This Week in St. Louis 10/5/15 - 10/11/15


Tellavision (Germany)
Invisible Circle (NY)
Zak M
@ Los Punk / 2709 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $5

Tellavision builds loops through electric and acoustic means, blending textures with primal beats. Her voice creeps through the layers, eventually becoming part of the concrete loops. Sections crack and come back together in weird ways, making for odd, fractured dance songs.


Upsilon Acrux (CA)
Nicoffeine (Germany)
@ Schlafy Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Upsilon Acrux came out of the early 00s through the second wave of "math rock," where it crashed bold and melodic riffs into glitched keys and synth. Beats feel frantic but never frenetic, as the composition leaves just enough room for all the moving parts to stretch and compress. The whole affair feels more elastic than stringent, owing to playful interplay between finger-tapped riffs and harsh dischord. With the recent addition of a second drummer, Upsilon Acrux force a breath of fresh air into a band that never felt stale to begin with. These songs are more than ahead of their time, and we're all here to play catch up. 


Lazy (Kansas City, MO)
Bad Dates
Little Big Bangs
Bridled Spells
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Lazy is KCMO's resident garage rock monstrosity, pushing a Ramones-era punk that manages to harness that same catchy magic. There's an underlying optimism to the band's sunny disposition, which might explain why its songs feel so charming. Out of the garage and into the dive bar. 


Wrong Division Playlist 10/2/2015

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.

The Sediment Club “Whats Inside Ignites Itself” from Psychosymplastic
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania - EP
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
This is My Condition and Dan Kozak “This Mission Pt. 1” from This Mission
Britches “We're Both Ready” from Demonstration
What We Won't See “Guns” from blood covered winter
Heavy Medical “No Brainer” from Threats EP
Hella “Welcome to the Jungle Baby, You're Gonna Live!” from ACOUSTICS
Gnarwhal “reconstructive criticisms” from Duane
L'Ocelle Mare “Porte D'Octobre #6” from Compilation
Rob Funkhouser “Crystalline” from Crystalline
Kuan “l” from Colors
Glenn Branca “Symphony #5: 4th Movement” from Selections from the Symphonies
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Dallas Summer Song” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
YUKON “Consolation Enterprise” from Mortar
Nick Millevoi “Life in Ice” from Black Figure of a Bird - EP
Dazzling Killmen “Bone Fragments” from Face of Collapse
Man At Arms “Who Died and Made You the Voice of Reason?” from Abner Trio & Man At Arms
Multicult “Jaws” from 7"
Animal Lover “Guidence” from 7"
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Nü Sensae “Spit Gifting” from Sundowning


This Week in St. Louis 9/28/15 - 10/4/15


Public Speaking (NY)
Smallpox Champion
@ Foam
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

New York's Public Speaking makes use of processed vocals to help build busy waves of sound, playing on an emotional call and response through dramatic shifts. Nick Goldschmidt, guitarist of Posture, Burners and other punk projects around south city lends a noisier set to this show while Eric Hall turns Foam into his own portal of projections and ambient work. A short night with three acts that starts late and ends early. 


Population (Chicago, IL)
Trauma Harness
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Solid post-punkers Population bring dark vibes through simple, singular melodies atop the driving force of its boomy rhythm section. Everything here feels so solid but never too glossy or clean thanks to the wiry riffs of the guitar and the scattershot vocal style. There's a natural feel that permeates the songs, bringing the best in punk that's both subversive and altogether relatable. 


NOiSETTE feat.:
Beauty Pageant
Dave Stone
NNN Cook
Stone Hen

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9:30 p.m. / free / all ages

Mr. Ben, the brains behind Freezerburn 'zine, continues his concert series with sets by NNN Cook, Dave Stone and Stone Hen among many others. The show crams more subtle, nuanced players of avant-garde noise music up against messy deconstructions of rock and punk. 

Trauma Harness
The Brainstems
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

This is the second of two Trauma Harness shows in one week. St. Louis should be so lucky. Since releasing its debut record Tried My Hardest, the band slowed down and took a more low key approach to booking. Obviously, that is over but hey, go and see one of the strongest post-punk acts to climb out of the Belleville sewers because no band lasts forever. 

Kevin Harris + Alex Cunningham
+ Chizmo.tv

@ Tavern of Fine Arts / 313 Belt Ave.
8 p.m. / free / all ages

Violinist Alex Cunningham and modular synth madman Kevin Harris join efforts on this night to bring two sets, one electric and one acoustic, all bathed in visual trash supplied by Chizmo.TV. 

Unicorn Hard-On (Providence, RI)
Container (Providence, RI)
@ Upstairs Lounge / 3131 S. Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / $5

This last minute gig booked by Jeremy K. (aka Ghost Ice) brings two long-standing mainstays of the Providence noise scene to the Upstairs Lounge, which is an odd (but totally great) venue to see anything but club bangers and dubstep. No word on locals or opening acts, but both Unicorn Hard-On and Container should be enough of a killer show. Lots of options on Thursday, but this is the most solid way to end the night.


New Music Circle presents:
Evan Parker (UK)
Peter Evans (NY)
@ Joe's Cafe / 6010 Kingsbury Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Hit the link above for the official event page, which attempts to tell the magnitude of the performers here. Fans of free-jazz and avant-garde in general might recognize both names, but in case you don't, this might be a solid show to walk in on, totally blind. Both players defy expectations, bringing some of the most fierce (and renowned) improvisational music in the world. 

