NYE Weekend Update: Recommended Shows 12/30-12/31


Magic City
Ransom Note (CD release)
Bug Chaser
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / $7-10 / all ages / FB


The Union Electric
w/This City of Takers
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Ave.
10 p.m. / free / 21+

w/Not Waving But Drowning
The Disappeared
@ Cicero's / 6691 Delmar Blvd.
9 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

Black Tie/White Trash dance party feat.:
DJ Lil' Daddy Reba McEntire
DJ Dick Jones
DJ Mini Basketball
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

MU330 (original line-up)
w/Cross Examination
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
9 p.m. / $12-15 / all ages / FB

The Barely Free Partial Prisoners
w/Trauma Harness
Spelling Bee
The Hobosexuals
The Lesseract
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

Texas Instruments (Kansas City)
w/The Yuppies
The Fucking Party
Family Might
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

w/Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
@ Mangia Italiano / 3145 S. Grand Blvd.
8 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

The Blind Eyes
w/Kentucky Knife Fight
Dino's House Band
DJ Christian Schaeffer
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

Kamp Triefenbach
w/Taka OL
Lorne Day
Mr. Ben
DJ Invisible Cola
@ Pig Slop / 2700 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

BARELY FREE: when noise meets hip-hop

A shrill wave of sounds swim over dirty beats, chopped and sorted. The Barely Free Partial Prisoners is a St. Louis institution of experimental music meeting hip-hop in a politically charged middle-ground. Jacob Cohen leaks with knowledge, often choosing to bypass the mic and spit rhymes into the air, delivering lyrics in a raw and unadulterated manner. Jason LaChance augments the tonally convex songs with backing vocals and a dearth of controlled noises.

To date, Barely Free has conceived four releases; All are available at the group's bandcamp website. The recordings are far reaching, as they strike a main vein for hip-hop fans while working the ears of an experienced audiophile. Theremin is commonplace with murky beats, thick bass and high end melodies that meander in and out of context.

Barely Free's live performance tunes your brain into a jagged, convoluted frequency where tones are bent at will and vocal samples segue from one thought into another. Jacob Cohen has returned to St. Louis after 6 months of traveling and will smear the walls of The Heavy Anchor with his brains this Saturday, December 31st.

Show details:
The Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63116

Barely Free Partial Prisoners
Spelling Bee
Trauma Harness
The Hobosexuals
The Lesseract

8 PM | $5 | 21+
Includes a champagne toast at midnight.
First 25 people get a free drink.

Recommended Shows the Week of 12/19-12/25


Doom Town's European Tour Kick Off Show feat.:
Black for a Second
DJ Li'l Danzig
@ Rue 13 / 1311 Washington Avenue
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+ / FB


Schlafly Beer 20th Anniversary Concert #1 feat.:
Half Gay
Magic City
Spelling Bee
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8 p.m. / free / all ages / FB


False (MN)
@ Bonerville
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Bhob Rainey
w/Epicycle & Jack Callahan
Andrew Hefner
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Eleven Magazine & friends present HOLLERLUJAH! feat.:
Old Lights
+ many more
@ Nebula Coworking / corner of Cherokee & Jefferson
8 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

BDR Records Double Release Holiday Invitational feat.:
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost
A tribute to the RETROS
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Avenue
9 p.m. / $8-11 / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

This week's adds:
12/19: Frames (FL), Truth Inside (FL), Can We Win, Big Mouth @ Bonerville
12/20: Doom Town, Humanoids, Black for a Second, DJ Li'l Danzig @ Rue 13
12/23: Escalade, Navigator + more @ Nebula Coworking
12/31: Googolplexia, Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship @ Mangia Italiano
1/3: Overpower (IN) @ Bonerville
1/7: Wild Child (MN) @ Bonerville
1/10: Drought Years (KC) @ El Lenador
1/13: Mayday (NY) @ Bonerville
1/12: Everything Went Black, The Lion's Daughter, The Humanoids + more @ Fubar
1/21: Slut River (IA), Trauma Harness, Maximum Effort @ Bonerville
1/27: Little Big Bangs, The Mhurs, Spelling Bee @ Schlafly Tap Room
1/31: This Will Destroy You (TX) @ The Firebird


I wrote a piece for the RIVERFRONT TIMES about TRAUMA HARNESS(Belleville, IL). Catch their tour kick-off show tonight Friday, December 16th at Illegal Tone Recordings in Belleville, IL.

