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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The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 18 to 24

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The almighty Judas Priest graces us with its presence this Tuesday. See more photos from the band's 2011 concert at the Family Arena in RFT Slideshows.

Stone Temple Pilot fans across the bi-state region will now a shed single, solitary tear for their fallen angel Scott Weiland. It seems the '90s singer can't catch a break after being caught botching "Vasoline" at a gig in Texas last month. This YouTube video, if you haven't seen it already, shows the poor guy stumbling through his own song like a heroin-soaked cover band crooner reliving the glory days at Tuesday night karaoke.

Needless to say, his show at the Pageant has been canceled. Alt-rock diehards can still find solace in Pointfest 2015 this weekend with Breaking Benjamin, Seether and many more.


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

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

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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 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, May 4 to 10

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Ed Sheeran returns to the Scottrade Center this Sunday. See more photos from his 2013 appearance opening for Taylor Swift in RFT Slideshows.

For those unlucky folks who missed out on tickets to Wilco's twentieth-anniversary show at the Pageant tonight, there's an odd yet totally appropriate alternative: Darin Gray, who plays bass in Jeff Tweedy's group Tweedy, will be performing on the roof of the Kerr Foundation building downtown with jazz drummer Tyler Damon.

Hardcore fans might recognize Gray's name from his experimental jazz duo with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, On Fillmore. Maybe this family tree is a bit much, but both shows tonight are a sure bet, even if they sit on far sides of the musical spectrum.

Speaking of Tweedy, that group will perform a free show today at Vintage Vinyl, but access to the event seems a bit trickier than all of the above.


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