The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: July 14 to 20

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

click to enlarge Japanese Breakfast has fully entered the mainstream American music zeitgeist with its recent SNL performance. - PETER ASH LEE
PETER ASH LEE
Japanese Breakfast has fully entered the mainstream American music zeitgeist with its recent SNL performance.

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!

Japanese Breakfast w/ the Linda Lindas
8 p.m. Friday, July 15. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $39.50 to $45. 314-726-6161.
Musician and author Michelle Zauner didn't activate some spell to make her band Japanese Breakfast a household name overnight, but the Korean-American's wide-ranging body of work is considered by many to be magical in nature. Take Japanese BreakQuest, for example, a playable video game she developed alongside game designer Elaine Fath to promote the 2017 album Soft Sounds from Another Planet. Furthermore, in 2021 Zauner released Crying In H Mart, a touching memoir about coping with the loss of her mother and reconnecting with her roots through food. The book has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 50 weeks now and is currently being adapted as a feature film by Orion Pictures with the screenplay and soundtrack handled by Zauner herself. And less than two months after Crying in H Mart was first published, Japanese Breakfast debuted Jubilee, a breakthrough studio album that swiftly boosted the band straight to its current mainstream status. As if that's not all magical enough, Japanese Breakfast comes to St. Louis only two months after performing live on the recent season finale of Saturday Night Live, and the band will follow up this string of shows with a global tour of the world's most renowned music festivals in South Korea, Japan and England before coming back to the United States for a rigorous schedule that continues for much of 2022.
Summer Break: The Linda Lindas probably didn't expect to go big time viral in 2021 when the Los Angeles Public Library posted a video of the young band playing its song "Racist, Sexist Boy." Here we are a year later and the group has signed to Epitaph Records, contributed music to a Netflix series and released its debut album Growing Up. Arrive on time and don't miss out.
—Joseph Hess

click to enlarge Keyboardist for Maroon 5 PJ Morton is an institution in New Orleans music. - LAIKEN JOY
LAIKEN JOY
Keyboardist for Maroon 5 PJ Morton is an institution in New Orleans music.

PJ Morton
8 p.m. Friday, July 15. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard. $34.50 to $39.50. 314-726-6161.
Bodies of water contort and mountains move to make way for PJ Morton whenever he releases a new record. Sure, calling the New Orleans songwriter the top R&B artist of the modern era sounds a bit like hyperbole, but hear me out: PJ Morton has received four Grammy awards in the past four years, including Best Gospel Album, Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Performance. He even took home a Grammy for his contributions to We Are by John Batiste, which won Album of the Year at the most recent ceremony. He followed up this landmark achievement in late April with the release of Watch the Sun, a new solo record that predictably dropped to rave reviews — not that his dedicated fanbase needed anyone to validate the quality of a PJ Morton album. Just take a look at the comment section of any PJ Morton video (we suggest "How Deep Is Your Love" featuring YEBBA), and you'll find a sea of comments that reference the R&B songwriter's ability to evoke a shockingly wide range of emotional responses. In between touring with one of America's finest R&B bands and working as the keyboardist for Maroon 5, PJ Morton spends much of his time deeply involved in the New Orleans music community, where he organizes and advocates for preserving the city's rich musical heritage. Delmar Hall is considered to be a smaller, more intimate venue for an artist of this caliber, and showgoers will see a concert dripping with style, substance and a strong sense of purpose.
Jack of All Trades: Where PJ Morton finds the time to appear in a number of films and TV shows we'll never know. Catch him on NCIS: New Orleans, Nobody's Fool and Soul City, to name a few, where he typically plays himself or performs on screen with a full band.
—Joseph Hess

click to enlarge Hulder will emerge from the depths of the forest to wage battle on Off Broadway's stage this Sunday. - VIA ARTIST BANDCAMP
VIA ARTIST BANDCAMP
Hulder will emerge from the depths of the forest to wage battle on Off Broadway's stage this Sunday.

Hulder w/ Devil Master, Skeleton, Extinctionism
8 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $18. 314-498-6989.
In these confusing modern times, it's not uncommon to find ourselves filled with the desire to retreat to the woods and hold a sword aloft in glorious battle. When the stress of the workplace becomes too much, when the emails just keep coming and the drudgery seems endless, who among us can resist the call of the Dark One himself that we submit our steel — and ourselves — to his unholy command? It's only natural, of course. And no one knows that better than Marliese Riesterer, the Belgium-born, Portland-dwelling forest creature behind medieval black metal act Hulder. As the band's sole member, the talented multi-instrumentalist employs guitars, vocals, bass, keys and a drum machine to conjure a sound most foul, a blackened chunk of symphonic evil hearkening to the glory days of the genre. Hulder's January 2021 full-length, Godslastering Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry, came on the heels of a series of demos and singles, and rapidly caught the attention of metalheads who prefer music that's replete with blastbeats, Tolkein imagery and throaty, guttural vocals. The band has since landed on several tastemaker blogs, and even saw its latest track, May's "Evil Incubation," released as part of Decibel Magazine's flexi series. Hulder is dark, cold, surprisingly melodic and most definitely not for the faint of heart, and its Off Broadway performance this week is sure to inspire the warlord in you to cast off the shackles of civilized society and take to the wilderness.
Brothers in Arms: Hulder will be joined at this show by Philadelphia black metal/punk act Devil Master, Austin thrash metal band Skeleton, and St. Louis' own death metal group Extinctionism. Be prepared for a night of relentless riffage and unstoppable evil.
—Daniel Hill

THURSDAY JULY 14
-Butch Moore: 4 p.m., free. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-Cotton Chops: 9 p.m., free. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-Hunter Peebles and 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.
-Nate Smith: w/ Karley Scott Collins 8 p.m., $12/$15. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-School Of Rock On Tour: 6 p.m., $9. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.

