The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: May 31-June 2


Torche - Sunday, June 2 @ The Firebird
  • Torche - Sunday, June 2 @ The Firebird

Things have been crazy around here, to say the least. I can't say for sure, but I have a theory that music editor Daniel Hill hasn't left the office in days and has only stopped working on the RFT Music Showcase for an occasional George Costanza-style under-the-desk nap. See the fruits of our labor at the Washington Avenue showcase this Saturday, and click through for plenty of other shows happening around town.

Jump over to our Out Every Night post from earlier this week to read about upcoming performances including James Murphy, Gogol Bordello, Bald Eagle at Jack Buck's record release show and Alkaline Trio. Read on for more show-going suggestions for the weekend ahead, below.

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Friday (May 31):

Dave Alvin w/ Kevin Gordon @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $20 The Grammy-nominated Dave Alvin put in time as a member of X, the Blasters and the Knitters. His solo work has solidified his reputation as a capital "s" Singer-songwriter, with no less than Rolling Stone dubbing his "an under recognized guitar hero" following the release of his 2011 release, Eleven Eleven. (DH)

Dead Confederate w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir, This City of Takers @ Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $10/$12 Dead Confederate mixes psych-rock, grunge and alt-country influences to create a truly unique, definitely rock & roll sound. (DH)

Elenowen w/ Amy Stroup, Fillmore, Under the Willow 8:30 p.m. | $10-$12 @ The Demo 8:30 p.m. | $10-$12 The singer-songwriter couple of Josh and Nicole Johnson made their first appearance on Season 1 of The Voice. They didn't make the cut, but that surely didn't stop 'em from singing their sweet songs. (MS)

Pokey Lafarge Album Release w/ The Loot Rock Gang, Mariachi Los Compadres @ Casa Loma Ballroom 8 p.m. | $12-$18 Pokey brings it on home and does it in a big way with the release of his new self-titled album, out on Jack White's label Third Man Records. Get a preview of what's to come with this recent performance and interview on NPR. (MS)

Farmer Jason

Saturday (June 1):

Harvest Sessions w/ Farmer Jason @ Tower Grove Farmers' Market 10 a.m. | free A farmer at a farmers' market just makes sense. Watch the above video. Do it. This one's fun for all ages, and it's free. (MS)

Kings of the Mic Tour w/ LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul @ Scottrade Center 8 p.m. | $15-$125 This line-up speaks for itself. Accidental racists welcomed. I guess. (MS)

SL Jones w/ Tef Poe & Rockwell Knuckles, Doorway, Les Paul, Family Affair, Doughboy & Yak Boy, Dough Stazz Dollaz @ The Gramophone 10 p.m. | $10 Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe, together on stage, is not to be missed. Also, it doesn't happen so much ever since Rocky moved to New York. This show also features three 2013 RFT Music Award nominees, so we'll forgive you if you opt to attend this one rather than the Music Showcase. (DH)

Son Volt w/ Colonel Ford @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $20-$24.50 Yeah....we'll forgive you for this one too. (DH)

Sunday (June 2):

Mouth of the Architect w/ The Lion's Daughter, Quaere Verum, Alan Smithee @ Fubar 8 p.m. | $10-$12 Dayton, Ohio's Mouth of the Architect plays atmospheric post-metal in the vein of Isis amd Pelican. Also on this bill is the Lion's Daughter, nominated in the category of "Best Metal Band" in this years awards. (DH)

Torche w/ Kenmode, Lo-Pan, Ashes and Iron @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $12-$14 Torche is about as rockin' as rock gets. Don't know about it? The band's entire new album, Harmonicraft, is available streaming via YouTube. (MS)

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