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 under the Arch, 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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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 22-24

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Built to Spill's Doug Martsch performs with a new lineup tonight at the Ready Room.

The dream of the '90s is alive in St. Louis. While most trends tend to move in twenty-year cycles, that particular decade has particularly fun doomsday bookends: The Cold War ended in 1991, while nearly ten years later, not ready to hang up the idea of a good 'ol apocalypse, society predicted doom at the hands of Y2K.

Now that we're in the present and back to real issues like civil rights, St. Louis gets to enjoy the soundtrack to those Clinton years all weekend long.


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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 15-17

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They Might Be Giants returns to St. Louis tonight at the Pageant. No openers this time, so arrive at 9 p.m. for the full show.

You might think this week couldn't get any better, what with Bob Dylan on Monday, a surprise show by Kimya Dawson on Wednesday and Rush's 40th anniversary show last night. But as you can see in our guide for the weekend ahead, the hits keep coming.

Read on for the lowdown on the best shows Friday through Sunday.


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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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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 1-3

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South-city rock outfit Bug Chaser performs at Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo party this Saturday. See more photos from the band's recent show at Blueberry Hill in RFT Slideshows.

While Cinco de Mayo is technically next Tuesday, business owners on Cherokee Street celebrate the holiday this Saturday with performances from more than twenty local bands across three stages. What other concert in town has live Lucha Libre wrestling and a mechanical bull? That's a rhetorical question.

Regardless of what shows happen in the evening, there's enough to wet every whistle both day and night. While this might be only a blip for music fans far and wide, Free Comic Book Day also takes place on Saturday, and two new comic shops, AM Trading Co and Wizard's Wagon, celebrate with live music. Margaritas mix well with Marvel.


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