This Week In St. Louis 6/27/16 - 7/3/16


Beta Boys (Kansas City, MO)
Deacons (Kansas City, MO)
The Warden
Fried E.M.
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

Kansas City is a safe bet for solid, unhinged punk. The scene is inundated with the likes of Beta Boys, who offer snarling songs stuffed with sliding riffs and grinding chords. The band's set offers a constant stream of disheartened lyrics over parts that fire off in proper, rapid-fire fashion. 

Bill Tucker (Chicago, IL)
Kevin Harris
Red Squad
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Bill Tucker used to be a self-confessed "folkie" which could mean any number of things, yet his transition from songwriter to experimental guitarist has been a slow-burn with big pay-offs. Bill's own body buckles under the weight of layered guitar and a dense, melodic approach that leaves room for little else. And that will present a challenge when he collaborates with Red Squad drummer Alberto Patino on this night. The local lineup offers a mix of St. Louis experimental acts along with raw post-rock. 


Warm Bodies (Kansas City, MO)
Livin' Thing (Urbana, IL)
Trauma Harness
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Yet another offering from Kansas City's punk scene, Warm Bodies takes a surgical approach to its sprawling garage rock hybrid, offering more than the expected riff barrage from other bands of this ilk. Songs generally roll along in half-time, giving the breathing room necessary for jangle that might otherwise feel too compressed and rushed. While the band tends to bare sharp teeth, the overall impression here is that songwriting comes first and foremost. 


Lechuguillas (Austin, TX)
The Conformists
Mike Herr
Black Panties
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

Given the band's staunch anti-religious stance and its propensity for the word "fuck," a close look at Lechuguillas' lyric sheet might raise some eyebrows. Extreme sounds beget an extreme message, meant to put off sensitive ears with its profane noise rock that teeters on the edge of metal. The lineup offers punk, solo drumming and post-something (we might get an angry e-mail from the Conformists' record label if we call them "rock"). 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the psychedelic stylings of Spaceface at the Heavy Anchor on Thursday and Path of Might's EP release at the Hobbit Hole on Friday.

Wrong Division Playlist 6/24/2016

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.

The Conformists “Reverse Alchemist” from Divorce
Beta Boys “Puzzled Panther” from After Dark
Posture “2” from Never Knows Best
Pope “Laptop's House” from Fiction
Mirror Mirror “Promises” from Demo
Blight Future “A Plan” from Love and Strategy
Swells “Tetrachromatic” from Split with Marcy
Staghorn “Trins Chado Ocho Rio” from Parouisa I - Kismet II
Bill Tucker “Telephone Wizard” from Punk Fills/Sad Bad Mittens LP
Rip Rap “Fear” from Dropout
Colossamite “Bewilderbeast” from All Lingo's Clamor - EP
Muscle Brain “Friend of America” from Purgatore
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
The Ex + Tom Cora “Total Preparation” from Scrabbling At The Lock
Deerhoof “The Devil and his Anarchic Surrealist Retinue” from The Magic
Battles “The Yabba” from La Di Da Di
Collections of Colonies of Bees “funeral” from Customer
Chevreuil “Solier Superieur” from Capoeira
Passe Montagne “98% Cuir” from Oh My Satan
Bad News from Houston “Invisible River” from In the Valley of the Cloud Builder
Bygones “click On That (smash the Plastic Death)” from by-
Cheer-Accident “Salad Dies” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
Brise-Glace “2” from when in Vanitas...
Smother Party “Whiskey Sheen” from Casa Limon
Ruins “Refusal Fossil” from Refusal Fossil (Special Edition)

This Week In St. Louis 6/20/16 - 6/26/16


Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk
Hess/Cunningham Duo
@ The Co-Op
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The crew involved at WashU's student-run radio station KWUR are booking DIY shows at a new space, and while this isn't the first, the lineup is endemic of the booking that is to come. BBDDM are a wandering vagrant crew that spews bleached pop with a seedy underbelly of noise. Don't believe the rumors, Dracla is real. 

Pope (New Orleans, LA)
Tedd Connexion
@ The Nest
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Revel in Clinton-years grunge with a slightly sordid offering by New Orleans outfit Pope. If the recordings give any indication, the band's live approach will be riddled with plenty of static and hum, you know, to help those clever hooks go down nice and smooth. For a more rough concoction of indie rock, sample Glued. 


Whiskey War Fest BBQ feat.:
Calliope (Milwaukee, WI)
The Maness Brothers
Cave Lizard
@ San Loo / 3211 Cherokee St.
1 p.m.

Well, someone somewhere made an anime music video of the band headlining this year's Whiskey War Fest BBQ, a fundraising event to benefit the larger festival put on by the Maness Brothers year after year. Expect barrel-aged blues rock and other indie-something flavors for an all-day mini-fest on Cherokee Street. 

Alaska (Las Vegas, NV)
Rhone (Chicago, IL)
Bike Path
@ Bottom Bunk / 3655 California Ave.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages
This is what we want to see: more house shows, more variety. Both touring acts spin some kind of post-hardcore hybrid while the local lineup offers gloomy post-rock, emo-induced punk and melodic rock. We imagine all five bands fit in the center of some Venn-diagram of quality, guitar-driven composition. Arrive on time to get however-much-you-decide-to-pay's worth. 