Jenkins squeezes esoteric melodies out of his guitar neck, heading the reverb-drenched Trauma Harness with palatable punk hooks. Birkner beats the hell out of that drum set with a hyperactive fervor while bassist Andy Peterson stands at the core of every song with a wobbly thick sound. The vocals are rich with effects, causing the crooning of every word to blend with the psychedelic guitar tone. READ MORE

Recommended Shows the Week of 12/12-12/18


Inquisition (Colombia)
The Lion's Daughter
Oblong Box
Rites of Impiety
@ Fubar (lounge) / 3108 Locust Street
7:30 p.m. / $10 / ? / FB


The Miami Dolphins (Minneapolis, MN)
w/Playing Possum
Wheat Snaps
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

A Very Bert Dax Xmas Vol. 9 Release Show feat.:
Bug Chaser
Catholic Guilt
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5-8 / all ages / FB


CAM Third Thursday feat.:
DJ Lil’ Daddy Reba McEntire (Eric Hall)
@ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis / 3750 Washington Blvd
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB


Manipulation (Chicago, IL)
w/Divine Right (Chicago, IL)
Masculine Journey
Shaved Women
@ Bonerville/Black Lodge/Glass Pit
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Cup Collector
w/Charlie Turner
The Least Comma
Heavy Horse
@ Bowen House / 4107 Bowen Street
8 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

w/Ryley Walker
Kingston Family Singers
Sirrah Nivek
Duddley Fogg
@ Floating Laboratories / 4528 Ohio Street
9:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Trauma Harness
w/Dino Bravo
Spastic Plastic
Carte De Visite
Adam King
Soccer Moms
@ Illegal Tone Recordings / 8 South Church Street; Belleville, IL
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Segmentation Fault
w/Battle Cops
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
Acrobatic Bear
Andrew Paul Moody
Snow Frogs
@ The Sci Fi Lounge / 201 Crestwood Plaza
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


Ou Où
w/Kid Counselor/Sean Brown
Corpse Pose
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2700 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

w/Pat Sajak Assassins
Bruiser Queen
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB


Tone Rodent
w/Moon Duo (San Francisco, CA)
The FU'zz
@ Cicero's / 6691 Delmar Blvd.
7:30 p.m. / $10 / 17+ / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

Recommended Shows the Week of 12/5-12/11


Totally Gay Cop
w/Fetal Injury
@ The Dumpster / corner of Itaska and Alfred
9 p.m. / $3 / all ages / FB

The Mhurs (CD Release)
O Giant Man (Kansas City, MO)
The Noise FM (Lawrence, KS)
Scarlet Tanager
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Street
8:30 p.m. / $8 / all ages / FB

Depth and Current (Norman, OK)
w/Half Gay
Corpse Pose
@ Floating Laboratories / 4528 Ohio Street
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages


Cruddy (Austin, TX)
w/Autonomy (Carbondale, IL)
Shaved Women
Doom Town
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

w/The Otto Modest
Pelvic Girdles
The Lame Boyz
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

Dinner Music
w/Larva Lu
What We Won't See
@ Pig Slop / 2700 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB

Catch HUME (Washington DC) this Thursday at the Crack Fox

Hume is an aural enigma. Frontman Britton Powell has been using the Hume name while performing in India, unleashing basement recordings, arranging full band compositions and more. Powell's lust for creativity is apparent in his sonically rich recordings. Hume fuses experimental prog-rock with folk-powered vocal stylings and happy, reverb soaked melodies.

In the Summer of 2011, Hume toured the East Coast with a four-piece line up consisting of guitar, bass and two drummers. Powell himself stood behind the bass and infront of a microphone, keeping the rhythmically complex songs grounded while the guitar player used a compendium of guitar pedals to invoke otherworldly sounds. The dual drummers used an intricate style while keeping every rhythm and part easily distinguishable.

Hume will be performing this Thursday, December 1st at the Crack Fox in downtown St. Louis. If their Summer tour is any indication of what's to come, concert goers are in for a loud dispelling of all things folk and experimental. The Top Grossing Films of 1984 and Flashlights will be joining Hume on this evening, augmenting a solid line up of thoughtful songwriting.

The Top Grossing Films of 1984 is the pet project of Rusty Anderson, whose soft vocals over simplistic melodies invoke nostalgia and whimsy. Flashlights is a new group featuring members of Grape Knee High and Jason LaChance of Person X. Expect an indie explosion reminiscent of the ninties.

Hume performs "Inverse Fireworks"

Hume frontman Britton Powell performs in an ensemble on a raft in India

Concert Details:
Thursday, December 1st
1114 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO
Hume (Washington D.C.)
The Top Grossing Films of 1984
9 PM | FREE | 21+

donations will be collected for Hume throughout the night

Give Thanks to Apop

No plans for Turkey Day? Apop to the rescue!


