This Week In St. Louis 5/23/16 - 5/29/16


Pleasure Leftists (Cleveland, OH)
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists makes gloomy post-punk that is reminiscent of early punk -- the kind that lives down a dark, damp tunnel. Heavy on the downbeat, the drums keep melodic chords on a strict tempo as the vocals absolutely howl over the band with commanding tone. This is Veil's first show with a new dude behind the drums: Matt of Q.


Sex Problem (MN)
Validation (Seattle, WA)
Intrepid Hearts (Minneapolis, MN)
The Bubbleheads
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Sex Problem's rough-edged no-wave recalls bands like PRE, Supersonic Piss, Cacaw or the more straight-forward sections from AIDS Wolf. The high-tempo keeps the riffs feeling urgent while the more textural approach to guitar blends in with tried-and-true melodies. The bill comes stacked high: Validation brings its mid-tempo hardcore from Seattle while Intrepid Hearts plays upbeat punk rock.


Royal Brat (MN)
Cult Boy (Columbia, MO)
Little Big Bangs
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
5 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Royal Brat squirms its distinctly snotty sound into grungy garage-rock. Loose guitar wreaks havoc over a minimalist rhythm section, and the vocals take center stage to guide the band along a path of pop-drenched goodness -- headbangers that don't bang too hard. Note: This is an early show. Stick around Foam for an evening of post-rock featuring New Jersey's A Film in Color.

Sissy Spacek
Eli Keszler
Marissa Anderson
Demon Lover
Ghost Ice
Kevin Harris and Alex Cunningham
@ William A. Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
9:30 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

A noisy endurance test of the nth degree invades psychic airwaves on the riverfront. Otherwise known as KanFest 2016, Jeremy Kannapell of Ghost Ice combines some of his best show booking in the last 12 months for a three-stage takeover of the Kerr featuring a pulverizing lineup of power-violence, avant-garde, alien dance music and experimental hip-hop.


Radiator Greys (DC)
Cloning (PA)
Smallpox Champion
Killer Tan
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

This is a classic St. Louis experimental gig featuring ex-pat Josh Levi, who leads the pack with a dark and brooding deconstruction of industrial music via Radiator Greys. Hopefully this marks a stride for Raglani, who we would typically preface by saying "a rare show by," yet this is one of many in recent memory. Nick Goldschmidt (of Posture and others) sets down the guitar for Smallpox Champion -- his leaner yet more subversive work that applies synth and other sounds for a dense, live collage. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including Dubb Nubb's birthday bash, a a Wash U house show, an evening of garage-punk at Zambo's and the latest edition of Bruxism.


Wrong Division Playlist 5/20/2016

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 “Meredith Knezvitch” from Three Hundred
Shitstorm “Writing On the Bathroom Wall” from From the Depths of Shangri-la
Spray Paint “Dripping the Rails” from Dripping the Rails
Constant Insult “No Beginning” from Constant Insult
Pleasure Leftists “For A Family” from Pleasure Leftists
Posture “Avoid” from Never Knows Best
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Pinkwash “Cancer Money” from Pinkwash
Validation “Choke” from Validation
Veil “Faults” from Demo
Sex Problem “Power Trip” from Splits
Rhys Chatham “Drastic Classicism Revisited” from Harmonie du Soir
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 5: 3rd Movement” from Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding Hypersphere)
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Ahleuchatistas “Heads Full of Poison” from Heads Full of Poison
Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule “Columbus Unbound” from Colonial Donuts
Vialka “Premier pas” from Succes Planetaire International
Tatsuya Nakatani and Shane Perlowin “cruel to Be Kind” from Anatomy of a Moment (feat. Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Perlowin)
Sicbay “Listening to Sound” from The Firelit S'coughs
Xaddax “Lives On Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Colossamite “My Driving Hand” from All Lingo's Clamor - EP
Multicult “Jaws” from Variable Impulse
Animal Lover “Fits of Protein” from Guilt - EP
Jerkagram “Sand Witch” from Let's Talk About Us


This Week In St. Louis 5/16/16 - 5/22/16


The Body (Providence, RI)
Everything Went Black
Ghost Ice
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive St.
8 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

By building an oppressive wall of noise through low, tonal chords bathed in a combination of bass distortion and fuzz, the Body offers a slow-moving melody that drones over sharp beats. The rhythms cut through, dictating the guitar's direction with hefty downbeats and a counter balance of thrashing cymbal play. The vocals here are equally as shrill yet sit in a higher register, creeping above the mass of metal, blackened and burnt to a crisp. The local lineup offers two acts who represent the dual life of the Body -- a band that resides in the noise community as well as the metal scene. 


Ahleuchatistas (Asheville, NC)
The Conformists
Biggie Stardust
Skin Tags
@ 2720 Cherokee
9 p.m.

Sure, Asheville's Ahleuchatistas is a difficult and challenging band. But this duo, more so than many others, takes those labels of "math" and "progressive" and meets the audience halfway with references from traditional folk music in Africa and the Middle East. This isn't fusion though; Ahleuchatistas manages to squeeze blood from a stone through its careful use of genre idioms, making a wholly original and esoteric experience through the standard rock setup of guitar and drums. While 2720 might seem like a strange venue, the band performed there as part of last year's PuFest and requested the use of its large P.A. system to elevate the volume and aesthetic -- all the while bathed in the visuals of Chizmo.TV.


