The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 13 to 15


Melt turns one this week. - THEO WELLING FOR RFT

To get in on some birthday action, hang out at Melt this week while it turns one, and head to Plush this Saturday as Apop Records blows out a decade's worth of candles. Other great celebrations include the return of DJ Mahf's Funk Jam series, release shows from the Pat Sajak Assassins and the Lion's Daughter, and the return of King Khan and the Shrines to St. Louis. Read on for info on these shows and more in this week's concert recommendations.

Friday (June 13):

The Return of the Funk Jam w/ Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters, Fresh Heir, DJ MAKossa, Hal Greens, DJ Mahf @ Atomic Cowboy 7 p.m. | $10/$12 DJ Mahf re-launches his funky concert series with an action-packed line-up of local talent. Recent RFT Music award winners, Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters, take the stage along with plenty other great performers. (MS)

Melt One-Year Anniversary w/ Animal Children @ Melt 9 p.m. St. Louis' favorite waffle-themed music venue (OK -- only waffle-themed music venue) on Cherokee Street blows out the candles on its first birthday cake. Besides some waffle specials (pizza or smores flavors, anyone?), Friday night features local jazz act Animal Children. Check out the Facebook event page for details on the week-long celebration. (MS)

Video Ranger w/ Shitstorm, Wild Hex @ Los Punk 9 p.m. | $5 Punk rock.... trombone? Alright, Omaha, show us what you've got. Unconvinced? The stellar local line-up ought to be enough to lure you out. Learn more about Shitstorm, for instance, by clicking the link for a recent artist profile. (MS)

Also on Friday, catch a free show featuring Breakmouth Annie and more at the Schlafly Tap Room, or head the the Heavy Anchor to see the subject of this week's music feature, the Pat Sajak Assassins, as the group releases its brand new album. Click the links for more info on each show.

Saturday (June 14):

Apop Records' Tenth Birthday w/ Humanbeast, Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck, Sofia Reta, Self Help, Black James @ Plush 8 p.m. | $8 Apop Records celebrates a decade of deviance with a party at Plush featuring a line-up of live noise, punk and synth-pop. Learn more the event and the back-story behind the eccentric community shop via this full report. (MS)

Meshuggah w/ Between the Buried and Me @ Pop's Nightclub 7 p.m. | $28-$32 They came here all the way from Sweden. The least you could do is travel to Sauget, right? (DH)

Jackie Greene w/ Cereus Bright @ Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $15 HeylittlethingdidyouknowthatJimmyGreeneisnowafulltimememberoftheBlackCrowesholysmokes [hard riffin']. (DH)

Rusted Root w/ Tom Wood @ Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $25/$27.50 Who could possibly forget this timeless classic? (DH)

Check out a couple other options previewed earlier this week: the Lion's Daughter's split EP release in the name of charity and World Party at Off Broadway.

Sunday (June 15):

Chung Antique w/ Lions Eat Grass, Without Hazard @ Blank Space 8 p.m. | $5 Instrumental post-rock group Chung Antique hails from Seattle and tours on a special tour EP in addition to an early 2014 release called Sweater Weather. Check out its Bandcamp page to hear some tracks. (MS)

Father's Day Explosion w/ The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Stylistics @ Chaifetz Arena 7 p.m. | $35-$100 Don't miss a chance to see these soul legends in the flesh! (DH)

Low Tax w/ Bath House Boys @ CBGB 9 p.m. | $5 Short, fast, straight-forward hardcore. Check it. (DH)

King Khan and the Shrines hits town on Sunday night, gracing the stage at Off Broadway. Click the link to check out a full interview as well as extras.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas anytime. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and submit show info online to be considered for inclusion on these lists.


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