -- and depending on how well the leather jacket fits, it can be a term of respect or derision -- but Pat Oldani has earned the title of Rock & Roll Survivor, and not just because he's been leading hard-charging rock bands for more than fifteen years. A Stage IV cancer diagnosis in January of 2013 kept Oldani out of the spotlight for some time, but in between rounds of maintenance chemotherapy, he is now back in front of the microphone.

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Vote Now For the 2015 RFT Music Awards

Categories: Music Awards

Every year we attempt to compile a list of the best and brightest musicians in St. Louis. Think of it as a checkpoint -- a historical documentation of the local music scene at a moment in time.

Last week we released a robust list of nominees for the 2015 RFT Music Awards. We cannot speak enough about the wealth of talent and ingenuity in our scene, but we think this list is a good start.

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Built to Spill's Doug Martsch Presses On with a New Lineup on Untethered Moon

Categories: Out Every Night

Jessy Gonzalez
Doug Martsch.
Doug Martsch and Built to Spill -- his high-decibel, highly influential rock troupe -- have been at this a while. Indie-rock standbys for almost 25 years, they've collaborated and shared bills with everyone from the band's principal forerunner, Dinosaur Jr., to a number of well-known northwestern guitar acts the group has helped inspire, including Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.

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Symphony Tackles Back to the Future, Legend of Zelda in Live at Powell Hall Series

The St. Louis Symphony will perform music from E.T. during its 2015-'16 season.

Time travel, aliens, romance, epic quests -- the Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony is taking it all on during the 2015-2016 season.

The symphony's "Live at Powell Hall" schedule for the upcoming season, released yesterday, draws more from recent pop-culture totems instead of from traditional classical inspirations. SLSO will get other-worldly when it performs music from famed Nintendo video-game series The Legend of Zelda, '80s film staple Back to the Future and legendary film composer John Williams scores such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and many more. The symphony also will bring in guest vocalists for its "Las Vegas Valentine Songbook" and will feature John Elefante of classic-rock group Kansas performing tunes by Aerosmith, Foreigner and more during "A Night of Symphonic Rock."

See also:
- St. Louis Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season
- St. Louis Symphony, KETC Partner to Create New TV Series 'Night at the Symphony'

Launched in 2008, "Live at Powell Hall" is a collection of performances that focuses on music icons, current entertainers and scores from film, television and video games. It's aimed toward welcoming new music fans into the symphony fold.

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Kimya Dawson to Play Surprise Show at Foam This Wednesday

Categories: Live and Local

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Kimya Dawson
Singer/songwriter/Moldy Peach Kimya Dawson will play a surprise solo show at Foam this Wednesday.

The booking comes courtesy of local music blog Thanks to a Twitter conversation, the site's co-founder, Jess Luther, had originally booked Dawson to play a show in her Soulard apartment -- "We occasionally host house shows for travelling musicians and locals when proper venues aren't available or financially viable for the artists," she explains -- but interest proved significant enough that the show has now moved to the Cherokee Street venue.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 11 to 17

Categories: Out Every Night

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Jenny Lewis returns with Nikki Lane this Sunday at the Ready Room. See more photos we snapped back in 2009 in RFT Slideshows.

This is the week where we throw a bone to the gamers out there. On Monday night, chiptune artist Solid State Disaster opens for Japan's Melt-Banana with an 8-bit squalor made through two Nintendo Gameboys jacked into the Firebird's house system.

And this weekend, the St. Louis Symphony hosts Distant Worlds at Powell Hall for two nights of live performances and video projections from the Final Fantasy video game series, while Action Bronson caters to another world of nerdom on Tuesday at the Ready Room -- the rapper actually hosts a foodie Web series called Fuck, That's Delicious, sponsored by VICE.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 8-10

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Matt and Kim return to the Pageant this Friday. See more photos from their 2011 show in RFT Slideshows.

LouFest is approaching, but not before our own RFT Music Showcase, which takes place in the Grove on June 20. If the busy springtime has you reeling with festival fatigue, just remember that you never have to go far for the best acts in America. As you can see in our guide for the weekend ahead, they will come to you.

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You Could Win Free LouFest Passes, Starting Today

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Matt and Kim performing at the 2014 LouFest.
Getting free tickets to this year's LouFest isn't quite as easy as being the fourth caller or hitting refresh on your browser a zillion times once a link goes live -- but it may be a whole lot less maddening.

The festival organizers have placed a limited number of "Scratch a Lou" tickets in select businesses around the city. Stop by before they run out, start scratching, and you could find yourself the lucky winner of a two-day pass to the festival, held Sept. 12-13 in Forest Park.

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Homespun: .E's Of Crashing Symbols

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If you've thought of Dottie Georges as an experimental artist, you only know part of the story -- those off-kilter impulses are most often deployed in the service of her rock- and pop-indebted music. Of course, if you've thought about Dottie Georges at all in the past few years, you are already in the know: The one-woman band known as .e had a fruitful start to the decade, but she's been mostly quiet these past few years, save for a few stray digital missives. Her debut full-length, Of Crashing Symbols, puts an end to that long dormant period. Serving as an introduction for some and a welcome reminder for others, the record stands to be an epiphany for many who fall under the confident, if unassuming, sway of Georges' shifting compositions and feathery vocals. The electric guitar is her weapon of choice, and she can use it to paint her songs with moody, shoegaze-inspired strokes. But she's equally adept at synthesis and programming, and even the most spare of these nine tracks sizzles with electronic pulses and synaptic shimmers.

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