Spray Paint (Austin, TX)
Constant Insult (MN)
Black Panties
Fuck Lungs
@ CBGB / 3163 Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth was a massive 8-piece grunge-rock outfit who, through several years and multiple lineup changes, morphed into a stripped down noise-rock band. While some former members went on to form the rhythmic odyssey of Austin-based Marriage, the other players started Spray Paint. Decidedly more punk, SP takes a pitch-imperfect pop approach to warped songs played through raw guitars. The Goner Records punk aesthetic is in spades here, but you can't fool the ones who know better: Spray Paint is a band of weirdos through and through.


Pinkwash (Philadelphia, PA)
The Funs
Mirror Mirror
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

By way of Philly, Pinkwash brings vicious riffs that feel rhythmically jilted by deconstructed rock beats played in mostly half-time. The duo's otherwise catchy hooks come in the guise of many effects, with additional octaves and distortion flooding each riff. Behind the ear-busting presentation comes simple yet effective songs with a driving force of belted yells. The stellar local lineup offers a more mellow foil to Pinkwash's frenetic approach. 

Rhys Chatham (NY)
Vernacular String Trio
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $15-$17 / all ages

With a deep footprint in the New York scene, the legendary Rhys Chatham has been a driving force in contemporary experimental composition for several decades. His sweat and body of work has spread through the DNA of east coast post-punk and no-wave, but here he offers a more intimate presentation with a solo performance based on his latest album, Pythagorean Dream. Expect his distinct minimalist approach to pour out from the electric guitar, trumpet and the baritone flute. 

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


Wrong Division Playlist 5/13/2016 (Pledge Drive)

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 Body “Hallow / Hollow” from No One Deserves Happiness
Ahleuchatistas “Power With” from Arrebato
Hylidae “Coral” from Intransitive
Muuy Biien “Human error” from D.Y.I.
Deadly Vipers “No Sovereignity” from Cataclysmic Events EP
The World “Managerial Material” from Managerial Material - Ep
Chat Logs “Mooks” from Am I Right or Am I Right? - EP
Warhammer 48K “Get Bodacious” from Uber Om
The Adversary Workers “Young Goodman Brown” from The Adversary Workers
Pile “#2 Hit Single” from You're Better Than This
This Is My Condition “walk away” from Cut Loose
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
Normal Love “Lend Some Treats” from Survival Tricks
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Muscle Brain “Friend of America” from Purgatore
The Conformists “Quality” from None Hundred
Blind Idiot God “Tired Blood” from Blind Idiot God
Dazzling Killmen “Bone Fragments” from Face of Collapse
XHOHX “politics” from Ahleuchatistas/XHOHX Split
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from YT//ST
Sax Ruins “Vrresto (feat. Tatsuya Yoshida & Ryoko Ono)” from Blimmguass (feat. Tatsuya Yoshida & Ryoko Ono)
This Heat “sleep” from Deceit


This Week In St. Louis 5/9/16 - 5/15/16


Mike Herr
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

The lust for surf sludge is real. Malady is the new digs from Ryan Macias (of Little Big Bangs) and other south city heads, pushing a damn-near goth form of slow burning post-punk. For the new crop, Malady leads the charge as some kind of sordid, silhouetted figure covered in cobwebs. Highly recommended show here, if not for Malady, then for the solo drum performance by Mike Herr. 

Tortoise plays the Ready Room with opener Chris Brokaw.


Pile (MA)
Little Big Bangs
Boreal Hills
Sunday Candy
@ Dugan Haus
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Pile is one of those rare alternative-rock bands that really takes the "alt" prefix to heart, injecting dissonance and a steady dosage of feedback into songs that still feel widely relatable. The Boston band is part of the same close-knit scene that pumped out many hyped bands such as Guerilla Toss, New England Patriots and more. If you're privy to Exploding In Sound, this show should satisfy with a local lineup of bands that would all easily fit on the East Coast label's roster. 


Useless Eaters (San Francisco, CA)
Wet Ones (Kansas City, MO)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Shoegazing punk gets broken up by the not-quite dance, not-quite avant-garde electronics of Hylidae. The mixed show bridges the gap between synths and short, snotty songs over a river of reverb. Catch Useless Eaters before they start playing rooms ten times the size for four times the asking price. 

Dracla sucks the blood out of Schlafly Tap Room for a free show.


The World (CA)
Sunday Candy
Mike Herr

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / 21+

Loose no-wave mingles with upbeat vibes for the World and its infectious riffs played ad nauseam. The Cali group grinds out solid songs with an otherwise familiar structure, but the interplay between the warbling horns and scratchy guitar makes for catchy earworms. Mike Herr continues his local tour de drums -- not to be missed. 

Muuy Biien (Atlanta, GA)
@ The Demo / 4191 Manchester Ave.
8 p.m. / $10

The sass is thick enough to cut with Muuy Biien, who recalls a dancier side of post-hardcore via mid-90s rippers like Antioch Arrow and Clikatat Ikatowi (or anything from the SoCal Gravity Records label, really). Despite its shiny veneer, the songs here hide a mean spirit. The Ultraviolents and Mariner share one of the most solid (and underrated) drummers in this city, and Concentrator rounds out the local lineup with its spaced-out shoegaze. 

Alarm Will Sound performs with Eric Hall and 18andCounting at Mad Art Gallery.

The band with the best name, Who and the Fucks, plays Foam.


The Deadly Vipers (Detroit, MI)
Kenshiro's (album release)
The Maness Brothers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Detroit's Deadly Vipers takes an especially dense approach to hard-edged rock. Wade through the fuzz for catchy hooks or just take the whole aesthetic in for what it is. Kenshiro's marks its third year as a band with a brand-new album, planting its feet as the best rock outfit in St. Louis to reference classic '80s anime in its name. 

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