This Week in St. Louis 7/26/15 - 8/2/15


Dogbreth (AZ)
Diners (AZ)
Samo Don (Chicago, IL)
Dem Scientist
Carte de Visite
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $7 / all ages

"Pop punk" maybe doesn't fit Dogbreath to a T, but the riffs are definitely pop and the general feel is punk enough. Diners is one side of the same coin, owing to tight songs that swing through classy golden-age rock with a dash of doo-wop. Dem Scientist is the splattered brain matter of GIBBOUS, the nebulous Lumpy Recs producer and mastermind of this year's 7" single that includes the perfect "No Elevators."


Chain and the Gang (DC)
Hoonbag Moonswag
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $10 / all ages

According to Facebook, more people than double Foam's maximum occupancy will be in attendance. Arrive on time for D.C. legends drunk off humid punk sass via some lounge lizards playing no-wave. All that and more for ten bones.

Sissy Spacek (LA)
Brain Transplant
@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
8 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

Sissy Spacek brings brain scratching power-violence amid the harshest spattering of noise. The pieces grind together in unison, bringing forth a tightly wound chaos that reigns over gridlocked drums. John Wiese makes up one-half of the band's core, bringing the sum of his darkest work into severe focus. The result feels oppressive -- a tunnel-vision-like view of fierce string music. 


Muerte (Mexico)
Lotus Fucker (Baltimore, MD)
Life Like
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Heavy downbeats and thrashy all-around, Muerte brings hardcore via Mexico with little subtlety. Ear-busting and darkly intense, the band tears through its songs in rough two minute patches. Totally unyielding in every way, leaving little to the imagination. 


The Brainstems 
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / 21+

Two bands say goodbye in some way or another. The Brainstems see their original drummer and founding member, Kenny Hofmeister, off to continue his scholarly endeavors in California. Armadillo gives up the ghost and St. Louis sees another great band fall by the wayside. A shame, but bands don't last forever. 

Bruxism #10 feat.:
Greg Farough
DJ Tabs In
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9:30 p.m. / all ages

Yet another solid entry into Nathan Cook's bimonthly concert series, bringing thoughtful avant-garde and electro-acoustic music into tightly curated nights of short sets and quality freebies (like limited edition tapes and zines, which are typically free with entry).


Acid Kat Fest 3 feat.:
Thumbsuckers (Chicago, IL)
Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Manatees (TN)
Wymyns Prysn (Atlanta, GA)
Dark Thoughts (Philadelphia, PA)
+many more
@ 2720 Cherokee
4 p.m. / $15-$25 / all ages

Click the link above for the official event page, which stays up to date with the festival's latest additions and schedule. From punk to noise to odd acts that aren't worth trying to classify (or even explain), Acid Kat Fest brings a loose-fitting fest to south city for the third year in a row. The door price is high, but when broken down the cost is still less than one dollar a band. Not a bad deal, especially for St. Louis' biggest outsider punk convention. 


Chud (Bloomington, IN)
Laffing Gas (Bloomington, IN)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

The post-Acid Kat punk-hangover extravaganza. Or a tightly wound show that wouldn't feel out of place at somewhere like Bonerville. Instead, this takes place at Foam but that won't make the event any less intense. Unless someone gets pushed through that big window in front. Chud and Laffing Gas are tops for the punk set and Posture will be fresh off the release of its new tape, Never Knows Best, which releases earlier in the week. 


Wrong Division Playlist 7/24/2015

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.

