This Week In St. Louis 7/25/16 - 7/31/16

MONDAY, JULY 25


Dogbreth (Seattle, WA)
Drawing Water (Oakland, CA)
Falsetto Boy (Denver, CO)
Sunday Candy
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Seattle's Dogbreth makes power pop with a cheery disposition. Violin bass mingles with solid, fuss-free drumming to make a bed for all the upbeat melodies to lie. A songwriting stalwart of the river city now resides in Denver: St. Louis ex-pat Jim Fitzpatrick brings deeply personal songs through his Falsetto Boy moniker.

TUESDAY, JULY 26


Shellshag (NY)
Bubbleheads
The Chill Dawgs
My Bloody Underwear
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This minimalist punk brings slow, deliberate beats through double floor toms and a low snare. The vocal approach is less yelling and more sing-songy, which is a nice change of pace. Everything New York's Shellshag does feels laid back yet firmly in-the-pocket. 

On WEDNESDAY at Foam, check out a local drone-themed show featuring some of St. Louis' most experienced experimental musicians.

THURSDAY, JULY 28


Wild Combo (MN)
Touchers (MN)
Maximum Effort
Sweat
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Members of Miami Dolphins and Solid Attitude mingle for a pair of new bands out of one of America's most prolific punk capitals: Minneapolis. Touchers is such a fresh band that it doesn't yet exist on the internet, but if the band's collective resume is anything to go by, expect extra spazzy sounds. Sweat is the newest digs from Luc of Black Panties, and Maximum Effort remains one of St. Louis' hardest hitting bands today.

Also on Thursday, Bruxism's 19th installment takes over the Tap Room, featuring an array of local talent: drummer Alberto Patino, electronic artist Blank Thomas and Schievff.

FRIDAY, JULY 29


Ray Creature (IN)
Digital Goober
@ Bolozone
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

A last minute festival cancellation yields plenty more ways to catch some great acts this weekend. For instance, synth sweethearts Ray Creature pop up at Bolozone, while the psychedelic shoegaze of Wray and GT join a stacked show at the Nest.

For more weekend options, consider catching an early Friday set from Swear Beam at Vintage Vinyl or another free show that night: Asheville's True Sportsmanship at the Schlafly Tap Room.

SATURDAY, JULY 30


Nots (Memphis, TN)
Erik Nervous (Kalamazoo, MI)
Exitbag
Tracing Wires
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
4:30 p.m. / $8-$10 / all ages

To further facilitate the fest scramble, Goner Records' Nots and Erik Nervous of Kalamazoo play a special early show at Foam, both delivering their own brands raw, cutthroat punk rock.

Also on Saturday, Atomic Cowboy hosts an outdoor fest on its sweet outdoor stage, featuring a diverse line-up that includes Bug Chaser, the Maness Brothers, Dubb Nubb and more.

SUNDAY, JULY 31


C.C.T.V. (IN)
Bugg (Bloomington, IN)
Accidente (Spain)
Fried E/M
Glowing One

@ Skate Liborious / 1850 Hogan St.
7 p.m. / $10 / all ages

C.C.T.V. digs deep with the kind of hooks that won't let up, as the songs are punctuated with damn-near perfection. This attention to detail elevates the band beyond the typical hardcore set, taking every lesson learned from the Ramones and its many imitators to achieve the highest highs in songwriting without suffering the lowest lows. Accidente brings melodic party punk all the way from Spain. Yes, this is real life: Spanish punks playing in an old church filled with skate ramps in north city.

For a Sunday night of shoegaze, NYC's Pawns play at Foam with Tone Rodent and Persh.

Wrong Division Playlist 7/22/2016

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.

Veil “Into the Deep” from Into the Deep
Constant Insult “I Quit” from Constant Insult
Tunic “Disappointment” from Disappointment
Pinkwash “Longer Now” from Collective Sigh
Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter “Virtues” from Almost
Sneaks “Red” from Sneaks
Nü Sensae “Spit Gifting” from Sundowning
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
Athletic Automaton “SWEATPANTS NO UNDERWEAR” from Athletic Automaton / Made In Mexico Split
CCDS (Death Squad) “322” from Death Rides The Moonbeams!
Black Eyes “Scrapes and Scratches” from Cough
Tarngo “Neuvo Nova” from Horman
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Telomere Repair “Evolution is a Fact” from Telomere Repair
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman “Video Games” from Song X
Cheer-Accident “This Is the New That” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
Grand Ulena “Between Tholozan and Oleatha” from Gateway to Dignity
Man At Arms “Designer Impostors” from A Waste of Time and Space
Curt Oren “I Love My Dog” from Curt Oren
Colossamite “My Driving Hand” from All Lingo's Clamor - EP
Exusamwa “Valley of Diamonds” from Excusez-Moi!
Arvid Noe “3D Jesus” from Islington
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
USCO “Took Chase” from Treffpunkt

