Summer's not over yet! There's still one more week (more or less) to enjoy the last gasps of carefree fun and outdoor hangs. Here are twelve good bets for the weekend -- of course, on top of the events we've already covered here and here.
Friday: 1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at Vintage Vinyl Note: This in-store performance is now 5 p.m., not 4 p.m. See the LA psych-pop weirdos do their thing for free, since the Flaming Lips show (which they're opening) is hardcore sold out.
2. Bobby Bare Jr. with Blue Giant at Off Broadway Blue Giant is a twang-misted project featuring (among others) the members of indie-blues cracklers Viva Voce. Nashville rock eccentric Bobby Bare Jr released a new album, A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head, on August 31. 9 p.m. $12 to $15.
3. Devin the Dude at Pop's One of Houston's finest hip-hop exports headlines at Pop's, with fellow Texan Speekeezy along for the ride. Locals FuFops, CKDK and Bren Suarez also open. Doors at 7 p.m. $18.
4. Alton River Festival, featuring Cracker, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Descending New Angels Head to the east side for this outdoor event at the newish venue the Alton Riverfront Amphitheatre. Rock mainstays Cracker are headlining -- and admission is just five dollars. Devon Allman's Honeytribe, fresh off releasing a new album recorded in Nashville, opens, as does Descending New Angels. 7 p.m.
5. Leslie and the LYs, with Gold Motel, more at Cicero's The PLAY:stl music festival continues all weekend at venues scattered around the Delmar Loop; view an entire schedule here. Space-age cult electro-hoppers Leslie and the LYs headline; Gold Motel, the new project from the Hush Sound's Greta Morgan, is also performing, as are Sleeperstar, The Saps, Holding Mercury. $12, but free with a three-day wristband. 11:50 p.m.
6. Cafe Soul Four-Year Anniversary, featuring Case, the Jazz Loft It's '90s throwback night, as smooth-mover Case performs to help Cafe Soul celebrate four years as the city's premier open-mic night for aspiring R&B singers. DJ Needles and DJ Cuddy are on the decks. $15. 7 p.m. doors. Saturday: 7. Murder by Death at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room Bloomington, Indiana's finest purveyors of macabre indie headline at midnight, as part of PLAY:stl Fest. Vinyl Thief, Luster, Love Slurpee and GreyMarket are also performing. $12, free with a three-day wristband
8. Wallpaper. at London Calling, the Gramophone Electro-funked party jams reminiscent of Chromeo and Kanye West? Check and mate, when talking about West Coast duo Wallpaper., which is performing at a special edition of London Calling. $4 before 10 p.m., $8 after
9. NiL-8 at the Firebird Springfield, Illinois, punks, who were a popular local draw in the '90s, venture South for a trip down memory lane. Scene of Irony and Ether Project open. $10. 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10. KSHE Pig Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Break out your best classic rock tee (or Sweet Meat shirt), as KSHE holds its first-annual pig roast, starring Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt, Candlebox, Jackyl, Saving Abel, Gracious Few, Jonathan Tyler, Shaman's Harvest, Copperview and Logos. 2 p.m. $21.20 to $62.80.
11. Farmer Jason Ringenberg, Off Broadway. Jason Ringenberg will be returning to town with cow-punk band Jason and the Scorchers on October 16 at the Old Rock House. But his children's music alter-ego, Farmer Jason, is doing a matinee for kidlets and their rocking parents this weekend. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. 3 p.m.
12. Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Old Rock House Olson's solo show at Blueberry Hill a few years back was sparsely attended. Don't again miss him again: He'll be performing affecting alt-country/folk cuts from his latest LP, Many Colored Kite, and some choice Jayhawks tunes. Vandaveer opens. 8 p.m. $10.
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