USCO “Beuhkse” from Treffpunkt
Hella “Biblical Violence” from Hold Your Horse Is
Black Pus “The Wicked West” from Primordial Pus
Man or Astro-man? “Song of the Two-Mile Linear Particle Accelerator Stanford University, Stanford California” from A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
New England Patriots “Like a Rope” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Athletic Automaton “DEATH ON AN ESCALATOR” from Athletic Automaton / Made In Mexico Split
Noxagt “Soft Sugar” from Noxagt
Burmese “Preyer” from Men
Old Man Lady Luck “b” from Old Man Lady Luck
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas
Staer “Daughters” from Daughters
Dysrhythmia “Running Shoe of Justice” from Pretest
Fischessen “Shark Vs Zoo” from Köder
Warhammer 48K “Failed Suicide Attempt #1” from Uber Om
Blind Idiot God “Tired Blood” from Blind Idiot God
Dazzling Killmen “Bone Fragments” from Face of Collapse
The Stnnng “Grand Island” from FAKE FAKE
The Wayward “Live In a Vacuum” from Overexposure
Made in Mexico “Farewell Myth” from Zodiac Zoo


This Week in St. Louis 7/20/15 - 7/26/15


Radioactivity (TX)
Pigeons (NY)
Crystalline Roses (MA)
Soda Boys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Total punk rock comes hardwired with strong melody that runs along a linear plane. Noir-esque solos leak through with little subtlety, but guitar shredding doesn't quite take center stage like it might for other bands of its ilk. Top notch in gridlocked rock from Texas. 


Leech (Oklahoma City, OK)
Reach (TX)
Life Like
The Warden
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $6 / all ages

Leech's meaty hardcore cuts time in half only to break back out with frantic pace. The guitar noise here is mostly a vehicle for vocals that tick like a time bomb, coming exclusively from the gut. You might see Life Like and the Warden on this list every week -- both are among St. Louis' most active and engaging punk bands around.


The Deadly Vipers (Detroit, MI)
Big Blonde
The Crisis
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. | $5 | all ages

The Deadly Vipers are a team of gals from MOTOR CITY, U. S. OF A who bring a messy rock platter with tinges of surf and gloomy post-punk. While songs mostly run along a straight line, there are a few instances where the band trails off into its own odd odyssey. If the Deadly Vipers can be called an "all-girl band," then Big Blonde must be a surf rock "boy band." Dreamboats for everyone. 

Acid Kat Fest 3 Fundraiser feat.:
Animal Teeth
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Acid Kat Fest is roughly a week away, and this show is the last of many fundraising efforts to help pay for the wealth of touring acts. Attending this event helps keep the ticket cost down for everyone while supporting a night of trash-pop, punk and noisy beats. Best of all, the show is free. People are going to cry themselves to sleep if Tap Room ever starts charging for shows. 


Color TV (Minneapolis, MN)
The Humanoids
Popular Mechanics
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand. Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Color TV runs through songs faster that your cereal box cut-out garage rockers, forcing more static and howl into 2 minute chunks than most bands manage in an entire record. Required listening to fans of anything ever referred to as "jangly." A live definition of the word that's equal amounts pop and skronk. 


Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk (WI)
Beauty Pageant
Tubby Tom
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

One might remember Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk from its repeat shows at the Lemp Arts Center roughly ten years ago. What was once a noisy, psych-pop outfit has morphed into an abstract amalgam of keys, layered voice and static beats. Beauty Pageant wraps up the bill with inanity and sonic squalor -- the kind of act no one wants to try and follow. 


Wrong Division Playlist 7/17/2015

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.

Chevreuil “Cannibal Lover” from Capoeira
Passe Montagne “El Cartucho” from Long Play
Doom Ribbons “Prayer for Collapsing Economies” from The Violence the Violence
Collections of Colonies of Bees “fun” from Customer
Cheval de Frise “Connexion Monstrueuse Entre un Objet Et Son Image” from Cheval de Frise
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 5: 4th Movement” from Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding Hypersphere)
Brise-Glace “2” from when in Vanitas...
Blind Thorns “Blindfolded Sleeplessness” from Blind Thorns
Gorge Trio “Roof Halves and Dewdrop Gems” from Open Mouth, O Wisp
Cheer-Accident “insomnia” from Salad Days
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Latino Heaven” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
Zevious “Avant Clave” from Zevious
Britches “Out of The Cave, Up To The Stronghold” from Demonstration
Smother Party “Memo 109” from Casa Limon
Staer “daughters 2” from Daughters
Upsilon Acrux “A Quart Of Zolex” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Ahleuchatistas “Kind of Thing” from Ahleuchatistas/XHOHX Split
Dazzling Killmen “Bone Fragments” from Face of Collapse
Many Arms “Surface of Last Scattering” from Suspended Definition