This Week In St. Louis 7/18/16 - 7/24/16

TUESDAY, JULY 19


Vats (Seattle, WA)
Janet (Little Rock, AR)
Sunday Candy
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Vats is a Seattle crew that keeps itself relatively tight-knit with wiry riffs that run over fuzzed-out, nasty bass and straight-ahead drums. You might recognize the name Janet -- it's the alternate personality of the irreplaceable Grace Smith, who grew up right here in STL. Arrive early to catch a new project featuring members of Posture.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20


Swear Beam (record release)
Bug Chaser
Posture
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / free ($3 minor surcharge) / all ages

Swear Beam pushes a punkish shoegaze where melody is king and every queen is drenched in warm, fuzzy reverb. This is the St. Louis side of dual release shows for Swear Beam's debut self-titled record. Follow the band to Chicago on Friday for the second with Melkbelly, Relevant Hairstyles and more.

THURSDAY, JULY 21


Party Static (Dallas, TX)
Harsh Times (Davenport, IA)
Ultraviolents
Yonsei
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Remember that Hard Times article titled, "Oh Boy: This Band Has Two Singers"? Party Static eschews the notion that this is inherently bad with two vocalists that suss it out over danceable noise rock. The sassy tone harkens back to GSL/Hydra Head Records in a big way. 

FRIDAY, JULY 22


Lovely Little Girls (Chicago, IL)
Demon Lover
Hardbody
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

To call Lovely Little Girls prog-rock is to sell the band short on its absurdist, dark satire on living in the human body, yet its music recalls Magma or Koenjihyakkei with an audible sarcasm. We're not talking masculine riffage to dull the senses either -- Lovely Little Girls provides a master class in showmanship with a theatrical live performance. Come see the band attempt to cram all 8 of its members onto Foam's (relatively) tiny stage. 

SATURDAY, JULY 23


Pinkwash (Philadelphia, PA)
0% (Denmark)
The Monoliths (Denmark)
Posture
Lars
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Pinkwash grinds out two-piece rock'n'roll with mostly half-time snarling riffs and a solid rhythm section that twists bombastic drumming into the perfect backbone. The show features two combined line-ups including a couple of punk projects all the way from Denmark.


Night Grinder (Denver, CO)
Zero Control
Spagyric
John Beabout
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

St. Louis ex-pat Brad Schumacher evolved from an ambient noise artist to a multi-faceted act -- a one-man band that bends the noisy backtrack to his will while shredding atonal riffs over the top. Zero Control is equally as busy with a bedrock of solid beats by Drew Gowran underneath tons of effects and live rapping.

SUNDAY, JULY 24


Constant Insult (Minneapolis, MN)
Tunic (Winnipeg, Canada)
Veil
Maximum Effort
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5|$7 / all ages

This show features a couple of awesome acts from up north that have graced St. Louis stages over the past year. Constant Insult pushes melodic but heavy-hitting punk with catchy vocals. Tunic is slightly stranger yet still manages to turn out memorable songs amidst its controlled chaos. Check out a brand-new music video from them here.

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including a varied-genre showcase of local music including Jr. Clooney at Lemp Brewery and a Sunday-night house show at Zambo's.

Wrong Division Playlist 7/15/2016

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.

Swear Beam “Days” from Swear Beam
Vats “Green Glass Room” from Green Glass Room
Toupee “Mommy Is a Mummy” from Leg Toucher
Muscle Brain “Will” from Purgatore
The Conformists “S Apostrophe Period S Period S Period Opening Parenthesis J Period B Apostrophe Period Closing Parenthesis” from Divorce
Blight Future “A Plan” from Love and Strategy
White Lung “Down It Goes” from Deep Fantasy
Party Static “Poor Baby” from My Cat Doesn't Like That - EP
Sneaks “Tough Luck” from Sneaks
Household “A New Leaf” from Elaines
Terrible Truths “Sink or Swim” from Terrible Truths
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
The Star Death “Song to Save You” from Feministica
Pterodactyl “Safe Like a Train” from Friday, During the Day
Angel Hair “Do Do” from Angel Hair
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
BIG BEAR “Song 20” from Under the Beach
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
Zulu as Kono “Current Electric” from Watching the Head Grow
Melt-Banana “Loop Nebula” from initial t
Multicult “Jaws” from 7"
Unwound “Love and Fear” from s/t 7"
Tortoise “Reservoir Sheets” from lonesome sound
Horse Lords “Bending to the Lash” from Interventions
Drew Gowran “Moon Dancer” from VITALITY
Imelda Marcos “This Is How We Duncey” from Isa

