The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: August 11 to 17

Our picks for the must-see shows of the next seven days

click to enlarge St. Louis ex-pat Allison Durham returns to the river city with art punk juggernaut Mesh this Saturday. - VIA ARTIST BANDCAMP
VIA ARTIST BANDCAMP
St. Louis ex-pat Allison Durham returns to the river city with art punk juggernaut Mesh this Saturday.

Each week, we bring you our picks for the best concerts of the next seven days! To submit your show for consideration, click here. All events are subject to change, especially in the age of COVID-19, so do check with the venue for the most up-to-date information before you head out for the night. And of course, be sure that you are aware of the venues’ COVID-safety requirements, as those vary from place to place and you don’t want to get stuck outside because you forgot your mask or proof of vaccination. Happy show-going!

Mesh w/ Haldol, Trauma Harness, Nick G Band
9 p.m. Saturday, August 13. CBGB, 3163 South Grand Boulevard. $10. No phone.
The opening cut on Mesh's 2021 self-titled EP has landed the Philadelphia-based group on many blogs and playlists since its release, including Henry Rollins' Fanatic, a landmark punk show that airs every Saturday night on KCRW Santa Monica. The chorus goes "C-I-A ... mind control," and from there the anthemic song digs its hooks in and never lets up until a cathartic stop ends the single with an exclamation mark. Yet that infectiously catchy song is just an intro to a tape that landed on Bandcamp's Best Punk column on release — no small feat for a band that, at that point, only had a few demos and shows under its belt. A year has passed and Mesh has only built on that early momentum, as made evident by this summer tour through the Midwest, where the band will play with a who's who of contemporary punk. The St. Louis date is no exception as hometown heroes Trauma Harness will perform hot off the release of two recent albums: Ten Years Of Trauma, put out by Lumpy Records, provides a primer on the local group's first 10 years as a band with a greatest-hits collection compiled by the brains behind Lumpy & the Dumpers, and Swimming in Plastic is Trauma Harness' "pandemic" record of sorts, as the 18 tracks within were recorded during COVID-19 lockdown.
Don't Call It a Comeback: This Saturday night is also something of a homecoming for Mesh's Allison Durham, a St. Louis ex-pat who can be seen rocking a 12-string guitar and providing vocals alongside bandleader and singer Sims Hardin.
—Joseph Hess

click to enlarge Chicago duo Hide will bring its sample-based, electronic industrial sound to the Sinkhole on Sunday. - VIA DAIS RECORDS
VIA DAIS RECORDS
Chicago duo Hide will bring its sample-based, electronic industrial sound to the Sinkhole on Sunday.

Hide w/ Janet Xmas
8 p.m. Sunday, August 14. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway. $14 to $16. 314-328-2309.
Chicago industrial duo Hide crafts thought-provoking records that tend to focus on a central theme many would consider "dark" — if only because most bands wouldn't spend their time on stage shining the light on such subjects. And maybe "dark" is the right way to describe, for instance, a 2016 EP dedicated to the memory of Reyhana Jabbari, a 27-year-old Iranian woman who was murdered by the state for allegedly killing an individual who was attempting to rape her. Power dynamics, human rights and systemic problems, such as the enforcement of the modern Western gender binary, are woven into the fabric of Hide's sample-based, electronic compositions. The group's 2021 release Interior Terror offers an expansive realization of Hide's approach as the pair sculpts the soundtrack to the real-life survival horror game that so many folks are forced to live out (and die from) on a daily basis. The Chicago band comes to St. Louis during a break between two European tours — the first of which was unfortunately cut short in May. Organized by Midwest Metal Punks, one of St. Louis' most exciting show entities to emerge out of the pandemic, this event provides palpable feminine energy with an opening set by true St. Louis noise icon Janet Xmas.
A Typical Sunday Sermon: As if Hide and Janet Xmas weren't reason enough to make the trek to South Broadway, there's a matinee show going down earlier in the day at the Sinkhole with Escuela Grind. The Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based grindcore outfit comes to St. Louis just a month and change before the release of Memory Theater, the long-awaited sophomore album recorded with the help of Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.
—Joseph Hess

click to enlarge Nu-metal is back, even if it does call itself "trap metal" now — as proven by City Morgue, coming to Delmar Hall this week. - VIA REPUBLIC RECORDS
VIA REPUBLIC RECORDS
Nu-metal is back, even if it does call itself "trap metal" now — as proven by City Morgue, coming to Delmar Hall this week.