Thanksgiving Movie Night
feat: The Big Feast (La Grande Bouffe)
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
7 p.m. / free - bring a dish! / FB

Camp out the next day - or don't because it's totally unnecessary - for the Apop/Binge & Purge Black Friday sale.

Volcanoes and their ERUPTION

Volcanoes is a two piece from St. Charles, MO, which sports heavy, precise drumbeats that wade through a pool of distorted bass guitar and synthesizer.

Influenced by the likes of Death from Above 1979 and So Many Dynamos, Volcanoes mixes their brand of indie-pop with distorted noise rock for a unique, but powerful sound. Despite being less than one year old, Volcanoes has played packed venues, self-recorded two albums and signed to well-known and respected indie rock label Afternoon Records.

We spoke with Jon Ryan about the band's sound and their experience with getting signed at such a young age.

Your sound is self-described as HUGE, but what was the original idea behind forming Volcanoes?

Jon Ryan
Volcanoes was originally a side project from another band that Eric and I were in, but it quickly became the center of our focus once the other band dissipated.
The original idea was to make music that was as huge as possible, for lack of better words.

From that idea you went on to record "Faults", which is available for free on your bandcamp page. What was the idea behind that recording?

Jon Ryan
Those recordings were our first attempts at forming a sound we then described as "dub core", a mixture of dubstep and rock. We quickly found that we wanted to go in a different direction, so it also contains some of the newer ideas that are more fully realized in the new album.

I understand that you recorded Faults entirely on your own. The same approach was taken with Heavy Hands. What was different this time around?

Jon Ryan
We upgraded from a dorm room to a more controlled environment in Eric's basement. We also had much better equipment, recording programs, and knowledge of recording in general. Throughout the whole process we were more intentional in our approach of achieving a more focused sound.

That's great. When you finished the recording, how did you decide to release it?

Jon Ryan
We basically followed the same approach as we did with the EP, but with the goal of a more professional product. We went through an online duplication company instead of hand making the packaging, and spent a long time finding a good place to hold a release show. We did a midnight online release a couple weeks before the show and made sure to hype it up as much as we could.
This time we created a list of blogs and online contacts to distribute the album to, which we did not do with the EP.

There is news for Volcanoes. Big news. Here's your soapbox. Spit it!

Jon Ryan
We just signed a contract with an awesome label based in Minneapolis called Afternoon Records! The people there are really focused on treating musicians as people and not just opportunities to make money, and we're both super pumped to work with them.
In the coming months they'll be releasing a remastered version of our album, as well as licensing and distributing it in places it would be impossible for us to do ourselves.

How did you come in contact with Afternoon Records? This is a dream-like scenario for many bands. What transpired?

Jon Ryan
It started with me sending a free download code of our album to this blog called MFR (Minneapolis Fucking Rocks), which I've been a follower of for quite some time, in hopes of them possibly doing a post on it or listening to it at the very least. Ian Anderson, who runs the blog and is also a co-owner of Afternoon Records, responded asking if he could post a track from it, to which I very excitedly agreed. A couple days later he sent us another email describing how much he liked the album and basically offered to release it on his label right then.

That is exciting news. I understand you guys have never toured before. What plans does Volcanoes have for branching out in the near future?

Jon Ryan
We're planning on touring after next semester, hopefully for around two weeks. We've talked about the east coast as a possibility, but also might start out with a stretch in the midwest. Right now we're gathering opinions, knowledge, gear and money in preparation. We're both really looking forward to it actually.

That's great. For the uninitiated, who are Afternoon Records? What makes that label the perfect fit for Volcanoes?

Jon Ryan
Afternoon Records is a label built from the ground up by Ian Anderson, who is himself in a band and knows the value of using the resources of a record label to promote music he really believes in. As a fairly young band, Volcanoes can benefit in huge ways by being a part of a label that not only has the ability to get us where we want to go, but also legitimately likes our music a lot.

Wonderful, when can we expect the Afternoon Records rerelease of your album?

Jon Ryan
Not exactly sure on that. Whenever it's done being remastered and the guys at the label have gotten all of their legal jibber-jabber out of the way I guess.
Probably within the next month or two.

How does this contract affect future plans? In what ways will Volcanoes be collaborating with Afternoon Records?

