Ahleuchatistas “Future Trauma” from Heads Full of Poison
L'Ocelle Mare “Porte D'Octobre #6” from Compilation
Jealousy Mountain Duo “The Home of Easy Credit” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
Smother Party “Horse Lift” from Casa Limon
Pat Sajak Assassins “4th floor” from Lunch?!?
Talkdemonic “City Sleep” from Ruins
Upsilon Acrux “Night of the Goblin” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Chevreuil “Gendarme” from Capoeira
Ninja Academy “Pay No Attention to the Man, Behind the Man, Behind the Man” from bra'ka dOm
Gnarwhal “reconstructive criticisms” from Duane
YUKON “Mt. Pleasant” from Mortar
Collections of Colonies of Bees “fun” from Customer
Noxagt “Ninety Parallels Ago” from Noxagt
Lightning Bolt “Mythmaster” from Fantasy Empire
Tarngo “Cousineau” from Horman
XHOHX “politics” from Ahleuchatistas/XHOHX Split
Dysrhythmia “bastard” from Pretest
Grand Ulena “Between Tholozan and Oleatha” from Gateway to Dignity
Extra Life “Blinded Beast” from Dream Seeds
The Dreebs “Fucking In A Pool” from BAITAN ORCHARD
Dead Rider “Mother's Meat” from The Raw Dents
Gay Beast “White Diamonds” from Second Wave
This is My Condition and Dan Kozak “This Mission Pt. 1” from This Mission
GUERILLA TOSS “Breeding Snakes For Variety” from JEFFREY JOHNSON
Britches “We're Both Ready” from Demonstration
Black Pus “total eclipse” from Split
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter
The Conformists “Laser Canary” from Promotional Sampler
Black Eyes “Drums” from Cough
Arvid Noe “What Makes A Person Break Their Phone?” from Islington
The Miami Dolphins “Peeler” from Becky
PRE “Not Necessary” from Hope Freaks
Meat Mist “Obviously, You Suck” from SMUT
Animal Lover “At the Pool With My Boys” from Guilt
Life In Vacuum “You Did It to Yourself” from 5
Life In Vacuum “The Edge of Boredom” from 5
Nü Sensae “swim” from Sundowning
Mount Shasta “stella” from Put The Creep On
Brainiac “Th15 L1ttl3 P199y” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Alex Cunningham (Tape Release Show)
Lobster (Kevin Harris and NNN Cook collaboration)
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee Street
8:30 p.m. / $5 (tape and download code included)
Violinist Alex Cunningham has been creeping around St. Louis for three or so years, but in the past eighteen months he has become a scene regular with a singular, caustic style of violin shredding. He tends to burn straight through the strings with rapid bowing and rough plucking in a style that unravels years of classic training in real time. This show is one of two Ghost Ice performances in the next week, but Lobster is the rare collaboration between Kevin Harris and NNN Cook.
Darin Gray + Tyler Damon
Timeghost (Providence, RI)
What We Won't See
@ William A Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
7:45 p.m. / $10 / all ages
Word is Darin Gray and Tyler Damon are opening this show on the roof of the Kerr Foundation, which should be brainsplitting enough. Providence, Rhode Island's Timeghost brings a live noise terror that has to be seen and believed in person, so forget checking grainy cellphone videos via Youtube -- it's not worth it. If anything, clips would spoil the surprise. If you ever take advice from this blog and actually go to a show, make it this one.
TUESDAY, MAY 5
Rhythm of Cruelty (Edmonton, AB)
Veil (first show)
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages
Rhythm of Cruelty brings that gothic vibe to straight-laced punk in a way that isn't overt or overbearing. There's a lot of subtle nods to other styles going on -- think post-punk, no-wave, even hints of shoegaze. Veil is the newest band from players of many old favorites, so there's not a lot to go on, but that shouldn't matter. Bring a hardhat for the Warden.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
Darsombra (Baltimore, MD)
Tory Z Starbuck
@ Koken Art Factory / 2500 Ohio
If you have a low tolerance for psych, this might be too tinged with the stench of incense, but embrace the swarm of synth and noisy riffs. Darsombra is just barely not-hippie. Paired with hypnotic projections that flow in tandem, the band's cyclical sound feels droney, even meditative.
FRIDAY, MAY 8
New Music Circle presents:
Tim Berne's Snakeoil (NY)
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
7:30 p.m. | $10-$20 | all ages
Unlike most of New Music Circle's shows this season, Tim Berne's Snakeoil comes with straight-up songs that recall dark chamber jams with frantic parts. This gloomy jazz moves fast with a rough edge, but everything feels so perfectly planned, making the whole affair feel unsettling. The band trots along like a shaky contraption, the secrets of every intricate move hidden within a rusty, ramshackle body.
SUNDAY, MAY 10
The Flex (UK)
Padlock (first show)
9 p.m. / $8 / all ages
The Flex gives everything you expect out of a band that calls itself "hardcore," but does so with bloody sharp teeth. Crossover D.C. dudes Red Death bring noisy party thrash from the depths. Another first show for a new band: Padlock. Let's see what Q breaks next.
Tarpit (Detroit, MI)
Buffalo MRI (Montreal)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $6 / all ages
The sounds of nihilism through a loudspeaker, brought on by the stink of melty circuit boards. Tarpit sounds like its namesake, you're getting dark and thick noise with no hope for color or clarity. Buffalo MRI is similar fare -- it's no wonder why they're traveling together. Larva and Janet (Grace Smith) open and close the gig, sandwiching the touring acts between the two leading ladies of south city noise.
Oxes “Say Something to Bees about the Lion in the Alley” from Arab on Radar
Oxes “Say Something to Bees about not Praying and Don't Bothering” from Arab on Radar
The Ex “giant” from Knormmalities V.3 Posthumories
Voodoo Muzak “Ibanen Dako” from Knormalities Vs Posthumorites
Chat Logs “Turned Heel” from Am I Right or am I Right?
Cheer-Accident “The Stars” from Knormmalities V.3 Posthumories
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum “S.P.Q.R.” from Knormalities Vs Posthumorites
Killdozer “Lupus” from Twelve Point Buck
Mount Shasta “Nodule” from Nodule
Diet Cokeheads “Jons” from Oral
Trauma Harness “Flag Smasher” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Space Streakings “Complaining Children” from Space Streakings
Microwaves “R.V.I.S.” from Beholder E.P.
Gay Beast “We Keep Our Victims Ready” from Charm
Pygmy Shrews “dead wrong” from The Egyptian
Lightning Bolt “Horsepower” from Fantasy Empire
Black Pus “Marauder” from All My Relations (Bonus Track Version)
Dazzling Killmen “Serpentarium” from Dig Out The Switch
The Stnnng “I Am An Architect” from Dignified Sissy
Muscle Brain “will” from Purgatore
Marriage “Norman” from For Brötzmann