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Monday, July 13, 2015

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

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FRIDAY, JULY 17

Modern Life Is War w/ Coliseum, Xerxes, True Love Friday, July 17 Fubar 8 p.m. | $14-$16 By Daniel Hill Modern Life Is War has a bit of a thing for St. Louis. The Iowa-based hardcore band performed here more than a dozen times during its first six years of existence, before calling it quits with a farewell tour in 2008. Most of those shows took place at the Lemp Arts Center -- then a hardcore haven -- and its farewell stop in St. Louis took place at Building R, a short-lived warehouse space-turned DIY venue. Both spots featured plenty of room, which is good for a band whose performances inspire the kind of wall-to-wall mosh pits and frantic pile-ons for which MLIW is notorious. Fubar's venue side should work nicely as well, but fair warning to those who don't like people jumping on their heads: Stay away from the stage.

SATURDAY, JULY 18

Bunnygrunt Record Release Show w/ Eureka California, Royal Holland Saturday, July 18 Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $10 By Ellen Herget From "Bunnygrunt's Twentieth Anniversary Show: Review"

The members of the audience instigated a six-to-ten-person dogpile onstage, which may or may not have been planned, and the whole floor broke down into a waving, screaming dance party. For the last song, Bunnygrunt switched instruments with showgoers and each other, and bassist Karen Reid rode around on someone's shoulders and hung from the lights. All in all, so totally rock & roll.
See also: 26 Bands Pay Tribute to St. Louis' Bunnygrunt on New Compilation

SUNDAY, JULY 19

Vince Staples w/ Markoe, Vince Sega, Michael Jerome 8:00 p.m. July 19 The Firebird 8 p.m. | $15 By Daniel Hill The last time LA's Vince Staples came to St. Louis it was as direct support for Earl Sweatshirt, the Odd Future collective's premier wordsmith. Staples won over the crowd at the Ready Room with a tight, focused set -- the reception was warm at best in the beginning, but by the end of his time the young audience had been worked up to near-frenzied levels. That ability to sell himself carries over into his recorded output as well: His latest, Summertime '06, was released in late June to near-universal critical acclaim, with no less than Rolling Stone dubbing Staples "the most exciting man in rap."

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.

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