It has been a crazy, crazy crime-filled week in St. Louis. Let's all go to some shows and try to forget about it for a while, okay? Just please, for the love of dogs, be careful out there! This weekend, look for new releases from Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and the Blu Skies, check out the extensive line-up at SLUM Fest and more.
Besides the following ten recommendations, consider these great shows: Read about Father John Misty, performing at the Firebird on Friday, June 14 and the Amends, performing at the Heavy Anchor on the same night.
Also, click back to our Out Every Night post from earlier this week to learn about the Kittypalooza Tenth Life Cat Rescue Benefit, George Porter Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners, The Blind Eyes and Beth Bombara's Double EP Release, Mary J. Blige, and The Supersuckers.
Did we leave something significant out? There's a chance it didn't make it onto our radar! Send your show tips anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday (June 14):
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost Record Release @ Vintage Vinyl 7:30 p.m. | free According to Bob's Facebook event page for this show, "no admission charge - early evening show, it's in a damn record store!!" You heard the man. Now hear him sing during the release of "Dana Dew," his crew's new 45. (MS)
Project Pat w/ Crook 3D Muzic, Tempature Beats, Circle of Success, Thong Studly, $upreme Era, Kommon Groundz, King Cakes, Kold Kace @ Pop's Nightclub 7 p.m. | $20-$27 Project Pat, longtime Three Six Mafia collaborator and dirty south rap king, comes to Pop's. Hide your sizzurp. (DH)
Shakey Graves w/ Wild Child, Marmalakes @ Plush 9 p.m. | $8 Words like "anti-folk" and "one-man band" and "phenomenon" all apply here; place them in whatever order you see fit, then head down to Plush and catch the man in action. (DH)
Shakey Graves - Friday, June 14 @ Plush
Saturday (June 15):
The Blu Skies CD Release w/ The Trophy Mules @ Big Muddy 9 p.m. | $5 According to their booking agent, the Blu Skies sound like Wilco and Pink Floyd. But don't take their word for it: Find out for yourself if that sounds up your alley, and then go see their new album performed in its entirety live. (MS)
Cardiac Arrest w/ Rites of Impeity, Bastard @ Cusumano's 9 p.m. | $5 This is the Cardiac Arrest from Chicago -- the extreme metal one. Not to be confused with the local hardcore one. Make a note of it! (DH)
Kool Moe Dee @ The Sound Bar 8 p.m. | $20/$25 The official grand opening of the Sound Bar with new management and a new look is a gemini birthday bash with free food and a strictly enforced dress code. Show up in your Saturday best for tunes and free food. (MS)
Milo Greene w/ The Sun and the Sea @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $12-$14 I've had that little guitar line from "1957" stuck in my head for the last ten years or so, I swear. Oh wait, that song just came out last year? Still....(DH)
St. Louis Underground Music Festival w/ Ackurate, Ciej, Bigg Iceberg, Prospect, Supreme Soul, Milli, Darris Robins, Serroge, Kay-Gee, Greze Gutta, KD Assassin @ The Demo 2 p.m. | $10-$12 Twelve hours of hip-hop, more than sixty performing artists (including a special appearance by Tef Poe) and fourteen DJs overtake Atomic Cowboy for this day-long event. Also look out for live art and live competitions including a bboy/bgirl dance battle, a producer beat battle and an emcee freestyle battle. Get the full details at slumfest.com. (MS)
Sunday (June 16):
Solid Gold w/ Marijuana Deathsquads, Polica @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $12 Minneapolis invades St. Louis for this incestuous triple-threat bill. Also in these bands' family tree are artists such as Doomtree and Har Mar Superstar, so you should know to expect a good time. (DH)