This Week In St. Louis 5/2/16 - 5/8/16


Hank Wood & the Hammerheads (NY)
Mala Leche (MN)
Black Panties
@ Bonerville
10 p.m. / all ages

The snot-nosed punks in Hank Wood and the Hammerheads packs Bonerville with dual drums and a solid fix on catchy riffs with support from Q, Black Panties and newcomers NSOD. Mala Leche is the proto-punk brainchild between Ben Osbourne (of Ruz, Lumpy) and players from Minneapolis, a scatterbrained post-apocalypse of screaming and scratchy strings. 

Stephen Houldsworth and Eric Hall collaborate with noise and spoken word at Foam 

Gnarly Davidson returns to St. Louis for a family reunion with brothers in slime Shitstorm at San Loo


NOiSETTE feat.:
Brain Transplant
Corrigan Bros.
Free Willy
The Musth Duo
Stone Hen

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / free / all ages

NOiSETTE looks like it's running a marathon with that long list of clientele, but in reality this is a noise and synth-filled sprint that runs from 8 to midnight. These monthly shows are typically far reaching and act as a primer to the seedy underbelly of the St. Louis music scene. 


Bboys (NY)
Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Trauma Harness
Demon Lover
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Bboys funnels all the trappings of a shoegaze band into a stringent punk mold, melting hefty, straight-ahead beats with spacious riffs around a strong vocal lead. KC's Phantom Head returns with its buoyant noise-rock that runs in half-time with snarling vocals howling throughout. Both locals alike offer their own rabbit hole to fall in -- Trauma Harness reprises its role as the post-punk kings of the city and Demon Lover offers strange, otherworldly pop. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week!


Wrong Division Playlist 4/29/2016

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Mala Leche “Pantallas” from Demo
Slimy Member “A.D.S.” from EP
Dracla “Dogs” from Dracla
Animal Lover “Plasme” from Guilt - EP
Oozing Wound “All Things Must Pass Out” from split
Running “Wanna Weekend” from Vaguely Ethnic
Solid Attitude “Smoking Sheets” from BB Gun Picnic
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “Closet Athelete” from Peaced
Lightning Bolt “Planet of The Wolves” from I Love Guitar Wolf Very Much
The VSS “The Flesh Inside” from 25:37
The VSS “Indian-Sick” from 25:37
Glass Teeth “001.942” from Notice of Termination
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter
Dazzling Killmen “Torture” from Dig Out The Switch
Coughs “Elimidate” from Fright Makes Right
Laffing Gas “Rodeo” from Laffing Gas
High Castle “Man of Mystery” from High Castle
The Bug “Bad Seeds” from What's Buggin' You?
Health Problems “Leaders” from Winners
Multicult “Hermano” from Spaces Tangled
Roomrunner “Shed” from Roomrunner - EP
Bugs and Rats “I'd Really Like To See You In the Cold” from Bugs and Rats
Skimask “Shark Week” from Cute Mutant
Brainiac “Nothing Ever Changes” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Pink and Brown “Black Pearl” from Shame Fantasy II
PRE “Haircut Tacos” from Hope Freaks
Deerhoof “Desaparacere” from Bibidi Babidi Boo
Laddio Bolocko “Goat Lips” from Life and Times of Laddio Bolocko
Sun City Girls “Blue Mamba” from Torch of the Mystics
Tortoise “Prepare Your Coffin” from Beacons of Ancestorship


This Week in St. Louis 4/25/16 - 5/1/16


New Music Circle presents:
Vernacular String Trio
Chris Smentowski

@ Central Library / 1301 Olive St.
7 p.m. / free / all ages

The final night in New Music Circle's 2015/2016 season provides improvised film scores by a varied lineup of experimental artists based in St. Louis. From 18andCounting's electronic approach to the acoustic assault of Vernacular String Trio, this show offers a range of harsh and ambient work alike, headed off by one of the city's longest active self-proclaimed noise artists, Chris Smentowski of Brain Transplant. The cost of admission is a far cry from the $10/$20 ticket price that shows like this would typical garner (and be justified in doing so). 


Death Index (FL)
Trauma Harness
Sunday Candy
The Bubbleheads
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 pm. / $7 / all ages

Slurred speech creeps up from underneath fuzz-laden chords and a punchy underbelly of solid straight-ahead beats. The songs here generate a nihilist vibe that feels, at times, at odds with Death Index's precise punk. Trauma Harness shares a deceptive level of complexity with the Florida band, pushing out a layered post-punk of the highest order. 


Naan Violence (Atlanta, GA)
Mother Meat
Mister Ben
Fragile Farm
Zak M
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
8:30 p.m. / 21+

At the risk of sounding like "hippie shit" (a term coined by some leather jacket somewhere), Naan Violence takes an unhinged approach to what could otherwise be called "World" music. His performances are mostly open-ended, teetering between improvisation and stricter songs. The palate here is dense and the local lineup backs up the Atlanta-native with noise, folk and progressive rock. 

Lard Boys (Minneapolis, MN)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Mike Herr
@ The Night Owl / 3177 S. Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / $5-$7 /all ages

A solo percussion piece by Mike Herr opens up the goddamned punk show with Lard Boys and Lumpy and the Dumpers on each side of the same slimy coin. The Night Owl is brave for taking this one on -- or maybe the new spot is testing the waters for future shows. Note that this starts late, so the next event is an option, too:

Bruxism reprises its monthly concert series with the release of the Rhizomatic Vol. 4 cassette tape alongside a killer lineup at Schlafly Tap Room


Western Medication (Nashville, TN)
Bridled Spells

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Western Medication takes the edge off of noisy indie-rock while maintaining a softer style that cuts just deep enough. Bridled Spells and Persh alike are both from the recent crop of fresh St. Louis bands that merge a pop-sensible approach with darker riffs. A solid if approachable show for the broader set that hides a seedy underbelly. 

