This Week In St. Louis 2/8/16 - 2/14/16


Theories (Seattle, WA)
Everything Went Black
Heavy Horse
@ 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.


Bridled Spells
Strong Force
Marble//Wall Duo
@ 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.


Hands and Feet
Golden Curls
@ 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)
Soda Boys
Tubby Tom
@ 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. 

Leggy (Cincinatti, OH)
Town Cars
Sunday Candy
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).


Wrong Division Playlist 2/5/2016

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.

Guerilla Toss “CGB Spender” from JEFFREY JOHNSON
Lumpy and the Dumpers “Flush Em” from Flexi
Mollot “Teeth” from U.S. Winter Tour Tape
Q “Terrqr” from Recqrd
Pink & Brown “Black Pearl” from Shame Fantasy II
Oxes “Kaz Hayashi '01” from Oxxxes
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Hella “In the Meantime, in Between Time” from Total Bugs Bunny On Wild Bass
Ahleuchatistas “Unfolding” from What You Will
Neptune “The Waterglass” from The Ballet of Process
Skimask “Creature Double Feature” from Cute Mutant
The Contortions “Dish it Out” from No New York
Brainiac “Nothing Ever Changes” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Roomrunner “Disintegrate” from Roomrunner - EP
Trauma Harness “E Burst” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Bugs and Rats “Boys Are Dumb” from Bugs and Rats
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Times Beach “Coral” from Raw Pop
Melkbelly “Piss Wizard” from Melkbelly/BATB split
Melt-Banana “Candy Gun” from Fetch
Pterodactyl “Chx Bx” from Pterodactyl
Animal Lover “Fits of Protein” from Guilt - EP
Multicult “Stop Calling” from Spaces Tangled
Xaddax “Lives on Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Telomere Repair “F Equals O” from Telomere Repair II
The VSS “Muscle” from 21:51
The Sunglasses “Mighty Trees” from Tropical Brain Forest
Mystic Inane “ode to joy” from Ode to Joy
Quietly “in the mouth of the wolf” from Unfortunate Sound
Devo “space junk” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!


This Week in St. Louis 2/1/16 - 2/7/16


Soda (Gainesville, FL)
The Bubbleheads 
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Avenue 
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Gainesville's Soda reaches across the board, opting for that catch-all kind of party punk that seems easy to grab onto but the group keeps its songs on the edge with busy, noisy passages. The Bubbleheads released its demo just a few months back and word is, the band is bringing out several new songs in the very near future. Shitstorm and Fumer are both anchors in St. Louis, but if you haven't caught either, this show is as good excuse as any. 

Power Trip from Dallas, Texas is currently on tour with Anthrax and Lamb of God, but the band hits St. Louis on an off-night to play Fubar with Out of Time, Grand Inquisitor and Skinner.


Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #5 featuring 
Monster Sized Monster
St. Michael 
Micaela Mohr 
Drew Gowran 
Jaded Evil Lambs
@ The Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Avenue 
9 p.m. / free / 21+
David Bell (of the Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast) pulls the bizarre, inane and obviously weird to the Way Out Club for a monthly gathering of cross-genre brain gnashing and cheap booze. This month mixes classic St. Louis noise acts with stand-up comedy, hip-hop and a solo drum performance by Drew Gowran. 


Mollot (Toronto, Canada)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Bonerville / Ask Somebody 
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
The cover of Mollot's tour tape shows an opossum or some kind of rat-thing "making love" with a sledgehammer. In keeping with that theme, Toronto's Mollot sounds equally as twisted, opting for harsh, fast punk inside scuzzy noise and fuzz. The local lineup is a solid primer on south city punk with Lumpy leading the pack. Someone told me Q was breaking up. I guess THEY forgot. We call that progress, compared to what used to happen with hardcore bands in St. Louis: Release a full-length and immediately call it quits.

Captured Planet 
Stephen Favazza 
Eric Hall 
Travis Bursik
@ Beatnik Bob's (inside City Museum) / 701 N 15th Street 
8 p.m. / all ages
Stephen Favazza, the sole player behind Hands and Feet, offers the first of several nights that explore both electronic and experimental artists inside the Beatnik Bob's space upstairs at City Museum. This night's lineup reads Favazza's full name, as opposed to Hands and Feet, because he plans to perform a rare ambient set alongside local purveyors of the genre Travis Bursik and Eric Hall. Captured Planet rounds out the show, kicking off a full month that will feature .e, Golden Curls and many artists from the FarFetched Collective.


Wrong Division Playlist 1/29/2016

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.

Skarekrau Radio “Song 4” from Side 1
Soda “Blonde on Blonde” from Blonde on Blonde
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Kowabunga! Kid “Cut” from It Ends
DNA “Not Moving” from No New York
Blurt “Puppeteer” from The Factory Recordings
Ike Yard “M. Kurtz” from 1980-1982 Collected
Ween “Happy Colored Marbles” from Quebec
People Like Us “The Sacred Erm” from Recyclopaedia Brittannica
John Oswald “Vane” from 69 Plunderphonics 96
Negativland “Favorite things” from No Business
Victrola “Maritime Tatami” from Maritime Tatami - Single
The Units “High Pressure Days” from High Pressure Days - EP
Duster “Echo, Bravo” from Stratosphere
Duster “My Friends Are Cosmonauts” from Transmission, Flux 7"
Mammoth & Saber “Syabu Canyon Dream” from Mammoth & Saber - EP
Kou Machida “FROM” from Wild and Crazy Guys
Bernard Bonnier “Blue marine” from Casse-tĂȘte
Karp “Spelling Trouble” from Self-Titled LP
Melvins “Joan of Arc” from Houdini
THE COMES “Wa-Ka-Me” from No Side
Terrorizer “Fear of Napalm” from World Downfall
The Thing “Red River” from Boot!


This Week in St. Louis 1/25/16 - 1/31/16


Bruxism #13 feat.:
Stone Lobster
Albert Kuo
Louis Wall

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Close/Far Collective's bi-monthly series takes root at the Schalfly Tap Room after two years at Foam Coffee & Beer. Stone Lobster combines the proprietor of the collective himself Nathan Cook with Dave Stone and modular synth artist Kevin Harris for an intense trio of electro-acoustic mayhem. Louis Wall builds up percussive swarms in real time, employing his own esoteric approach to build and release tension. Bruxism's move to Schlafly also means that the event no longer costs $5. Admission is free to all. 


Kowabunga! Kid (Champaign, IL)
Trauma Harness
Soda Boys
Sunday Candy
Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $5

Champaign favorites Kowabunga! Kid takes on poppy punk with a cutting style that comes and goes without wearing thin. There's a distinct vibe between songs, which differs from punk bands of yore that tend to build one general sound and stick with that. Not that Kowabunga! Kid doesn't carve its own niche, it's just that the band isn't beholden to one. 


Weird Vibers (Columbia, MO)
Thoughts Detecting Machines (Chicago, IL)
Stomatopod (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs
Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / all ages

For having "weird" in its name, Weird Vibers from Columbia is a pretty accessible band. The blown-out, loose-fit shoegaze sound permeates the songs, but the band takes a generally darker approach. Three touring acts means that you should scrape the bank for donations, even if the show allows for free admission. Little Big Bangs is the sole local support for the night but well worth the price of whatever admission you choose to pay.