The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 11 to 13


Search Parties Album Release - Friday, July 11 @ The Firebird. - PRESS PHOTO
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  • Search Parties Album Release - Friday, July 11 @ The Firebird.

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.

Journey w/ Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7:30 p.m. | $29.50-$151 There's nothing we can tell you that this ridiculous video doesn't -- very explicitly -- already.

SOJA w/ Trevor Hall @ The Pageant 8 p.m. | $22.50-$27 Formerly known as Soliders of Jah Army, SOJA has amassed quite the following. This show will fill the floor with reggae fanatics, no doubt.

Also on Friday, check out Search Parties' Album Release and Phox at Blueberry Hill. Click the links to read more about the performers via previews.

Saturday (July 12):

Feral Future w/ Astral Place, Bad Dates @ Apop Records 8 p.m. | $7 Feral Future plows into Apop all the way from Austin, Texas with hard-hitting punk'n'roll. Check out its tunes on Bandcamp.

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.

A couple more options for Saturday night include Ying Yang Twins at the Ready Room and Mountain Sprout at Blueberry Hill.

Sunday (July 13):

Me Jane w/ M. Powers @ Lemp Arts Center 8 p.m. | $5 Me Jane hails from Chicago and plays indie post-punk -- Bandcamp here. RIYL: Sleater-Kinney.

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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