The 2015 RFT Music Showcase is finally upon us. If you haven't been keeping up, we have been previewing every band nominated for an award for the last two weeks, but now the wait is over. This Saturday, you can see more than 80 of those acts across ten venues in the Grove for a measly ten bucks. This event is the best single stop for local music all year, including St. Louis' own rising stars of the hip-hop scene. There's no shortage of great music in town, so read on and be in the know.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
The Conformists w/ Yowie, Maximum Effort Friday, June 19 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | Free By veering around notions of punk or rock, the Conformists deconstruct through colliding strings and skins. Scattered beats lean on dark tones via warped guitars, invoking a distant sense of dread. After nearly four years on hiatus, original vocalist Mike Benker returns on this night to guide each song with his distinct lyrical rip -- spoken words weigh heavy and drop in favor of guttural moans and screams.
Floetry w/ Janine and the Mixtape, Telisha, X Blue Rayne Friday, June 19 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $35-$45 The twenty-year pop cycle strikes again, this time with the London-based R&B group Floetry. After its quick rise to prominence in the late '90s, the band weathered a slow dip into relative obscurity. As cult hits tend to do, Floetry has reunited for both the initiated and newbies alike.
John Moreland w/ John Calvin Abney, Chris Porter Friday, June 19 Off Broadway 8:30 p.m. | $12/$15 Diehard fans of FX's Sons of Anarchy will no doubt recognize Moreland's music and his signature brand of roughneck folk. While some songwriters get shoehorned by such things, Moreland's music prevails beyond biker wars by telling personal stories wrought with self-deprecation and general inequality.
Peter Bradley Adams Friday, June 19 Blueberry Hill 8 p.m. | $15 Peter Bradley Adams is another songwriter on the list this week with a backlog of songs that serve network TV shows such as Smallville and Alias. While the songs work well to help tell stories on screen, they each have a life of their own through deeply personal lyrics. He takes a mostly gentle approach, weaving simple melodies to prove just how essential (and effective) minimalism can be.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
2015 RFT Music Showcase w/ more than 80 acts from across the St. Louis region, including Tef Poe, Sleepy Kitty, 18andCounting, Jon Hardy and the Public, Indiana Rome, CaveofswordS, Arshad Goods, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing and many, many more Saturday, June 20 The Grove 1 p.m. | $10 Every year, we poll the greater St. Louis music community on the best and brightest bands in our city and together, we come up with a list of acts. After careful consideration, we invite these artists to collaborate with us for an annual local music festival. The 2015 RFT Music Showcase is set the be the biggest year yet with more than 80 bands across ten venues in the Grove neighborhood on Manchester. Arrive early at 1 p.m. to catch a dual set by Lizzie Weber and Emily Wallace on the main outdoor stage and stay as late as you want (well, venues start closing around 1 a.m.).
Hard Rock Invasion 2015 w/ Queensryche, Tom Keifer, Great White, Adler Saturday, June 20 Jefferson Barracks Park 1 p.m. | $30-$70 If local bands are too blasé and you feel that there's just no way anything new could impress you, Jefferson Barracks Park hosts a wealth of tried-and-true classic rockers sponsored by KSHE 95. The good ol' days are here to stay, at least on Saturday.
Jakubi Saturday, June 20 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10-$12 The Moog-fueled Melbourne-natives are basically a family band built on strong grooves and buoyant beats. This group has all the DNA of modern reggae but takes the pop approach, blowing up every little piece. Songs run at maximum capacity, crammed with too many genres to list but enough ingenuity to fit them all in.
Tyler, the Creator w/ Taco Saturday, June 20 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $25-$27 By Daniel Hill Despite the considerable musical growth between his last album, Wolf, and his new one, Tyler still peddles in shock and controversy. He hasn't stopped with the use of offensive slurs, though he still maintains he is not homophobic. Those offended by offensive things may want to sit this one out.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Dawes w/ Langhorne Slim Sunday, June 21 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $25-$27.50 This year's album, All Your Favorite Bands, shows Dawes taking a harder rock approach. Despite strong folk leanings, the group still manages a rough edge here and there, reveling in the little things. Melody is king and a heavy backline is its queen.
Mitski w/ Elvis Depressedly, Eskimeaux Sunday, June 21 The Demo 7 p.m. | $12-$17 While most bands can claim that they're D.I.Y., and technically they're right, Mitski tends to wear the term on her sleeve. Her music is explorative, if not experimental, inside the indie rock set. Songs led by singular riffs push through a light, delicate filter but still manage to come off surprisingly dark, at times. Range aside, her blend is thankfully accessible and just emotional enough. Opener Elvis Depressedly is worth the ticket price alone, if only for having the best band name in existence.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas, and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.
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