Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From July 14 to 20

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Andrea Behrends

Old Crow Medicine Show Friday, July 18 @ Peabody Opera House 7:30 p.m. | $26-$66 By Roy Kasten With "Wagon Wheel," its first co-write with Bob Dylan, Old Crow Medicine Show did OK (short for "Over a Kazillion" sold). With its second, "Sweet Amarillo," from the new album Remedy, one of the biggest-selling bands in the history of string-band music proves that "Wagon Wheel" wasn't a fluke. Even if "Sweet Amarillo" doesn't become a bar-band staple, the song is a glorious sing-along, with accordion, fiddle, banjo and gang-style harmonies rising to the skies. It's just one of over a dozen danceable, soul-stirring moments on the band's finest hour to date. Last year OCMS was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry; not bad for a band that started out where all good pickers should: playing for tips in front of drug stores.

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Nathan Cook

Bruxism No. 4 Friday, July 18 w/ Wax Fruit, Leech/Cunningham Duo, Hylidae @ Apop Records 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess From "The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: July 2014": Bruxism is a multisensory concert series by Apop Records and local artist Nathan Cook. These concerts occur every six weeks, bringing with them a strong roster of experimental acts focused on the greater St. Louis region. This month's edition features a collaboration between ambient musician Jake Leech and local violinist Alex Cunningham. Combining the haunting timbre of high-pitched strings and layered tones, the duo unfolds a spectrum of noise. Hylidae and Wax Fruit provide a primer on experimental electronica, flipping two sides of the same coin with their own genre bend. This is an apt intro to live ambient work as a whole. While every Bruxism brings new bands and players, the shows do follow a certain tradition. Early birds (meaning the first 30 or so paying patrons) will receive a gift. This month's door prize is a limited 11x17 print by local artist Mister Ben.

Bump & Hustle Two-Year Anniversary Saturday, July 19 w/ DJ Centipede, DJ MAKossa, Hal Greens, DJ Needles @ Blank Space 9 p.m. | $5 By Tara Mahadevan From "The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: July 2014": If you missed Bump & Hustle's first anniversary, then you're probably a little salty. You're in luck, though, as the second anniversary is just around the corner. This year, San Francisco's DJ Centipede, also known as Mophono, headlines. Centipede got his start experimenting with electronic music genres Thug Jazz and Dirt Wave, soon becoming the foremost authority on both while being known as the most experimental EDM DJ in the Bay Area. St. Louis' DJ MAKossa, Hal Greens and DJ Needles will be joining him, each one playing their own eclectic sets of jazz, funk, hip-hop and blues.

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Bryan Sutter

Cardiac Arrest Record Release Pub Crawl Saturday, July 18 w/ Big Zit, Bootskrieg, The Repos @ Livery Company, Fubar, Atomic Cowboy and The Heavy Anchor 8 p.m. | $5-$12 By Daniel Hill From this event preview: St. Louis' long-running hardcore favorite Cardiac Arrest will be releasing its first new material in seven years (and first ever full-length) on Saturday, July 19. Those familiar with frontman Rob Ruzicka -- a longtime booker of punk and hardcore in St. Louis -- know to expect the unexpected, and Ruzicka has delivered. Forget a record release show. How about a record release pub crawl? The LP is called In the Mouth of Madness. In the U.S., it will be a split release between Lumpy Records and Static Circuit Records; in Europe, Even Worse Records and Way Back When Records will put it out.

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Jack White Sunday, July 20 w/ Benjamin Booker @ The Fox Theatre 7:30 p.m. | $34.50-$75 By Jaime Lees Over the last couple of decades, Jack White went from fronting his cutesy Detroit two-piece, the White Stripes, to becoming a full-fledged multimedia music mogul in Nashville. It was a slow process, but as White steadily took on new musical projects, made massive financial commitments and founded a few large businesses, he gradually transformed from Motor City kitsch-master to the most culturally relevant Zorro-looking mofo of our time. White's adventures are no longer limited to his own blistering blues, either. His independent label, Third Man Records, has grown exponentially over the past few years and is now considered one of the most respected boutique labels in the country.

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

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