The final show inside Octarrarium at the Regional Arts Commission features performances from Rich O'Donnell and Chad Eivins


Slimy Member (TX)
Nos Bos
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Slimy Member lives up to its namesake by taking a more spacey approach to its vocals, leaving the impression of its half-tempo hardcore feeding back in an echo chamber. Dracla and Nos Bos are appropriately grimy, with the former bringing a chiseled form of early metal.

For a slightly lighter alternative, Mad Doctors plays Foam with a solid local lineup.


Wrong Division Playlist 4/22/2016

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

The Conformists “Swim Home” from None Hundred
Trauma Harness “Thunder in Paradise” from TRIED MY HARDEST
LA URSS “El Silencio” from Maravillas del mundo
Q “HQW” from Recqrd
Lard Boys “Basement Toys” from Demo
Nice Guys “HD Snobs” from Nice Guys / Lil Tits Summer Split 2015
Death Index “Fast Money Kill” from Death Index
Waveless “Dark Day” from Spirit Island
Rip Rap “Scout” from Demo
The Funs “Don't Let Go” from My Survival
Melkbelly “Bathroom at the Beach” from Bathroom at the Beach - Single
Phantom Head “Love Thy Oppressor” from Let the Miracles Begin
Blank Spell “Specter” from Demo
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
The Star Death “Song to Save You” from Feministica
Palberta “Susan” from Special Worship
Arvid Noe “Supermoon” from Islington
Lair “Feedback Breeder” from Lair
Shoppers “I.” from Silver Year
Black Pus “Hear No Evil” from All My Relations (Bonus Track Version)
Skimask “Slap Me Silly” from Cute Mutant
Point Line Plane “B.U.G.S.” from Smoke Signals
Gay Beast “Beach” from Second Wave
Black Eyes “Speaking in Tongues” from Black Eyes
The Ex “Total Preparation” from Scrabbling at the Lock
Fischessen “Kittner” from K√∂der
Nick Millevoi “Life in Ice” from Black Figure of a Bird - EP
Blind Idiot God “Tired Blood” from Blind Idiot God


This Week In St. Louis 4/18/16 - 4/24/16


Journalism (Brooklyn, NY)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Blank Generation
@ 3719 S. Jefferson
8 p.m.

Something or someone called "MALL*LIFE" presents this blender packed with STL hip-hop and hardcore in support of Brooklyn's Journalism. The band's riffs are polished and shine with an indie sheen, offering succinct songs that teeter between straight up pop and slightly more roughnecked fare. The Domino Effect wraps up the stacked bill with a late-late night after party at the same spot. 

4:20 never dies: Shitstorm plays CBGB with Bubbleheads, Dracla and more. 


La Urss (Spain)
Trauma Harness
CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / 21+

The Spanish Trauma Harness plays with the original Trauma Harness... err the American La Urss opens for the real deal. Just hit the bandcamp above, plug your ears and take the post-punk vibes in through your pores. 

KDHX Welcomes:
Hamid Drake
Adam Rudolph
Joshua Abrams
Ernest Dawkins
@ Joe's Cafe / 6010 Kingsbury Ave.
8 p.m. / $15-$20 / all ages

Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph offer a luminous percussive duo that combines frenetic free-jazz with a more primal African approach, making for a drum mesh that emits an impassioned yet elegant vibe. One player takes to the set with a hand drum style while the other plays hand drums with a set approach. The two have worked with many ensembles in the past, but this is the artists' first tour as a duet in more than 40 years of playing together. Joshua Abrams (of Natural Information Society) and saxophonist Ernest Dawkins have joined the show -- a major addition for an event that was already highly anticipated in a year that's already been full of legendary avant-garde and free-improv performances.  


Nice Guys (Boston, MA)
Dead Mockingbirds
Moon Glampers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Nice Guys manages to make a menacing garage rock that piles pop-sensible riffs atop clambering noise set to mid-tempo by a rhythm section that stays in-the-pocket. Parts project like vomit with little in the way of breathing room, which makes the band feel especially unrelenting inside a genre that typically leans on the spacey, lackadaisical aesthetic. 

Indiana's Stella heads off a solid lineup with Sunday Candy, the Jockstraps and more over at Kismet. 


The Conformists
Demon Lover
Shut In
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

After six or so months in hibernation, the Conformists have completed another full-length record with Steve Albini (yet to be released) and will return on this night with noisy pop freakouts in Demon Lover and grunge scumlords Shut In. Yet another all local jammer that makes you appreciate the weirdo rock scene simmering underneath the more hyped bands in town. 

Speaking of all local jammers, Fragile Farm, Cunningham/Kingston Duo and the Brothers Clapp play over at Kismet.


St. Louis Earth Day feat.:
The Funs
The Vanilla Beans
+many more
@ The Muny Grounds in Forest Park
10 a.m. / free / all ages

The Funs play an Earth Day event that is sure to be packed with 40-something dads from the county that respond with "I remember when music used to be GOOD." If anything, this is well worth the bike ride over to Forest Park to see bands who typically do their work in south city on a big stage at a very public event.