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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, July 13 to 19

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Bunnygrunt celebrates the release of its new record with a show at Off Broadway on Saturday night. See more photos from the band's 20th anniversary in RFT Slideshows. - PHOTO BY THEO WELLING
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  • Bunnygrunt celebrates the release of its new record with a show at Off Broadway on Saturday night. See more photos from the band's 20th anniversary in RFT Slideshows.

Bunnygrunt might be the only twee pop mainstay along the muddy river of Mississippi, what with twenty years of music and enough clout to merit an actual tribute album. The band was introduced to me as "having a song in that movie Bad Santa." You mean the one with Billy Bob Thorton? Yes, that's the one. The band kicks off both a European tour and a new studio album with a pair of shows on Saturday and Sunday. The latter will be a matinee in the very record shop at which lead singer Matt Harnish works: Vintage Vinyl.

Be part of the scene -- here's how you can help pack the room every night of the week.


Dead Shakes w/ Tjutjuna, Brother/Ghost, Tit for Tat, Loblolly, L Rad Hubbard Monday, July 13 Foam Coffee & Beer 7 p.m. | $7 By Joseph Hess There's an obvious formula to this whole garage-rock thing and Tulsa's Dead Shakes seems to adhere to that for the most part, but noisy breaks sneak in a musical wink and nudge, alluding to a deeper core. The band distills drippy rock & roll down to a pure white, owing to the straight ticking of 4/4 beats under the best kind of gruff riffs. Simple shouts cut through with tact and enough drive to sit deep inside the band's warbling tone. To its credit, Dead Shakes cuts the fat around solid little pop songs with a red-hot knife. Arrive on time for L Rad Hubbard, the electro alter-ego (and depository for harebrained ideas) of Shitstorm frontman Matt Stuttler.


Kristeen Young w/ FEA Tuesday, July 14 The Demo 8 p.m. | $10 By Kiernan Maletsky From the RFT Music archives: Time to check in on Kristeen Young, the St. Louis native with a keyboard, big hair and a much bigger vocal range. After nearly a decade of playing every venue like it was the Pageant, she actually got there when Morrissey tapped her to open for a 2007 tour. One fan, observed by a reviewer for the RFT, succinctly summed up the city's general response: "God, I wish she would shut the fuck up." But it is no longer 2007, and she returns on the heels of another tour with Moz.

See also: Kristeen Young Performs With Dave Grohl and Pat Smear on Late Late Show


Dave Matthews Band Wednesday, July 15 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 7:30 p.m. | $40.50-$85 By Joseph Hess From "I Took My Mom to the Dave Matthews Band Concert Last Night..."

DMB has no shortage of smiles on stage. Beauford can't hold back giggles, even when nailing down solid grooves. When he's not playing, saxophonist Jeff Coffin seems to be gleefully belting vocals, even off-mic. Bassist Steffan Lessard bobs, almost comically, to each beat. One gets the distinct impression that every man on stage loves these songs and loves to play. That vibrance no-doubt extends off-stage.

"You know why they're smiling so much, right?" my mom asked. "They're thinking, 'You know how much fuckin' money we just made?'"


Ringo Deathstarr w/ Bantam Foxes, Strong Force Thursday, July 16 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $12-$14 By Joseph Hess Ringo Deathstarr might be the only cross-section of Star Wars and Beatles fans to worship at the church of shoegaze gods My Bloody Valentine. Maybe the comparison is a bit unfair (and to some, even a cop out), but the Austin trio is so deeply submerged in the musk of its forefathers that it can't help but drip with heavy psychedelics. Really, recreating a clap of thunder Is difficult, and Ringo Deathstarr knows just how to wrangle its own lightning in a bottle.

Read on for the shows in St. Louis this weekend.

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