Theories (Seattle, WA)
Everything Went Black
@ The Demo / 4191 Manchester Ave.
8 p.m. / $10
Seattle's Theories functions like a well-oiled machine, masking any rough edges with an obvious penchant for fine-tuning and rehearsal. Few bands feel this robotic with such pointed execution, and this particular brand of grind-metal benefits most from such a sharp and clean performance. Prepare for a band that is equally dark and hypnotically perfect. Word is, Heavy Horse is splitting up and this is their final show before their actual last show.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / 21+
A LOCALS ONLY kind of night with the first performance of Bridled Spells, the new band from Geoff Naunheim (who you might remember from Wild Hex). The rest of the bill is mixed with free-improvisation, odd-pop and the newest five-piece version of Sam Clapp's once solo endeavor, Strong Force. Donations are accepted but there's no touring band, meaning you can go for free, guilt-free.
Pat Sajak Assassins
The Tennis Lesson
Bear Cub @ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / free / all ages
Once again, another St. Louis-centric show that gives a good primer on the more melodic side of post-rock in the city. All three bands on the show share a few common threads with an emphasis on odd-timing and noisier passages. The Tennis Lesson in particular doesn't play as often as the others despite consistently pumping out quality releases year after year.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Hands and Feet
.e @ City Museum / 750 N. 16th St.
8 p.m. / all ages
This is the second night in Stephen Favazza's current residency at the City Museum, bringing what is possibly the strongest lineup of the month. Hands and Feet is the name for Favazza's solo-endeavor, which typically merges backing tracks and loops with live instrumentation to build a powerful string of songs. He also performs as part of Golden Curls, the dream-pop power trio led by Sarah Downen. .e rounds out the night with her guitar-driven set of angular riffs set to a dark, electronic back drop.
Acid Kat 4th Birthday Show feat.:
The Cowboys (Bloomington, IN)
Wray (Birmingham, AL)
Dem Scientist (last show)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages
The Cowboys sound like classic punk rock to a fault -- not to say the underrated Bloomington group rips off its idols, rather, the band plays like it invented the damn sound. Check out the Cowboys' 2nd EP above while you wait for the new full-length LP to go back on sale via Lumpy Recs. This show is your last chance to see Dem Scientist, the Freeburg, Illinois-borne seance for early Devo.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Leggy (Cincinatti, OH)
Skin Tags @ Bonerville
10 p.m. / donation$ / all ages
Every band on this show has a woman and/or other women. This is lady's night at a place so affectionately referred to as "Bonerville," with Cincinatti's Leggy leading the pack. Rabid punk mingles with rapid-fire indie rock while noisy pop oozes from the walls. BYO(Valentine).