Swells (Denver, CO)
The Dorms (Denver, CO)
Blight Future
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8:30 p.m. / all ages

Swells heads off an exhaustive showing of intense bands in rapid-fire fashion. Kismet is becoming one of south city's most solid and consistent venues with its record store-meets-curio-shoppe vibe that might seem too small for the kind of shows that have been going down there lately. Clearing out the floor and moving a few couches makes ample space for the wall of noisy post-rock that Denver's Swells provides. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the latest editions of NOiSETTE and Bruxism on Thursday. Tower Grove Pride and a Pu Fest benefit take over Ritz Park and CBGB, respectively, on Saturday. All of the above are free!

Wrong Division Playlist 6/16/2016

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.

Drool “Youth Large” from Droolpussy
Radioactivity “Battered” from Battered
Weakwick “Curl” from Whistle Along
Brainstems “Keep It All Together” from No Place Else
Tone Rodent “Synaesthesia” from Tone Rodent
Dracla “dogs” from Dracla
The Conformists “Quality” from None Hundred
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise - EP
The Sediment Club “B and the electric kill” from Kicked Back Into The Crypt
USCO “Crack in the Crystal Glass” from Treffpunkt
Boris “Hama” from Amplifier Worship
Warhammer 48K “track 6” from An Ethereal Oracle
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “Conjurin'” from Peaced
High Castle “Swamp Thing” from Spirit Of The West
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Dazzling Killmen “Staring Contest” from Face of Collapse
Muscle Brain “will” from Purgatore
Slint “Good Morning, Captain” from Spiderland
Tortoise “Seneca” from Standards
Raglani “The Exploded View” from Real Colors of the Physical World
Hands and Feet “Sour Times” from Sour Times - EP

This Week In St. Louis 6/13/16 - 6/19/16


Fucked Up Fuckin System (Oklahoma City, OK)
Porno Glows (Chicago, IL)
@ Rootwad Park
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

When picking out the playlist for the WD radio show every week, we take special care to plays songs from upcoming shows, but bands like these tear FCC regulations to shreds. If not for the names, then it's for the liberal use of "fuck" in every song. But that's likely the point here -- these punks across the plains carry the "I dare you to fucking like this" attitude all the way to the Mississippi. Have you heard tell of "shows in a van down by the river?" This is the new that. 


Daniel Wyche (Chicago, IL)
Eric Hall
Alex Cunningham
Joseph Hess
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Experimental electronics, strings and percussion mingle for a rapid-fire succession of five sets -- 4 short solo performances will be punctuated by a final quartet with some of St. Louis' most active artists in the contemporary noise and avant-garde scene. File this under "most likely to fall through the cracks" in a stellar week of shows, so don't slip and sleep on it. 


Kaleidoscope (NY)
Lumpy and the Dumpers (record release)
My Bloody Underwear
@ Bolozone
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Dumpers' Huff My Sack LP dropped before its recent Australian tour, but that doesn't mean the locals won't have their own sordid celebration. This isn't the band's first LP (that honor goes to a vinyl compilation of 7" releases and cassettes), but it is Lumpy's first full-length album, which bears mentioning. Kaleidoscope's VOL. ONE is as listenable as a basement-dubbed noise tape from 1999, which is a good or a bad thing depending on who you ask. The live show actually brings more clarity than the band's recorded output. 

Weakwick (Minneapolis, MN)
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Weakwick funnels the meanest riffs from bands like Lightning Bolt into bangable punk songs. Their latest release is on Rotted Tooth Recordings (Oozing Wound, Supersonic Piss, Mayor Daley, St. Louis' own Shaved Women). They come from the Minneapolis scene of reject-punk and miscreant noise rock, having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Animal Lover, Miami Dolphins, Uranium Club, et cetera. This is a two band show -- as opposed to five or six (or 90 happening the next day).


Riverfront Times Music Showcase feat.:
The Conformists
Little Big Bangs
+many more
@ The Grove
1 p.m. / $10

The schedule for this all-local festival is insane, and while we typically wouldn't mention the kind of show that you could read about everywhere else, one-half of Wrong Division helped organize the event (hence some of the bands you see listed above). $10 for 90+ bands in a 14-or-so hour span. 


Radioactivity (TX)
Bad Sports (TX)
The Humanoids
Bad Taste
@ San Loo / 3211 Cherokee St.
7 p.m. / $10

Radioactivity keeps a steady pulse with a searing style of straight-ahead punk that rarely veers off path. There's something to be said about bands like this (and touring mates Bad Sports) who help carry the punk torch without watering down the approach. St. Louis' Humanoids provide a perfect fit with their deep hooks and heady riffs that make each song weigh a metric ton. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including an early Monday show at Foam, hardcore Bonerville humpday, the return of Speedy Ortiz, northwestern post punk on Saturday, and a Sunday night filled with garage-punk guys.