5 Must-See Indie Bands Coming to St. Louis in September

St. Louis’ fall concert calendar is already jam-packed with nationally touring acts across every genre. We zoomed in on the Delmar Loop to bring you five indie concerts you don’t want to miss in September, from the pensive and intimate to the raucous and expansive.

SALES
“Forever & Ever,” the sophomore album from this Orlando-based indie-pop duo, continues to explore themes of heartbreak and romantic discontent through dreamlike instrumentation and sparkling vocals. You’ll want to listen to SALES while cruising down the interstate or while watching the light wane through your living room windows.

When: Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Price: $15-$17

Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo has already carved their niche in the indie community, rising in notoriety over their 30 years together. They’ve been compared consistently to The Velvet Underground, but Yo La Tengo’s sound is unique and ever-evolving. Their newest venture, “There’s a Riot Going On,” undulates softly, effervescently, evoking a sense of calm perfectly tailored to soothe our present moment.

When: Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.
Where: Delmar Hall
Price: $25-$28

Lord Huron
If you’re not a fan already, you’ve likely heard songs by Lord Huron wafting through your local coffee shop or on your streaming service’s curated playlists. Their latest album “Vide Noir” has been hailed for pushing their sound in a new direction while retaining the layered harmonies, vocal effects and instruments that remind one of bands like Fleet Foxes.

When: Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Pageant
Price: $33-$36

Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest began as Will Toledo’s solo project and only expanded within the last three years—after Toledo was signed in 2015–to include a full ensemble. “Twin Fantasy” is actually a re-tooling of an old teenage project of Toledo’s, as he retraces his steps through the confusion, antics and fumbling love of youth. Their sound traverses several indie genres, mixing both hard and soft.

When: Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
Where: Delmar Hall
Price: $22-$25

Foxing
Locals will likely already be familiar with this St. Louis band, especially their first album, “The Albatross,” featuring that iconic, plaintive shout on “Rory”: “So why won’t you love me back?” Foxing’s new release “Nearer My God” finds the band redefining their approach and expanding the possibilities of the genre, and it’s exciting to watch.

When: Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.
Where: Delmar Hall
Price: $15-$18

Image courtesy of Alexander Popov.

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