This Week In St. Louis 11/30/15 - 12/6/15


Platinum Boys (Milwaukee, WI)
Little Big Bangs
Heel Turn
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

Platinum Boys have distilled rock and roll down to its purest, most raucous form. No frills or shoegaze vibes to be had -- just hooks that cut deep and keep digging. Little Big Bangs is fresh off the release of its new LP Star Power, so if you missed that killer Brainstems/Black Panties/LBB triple release show a few weeks back, grab the new wax here before it disappears. 


Black Monuments (MI)
Modern Convenience (TN)
Cave Lizard
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Blackened synth-punk is burnt to a crisp with Grand Rapids' Black Monuments. Low, warbling tones permeate glooming songs that are propelled with a sharp, punchy rhythm section. Catch a preview of the band's latest record over at bandcamp and check out the debut EP from 2014 while you're over there. 

Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #3 feat.:
Beauty Pageant
Mussy Cluves
Johnnie In Jeans
Full Clips Emptied
David Bell + Joe Hess
@ The Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

While experimental music series in St. louis are nothing new (Bruxism, NOiSE, Undercurrent), Way Out Weirdo Wednesday is a call back to shows from more than a decade ago when the Way Out Club would host noise acts and bands from the Skingraft catalog on the regular. This night features Full Clips Emptied, the sample-based mashup act from Columbia-native Jake Murta, known for his work in Please Men, Plea Semen in the early and mid-2000s. 


New Music Circle presents:
Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman
@ the Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman have been performing together for the better part of 15 years, combining whirling tones of bowed strings and keys to build pensive pieces that play on tension and cacophonous release. Both are accomplished improvisers in the New York scene, working with the likes of John Zorn, Ikue Mori and other jazz and no-wave legends alike. If you can't make the show on Friday, consider going to Jackson Pianos on Olive the night before at 6:30 for a free performance and artist Q&A. 

The Chads (AR)
Nectar (IL)
Swear Beam
Baby Baby Dance with Me
@ the Livery / 3227 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / 21+

Watch your head. Gear will be stacked floor to ceiling as five bands cram into the tiny space underneath the Livery's barroom. This is a shoegazey-punk mixer spiked with surf rock via Arkansas' The Chads. Come for the cheap beer, stay for the fake vampire-teeth. 

Drummers Only feat.:
Louis Wall (of Wall//Marble Duo)
Scott Alexander (of Dave Stone Free Jazz Unit)
Shelly Koesterer (of Skin Tags)
+many more
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

16 drummers will set up around the inner perimeter of the Luminary, performing rapid-fire sets from 8 to 11:30. Each performer is playing in a self-contained set-up with little restrictions (sets have to include percussion of some sort and be performed solo). Think of it as a live installation that lasts for one night only, including drummers of various styles and backgrounds. All proceeds go to the International Institute, who is doing great work assisting Syrian refugees in St. Louis. 


Ultraviolents (album release)
Blight Future
3 of 5
Powerline Sneakers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / all ages

The Ultraviolents lives in that space that feels too busy for so-called "punk rock" but not complex enough to be prog. But the power trio still brings in elements of both, crafting dense songs that jerk and twist around dissonant riffs, landing on solid melody before boosting off into some noisy breakdown. The band rarely plays, mostly due to its members other, busier bands: Van Buren, Mariner, DinoFight! and the recently reformed Red Squad among others. This release is the band's first in roughly 7 years. 


Wrong Division Playlist 11/27/2015

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.

