The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 25 to 27


Bates celebrates the release of Strange Woman this Friday at the Bootleg. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Bates celebrates the release of Strange Woman this Friday at the Bootleg.
We here at RFT Music hate to say "we told you so" since it's literally our job to do so, but we named local rapper Bates one of the "10 Acts to Watch in 2016" and included her on our inaugural "STL 77" earlier this year. Now the big release party for her new album Strange Woman stands among the shows featured in the next days, including An Under Cover Weekend, the Wargs and much more. Consider the following a road map for making the most of this weekend in St. Louis.


An Under Cover Weekend 11 - 80's, 90's, and 00's at Delmar Hall
7:45 p.m. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard. $12/$15. 314-726-6161.
An Under Cover Weekend is among the top exports of St. Louis' city-wide love affair with cover bands and tribute acts. And that's not a judgement — it's a fact. While all three nights come highly recommended (the first being Thursday), Friday's focus on the '90s sits atop the best bets for the weekend ahead. Fivefold as Third Eye Blind, Blank Generation as Outkast, Katarra and the SoFolkz as Lauryn Hill, Les Gruff and the Billy Goat as Counting Crows and Ramona Deflowered as the Offspring all provide a prismatic view of the most radical decade. Chain wallets, yo-yos, pogs and slap bracelets encouraged but not required.

Bates Album Release Show w/ Akilah Jae', Sal Calhoun, Nyce, GAVG, Ron Gee, Cedes Cedes, DJ Rico Steez
9 p.m. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Avenue. $10. 314-775-0775.
Bates continues to build atop the peaks achieved in last year's For Colored People with the release of her latest studio record Strange Woman. Think of this show as a primer on hip-hop in the river city formulated by an individual who means many things to many people. Bates unfolds the layers within her biting verses in real time, all the while surrounded by some of St. Louis' finest crew.

8 p.m. The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Avenue. $10-$12. 314-925-7543.
Narrative players are a rare breed and Concreteslim ekes out a set of songs that sit on the endangered genre list. From tending a missile silo in Florida to working as a bluesman in the desert, Concreteslim pounds the pavement with stories of his journeys both private and public.

Hush Groove: 30 4 30 w/ DJ G Wiz, DJ Needles, DJ Alejan, D-Ex, DJ Furious Iceman Stylz
8 p.m. Old Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street. $30. 314-588-0505.
Four DJs from KDHX's past and present unite for five hours of live spinning with a major swerve: Attendees can listen to one DJ over the house system or switch to another with provided headphones. G.Wiz, D-Ex, DJ Alejan and DJ Needles lead this listening party with all proceeds going to benefit KDHX, capping off the station's recent mid-Summer pledge drive.

Ray Wylie Hubbard
8 p.m. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $20-$25. 314-498-6989.
By Roy Kasten
The fallen angels, haunted bluesmen, dead-thumb kings, rebellious sons, doomed junkies and just as doomed alt-country rockers that have long populated the sacred and profane songs of Ray Wylie Hubbard take center stage on his most Biblically obsessed, lyrically fierce and musically elemental album, Tell the Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can. Like Milton’s Lucifer (who Hubbard slyly quotes), his characters would rather reign in hell than serve anywhere, save where they can lay down a groove like a chisel into the eternal tablet of the blues. Hubbard has but one commandment: Thou shalt not sing a song that doesn’t sting or save the soul.


Hands & Feet w/ Youpeopl, Cubits
9 p.m. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street. Free. 314-241-2337.
Stephen Favazza might as well be a magician, what with the way he employs a kind of musical smoke and mirrors to craft the contours of his dense, melodic songs. Under the moniker of Hands and Feet, Favazza performs in a way that feels stoic and somewhat monolithic. Expect the multi-instruments to flow from piece to piece, etching onto a tapestry of sounds all by his lonesome. This night marks the debut for Youpeopl, the latest band from St. Louis' own Chan Maurice Evans.

iLLPHONiCS w/ Chris Grindz, CaveofSwords, Toni Saputo
8 p.m. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th Street. $10-$12. 314-588-0505.
By Christian Schaeffer
From Illphonics Reaches Back to Its High School Roots with Purple Piano Society:
Fast-forward to 2017; Illphonics is one of this city's foremost live hip-hop acts, releasing albums every few years and playing increasingly high-profile gigs at home and abroad, including a slot at last year's LouFest. But when it came time to name its newest LP, Morris reached back to high school for the inspiration for what would become Purple Piano Society.

Punk Rock For Pet Food w/ the Danged (The Damned Tribute Band), The Five Stooges tribute band (Stooges Tribute band), We're a Happy Family (Ramones Tribute band)
9 p.m. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Avenue. $5. 314-352-5226
If An Under Cover Weekend wasn't enough (or if its '00s theme on Saturday does nothing for you), consider this a solid punk-soaked alternative. The Damned, the Stooges and the Ramones are all embedded in the DNA of most modern rock songs, so consider this concert a kind of education with your favorite local adjunct professors. All proceeds go to benefit the Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry, which might be the best use of a punk rock cover set that we can think of.


Mo E All-Stars Album Release
5 p.m. The Dark Room, 3610 Grandel Square. Free. 314-776-9550
By Thomas Crone
From Mo Egeston's Debut CD Was a Long Time Coming:
As much as anyone, Maurice "Mo E" Egeston had an active role in creating the music culture of Washington Avenue in the mid to late 1990s and early aughts. At the time, the club scene there was a rich mix — not perfect, of course, but possessing both live music and DJ cultures, with a clientele that crossed a lot of demographic lines. For a handful of years, on a handful of blocks, something special was happening on Wash Ave, with Egeston often onstage, working behind the scenes or simply part of the audience.

The Wargs
7:30 p.m. The Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Boulevard. $50. 314-738-9384.
By Christian Schaeffer
We won’t bore you with arcana and trivia about HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones – frankly, we don’t know any. Instead, we leave it to the evil geniuses of the ad-hoc group called the Wargs to turn its collective love for dragons, palace intrigue and premium cable nudity into grimy, twangy songs built around George R.R. Martin’s universe. To commemorate the show’s season finale, the Wargs – helmed by Hobosexuals leader Ryne Watts and staffed with members of Sine Nomine and the Griddle Kids – will perform at the Webster Groves bookseller the Novel Neighbor for an evening of GoT revelry. Cocktails, food and assorted revelry is included with the ticket price.

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