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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From August 4 to 10

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Dead Rider Friday, August 8 w/ The Conformists, Yowie @ The Firebird 7:30 p.m. | $8-$12 By Joseph Hess As lead guitarist of avant-rock outfit U.S. Maple, Todd Rittman dazzled crowds through the '90s and early aughts. His present-day work in Dead Rider has a more refined taste; here, Rittman works as a frontman, bending pop music around cold-hearted lyrics, raspy vocals and an ever present poly-rhythm. Keys and strings work in tandem while melody leaks out with subtle cues to Rittman's descontructionist past. Dead Rider still gets noisy, but the songs are executed with a strict, almost surgical style. Some of Chicago's finest experimental musicians work as Rittman's backing band, including Thymme Jones of the renowned Cheer-Accident.

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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones Saturday, August 9 w/ Candye Kane @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $25-$38 By Roy Kasten Brothers Phil and Dave Alvin are nearly as well known for the tensions that have kept them apart as the music they've made together. For the last twenty years, Phil has soldiered on with a Dave-less Blasters, while his younger, story-singing and guitar-slinging brother created his own legacy. But the only thing thicker than blood is the American roots music they both love, and on this year's Common Ground, a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, the two reunite for a back-to-blues-basics set that reminds fans, and perhaps themselves, of just how powerful their musical bond really is.

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Shaved Women Sunday, August 10 w/ Sea of Shit @ CBGB 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess From this archived show preview: Shaved Women uses repetition like a head slamming into a wall. This persistence comes from hardcore and metal, but genres do little to describe Shaved Women. The group paints nihilistic music, providing fresh songs with focused brevity. Chris Eck and John Birkner somehow make their guitars sound like an organic, guttural noise with metallic sheen. Vocalist Ben Salyers provides deep growls while Tom Valli takes to the skins like a metronome on steroids. The lyrics dig in with long nails as they rhyme with simple, memorable prose. Shaved Women's sets feel claustrophobic and rip with a sound that defines the landlocked, trapped Midwest.

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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