City Morgue w/ SSGKobe
8 p.m. Friday, August 12. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard. $25 to $30. 314-726-6161.
Everything '90s is new again. Baggy pants are back, Rage Against the Machine is currently on tour and, disconcertingly for some, the nu-metal sound is starting to creep its way back into modern music. While that is understandably cause for alarm among those of us who lived through it the first time, this new (nu?) wave is decidedly different from the Limp Bizkits of yore. Coming foremost from a hip-hop standpoint that incorporates elements of metal into its sound (as opposed to the other way around), the music released by the likes of New York duo City Morgue contains many of the familiar elements of the oft-maligned genre, but with everything turned up to 11. Filed more nowadays under the label of "trap metal," City Morgue's music sees its hostile lyrics scream-rapped over metal samples and punctuated by skittering high hats and booming 808s, marrying the fuck-everything nihilism of the SoundCloud rap scene with a dark metallic edge. It's a sound that terrifies parents, thrills angst-riddled teenagers and gets the heads of metal and rap fans alike banging to the rhythm — proving that a nu-metal genre by any other name would sound just as sweet.
Do Not Resuscitate: City Morgue rapper ZillaKami announced in June that this tour would be the group's last, whereupon his bandmate SosMula confirmed that its next album would also be its final one. Catch the group now while it's still alive, because death lurks just around the corner.
—Daniel Hill

THURSDAY AUGUST 11
-Farshid Etniko Duo: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-Grady Phillip Drugg: w/ Nathaniel Carroll 7 p.m., $5-$10. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis, 314-241-2337.
-Grayson Jostes: 7:30 p.m., $15. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.
-The Hamilton Band: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Ivas John: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-John Calvin Abney: w/ Cole Bridges 8 p.m., $10. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.

FRIDAY AUGUST 12
-Back Pocket Band: 7:30 p.m., free. Steve's Hot Dogs, 3145 South Grand, St. Louis.
-BillyE3: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Blues at the Arch Day 1: w/ Annika Chambers, Marcia Ball 5 p.m., free. Gateway Arch, 200 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 877-982-1410.
-City Morgue: w/ SSGKobe 8 p.m., $25/$30. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Hanson: 8 p.m., $39.50/$45. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Indie Rock Ice Cream Social: w/ Starwolf, Youpeopl, Jesus Christ Supercar, Amber Skies 7 p.m., $15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-Jeremiah Johnson Band: 9:30 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Justin Jagler & The Evergreens: 6 p.m., $10. The Attic Music Bar, 4247 S. Kingshighway, 2nd floor, St. Louis, 314-376-5313.
-Moon Valley: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-Neil Salsich and Beth Bombara: 7:30 p.m., $20. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.
-Pickin' Buds: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-Rachel Deschaine: 8 p.m., $15. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-Ricky Nye: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Sleigh Bells: 8 p.m., $30. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Tiffany Elle: 8 p.m., $10-$25. The Dark Room, 3610 Grandel Square inside Grandel Theatre, St. Louis, 314-776-9550.

SATURDAY AUGUST 13
-Blues at the Arch Day 2: w/ Matt "The Rattlesnake" Lesch, Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start, Circus Harmony, Jeremiah Johnson, Keesha Pratt Band, Selwyn Birchwood noon, free. Gateway Arch, 200 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 877-982-1410.
-Doobie: 8 p.m., $20/$25. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Drew Sheafor and the Soul Rangers: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-The Gaslight Squares: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-GloRilla: 8 p.m., $42.50-$55. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Grub and Groove: 3 p.m., free. Francis Park, Eichelberger St. & Donovan Ave., St. Louis.
-Hot Koolaid: 8:30 p.m., free. Nightshift Bar & Grill, 3979 Mexico Road, St. Peters, 636-441-8300.
-Lady J's "Music at the Intersection Sampler Special": 9 p.m., $10-$20. The Dark Room, 3610 Grandel Square inside Grandel Theatre, St. Louis, 314-776-9550.
-Love Jones “The Band”: 11 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Mat Wilson / Ricky Nye: 3 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Midnight Tyrannosaurus: 8 p.m., $15-$20. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Oliver Tree: w/ Jawny and Huddy 8 p.m., $39.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-Rocky Mantia & The Killer Combo: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Sisser: w/ They Need Machines To Fly?, Bagheera 8 p.m., $10. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-Slapshot STL: 6 p.m., free. The Attic Music Bar, 4247 S. Kingshighway, 2nd floor, St. Louis, 314-376-5313.
-Tidal Volume: w/ Cave Radio, Mads & Co. 8 p.m., $13/$15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.

SUNDAY AUGUST 14
-Bob Row Organ Trio: 3 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-The Deal: 10 a.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Lake Street Dive: 7 p.m., $31. Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield.
-Love Jones “The Band”: 10 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Starcrawler: 8 p.m., $15-$18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-Walter Parks: 7:30 p.m., $15. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.

MONDAY AUGUST 15
-Comedy Shipwreck: 9 p.m., free. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
-Dorothy Pino: 7 p.m., free. Yaqui's on Cherokee, 2728 Cherokee St, St. Louis, 314-400-7712.
-Third Sight Band: 7 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.

TUESDAY AUGUST 16
-Jamey Johnson: w/ Blackberry Smoke, Ella Langley 7 p.m., $24.50-$79.50. St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Dr., Maryland Heights, 314-451-2244.
-Smile Empty Soul: 7 p.m., $10-$15. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, 618-274-6720.
-St. Louis Social Club: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17
-Big Rich McDonough & The Rhythm Renegades: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Boz Scaggs: w/ the Robert Cray Band 7:30 p.m., $59.50-$79.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-El Ten Eleven: 8 p.m., $15/$20. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Voodoo Woodstock: 9 p.m., $12. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
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