This Week In St. Louis: 8/22/16 - 8/28/16


I.G.M. (DC)
Lugweight (NY)
Jake Leech
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

I.G.M. does not offer a structured noise by any means, but the resulting sound still feels calculated and careful. Lugweight brings an equally as thoughtful approach, making for an overall stacked night of experimental music via the east coast. Jake Leech performs a rare ambient set to contrast his more recent DJ and dance-based outings while Nebumeister is the latest St. Louis noise duo with members of Kenshiro's


Calvin Johnson's Selector Dub Narcotic (WA)
Dubb Nubb
My Bloody Underwear
Jane Wave + Fragile Farm
@ Bolozone
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The founder of K Records, the legendary Calvin Johnson, will perform in Bolozone's dusty backroom. This contrasts his past two visits to St. Louis at the Luminary and the now-shuttered storefront of Apop Records. The local lineup is reason enough to attend with a collaborative set between Fragile Farm and Jane Wave (Rip Rap, Swear Beam). My Bloody Underwear offers up sideways indie rock and the charming folk ballads of Dubb Nubb round out the night.

Anybody But the Cops (MI)
The Conformists
Babe Lords
Musth Bardo
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Anybody But the Cops offers a crash course in math rock that clashes with punk. Every song punches hard with considerable weight, and luckily a few stray hooks cut through the band's busy veneer. The Conformists and Babe Lords offer up two very different sounds yet fit with ABtC seamlessly -- a credit to the show's versatile lineup.


Pü F3st feat.:
Horse Lords (MD)
The Body (OR)
Bib (NE)
Plack Blague (NE)
Crown Larks (Chicago, IL)
Unnatural Ways (NY)
+many more
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
2 p.m. / $20-$30 / all ages

The third annual Pü F3st offers two (technically three if you count the free kick-off show on Friday at Blank Space) full days of punk, experimental and every weirdo sub-genre in-between. We can't recommend this fest enough, especially with bands such as Horse Lords and Imelda Marcos filling out the bill. With hyped up acts, lesser-knowns and one-time collaborative sets, this event offers a true subversive and alternative taste of underground music from throughout the US.

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including a Tuesday night of electronic music at Blank Space. On Thursday, check out the next edition of experimental series, Bruxism, at the Schlafly Tap Room or head to Kismet for an intimate evening of interesting instrumentation.

Wrong Division Playlist 8/18/16

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11PM to 1AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Telomere Repair “Bang You” from Telomere Repair
GUERILLA TOSS “Eraser Stargazer Forever (Live)” from Live in Nashville
Demon Lover “(Do the) Suicide Kit” from Moody Future
Hylidae “stress” from Hylidae
No Thanks “EX” from Position
Kenshiro's “i need you” from Grownup Music
Anybody But The Cops “Heather's Favorite Puking Spot” from The Shape of Punk To-Go
Drew Gowran “Vitality” from VITALITY
Drew Gowran “Moon Dancer” from VITALITY
Sex Funeral “...and Out” from Your Heaven Sucks
Gang Gang Dance “Glory in Itself/Egyptian” from God's Money
Pocahaunted “touch you” from Make It Real
Palberta “deja vu” from Special Worship
Palberta “Store” from Special Worship
The Ex + Tom Cora “Total Preparation” from Scrabbling At The Lock
You Fantastic! “MONOBLUES (I, II)” from Homesickness
The Sediment Club “B and the electric kill” from Kicked Back Into The Crypt
New England Patriots “What About The Wild” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Skimask “Slap Me Silly” from Cute Mutant
The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower “SLC Hunks” from Love In the Fascist Brothel
Tarngo “Trenton” from Horman
Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman “Compute” from Song X
PRE “Not Necessary” from Hope Freaks
Made in Mexico “black rabbit” from Zodiac Zoo
Colossamite “The Down Sound” from All Lingo's Clamor - EP
Timeghost “Intrusion” from Cellular
Man At Arms “Munitions” from The Lake Effect
Nick Millevoi “Bruxer” from Black Figure of a Bird - EP
CCDS (Death Squad) “Phantom Of Krankor” from Death Rides The Moonbeams!
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Noxagt “Wall's End” from Noxagt

This Week In St. Louis: 8/15/16 - 8/21/16


Lily Konigsberg (NY)
Milk Vetch
Beauty Pageant
Fragile Farm
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Lily Konigsberg (of New York no-wave outfit Palberta) plays her solo odd-pop jammers in the narrow hallway of CBGB. Opening acts range from puppeteers to noise cults. Milk Vetch brings the latest songs from Lucy (of Little Big Bangs) and Zak Marmalefsky.


Spray Paint (Austin, TX)
The Rebel (Scotland)
Old Scratch's Burnpile
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $8

Austin's Spray Paint might be one of the weirdest working bands in punk right now. Askew riffs bleed over solid half-time beats that mostly stay on the straight and narrow. The lyrics wax lackadaisical through sarcastic group vocals and yet the formula feels fresh no matter how many times the band applies it throughout several records. An excerpt written by Sarah Trone describes Spray Paint's tour mate the Rebel in better words: 
Ben Wallers started the "Country Teasers" in the mid '90s, going on to release ten or so brilliant LPs while prodding their audience with satirical, sometimes offensive opinions written from first-person standpoints, taunting the listener to question their beliefs. From the ashes of the Teasers, Ben Wallers emerged as "The Rebel," having released some thirty albums since 2004. Obliged to travel so far from home in England, with guitar and Yamaha PSS 50, he's come to St. Louis to engage in frank discussions regarding the shriveling state of world power, the inevitable death of the patriarchy and the improbability of the American dream. Read the full Q&A at

Sex Funeral (Dubuque, IA)
Fragile Farm
Kevin Harris + Alex Cunningham
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Bob Bucko Jr. returns from Iowa with yet another immersive project. This time, guitar-driven malleable metal is hammered into free-form rock over the span of long, pensive pieces. The combo of Alex Cunningham and Kevin Harris typically provides literal violin shredding through modular synthesizer for a brain-squeezing blend of strings and frantic tones -- the real world sound of a sentient robot losing its mind. 

