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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week, August 10 to 16

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Last to Show First to Go will play its last show this Friday at the Bootleg. - COURTESY OF THE DRIFTER PHOTO
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  • Last to Show First to Go will play its last show this Friday at the Bootleg.

Another solid week of shows in St. Louis: Tuesday brings the twee stylings of LA's Girlpool to Foam, My Morning Jacket will stop by on Wednesday to pack the Peabody Opera House and Last to Show First to Go will make its last stand on Friday. Lots more to see and do as well -- click through for our full list of picks.


Soulard Blues Band Monday, August 10 Broadway Oyster Bar 9 p.m. | $5 By Roy Kasten One day, dear reader, the Soulard Blues Band will be no more. It's just a fact. And one day you'll wonder why, despite all the opportunities every other day of the week, you never saw this St. Louis institution in its prime -- and no, the band's prime ain't over. If somehow you've never danced your ass off when Art Dwyer lays down a bass line as smooth as crushed velvet, or when Marty Abdullah swings his phrasing on "Kansas City Blues" or "Dust My Broom," or when Tom Maloney plays a solo that would make his mentor (the late, great Benny Smith) smile, well you really should. Don't take this band for granted. Pay your respects soon; they've been earned.


Girlpool Tuesday, August 11 Foam Coffee & Beer 7 p.m. | $5 By Christian Schaeffer You don't have to dig too deep to pull out the adjective "child-like" to describe Girlpool. The drummer-less duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad titled its debut Before the World Was Big -- its title track is a paean to uncomplicated youth -- and the album's cover art depicts a boy and girl making their own universe of Lego bricks. But the pair's twinned vocals and open-hearted lyrics transmit a certain twee naivete that is matched with a keen eye for site-specific details and sharp ear for big-hearted, do-it-yourself pop.


My Morning Jacket Wednesday, August 12 Peabody Opera House 7:30 p.m. | $55 By Kiernan Maletsky from this 2012 review My Morning Jacket has attained something of a legendary status as a live band. Its arsenal is impressive: A catalogue of diverse music bound by propulsive riffs and melodies with the strength and approximate effect of bong hits. And I -- not a huge fan of weed in general and absolutely not of stoner culture -- mean that in the best possible way. Why take drugs when you can just go to a MMJ show?


Gillian Welch Thursday, August 13 The Sheldon Concert Hall 8 p.m. | $35-$38 By Roy Kasten The last time Gillian Welch and David Rawlings came to town was under the banner of the Dave Rawlings Machine, the guitarist's rotating cast of singers and instrumentalists who help prop up his collection of originals and inspired covers. Last June's show featured help from former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on mandolin -- an odd combo that combined for a night of spirited Americana. For Welch and Rawlings' return to the Sheldon's stage, her songs will be front and center once again, and Welch's peerless songbook (and Rawlings' inimitable guitar work) will no doubt ring out from the intimate, sonically lush venue.

Follow through for more concerts in and around St. Louis this weekend.

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