The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 27 to August 2

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Black Fast is set to release their first record since signing with eOne Music back in November. Read more about that here.

St. Louis sits on a solid foundation of rock & roll (nevermind that pesky New Madrid Fault Line) and this week proves yet again that if you're bored in this city, you're boring. From the sneering voice of Chain and the Gang to bumming in the barroom with American Aquarium, the Mississippi river is flush with guitars. Maybe that's what those flood warnings were about?


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 20 to 26

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Veruca Salt returns to St. Louis this Wednesday at the Ready Room. See more photos from the band's 2014 reunion tour in RFT Slideshows.

St. Louis stopped being "fly-over country" years ago. In addition to whatever big arena rock tour comes stomping through, take a look at what this city has to offer each and every week. Young jazz crews like Animal Children host free, open jams at Foam on Mondays while Mark Dew holds it down at the Hideaway every Sunday.

This week also brings back Veruca Salt, the '90s band that bridged the gap between riot grrrl and grunge, performing for the first time since its fifteen year reunion tour last summer. For a change of pace, we recommend the public viewing of "Shakedown," a documentary about local Grateful Dead tribute group the Schwag. Browse the list and you'll see how biased we are toward a certain coffee house on Cherokee Street; Foam might be the best small venue St. Louis has had in decades, so go investigate and find out for yourself.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 13 to 19

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Bunnygrunt celebrates the release of its new record with a show at Off Broadway on Saturday night. See more photos from the band's 20th anniversary in RFT Slideshows.

Bunnygrunt might be the only twee pop mainstay along the muddy river of Mississippi, what with twenty years of music and enough clout to merit an actual tribute album. The band was introduced to me as "having a song in that movie Bad Santa." You mean the one with Billy Bob Thorton? Yes, that's the one. The band kicks off both a European tour and a new studio album with a pair of shows on Saturday and Sunday. The latter will be a matinee in the very record shop at which lead singer Matt Harnish works: Vintage Vinyl.

Be part of the scene -- here's how you can help pack the room every night of the week.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 6 to 12

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Raekwon returns to St. Louis alongside Ghostface Killah this Saturday at the Ready Room. See more photos from his 2011 show in RFT Slideshows.

St. Louis still stinks of fresh firecrackers, but who's complaining? Between a jam-packed Fair at Forest Park and the upcoming LouFest in September, now is the best time to be a music fan in St. Louis. The week ahead brings a stellar showcase via local label Boxing Clever Records, another installment of the Fresh Produce Beat Battle and two members of the Wu-Tang Clan -- and we're just getting started.

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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 29 to July 5

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Yankee Racers brings its Americana music to Off Broadway for one final show this Thursday.

2014 was a big year for local musician Curtis Brewer. Not only did he publicly propose to his girlfriend in music video form (spoiler: she said yes), his flagship group Kentucky Knife Fight split after serving up great rootsy rock for several years. The hits keep coming, for better or worse, and now his acclaimed project Yankee Racers has decided to hang it up. Join Brewer alongside his band and opening act Brotherfather for a farewell gig this Thursday night at Off Broadway.

Alternatively, you could get sunburned (or whisked away by a tornado, if last night is any indication) at Fair St. Louis all weekend with Kool & the Gang, Blondie and many more. Grab a shovel St. Louis, there's plenty to dig all week long.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 22 to 28

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Neon Trees returns to St. Louis tonight at the Ready Room. Photo by Bryan Sutter. See more photos from the band's show last year at Ballpark Village in RFT Slideshows.

After spending a full 24 hours recovering from the 2015 RFT Music Showcase, we're just barely ready to brave the week ahead. But really, we want to thank everyone who came out to support local music and the musicians who lent their talents to make the event such a roaring success.

While this past weekend was one for the record books, great music still goes down in St. Louis every single night of the week. Trust us, we've done the research and are here to report our findings below:


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 15 to 21

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Drainolith performs a free, all ages show at the Schlafly Tap Room on June 18.

Summer is here, for real. Tyler, the Creator's show at the Pageant is sure to be a meat grinder come Saturday night. Fresh off an opening slot at this year's SXSW, desert punks Destruction Unit play the Skatium on Monday alongside four other bands (plus a secret guest, we're told). Of special note is Drainolith, the solo project from Alexander Moskos, guitarist of the now-defunct but influential noise-rock group AIDS Wolf. Bring a towel -- you're going to get wet.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 8 to 14

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Best Coast returns to St. Louis this Wednesday at the Ready Room. See more photos from its 2012 show at the Firebird in RFT Slideshows.

Humidity is already in the air, our lungs and every cramped show space in town. While some struggle to breathe, others succumb to their sweaty fate and embrace the heat that comes with summer in the river city. Great concerts aren't exactly the best way to cool down -- quite the opposite -- but they do help us all cope with the dog days to come.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, June 1 to 7

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Tame Impala returns to St. Louis tonight with openers Kuroma. See more photos from its 2013 concert at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

This week, St. Louis says goodbye to beloved rock outfit Via Dove who, in the past two years, added Mike Tomko (the brains behind An Under Cover Weekend) and Charlie Brumley (of the Educated Guess) to its lineup. Hot off the heels of its latest LP Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz returns to St. Louis for the first time since 2013. Did you know that the band donated $1,000 to the Ferguson Public Library back in November on Black Friday? What a class act.

There's more to see all week long. Go on, go out every single night. We double-dog dare you.


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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 26 to 31

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The Decemberists return to St. Louis this Saturday at the Peabody Opera House. View more photos from its 2011 show at the Pageant in RFT Slideshows.

Ex-Cult, the hyped-up punk troupe via Memphis, kick off a week of St. Louis music that includes truck-commercial legend John Mellencamp, avant-chamber group Alarm Will Sound, and St. Vincent, a band fronted by successful android-woman Annie Clark. On Sunday, Pop's Nightclub brings the best three-band metal bill in ages, on an outdoor stage no less.

Read on and let us know what you're looking forward to in the comments below.


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