The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 29 to September 1

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Bunnygrunt - Saturday, August 30 @ the Engine Room.
This holiday weekend, locals Drown Fish and Ou Ou debut new releases, Big Muddy Blues Festival comes to Laclede's Landing and much more. Head to the Demo to congratulate staff on obtaining its liquor license, and stick around to check out the new Music Record Shop as well as the Bands Up, Don't Shoot Ferguson benefit show at the Ready Room. Read on for more information for these shows in this weekend's recommendations.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 22 to 24

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Look for the flying pig this weekend when El Monstero hits Art Hill.
This weekend, support some great shows for even greater causes -- a Michael Brown benefit show jam-packed with local talent takes over Plush, and a Clash tribute show to benefit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy graces the stage at Off Broadway. Locals Blank Generation and Edgefield C. Johnston also drop new releases at Schlafly Tap Room. Read on for plenty more concert-going alternatives in our recommendations.

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10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 15 to 17

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Katy Perry - Sunday, August 17 @ Scottrade Center.
We think it goes without saying that it's been a long week in St. Louis for everyone: T.G.I.F. Celebrate the art and music culture of the city by checking out a show this weekend. The concert calendar's ripe for picking. Locals Cara Louise Band and Kisser release new recordings, the Bob Reuter birthday show takes over the Ready Room, Doorway hosts a pajama party, Woodstock in the Grove goes down at Atomic Cowboy and much more. Read on for our recommendations.

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10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 8 to 10

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Kevin Gates - Saturday, August 9 @ The Ready Room.
This weekend, lots of great acts come through town including Justin Townes Earle, Dead Rider, Kevin Gates, REO Speedwagon, the Reptilian and more. Choose from one of those shows or check out a local series called Vibes, featuring art and music. Read on our recommendations.

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10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 1 to 3

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Tori Amos - Friday, August 1 @ Peabody Opera House.
This weekend, check out an art opening or beat battle at Blank Space, catch a free local show at the Schlafly Tap Room, celebrate Lemp Arts Center's 20th anniversary with a special avant-garde performance, or catch a number of other great shows happening around town. Read on for our top concert picks and recommendations.

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10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 25 to 27

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Illphonics - Friday, July 25 @ Art Hill.
This weekend sees new releases from local bands the Langaleers, the Feed, and the Sun and the Sea. Besides that, you can catch the second installation of the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest at Livery Company, enjoy a curated evening out on Art Hill featuring the sounds of Illphonics, or catch a number of other great shows around town. Read on for our recommendations.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 18 to 20

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Sammy Hagar - Saturday, July 19 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
This weekend, catch a variety of acts including Billy Joe Shaver, Sammy Hagar and Mike Stud. Check the fine print for other happenings previewed earlier this week as well -- Cardiac Arrest hots its record-release pub crawl, and the Bump & Hustle celebrates two years of record slinging at Blank Space. Read on for these recommendations and more for ways to stay entertained over the next few days.

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Utopia Studios' New Music Venue, the Mecca, Hosts Inaugural Show This Saturday

The Mecca at Utopia Studios. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In midtown -- just west of Cardinal Glennon Hospital off of South Grand and just a few blocks away from the Grove -- Utopia Studios (3957 Park Avenue; 314-773-3660) manages to remain fairly incognito between busy neighborhoods. If it weren't for the vibrantly painted green building labeled with the company's signature tiki logo, passersby might not even notice that the connecting warehouse spaces were occupied -- and with a daily, rotating roster of musicians making loud noises, at that.

For the past nine-and-a-half years, Utopia has served as a band-rehearsal hall with 26 rentable practice rooms -- both hourly and long-term. Over time it has adapted its space to also function as a recording studio, dance studio, gear-rental headquarters and -- since last year -- a full bar with a colorful lounge to coincide the facility's retro vibe. This Saturday, July 12, it will add another facet to its multipurpose space: a new live-music venue dubbed the Mecca.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 11 to 13

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Search Parties Album Release - Friday, July 11 @ The Firebird.
This weekend, head to the Firebird to see the band that RFT readers voted the best new band of 2014, Search Parties, as it releases a brand new EP. Little Big Bangs also have a release ready to drop this Friday at Los Punk. For even more excitement in your life, head to Utopia Studios as it hosts its inaugural show in the newly dubbed concert space, the Mecca. More recommendations await in this edition of weekend best bets.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 4 to 6

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Poster Child featuring the artwork of James Gates - Saturday, July 5 @ 333 N. Beaumont.
RFT Music is taking a break today. If anyone's looking for us, it's possible you might find us in a van down by the river, enjoying the fireworks, so to speak. Go ahead and take it easy today, too. You deserve it. Treat yourself to too much barbecue and let some musical talent from here and beyond entertain you. Fair. St. Louis offers explosive, free options in Forest Park, Behexen plays at Fubar and more. Read on for some fun options for the weekend.

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