Hands and Feet “Hello Hello” from Hello, Hello....
Radradriot “c.a.r.e.” from Split with Headcold
The Tennis Lesson “Skirts” from Quality Minutes
Phantom Head “Wrath of the Fetish” from Let the Miracles Begin
Mystic Inane “Grease Inna Hair” from Ode to Joy
Modern Convenience “Gaga” from Fuck With Fire
Black Monuments “Repeated Rejection” from Black Monuments EP
High Castle “Swamp Thing” from Spirit Of The West
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
The Brainstems “Keep It Together” from No Place Else
Brainiac “I Am A Cracked Machine” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Xaddax “Lives On Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Colossamite “The Hot House” from Economy of Motion
Big Black “The Model” from The Model
Double Dagger “Luxury Condos for the Poor” from Sophisticated Urban Living
Fischessen “Kittner” from K√∂der
Deerhoof “Desaparecere” from 99% Upset Feeling
Eula “I Collapse” from Wool Sucking
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from YT//ST
This is My Condition and Dan Kozak “This Mission Pt. 1” from This Mission
Eunuch “Endless Drone Strike” from Castration
The Adversary Workers “Young Goodman Brown” from Glenndonia EP
Dazzling Killmen “Medicine Me” from Dazzling Killmen 7"
Telomere Repair “Evolution is a Fact” from Telomere Repair
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
Imelda Marcos “Strawberry Stirrups” from Isa
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas
Upsilon Acrux “Oaxaca” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Collections of Colonies of Bees “fun” from Customer
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play


This Week in St. Louis 11/23/15 - 11/29/15


Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Faultfinder (Kansas City, MO)
Jailbus (Iowa City, IA)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Phantom Head fires off sludgy noise rock with nasty chords and sinewy, feedback-laden riffs. Like its genre namesake, there are horribly catchy hooks here, you just have to wade through the muck. And the muck is fucking delicious. Faultfinder has been hitting St. Louis for years with its brooding anti-punk. Every song is a slow burn that leaves permanent brain damage. 


Quief Quota (reunion show)
Eric Hall
Zak M.
Sugar Rags
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

While the band started as an indie-rock offshoot of Skarekrau Radio, Quief Quota carved an identity for its candy coated songs with a gooey, sex-crazed center. Newcomer Sugar Rags opens the show along with a special organ set by Zak M and whatever the hell Eric Hall ends up churning out. A five-buck bargain on Thanksgiving-eve at the Firebird. 

Kevin Harris
Smallpox Champion
DJs Ghost Ice + Radiator Greys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

There is some joke about "boys bringing the noise," but I'm too lazy to write it. Kevin Harris is a proven (modular synth) stud who often brings intense, reactionary visuals to go with his mind-melting electronics. Trancers brings a cyclical, meditative sound that builds in loops before merging into solid, unyielding melodies. Nicholas Goldschmidt, known for his guitar in Posture, Burners and his newest project Drag, has a harsh, synth-based alter-ego in Smallpox Champion. 


Radradriot (Little Rock, AR)
Headcold (Conway, AR)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This guitar/drum duo isn't so much concerned with the inner-workings of an infectious pop song, but it seems to pull off solid hooks with little effort. This is a pizza party of rock 'n roll with chill vibes -- whatever that means. The video above shows the band playing in a laundromat while people creep around in the background, just trying to go about their night. 

There are a few solid, all-local shows on this night with Hell Night releasing its new EP at the Firebird and the sorely underrated Tennis Lesson performing for free at the Tap Room.


Bruxism No. 12 feat.
Mike Pitts
desoeuvre bruit
Complainer (noise set)
DJ Grey Shell

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
This show celebrates two full years of Bruxism at Foam. What started as a collaboration between Apop and Nathan Cook's Close/Far label, Bruxism is loosely defined as the "involuntary gnashing of one's teeth" and that's about what you get from these shows, musically. The five buck door price nets you a brand new cassette tape from Close/Far, the contents of which have not been revealed. This show is also the final Bruxism event at Foam, as the bi-monthly series moves to Schlafly Tap Room for 2016. 


Johnny Young (Chicago, IL)
Jaded Evil Lambs
American Merlin
Hess/Cunningham Duo
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This is another noise show on a full week of similar offerings, but this night might provide the biggest range of sound from harsh to calm and melodic. Chicago-native Johnny Young wrecks havoc on the six-string, offering a soothing drone under riffs that spin, bend and contort, keeping in constant motion. Jaded Evil Lambs is the moniker of one David Bell, known for the best noise-based podcast to come out of the greater St. Louis region, Paradoxal Pterodactyl. 