No Thanks (NE)
Nuclear Moms (OH)
Mirror Mirror
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

No Thanks offers rock songs led astray by hardcore leanings and a focus on civil action. The lyrics here feel as vital as the riffs underneath, which are easy to grasp and hold onto. Both Mirror Mirror and Bubbleheads are two of St. Louis' best bands to crop up in the last year, and both have already refined their sound through countless shows. 


Drew Gowran (tape release)
Alberto Patino
Dave Stone

Jaded Evil Lambs
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Drew Gowran has led the recent movement of solo-percussion performances in St. Louis with his louder-than-life approach that blends ripping rock drumming with a vicious take on jazz beats. There's an underlying groove to his gesticulations, speaking to a style that is less avant-garde and more universally relatable, despite its first impressions. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the next edition of NOiSETTE at Foam on Tuesday and a couple of fests on Saturday: the Whiskey War Festival and a Big Muddy Records summer picnic.

Wrong Division Playlist 8/11/16

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11PM to 1AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Lily Konigsberg “She Doesn't Have A Good Brain” from She Doesn't Have A Good Brain
Hylidae “NTHE” from Intransitve
Protomartyr “Why Does It Shake?” from The Agent Intellect
Tone Rodent “May Day” from Tone Rodent/Kisser Split 7"
Veil “into the Deep” from Into the Deep
Spray Paint “Bogans” from Bogans and Hoons - EP
The Rebel “Please Ban Music” from Exciting New Venue For Soccer and Execution of Women
Melvins “Youth of America” from Melvins - EP
Devo “Praying Hands” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
God Is My Co-Pilot “Menarche” from Get Busy
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
Nü Sensae “swim” from Sundowning
Zach Hill and Nick Reinhardt “OOZE (Excerpt)” from Live At KDHX 4-20-10
Upsilon Acrux “In-a-Gadda-Devito” from Live At KDHX 6-13-09
Zevious “Inciting” from Live At KDHX 3-11-10
Cave “Made In Malaysia” from Live At KDHX 6-10-09
Britches “You Sir: "Purr or Not to Purr"” from Live at KDHX 11-2-10
Microwaves “Your Last Nerve” from Live at KDHX 4-18-14
The Stnnng “Texas Disco” from Live At KDHX 3-30-11
Cheer-Accident “Camp O' Physique” from Live At KDHX 4-23-10
The Conformists “Swim Home” from Live At KDHX 2-17-10
Female Demand “Paint My Brains With Your House” from Live at KDHX 6-26-10
Caddywhompus “Guilt” from Live At KDHX 6-26-10
Gnarwhal “In the Junk Sick Morning” from Live at KDHX 2-19-11

This Week In St. Louis 8/9/16 - 8/14/16


Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC)
John Tamm-Buckle
DJ Cure For Pain
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Last time Tashi Dorji came to St. Louis, he made Jeremy Kannapell's living room feel like an underground bunker, safe from a nuclear war up above. His approach to guitar is peerless, ranging from quiet, more meditative trances to bustling and mind-numbing fretwork. 

Also on Tuesday, three new local collaborations and solo projects (featuring members of Demonlover, Catholic Guilt and more) take over CBGB.


The Heads Are Zeroes (MD)
The Aluminum Sasquatch Trio

@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Heads Are Zeros takes a fierce, power-violent approach to deafening songs filled with grime and mucous. St. Louis' own Exitbag is equally as powerful, bringing the kind of bass guitar and drum gesticulations that wouldn't be out of place in the LOAD Records catalog. 

A couple other options Thursday evening include the electronic compositions of NNA Tapes' Nerftoss at the Mall and a free rock show at Tap Room featuring Shitstorm and more.


Hikes (Austin, TX)
Jr. Clooney
Lobby Boxer
@ Bottom Bunk / 3655 California Ave.
9 p.m. / donations$ / all ages

At first glance, Hikes sounds smooth jazz-esque, yet the band hides a fierce underbelly that slowly sees the light of day if one listens for long enough. This show is the first of many for both Austin's Hikes and St. Louis' own Staghorn, who will embark on a tour following this night.

Pü F3st Benefit feat.:
18andCounting/Hylidae/BoBo Trio
Cory Sever
@ Lemp Brewery / 3500 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$

This Pü F3st Benefit comes by way of Weird Culture and Living Collective for an event that offers visual art, live music, a bake sale and a public screening of The Craft. No joke. Experimental everything for a full night that starts late and ends later. 


Protomartyr (Detroit, MI)
Tone Rodent
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $12-$14 / all ages

Protomartyr's gloomy aesthetic permeates every last bit of its set, making for a dark merging of shoegaze and post-punk. The songs catch fire fast yet burn at a slower rate than most, giving ample room for each layered section to breathe and be heard.

Ancestral Duo (DC)
Vernacular String Trio
@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
9 p.m. / $8-$10 / all ages

Yet another blockbuster booked at the Kerr Foundation, this night offers up DC's luminous Ancestral Duo, who, as you can tell by the video above, bring a deeply spiritual set through dense, meditative noise. This is also the inaugural live set of one Oxherding, aka Fitz Hartwig, so arrive on time for the full, ambient experience. 

For some free, lighthearted fun on SUNDAY afternoon, check out this free Ritz Park fest featuring the Pat Sajak Assassins, the Vanilla Beans and more.