This Week In St. Louis 7/11/16 - 7/17/16

MONDAY, JULY 11


Sneaks (Baltimore, MD)
Dylijens (Baltimore, MD)
Demon Lover
Amir
Eric Donte
Fluke Nukes

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / all ages

Sneaks from Baltimore leads a stacked bill of 6 acts with sideways pop songs that make use of live bass guitar and a drum machine. Beats alternate between straight-forward punk and buoyant rhythms conducted with commanding vocals. 

While you're in the neighborhood, consider catching the psych-garage sounds of Max Pain and the Groovies, Beach Bodies and Cave Lizard at Foam.

TUESDAY, JULY 12


David Liebe Hart (IL)
The Three-Brained Robot (Greensboro, NC)
Hardbody
@ 2720 Cherokee
7 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

"Salame!" While it's not entirely clear what Hart plans to do with his time in St. Louis (he's been known to front a punk band or perform electronic songs), expect the kind of on-stage banter and antics seen on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out!, with Dr. Steve Brule.

For a completely different dynamic spectacle, head over to Blank Space to catch a live ritual performance by artist Lucien Shapiro, along with musical performances by Eric Hall, Marauder Unit and more.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13


The Noids (Denton, TX)
Bottomfeeders (New Orleans, LA)
No Aloha
Art School
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Denton's Noids satisfies every item on the hardcore purist's checklist but still manages to edge in oddball quirks. Fresh off the release of Hits, newbies Art School opens the show with loose, punk-tinged songs fueled by dual vocalists. 

Also on Wednesday, check out a stellar line-up of danceable all-stars at Blank Space to benefit Ferguson prisoners. For art rock and beyond, look into Space Camp and more at Kismet.

On Thursday, see some up and coming local acts for free at the Schlafly Tap Room including our favorite new dark-surf destroyers, Malady, as well as a new band on the scene featuring members of Posture: Glowing One.


FRIDAY, JULY 15


Lavender Country (Seattle, WA)
Janewave
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / $10|$12

Lavender Country formed in 1972 and released the first known gay country album the next year. Although the band itself was only active until 1976, its critical acclaim and brave statement earned a cult following. The group reformed in 2014 and has performed sporadically since. This is the band's first appearance in St. Louis -- with a backing band made up of local music stalwarts, at that.

Also on Friday, catch the hardcore of Detroit's Freedom at Foam or a house show featuring the pop punk of Garner, Iowa's Giving Up.

SATURDAY, JULY 16


Tatsuya Nakatani (PA)
Derek and Silvia Dadian-Smith
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $8-$10 / all ages

After several years of touring on the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, this will be Nakatani's first solo performance in St. Louis in quite some time. When interviewed, he is quick to dash the notion that his approach is Japanese or traditional in any way -- look to this show for a radical and experimental night of drums and percussion. 


Muscle Brain (Denver, CO)
The Conformists
Van Buren
Skin Tags
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

St. Louis ex-pats Jordan Knecht and Jim Fitzpatrick performed in a number of noisy punk and no-wave projects over the years. After each member relocated to Denver, they picked up where they left off with Muscle Brain in 2009. Get a double dose of the Conformists on this night and the next day, when the band will celebrate its new album Divorce with an in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl. Read more about that here.

Lots more great Saturday-night shows abound including a benefit for the victims of Orlando at the St. Louis Workers' Education Society featuring Blight Future, Persh and more. Also on deck: White Lung at the Firebird and the improvisational trio of Thumpy Sticky at Gaslight.

SUNDAY, JULY 17


Toupee (Chicago, IL)
Youngest Children (Lawrence, KS)
Glued
Shitstorm
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Chicago's Toupee performed one of the best dark-horse shows of the summer in 2015, and the band returns during the humid dog days to play its bizarre songs that land somewhere between psychedelia and noise rock.