The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: September 15 to 21

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

click to enlarge Murphy's Law will perform at Red Flag on Friday.
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Murphy's Law will perform at Red Flag on Friday.

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!

Murphy's Law w/ Tiger Sex, Antithought, Orangetree

8 p.m. Friday, September 16. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street. $17. 314-289-9050.
Legendary New York hardcore group Murphy's Law has been playing punk rock party anthems for more than 30 years. The group is led by singer and sole remaining founding member Jimmy Gestapo, who has played with a staggering list of backing musicians since the band's inception — literally more than 70 names. In this way, Murphy's Law can be seen as the unlikely link between acts such as the Misfits, the Slackers, Thursday, the New York Dolls and about a billion more whose musicians have lent a helping hand over the years. Murphy's Law's live show is always a non-stop party, with huge sing-a-longs, impromptu songs written on the spot about audience members and Jaegermeister that flows like water — mostly into Gestapo's face. While it's been more than 20 years since the group released a proper studio album, Gestapo and Co. have consistently kept busy by bringing their raucous, over-the-top performances to grateful fans all over the world, solidifying the band's status as hardcore royalty in the process.
Partners in Party: Opening the show are Detroit garage rockers Tiger Sex and locals Antithought and Orangetree. Tempting as it may be for a Murphy's Law show, don't spend your time pre-gaming in your car — the party is already inside.
—Daniel Hill

click to enlarge Denzel Curry.
VILLAGOMEZ
Denzel Curry.

Denzel Curry w/ AG Club, redveil, PlayThatBoiZay
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 20. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $35 to $40. 314-726-6161.
From his time in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America where he challenged other kids to rap battles to working on debut album Nostalgic 64 while still in high school, Denzel Curry started building his massive fan base at an early age. The South Florida rapper was notably part of XXL's Freshman Class in 2016, a breakthrough year for the hip-hop publication that also featured Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, G Herbo, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Anderson Paak, Desiigner and 21 Savage — and it's still considered the best "freshman cypher" in the magazine's history by a wide margin. You might not remember "Ultimate" by name, but chances are you've heard the track in at least one viral video. Curry already had a built-in audience when, in summer 2018, he dropped "CLOUT COBAIN | CLOUT CO13A1N," an aggressively cool track with an accompanying video where everyone in attendance has a face tat — or is in the process of getting one. Curry appears as a clownish alter ego that is presented as a star attraction, only to tease suicide and ultimately pay off the promise made when first invoking the name of Kurt Cobain. The music video is still Curry's most-played to date, despite the subsequent release of several singles and full-length albums that deserve just as much, if not more, critical acclaim. The 2022 record Melt My Eyez See Your Future pulls off the many masks Curry wears in order to deliver the stark characterizations heard throughout his body of work. The result is a bare rejuvenation of Curry's distinct style that works in flexible tandem with the myriad guest appearances, which include T-Pain, Thundercat and Slowthai, to name a few.
Friends Forever: Curry's Melt My Eyez Tour features a solid lineup of opening acts with frequent collaborator and fellow Floridian PlayThatBoiZay leading the pack. His 2019 project NOCTURNAL flew under the radar on release, but it's a solid starting point for those getting into trap metal.
—Joseph Hess

click to enlarge Flasher.
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Flasher.


Flasher w/ Crisis Walk-Ins, Pealds, Trauma Harness

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 20. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway. $12 to $15. 314-328-2309.
Flasher is made up of Washington, D.C., musicians who cut their teeth early on in different punk bands (such as Priests), so its approach to alternative rock is selectively unhinged albeit anchored in solid songcraft. The band's first EP dropped in 2016 with a burst of static-soaked glee, offering a super-charged set of fuzz-laden singles that stood out among the pack of similar acts debuting around the same time. Flasher released its debut album Constant Image in 2018, which was an evolution of structure with a marked progression in terms of production and melodic interplay. Most bands saw some kind of down period in the last two years, and Flasher is no different. But founding members Taylor Mulitz and Emma Baker had to effectively transform the group following the departure of original bassist Daniel Saperstein. The recently released full-length album Love Is Yours shows the fruit of their labor with a matured approach to songwriting that is explored with textural mastery across its 13 tracks.
On the Road Again: St. Louis ex-pat Shawn Durham (Posture, the Yeasties) will perform as part of Flasher on this tour, playing both drums and guitar in the band as members trade instruments back and forth throughout the set.
—Joseph Hess

