12/16/10

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.