FRIDAY JULY 15
-Bad Bad Hats: w/ Gully Boys 8 p.m., $15/$20. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Brothers Lazaroff: Laz Jazz: 7:30 p.m.; July 16, 7:30 p.m., free. The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington Ave, St Louis, 314-571-6000.
-Clownvis: 9 p.m., $20.50-$50.50. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Debussyan: w/ Breakmouth Annie, Pleasure Center, Fight Back Mountain 8 p.m., $10. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.
-Drew Sheafor and the Soul Rangers: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Harpo Jarvi: w/ Forteana 8 p.m., $10. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
-Japanese Breakfast: w/ the Linda Lindas 8 p.m., $39.50-$45. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Jeremiah Johnson Band: 6 p.m., $10. The Attic Music Bar, 4247 S. Kingshighway, 2nd floor, St. Louis, 314-376-5313.
-Kevin Buckley: 4 p.m., free. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-Misplaced Religion: w/ Inner City Witches, Beekman 8 p.m., $10. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-The Mountain Goats: w/ Abby Hamilton 8 p.m., $39.50/$54.50. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-PJ Morton: 8 p.m., $34.50-$39.50. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Rocky Mantia & Killer Combo: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Third Sight / Dhoruba Collective: 10 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.

SATURDAY JULY 16
-Attic Music Bar 1 Year Anniversary: noon, $10. The Attic Music Bar, 4247 S. Kingshighway, 2nd floor, St. Louis, 314-376-5313.
-Beyond FM 3rd Annual Birthday Bash: w/ Steve Ewing 7 p.m., $10. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, 618-274-6720.
-Billy Barnett Band: 3 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Brothers Lazaroff: Laz Jazz: July 15, 7:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m., free. The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington Ave, St Louis, 314-571-6000.
-Comedy at The Kranzberg: 8:30 p.m., $15. Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, 314-533-0367.
-Diesel Island: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Elway: w/ Holy Mess, The Haddonfields 8 p.m., $13. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
-Emo Nite LA Presents Emo Nite: 9 p.m., $16-$31. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Jake's Leg: 10 p.m., $12. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-Jeremiah Johnson Band: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Kelsey Waldon: 8 p.m., $15/$20. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Kurtis Conner: 7 p.m., $36.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-Mark Harris II and The Avengers: 7:30 p.m., $15. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.
-Shawn Mendes: 7:30 p.m., $20-$196. Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-1888.
-Split My Sides Album Release Party: 7 p.m., free. The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis, 314-773-1533.
-Talkin Trash with Bobby Stevens: 6 p.m., free. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
-The Robyn Party – 10th Anniversary Tour: w/ ADVENTURE[S] 8 p.m., $12/$15. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-Tony Holiday Band: 11 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Train: w/ Jewel, Blues Traveler, Thunderstorm Artis 6:30 p.m., $9-$110. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, 314-298-9944.
-The Yowl: 8 p.m., $10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.

SUNDAY JULY 17
-Big Gigantic: w/ Inzo, Young Franco, Covex 6:50 p.m., $30.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-Chase Atlantic: w/ Leah Kate, Xavier Mayne 8 p.m., $35. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Forest Ray: w/ Kitz Row 8 p.m., $10. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.
-Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow: 7 p.m., $22. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Hulder: w/ Devil Master, Skeleton, Extinctionism 8 p.m., $18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-Love Jones "The Band": 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-Skeet Rodgers & Inner City Blues Band: 3 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.

MONDAY JULY 18
-Boulevards: 8 p.m., $12. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-SIRSY: 7:30 p.m., free. The Attic Music Bar, 4247 S. Kingshighway, 2nd floor, St. Louis, 314-376-5313.
-Social House: 7:30 p.m., $22-$40. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Third Sight Band: 7 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.

TUESDAY JULY 19
-Eric Lysaght: 9 p.m.; July 24, 9 p.m., free. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-John Clifton Band: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-St. Louis String Collective Ribbon Cutting and Open House: 4 p.m., free. St. Louis String Collective, 3532a Greenwood Blvd, Maplewood, 3143252294.
-Steven Woolley: 5 p.m., free. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-Weasel Walter and the St. Louis Ensemble: w/ Alex Cunningham, Seth Davis, Damon Smith, Janet Xmas, Bitchfit 8 p.m., $10. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.

WEDNESDAY JULY 20
-120 Minutes: 7 p.m., free. Just John's Club, 4112 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-371-1333.
-Andrew Dahle: 4 p.m.; July 25, 5 p.m., free. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.
-Big Rich McDonough & The Rhythm Renegades: 7 p.m., $15. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.
-mc chris: w/ Crunk Witch 8 p.m., $20. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Rob Zombie: w/ Mudvayne, Static-X, Powerman 5000 6 p.m., $22-$149. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, 314-298-9944.

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