This Week in St. Louis 7/13/15 - 7/19/15


Sudor (Spain)
Negative Degree (Denver, CO)
The Warden (record release)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. | $10 | all ages

Sudor (from fucking Spain) blows through minute long punk bursts with an effective take on the whole "soloing" thing. Guitars only noodle around for a quick bar or two before firing back to heavy hooks. These are the kind of riffs anyone could pick up and play themselves, but that's sort of the point here. Some say the Warden is Sweet Tooth 2.0, but that's just lazy. The band definitely has its own rip and brings a more tightly wound take to the table. If this thread on reddit is any indication, Bonerville is just a house of trust fund babies who blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Come be a snob, or not.

Xerome (Providence, RI)
Lucy Lewis (Providence, RI)
@ Upstairs Lounge / 3131 S. Grand. Blvd.
9:30 p.m. | $5

Xerome is Jerome or Lazy Magnet. Names don't mean a thing to Jeremy Harris, who takes minimal beats and stretches sundry melodies over the course of several minutes. This is most definitely a slow burn, but it's one that runs deep and heady. Demonlover is set up to play an all-electronic set on this night, with guest drummer Mike Herr stylin' on an electric drumset. 


Мятеж (Nashville, TN)
People's Temple Project (NY)
Blight Future
Jr. Clooney
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
7 p.m. | $5 | all ages

Well that name is un-Google-able. The Nashville-natives bring a guttural post-hardcore with chords racing under curdling screams. Maybe this loosely fits within the screamo-canon, but for what it's worth there's a certain rough edge here that gives each song distinction. Anodes is back after a break, bringing beats that swing between heavy blasts and jazz fervor. The bass, as it tends to do, glues the whole thing with punchy, low tones, owing to clever weaving between two grinding guitars. 


Gel Set (Chicago, IL)
Matchess (Chicago, IL)
Wax Fruit
DJ Tiffany Minx
@ Mekong / 3131 S. Grand. Blvd.
9 p.m. | $5-$7

Mekong is hosting shows again. This is only dark wave synth night in an Asian restaurant on Grand all night. This is worth going to if only to see the walls shake with layers of murky keys over stretchy, elastic beats. Apop's Miffany Tinx on the ones and twos. 

Tu Fest benefit feat.:
Hoonbag Moonswag
Louis Wall
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. | free | all ages

Come support south city's best experimental-meets-punk music festival in direct opposition to Lou Fest. Really, Tu Fest is the sequel to Pu Fest, which provided what we think is a greater choice in the face of a corporately shilled weekend of most non-local music. Options aplenty, but this night brings odd pop, free-jazz drumming and layered ambient work. 

We, the left and right brains behind Wrong Division, have our own shows. First is an early show at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, located next door to the Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center. The event is a double release party for Hess/Cunningham Duo and Sun Bros and starts at 7 PM sharp. No punk time, as the gallery closes at 9 PM. Later on, catch Skin Tags and Shitstorm over at the Skatium.


Nervosas (Columbus, OH)
Royal Holland (Cincinnati, OH)
Bunnygrunt (Album Release/Tour Kick-Off)
@ Off Broadway
8 p.m. | $8 | all ages

Nervosas is longtime favorite of south city people who are, well, already neck deep in the punk scene. There's good reason for that, since the band cuts paths between post-punk, heavy rock and hardcore. Somehow Nervosa invokes enough dark vibes with the same core elements as most bands of its ilk, and St. Louis' own Veil is best counterband in town to open the show. (edit: Nervosas and Veil have both been moved from Bonerville over to Off Broadway.)