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15
-Al Holliday: 8 p.m., $15-$20. Joe's Cafe, 6014 Kingsbury Ave, St. Louis.
-Anna Vaus: w/ Lucie Switalski 8 p.m., $10-$15. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-The Broken Hipsters: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Carson Mann & Cree Rider: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-Demon Hunter: 8 p.m., $35. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, 618-274-6720.
-Lizzie Weber Single Release: w/ Cara Louise, Yannon 8 p.m., $15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-Paul Thorn: 8 p.m., $25-$35. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Subtropolis: w/ Moon Goons, Boreal Hills 8 p.m., $10. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.
-Testament: w/ Exodus, Death Angel 6:50 p.m., $30/$35. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-The Waterloo German Band: 7 p.m., free. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, Concord, 314-842-3298.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16
-Arianna String Quartet: 7:30 p.m., $10-$29. Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 Touhill Circle, St. Louis, 866-516-4949.
-As the Crow Flies: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-Blue Oyster Cult: w/ Mark Farner’s American Band, Head East 7 p.m., $53-$93. Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St Charles, 636-896-4200.
-Christopher Cross: 8 p.m., $49.50-$69.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-Drew Sheafor and the Soul Rangers: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Dudley Taft: 7:30 p.m., $15. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.
-Gang of Youths: 8 p.m., $25/$30. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Jimmy Eat World: w/ Charly Bliss 8 p.m., $40-$55. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-The Juliana Theory: 8 p.m., $35. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-The Junction: Hills: w/ Kizzle Mobbin' & His Live Band 8 p.m., $15. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-Leftover Salmon: w/ One Way Traffic 7 p.m., $27.50. The Ready Room, 4140 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929.
-Mary Gauthier: w/ Jaimee Harris 8 p.m., $25-$30. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Maximum Effort: w/ Powerline Sneakers, Sole Loan 8 p.m., $10. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.
-Murphy's Law: 8 p.m., $17. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Shepherd and McDonough: 7 p.m., $20. National Blues Museum, 615 Washington Ave., St. Louis.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17
-$uicideboy$: w/ Ski Mask the Slump God, $not, Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Maxo Kream, DJ Scheme 6 p.m., $35-$185.50. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, 314-298-9944.
-Black Knife: w/ Traffic Death, Blackwell 7 p.m., $10. The Ready Room, 4140 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929.
-Bokyung Byun: 7:30 p.m., $20-$39. The 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., University City, 314-421-3600.
-Bowling For Soup: w/ Less Than Jake 8 p.m., $32.50/$37.50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Connor Schenk: 6:30 p.m., $10. The Attic Music Bar, 4247 S. Kingshighway, 2nd floor, St. Louis, 314-376-5313.
-The Forestwood Boys: 7 p.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-Javier Mendoza: 8 p.m., $30. The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Dr, Clayton.
-Jocelyn & Chris: 7:30 p.m., $20. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.
-Miss Jubilee: 7:30 p.m., free. The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-455-1090.
-Mississippi Earthtones Festival: noon, free. Liberty Bank Ampitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton Township.
-The National: 8 p.m., $39.50-$205. St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Dr., Maryland Heights, 314-451-2244.
-Overbored Underpaid: 8 p.m., $12. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-P.R.E.A.C.H. & Loerkace: 7:30 p.m., $10. Pop's Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, 618-274-6720.
-Post Malone: 8 p.m., $36.50-$226.50. Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-1888.
-Pyromania: 2 p.m., $30-$150. Cedar Lake Cellars, 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, 636-745-9500.
-Renee Smith: 7 p.m., $20. National Blues Museum, 615 Washington Ave., St. Louis.
-Sisser: w/ North by North, Middle Class Fashion 8 p.m., $10. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
-Smooth Jazz Cruise on Land Day 1: w/ Boney James. Peter White & Vincent Ingala, Eric Marienthal & Friends 6:30 p.m., $69.50-$93.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-Trinity of Terror Tour: w/ Motionless In White, Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills, Crown the Empire 6:30 p.m., $46.50-$56.50. Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St Charles, 636-896-4200.
-Valencia Rush: 8 p.m., $20-$65. The Golden Record, 2720 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, N/A.
-Whit.: 8 p.m., $10. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18
-American Aquarium: w/ Mike McClure 8 p.m., $20/$25. Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-The Ian Moore: w/ B. Pags, Guilty Pleasures 8 p.m., $12. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-Kash'd Out: 7 p.m., $15. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Kevin Buckley: 10 a.m., free. Das Bevo Biergarten, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-224-5521.
-The Killers: w/ Johnny Marr 7 p.m., $34.25-$134.25. Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton Ave., St. Louis, 314-977-5000.
-Michelle Wolf: 7 p.m., $30-$40. Helium Comedy Club, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Saint Louis Galleria Mall, Richmond Heights, 314-727-1260.
-Pearl Jam: 7:30 p.m., $103+. Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-1888.
-Smooth Jazz Cruise on Land Day 2: w/ Jonathon Butler, R 'N R, Eric Darius with Rebecca Jade 6:30 p.m., $69.50-$93.50. The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500.
-Spaceface: 7:30 p.m., $12-$15. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19
-Built to Spill: 8 p.m., $30. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Comedy Shipwreck: 9 p.m., free. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.
-Melt: 7:30 p.m., $18. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Steve Corbitt and Keith Haddrill: 7 p.m., $10. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, 314-256-1745.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20
-The Amity Affliction: w/ Silverstein, Holding Absence, Unity TX 7 p.m., $29.50-$59.50. Red Flag, 3040 Locust Street, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.
-Austin Meade: 8 p.m., $17. Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.
-Denzel Curry: w/ AG Club, redveil, Playthatboizay 8 p.m., $35. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Flasher: w/ Trauma Harness 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway, St. Louis, 314-328-2309.
-Patrick Sweany: 8 p.m., $20. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-Zach Deputy: 8 p.m., TBA. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21
-Alice in Chains: w/ Breaking Benjamin, Bush 6 p.m., $25-$99.50. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, 314-298-9944.
-Gov't Mule: 8 p.m., $35-$45. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.
-Melvins: 8 p.m., $26. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
-Together Pangea: w/ the Cavves 8 p.m., $15-$18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-498-6989.
-Voodoo Bob Marley: 9 p.m., $12. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.

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