Monday, July 6, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 6 to 12

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Raekwon returns to St. Louis alongside Ghostface Killah this Saturday at the Ready Room. See more photos from his 2011 show in RFT Slideshows. - PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
  • Photo by Jon Gitchoff
  • Raekwon returns to St. Louis alongside Ghostface Killah this Saturday at the Ready Room. See more photos from his 2011 show in RFT Slideshows.

St. Louis still stinks of fresh firecrackers, but who's complaining? Between a jam-packed Fair at Forest Park and the upcoming LouFest in September, now is the best time to be a music fan in St. Louis. The week ahead brings a stellar showcase via local label Boxing Clever Records, another installment of the Fresh Produce Beat Battle and two members of the Wu-Tang Clan -- and we're just getting started.


Onetimers w/ Magnets, Veil, Skin Tags Monday, July 6 Melt 8 p.m. | $6 By Joseph Hess At this point, punk isn't here to reinvent the wheel. Chattanooga's Onetimers is proof that the best tradition is no tradition, owing to fleeting bursts of snot-nosed riffs with sneering, bratty vocals. The group hits a nerve, dabbling in rock songs with enough indulgence to kill a jaded would-be hippie (or hipster, maybe?), but its brevity brings purpose. After all, too much of a good thing really is too much. Leave this show hungry for sunglasses at night -- oh, and real leather jackets.


Vomitface w/ Little Big Bangs, Bastard and the Crows, Holy Doldrums Tuesday, July 7 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $4 By Christian Schaeffer Earlier this year we reported on the spate of new releases coming from an unlikely source: local ad agency Boxing Clever. The in-house label has issued attractive platters from locals like Bruiser Queen and CaveofswordS, though increasingly the release schedule is populated by out-of-towners. One such signing is Jersey City art-punks Vomitface, whose EP Another Bad Year came out on Boxing Clever Records in the middle of May. The five-track platter owes a little to bands such as Pavement, the Pixies and Sonic Youth, though the overall effect is more than mere re-tread.


Eternal Summers w/ Wildhoney, Without Hazard Wednesday, July 8 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $10 By Roy Kasten From the RFT Music archives: The core duo of Eternal Summers -- guitarist and singer Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff -- isn't doing anything its better-known, dreamy, lo-fi-inclined predecessors Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Dum Dum Girls (previous tourmates) haven't trademarked, but the Virginians have still rallied an exciting, darkly fuzzy array of hooks, beats and bad attitudes on this year's Correct Behavior. The sweet and wasted ache of Yun's voice on lines like "Happy is the man who understands that he's gonna burn" counters the smeared layers of feedback and arpeggios, but only hints at the punkish release that makes the Eternal Summers a band for any pop season.


Fresh Produce Thursday, July 9 The Demo 9 p.m. | $5 By Charles Purnell From the RFT Music archives: After a four-year hiatus, St. Louis' Fresh Produce Beat Battle is back this week, with a new show called Fruit of the Boom. Known for showcasing the best new talent hip-hop talent in St. Louis, the Fresh Produce Beat Battle was held monthly for four years before taking its long break. In that time, it drew a wide spectrum of hip-hop fans in the region, impressed by the caliber of producers the contest brought into the scene.

Read on for more great shows happening this weekend.

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