This weekend, head to the Firebird to see the band that RFT readers voted the best new band of 2014, Search Parties, as it releases a brand new EP. Little Big Bangs also have a release ready to drop this Friday at Los Punk. For even more excitement in your life, head to Utopia Studios as it hosts its inaugural show in the newly dubbed concert space, the Mecca. More recommendations await in this edition of weekend best bets.
Friday (July 11):
Braid w/ Pity Sex, Signals Midwest @ Fubar 8 p.m. | $15 Braid formed in Urbana, Illinois in the early '90s and were on and off in the naughts. Recently, the emo pioneers signed to Topshelf Records. This tour promotes its newest release since 2011, No Coast. Head to Vintage Vinyl at 5 p.m. to see a free acoustic performance.
Little Big Bangs Tape Release w/ Brother Gruesome, Crazy XXX Girlfriend @ Los Punk 9 p.m. | $5 Little Big Bangs's latest release comes out on cassette via local label Eat Tapes. On the flip side, catch Brother Gruesome, a grungy duo from Oklahoma City. Hear them here.
Saturday (July 12):
Acid Kat Fest Fundraiser w/ Babe Lords, Dad Jr., Snooty and the Ratfinks, Tubby Tom, Tiger Rider @ Livery Company 8 p.m. | $3.50 Local zine weekend festival featuring miscreant music makers from near and far. Five bands for less than five bucks -- not a bad deal.
Summer Gras w/ Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Dirtfoot, Al Holliday & the Eastside Rhythm Band, Funky Butt Brass Band, Rhythm Section Road Show @ Old Rock House 6 p.m. | $22/$25 Old Rock House throws a party in its outdoor pavilion with a New Orleans theme, complete with the real deal soundtrack. Come hungry, because Broadway Oyster Bar and Riverbend Restaurant & Bar are bringing tons of grub.
The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival w/ Morris Day & the Time, SOS Band, Kelly Price, Confunkshun, Mint Condition, Loose Ends @ Forest Park 5 p.m. | $35-$65 For the second year in a row, Forest Park gets a hefty dose of soul. BYOLC (bring your own lawn chair).
The Mercs w/ Bagheera, The Ottomen @ The Mecca 8 p.m. | free Utopia Studios launches the inaugural show in its private event space, recently dubbed "the Mecca." If you haven't checked out Utopia yet, take this as an opportunity to see one of the city's most unique multi-purpose spaces in action.
Sunday (July 13):
Veruca Salt also performs this Sunday, at the Firebird.
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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