Featured Shows for December

Sunday, December 19th

FOR WANT OF(Austin, TX) & LORD GREEN(Chicago, IL)
WITH: Orion Pax, Sine Nomine, Mil Effect
When: December 19th
Where: Cranky Yellow
-----> 2847 Cherokee Street
-----> Saint Louis, MO 63118
8 PM || ALL AGES || $5.00
Question: "Why Should I Go?"
Answer: FOR WANT OF is the type of band people need to think about when they say "screamo." Finger tapping riffs breathe melodic guitar harmonies into intense pieces. The vocals aren't quite screaming, instead throat shredding yells belt out from the members. A full, all-encompassing sound rips through, beckoning attention like its life depends on it.

A thick, lumbering metal band, LORD GREEN incites punk rock tendencies into what can only be described as stoner-metal meets thrash. When LORD GREEN drags their feet, they dig up the ground around them. Their set list consists of songs like "Higher Than God" and "Dropping Out", apt descriptors of their sound and motive.

Orion Pax joins the line up with relentless guitar chords that induce a frantic, helpless feeling. A freight-train of panic best describes their brand of St. Louis screamo. Sine Nomine has had its feet firmly planted as the premier metal-core group of the River City for years. Derek Yaeger's vocals are throaty as they are jarring, the perfect lyricist for the damn-near flawless execution of Sine Nomine's intense experi-metal. Mil Effect joins the line up, rounding out the cast with its diverse mish-mash of post-hardcore and skronky math rock leanings. Intricate rhythms played on guitar wrap around the rock solid drumming and Tony Saputo coats those complexities with dreamy crooning.

Monday, December 20th

WEAKNESS (Cincinnati, Ohio) and ALAS, ALAS (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
WITH: Tone Rodent, New Addresses, Red Body
When: December 20th
Where: Cranky Yellow
-----> 2847 Cherokee Street
-----> Saint Louis, MO 63118
8 PM || ALL AGES || $5.00
Question: "Why Should I Go?"
Answer: WEAKNESS from Cincinnati bursts forth with a garage rock aesthetic, minus the cheesy lyrics and bad guitar solos. A punk rock band at heart, the guitars aren't scared of diving into melodies. With dissonant and bizarre riffage, Weakness breaks the quasi-punk mold while delivering well crafted songs that even indie-rock lovers couldn't refuse. Diverse and energetic, what more do you want? ALAS, ALAS comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where it's much colder than St. Louis. They're here to sing all acoustic folk songs to you, and warm your heart.

Tone Rodent is one of those rare bands that rip from the Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine parties without coming off as diluted or boring. When groups draw from such idolized artists, they tend to miss the point. Tone Rodent pinpoints what you need to hear, when you need it. Noisy guitars augment the solid song base. Tone Rodent contains 3 members of beloved St. Louis group "Glass Teeth". St. Louis power-pop group New Addresses joins them and Red Body rounds out the cast, featuing members of south city group "Pink Sock".

Wednesday, December 22nd

THE CONFORMISTS (St. Louis, Missouri) , SKAREKRAU RADIO (St. Louis, Missouri) , THE LONELY PROCESSION (St. Louis, Missouri)
When: December 22nd
Where: Danno's American Pub
-----> 7895 Watson Rd.
-----> Saint Louis, 63119
9 PM || 21+ || FREE
Question: "Why Should I Go?"
Answer: This line up includes three SOLID St. Louis institutions. The Conformists have been milking their minds and serving up cold glasses of brainy rock music for almost fifteen years. "None Hundred", the four piece's latest studio effort was released by Sick Room Records and recorded by THE Steve Albini (of Shellac and Big Black fame). The Conformists have shared stages with Melt Banana, U.S. Maple and Cheer Accident amongst other experimental mainstays. They seldom play in their native River City, and this is a choice opportunity to experience their fresh blend of avant garde meets brooding rock.

Skarekrau Radio is Kuu. If you're confused, come see what can only be described as a "Warning Orb." Seven (sometimes more) unabashed humans shed their Earthly shells and mutate into a no-wave sect of famliars and weirdos. Twangy guitars drenched in feedback race to keep up with two drummers over-loading the stage with their clangy dance beats. This is a dream scene out of your favorite psychedelic murder-mystery.

The Lonely Procession hums and drags as it always has. Chris Meuther forces anguish through his cello while murky electronics suffocate the sound and coat your palate with moody tones. Special guests are expected to appear to perform with St. Louis' lone masters of drone.