Wrong Division Playlist 11/20/2015

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 Brainstems “Stallioning” from No Place Else
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Black Panties “Future” from Future
Laika “King of the Three Foot Isle” from Songs for the Dead Vol. 4
Anodes “Losing” from Split 12" w/ Laika
Loosejaw “On On-Call” from live demo
Phantom Head “Ace of Wands” from South of Heaven
Faultfinder “Double Dare” from 2013 Demo
Jailbus “Deep Fry” from *Honk* *Honk* tour tape
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Die Monitr Batss “White Shock” from Girls of War
Trauma Harness “Paranoid Missiles” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Solid Attitude “No Sax” from Lumpy Records Halloween Cassingle
Muscle Brain “Will” from Purgatore
Sweep the Leg Johnny “The Fine Wrinkles; We Have All of Them” from Sto Cazzo!
Blame Game “Rope's Whim” from Honey and Salt
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Caddywhompus “The Weight” from The Weight
Chamomile “Astro Smasher” from Chamomile
Quietly “A Very Bad Man” from Unfortunate Sound
Dazzling Killmen “Staring Contest” from Face of Collapse
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
Lightning Bolt “13 Monsters” from Ride the Skies
Nicoffeine “Ando Guerillo” from AU REVOIR GOLDEN AIR
Made in Mexico “Clockwork” from Zodiac Zoo
Running “OoOo OoOo OoOoOoO” from Vaguely Ethnic
Devo “Mongoloid” from Are We Not Men?


This Week in St. Louis 11/16/15 - 11/22/15


Beta Boys (Kansas City, MO)
Lysol (Seattle, WA)
Soda Boys
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

If you're afraid of ruining that cool black tee but still want to look punk as fuck, this band will eat those sleeves clean off. The barely-Tumblr-famous Beta Boys brings stripped down punk rock with a snotty vibe. Hate everything and everyone -- even yourself? Great, now do it in the good company of others. This is allegedly Burners' last show, a case of sudden infant death syndrome for the young punk band. 


Anybody But the Cops (MI)
Guppy (MI)
Trauma Harness
Double God

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Anybody But the Cops has been under strict lock-and-key in the DIY scene of Kalamazoo (birth-place of the ever prolific but now New York-based label Already Dead). ABtC comes drunk on Fugazi riffs with heady beats and a schizophrenic mish-mash of subgenres. Trauma Harness is a beloved trio of post-punk hometown heroes and Double God invites audience participation by asking people to punch them in the face (for real). 


The Brainstems (album release)
Little Big Bangs (album release)
Black Panties (ep release)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Two 12" records are being released on the same night by two of south city's busiest and most beloved. Little Big Bangs and Brainstems both share common ground in their odd psych-tinged punk. While the Brainstems employs more ass-shaking and locked grooves, Little Big Bangs tears through melodic indie-rock with a sordid style that feels like each member is playing with something to prove. Bring extra cash for all that wax. 


Anodes (split release)
Laika (split release)
Path of Might
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

This split has been a long time coming and it finally sees release at this show. Anodes suffocates with its relentless riffing, only letting up to make space for ear-shattering screaming. Laika is similar but darker, bringing a post-post-hardcore all blackened and burnt. 

Stephen Houldsworth Photo Exhibit: 12 Drummers
@ Box / 3350 Ohio Ave.
6:30 p.m. / free 
Stephen Houldsworth and his husband Graham Matthews have been stalwarts of the local music scene for several years. Through their Youtube video channel (which documents a huge range of musical acts throughout the city) and Stephen's photo stream on Facebook, the couple keeps tabs on lesser-known bands and hyped acts alike. On this night, Stephen shares a special selection of photos featuring local drummers performing shirtless. The exhibit will be accompanied by live performances from CCDS - Death Squad, Sean Ballard and Drew Gowran.