PancakeFesten X: PPHQ 10th Anniversary feat.:
Lord of the Yum Yum (Chicago, IL)
Paper Ceilings (Columbia, MO)
Dubb Nubb
+many more
4 p.m. / free / all ages

This three day fest brings the type of bands that you might see at bigger venues around town, but Rob Severson, the man behind Pancake Productions, has invited more than 40 acts to play in and around his house. Everything from indie, folk, electronic to bands such as the Conformists and one man act Lord of the Yum Yum flood his basement with noisy muck for this full-weekend. Technically, the show is free but the several touring bands need (and deserve) a fistful of dollars, at least.


Holy Gallows (TN)
Staghorn (record release)
Jr. Clooney
@ Dugen House
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Since moving to St. Louis back in March, the trio behind Staghorn have set up a screen-printing shop, booked multiple benefit shows (such as a huge concert in June with all proceeds going to the Covering House) and brought several touring metal, post-hardcore and emo bands to town. This show is both a record release and a tour kick-off for the Florida transplants who continue to give more than they take. Click the link above for details on the location. 

A Missouri Prisoner benefit show feat.:
Little Big Bangs
Sayn't Jorj
DJ Dirty+Clean
DJ Get Lost

@ house show
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Details are scarce, but click the link above if you want to support a mix of grunge and outsider dance jams via south city stalwarts. Oh yeah, there's a good cause involved. 


Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Faultfinder (Kansas City, MO)
Tongues (Kansas City, MO)
Trauma Harness
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

Kansas City takes over CB's for a night of dark punk with a triple header of bands plus Trauma Harness. A similar line-up hits town in November, but get this one while it's hot.


Wrong Division Playlist 9/25/2015

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.

Kinski “Long Term Exit Strategy” from Cosy Moments
Man or Astro-man? “Um Espectro Sem Escala” from A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
My Name Is Rar Rar “Tyrone and Jimmy” from Closet Full Of Clothes
Xaddax “Lives on Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Dazzling Killmen “Torture” from Dig Out The Switch
Ultra Bidé “DNA vs. DNA-C” from DNA vs. DNA-C
Tarngo “Semper Augustus” from Horman
Coughs “Elimidate” from Fright Makes Right
Noxagt “Histrionix” from Noxagt
Staer “Daughters” from Daughters
Ruins “Der Strudel” from Refusal Fossil
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
BIG BEAR “Song 22” from Under the Beach
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
Black Eyes “Eternal Life” from Cough
Marriage “Side A” from For Brötzmann
Upsilon Acrux “Night of the Goblin” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Battles “Race - In” from Mirrored
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Bygones “cold reading” from by-


This Week in St. Louis 9/21/15 - 9/26/15


Allergy (Gainesville, FL)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / all ages


Craow (Providence, RI)
Soft Target (Providence, RI)
Ghost Ice
DJ Swan Gone
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9:15 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Craow brings a wall of harsh noise atop rough, gargling loops of static and low tones. The result is an overbearing aesthetic of gloomy sounds in a heady progression that feels at once complex and easy to follow. Veil is the fiery remains of Self Help, a band that came from the ashes of Doom Town last year. Led by Ashley Hohman, this her darkest, most cohesive work yet with punk riffs chained next to sharp, stabbing beats. 

Whisky Janetor (tour kick-off)
Free Willy
+ No Hits w/Mr. Ben
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / free / all ages

Besides being mostly a ghost on the internet, Whisky Janetor is both mystical and irreverent -- a deconstructed mess of pop with tiny tinges of no-wave jammed inside a blender of burlesque. Mix with unwound folk and Whisky Janetor comes out as a sonic cult of noise. Send these local ladies off on their weeks-long tour. 


3 Nights in September feat.:
Brain Transplant
NNN Cook
Ghost Ice + Ben Stegmann
Dave Stone
Experimental Arts Ensemble STL
Vernacular String Trio

@ Tavern of Fine Arts / 313 Belt Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Organized by Tracy Andreotti (of Vernacular String Trio, others), this is a three night stretch of local artists who bring noise, free-jazz and otherwise experimental sound to St. Louis. Meant to be a microcosm of the outer limits of local music, this trio of shows takes place at the Tavern of Fine Arts, a smaller space known for its intimate performances. 


Senior Fellows (OK)
Van Buren
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$

Tulsa's Senior Fellows brings rough, guttural metal alongside two piece shredders Van Buren. By wrapping up solid hooks with the most masculine rhythm section around, Senior Fellows offers songs with considerable heft, choosing to go all in on half-time chugga-chugga and fiercely dissonant riffs. 

Notlando (TX)
Via Luna (Kansas City, MO)
Jr. Clooney
Early Worm
The Backwoods Barbies

@ Dugan House
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Emo is maybe a bad word to some, but this show is an example of what makes the genre so good. An over-abundance of melody with special care taken to varied structure and a strong sense of complex rhythm makes for songs that don't whimper out. Finger-tapping be damned, Jr. Clooney especially grabs hold of the style and chokes out polished rock with some truly bizarre parts littered throughout.


Mystic Inane (New Orleans, LA)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
Trauma Harness
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Mystic Inane is a Lumpy Recs classic and rarely comes to St. Louis, but here they are to sling sludgy hardcore. There's a solid injection of no-wave riffs in the band's strict punk beats, making for songs that are actually infectious. As in, this stuff is catchy enough to grab hold of your brain waves and never let go while still being an odd perversion of an otherwise old and beaten style. Burners is on that weekly rotation, so go catch 'em now before they stop playing out so much. 

Bruxism #11 feat.:
Another Pink World
David Burnett

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Once again, Nathan Cook is back with his bi-monthly classic. Arrive on time and with the suggested $5 door price to receive a free goody, courtesy of his Close/Far Recordings label. Okendo is the solo effort of one J.J. Hamon, known for his work in Demon Lover, Magic City and many others. People might recognize Dave Burnett as the bearded man behind the synth in noise-cult Beauty Pageant.