The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 6 to 8

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click to enlarge A scene from last year's RFT Music Showcase -- Little Big Bangs. - Theo Welling for RFT
A scene from last year's RFT Music Showcase -- Little Big Bangs.

Hey there, weekend. The RFT Music Showcase is happening (and then we'll leave you all alone about it for at least another year). Check out the guide to the bands playing the showcase this year -- all 90-or-so of them -- or you can just swing by a newsstand and snatch up a print edition. If the thought of rubbing shoulders with hundreds of music fans allover the Grove confuses and scares you, consider another great event this weekend instead. Twangfest continues at Off Broadway, the Mad Magician hosts a couple of STLPUNK reunion shows and more. Read on for our recommendations.

Friday (June 6):

Rod Stewart w/ Carlos Santana @ Scottrade Center 7:30 p.m. | $36.50-$126.50 If you can sit through Carlos Goddamn Santana, you will be rewarded with a performance by one of the best-selling music artists of all time. What a cruel twist of fate this tour is. Go anyway. (DH)

STLPUNK Throwback Reunion Shows w/ Sophomore, Westcott, Ava Wait, Shall We Dance, Building Rome, The Chrome Nuns (6/6); Rushmore Academy, Nothing Still Centerpointe, 13 Lokei, Dayton (6/7) @ The Mad Magician 7 p.m. | $6 Notably lacking a "Hardcore Hour," but fans of nostalgia and seminal social media sites will have a fine time here. (DH)

Tidal Volume EP Release w/ Roh-Bee and the Gentlemen, C'est La Vie, Red Letter Days @ The Firebird 7 p.m. | $10 Local band Tidal Volume plays alternative indie-pop (think Plain White T's and Jukebox the Ghost) and will release its new EP, Icing, at this show. Hear it now on Bandcamp to get a taste. (MS)

Twangfest 18 w/ Centro-matic, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Tristen, Beth Bombara @ Off Broadway 7 p.m. | $15/$18 KDHX's annual Twangfest soldiers on this weekend with another great line-up. Check out the picks from the kick-off show here. On Saturday night, the Dream Syndicate headlines. More info on both these shows available on the Twangfest website. (MS)

Also on Friday, consider swinging by Old Rock House to catch New Mastersounds, or head over to the Kranzberg Arts Center to check out the subject of this week's music feature, Kevin Harris' As Unstable As.

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