Black Friday Update

Hey there,

Mabel and I have updated the concert listing. You should be able to find that on the side column, to the right of this very block of text. There are a lot of great shows to check out, namely the 2 KEYS REUNION SHOW as well as the Bert Dax X-Mas series (which features Glass Teeth and a whole array of STL-super-stars). I have to mention that all shows in that right hand column come highly recommended, but I will be doing detailed write-ups for quite a few events in the coming weeks. Check back for that.

I know there are quite a few critics of the Riverfront Times out there, but I happened upon THIS wonderful article that details the 2 Keys Reunion Show. Written by Josh Levi, The article sheds light on the St. Louis DIY scene in the 00's and Rob Ruzicka passes on words of encouragement for those of us involved in the scene today. I feel the need to mention THIS article, a brief but concise review of The Conformists' new album None Hundred. Penned by Christian Schaeffer, the piece sums up exactly how I feel about the album in two brief paragraphs. Instead of writing a review myself, I thought I'd share this with you. The Conformists are one of my favorite St. Louis-based groups.

I recently added a Venues page to this site. I encourage you to visit it. I made sure to feature the addresses and website information for each venue (including house and basement spots). If anyone spots an error or doesn't want their space listed, shoot me an email at wrongdivision@kdhx.org I hope this becomes a resource for groups to find venues/spaces or individuals to find addresses to concerts in times of need.

Lastly, the Links tab up top features local websites and blogs (some much like this one, some very odd). When I was spelunking the world wide web for St. Louis-related sites, I was shocked (and excited) to learn about some of the efforts of artists and musicians in the River City. I hope you enjoy going through the list as much as I did making it.

If you have any ideas for additions or changes to the site, feel free to contact us at wrongdivision@kdhx.org

Featured Shows (November 2010)

Featured Shows This Week:

Wednesday, November 17th @ Cranky Yellow

VACATION DAD(Beverly Hills, Wisconsin)

WITH: Kid Counselor(St. Louis) and Britches(St. Louis)
When: November 17th
Where: Cranky Yellow
-----> 2847 Cherokee Street
-----> Saint Louis, MO 63118
8 PM || ALL AGES || $5.00
Question: "Why Should I Go?"
Answer: Vacation Dad is charming electronic music with driving beats and intricacies spread throughout. Returning to St. Louis after performing with his friend Birthdays in the past year, Vacation Dad is looking to give the river city another chance to juke and jive. No turkeys at this show; we're looking for bloody red meat (unless you're a vegan).

Britches is esoteric and murky. Waves of noise wash over indie-rock meanderings in a way that begets a distinct sound. Britches is one of St. Louis' best kept secrets(but not for long).

Thursday, November 18th @ The Floating Laboratories

GOD WILLING(Nashville, TN), UNICORN HARD-ON(Nashville, TN), HUMAN BEASTS(Providence, RI)

WITH: Dust Bunny (Reunion Show) and DJ Ghost Ice
When: November 18th
Where: The Floating Laboratories
-----> 4528 Ohio
-----> Saint Louis, MO 63111
Question: "Why Should I Go?"
Answer: Punk rock started as a reaction. In 2010, noise is the final frontier. The noise movement is one of the most startling (and fascinating) trends in the past thirty years. This concert not only features the reunion of St. Louis veterans DUST BUNNY, but showcases International Noise Conference 2010 alumni. If you are looking for otherworldly sounds not present in today's rock music, this could be your inauguration into the "noise scene".

Saturday, November 20th @ Cranky Yellow

KUAN!!!!!!(Dayton, Ohio)

WITH: Mil-Effect (members of Yowie, There's a Killer Among Us, Phut, Lye By Mistake) and CACKLING HEN
When: November 20th
Where: Cranky Yellow
-----> 2847 Cherokee Street
-----> Saint Louis, MO 63118
8 PM || ALL AGES || $5.00
Question: "Why Should I Go?"
Answer: Kuan climbs over that post rock mountain, riddled with groups like Pelican, Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. These natives of Dayton, Ohio succeed in building compositions that not only reach a satisfying peak, but ascend the trappings of melodic instrumental rock music. Great playing and great energy are usually signs of young and optimistic bands, but Kuan are clearly veterans of their craft. Kuan achieves a distinct sound in a genre rife with impersonators.

Mil-Effect weaves in and out of post hardcore without ever seeming contrived. Clean guitar riffs race next to oddly timed break-beats in a way that grooves, while keeping a steady pulse. Mil-Effect is distinctly "St. Louis" following in the proverbial footsteps of Yowie, The Dazzling Killmen, The Conformists and others. Cackling Hen shapes forceful walls of sound around steady rhythms. Inspired by Japanese experimental groups such as Boredoms, Boris and more, 'Hen rips with a poignant sound and bends genres in the meantime.