The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 31 to August 2

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Shark Dad celebrates the release of its first studio effort A Bigger Boat this Friday at the Heavy Anchor.

St. Louis is in full bloom. With four release shows via Shark Dad, Black Fast, Trancers and the Fuck Off and Dies, the floodgates are officially open. Clear your ears for a full punk blowout all weekend long at 2720: Acid Kat Fest III has 50 bands across two days, spanning the space between garage rock, hip-hop and experimental music. If you're going for a low-key affair, don't even bother looking here.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 24 to 26

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Glass Animals returns to St. Louis tonight at the Old Rock House. See more photos from the band's performance at LouFest 2014 in RFT Slideshows.

Glass Animals had a standout show at last year's LouFest, and tonight the band occupies the outdoor stage at Old Rock House for a much more intimate gig. Get your brains drunk on pop-punk at CBGB with Color TV or help support the upcoming Acid Kat Festival with a fundraiser at Foam. One could argue that every show is technically for a good cause (art, general enjoyment, etc.) but some are more than others. Kid Rock might be hard to justify, but the price is right at the low cost of twenty bucks.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 17 to 19

Modern Life Is War returns to St. Louis this Saturday night to celebrate the ten year anniversary of its seminal record Witness.

Bunnygrunt has been a fixture of the St. Louis scene for more than two decades and if you're not hip to locally-sourced grass-fed indie rock, consider the band's European tour kickoff and album release show at Off Broadway on Saturday night. Maybe you're all booked up because of the World Naked Bike Ride; that's okay, cruise on over to the after-party at Atomic Cowboy to catch St. Louis' own nearly-naked band Crazy XXX Girlfriend. All this and more within:

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 10 to 12

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The Urge plays Ballpark Village tonight as part of the Friday Night Live! series.

Benefit shows give concert goers a shot at giving back while supporting their favorite artists -- all for a good cause. Tef Poe brings out his latest work ahead of release day for a listening party at Create Space in the Loop for an event dubbed "We Declare War Against Hunger." South city dwellers can look to Melt on Cherokee Street for a varied lineup in support of the Covering House, helping victims of sex-trafficking (read more about this show on our blog today).

But maybe your dollars are better spent in the annals of Ballpark Village, either on Friday with the Urge or this Sunday with George Clinton. Here's the quick and dirty on the weekend ahead:

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 3 to 5

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Catch Lo-Fi Cherokee's big multi-screen experience at the Public Media Commons this Friday. See more photos from opening night at the PMC in RFT Slideshows.

Between catching CaveofswordS on the roof of the City Museum or seeing Blondie on Art Hill, this holiday brings an experience well above the typical show. Of special note is the one item on our list that does not technically qualify as a concert: Lo-Fi Cherokee at the Public Media Commons. Bill Streeter's video series basks in the many screens at PMC, showcasing a snapshot of St. Louis music. Those wanting a more low-key vibe should look elsewhere -- this list is all party, all the time.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 26 to 28

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The man, myth and legend himself returns to St. Louis this Sunday at the Peabody Opera House.

The 2015 RFT Music Showcase has long passed but local, grass-fed fests are in steady supply with this weekend's S.L.U.M. Fest 2015. While the brains behind Acid Kat zine will bring their own two-day, three-stage blowout later this summer, help fund the event by stopping by its combination rummage sale/concert at Foam on Saturday. If the wallet is looking thin, consider free shows at the Tavern of Fine Arts and Schlafly Tap Room. Or just drop everything and head to Weird Al.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 19 to 21

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Rapper Tef Poe joins more than 80 local acts this Saturday for the 2015 RFT Music Showcase.

The 2015 RFT Music Showcase is finally upon us. If you haven't been keeping up, we have been previewing every band nominated for an award for the last two weeks, but now the wait is over. This Saturday, you can see more than 80 of those acts across ten venues in the Grove for a measly ten bucks. This event is the best single stop for local music all year, including St. Louis' own rising stars of the hip-hop scene. There's no shortage of great music in town, so read on and be in the know.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 12 to 14

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Lydia Loveless returns to St. Louis this weekend as part of Twangfest 19 at Off Broadway.

From huge arena-rock giants such as Imagine Dragons to humble punk offerings at a Cherokee Street coffee shop, this weekend brings a whole array of local and touring acts alike. Of special note is Twangfest 19, which wraps up a four-day stint at Off Broadway over the weekend. Between Lydia Loveless and the Bottlerockets, this year's event brings some of the best and most beloved names in the folk, Americana and country set.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 5 to 7

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Catch Electric Six at the Firebird on Sunday with openers White Reaper and Tok.

And the hits keep coming -- to the gut, that is. On Saturday, both Via Dove and Volcanoes perform live for the last time. Making a choice between the two will no doubt present a challenge for some, but keep in mind that the Volcanoes show takes place in a secret location while Via Dove crams its giant rock outfit inside the easily accessible Firebird.

Now decide on how much trouble you want to go through to get that rock & roll fix, you junkie.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 29 to 31

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John Mellencamp returns to St. Louis this Friday at the Peabody Opera House.

Post-hardcore and screamo go hand-in-hand. Often the two are mistaken for one another, leading to drunken bar brawls over which band is what, but the perilous fight over genre conventions can be put to rest on Friday with Emery at the Firebird.

This weekend presents a choice: Pick from classic rock tributes at the Old Rock House or take on the newest crop of garage rock with Kansas City's Wet Ones over at Foam. Saturday is a songwriter's heaven with Chris Stapleton, the Decemberists and Nick Barbieri strewn all over town.

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