Jon Ryan
Now that we're a signed band, the commitments that both of us have made to the band are a lot more real than before. I had never planned on being a professional musician, but now the prospect of being a legitimate member of the music industry after I graduate college is a very possible thing. Eric and I still both plan on pursuing careers in our majors, but the time and energy we devote to this band will still have to be enough for us to write, play, record, and tour for at least another year or two. We really have no idea where it will take us, but we're both planning on sticking with it for some time.

Volcanoes is a member of St. Louis based music/sound-art collective HI FI OCTOPI RECORDINGS

Recommended Shows the Week of 11/21-11/27


The Coathangers (Atlanta, GA)
w/Little Big Bangs
The Girls 2021
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Street
9 p.m. / $10-13 / all ages / FB

Deaf Heaven (San Francisco, CA)
w/Jack Buck
Everything Went Black
Iron Hills
@ FUBAR (lounge) / 3108 Locust Street
8 p.m. / $10 / ? / FB


Br'er (Asheville, NC/Philadelphia, PA)
w/The Night Grinder
Salotta D
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


PAULtheMASTER's Bday Bash/Roast feat.:
The comedy of Jeff Robtoy
King Kong Magnetics
@ Vivirito's / 7146 Manchester Road
7:30 p.m. / free / 18+ / FB


Catholic Guilt
w/The Funs (Chicago, IL)
Brice and the Cookers
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+


Flux Bikes (Chicago, IL)
+special guests
@ Momozone / near the corner of Illinois & Utah
8 p.m. / bring food & drink to share! / all ages / FB

Book Release Party for Bob Reuter's New Book "Light Fuse and Run" feat.:
Doom Town
Alley Ghost
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Avenue
3 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

Tribute to the Conformists | The Conformists 15 Year Anniversary Show

This Friday night, November 18th, will mark the 15 year anniversary of St. Louis' longest running experimental band The Conformists. In celebration, The Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St. in Saint Louis, MO) will be hosting a special performance featuring The Conformists, Airport Elementary School and Spelling Bee. This 15 Year Anniversary performance will mark The Conformists' final concert with singer Mike Benker in St. Louis. He had this to say in an interview with Josh Levi of The Riverfront Times.

"I am not a good singer but I made it work. I can perform and I will do it with gusto two more times. Be there or miss the boat forever.

The Conformists have always done whatever we wanted."

Throughout the interview, Mike Benker talks about the early years of the band, choice performances, experiences and lets loose advice for working musicians. As the front-man of The Conformists, a band signed to Sickroom Records in America and African Tape in Europe, he imparts vital knowledge to tough questions by interviewer Josh Levi. You can read the entire interview HERE.

The article refers to not only the performance on November 18th (at The Schlafly Tap Room), but a concert in Chicago on November 19th as well. The details for that event (which will also be singer Mike Benker's last stand with the band ever) are as follows:
Saturday, November 19th at Quenchers Saloon
2401 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Conformists
Spelling Bee (St. Louis)
The Columbines (Chicago)

For those unfamiliar with The Conformists, tune into KDHX.org tonight from 1 AM to 3 AM (Central Time). If you are in or around St. Louis city (or county), you can tune into 88.1 FM. Our radio show Wrong Division will be highlighting the Conformists, replaying a special in-studio performance from 2010, playing rare tracks, choice songs from their albums and spinning their debut 7" in its entirely.

If this article reaches you late, or you are unable to tune in, we strongly recommend checking out The Conformists' bandcamp page located HERE.

Here is a selection of videos from the band from Youtube:

Hand of Doom/Cleft Palate

Jesus was a Shitty Carpenter

Black People

Recommended Shows the Week of 11/14-11/20


Heavy Medical (Philadelphia, PA)
w/Beyond Say (Baltimore, MA)
Battle Cops
Spelling Bee
@ Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB

Thou (Baton Rouge, LA)
Black Tusk
Discord Armada
The Arcane Horror
@ FUBAR / 3108 Locust
8 p.m. / $12-15 / all ages


Super Sonic Piss (IA)
w/The Liz (MN)
Shaved Women
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+ / FB

Caravels (NV)
Better Days
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB


Life in Vacuum (Waterloo, ON)
w/2194 (Ann Arbor, MI)
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


The Conformists (final show w/Mike in Stl!)
w/Airport Elementary School (reunion!)
Spelling Bee
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust
8 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

Vacation (Cininatti, OH)
w/Tight Bros (OH)
French Fry Guys
The Haddonfields
Nrml Ppl
@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

Tower Groove Records presents:
Tone Rodent
Fred Friction
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust
9 p.m. / free / all ages


Ra Cailum
w/Corpse Pose
US English
Bloody Knives
@ Cicero's / 6691 Delmar
7:30 p.m. / $7 / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**


If you missed us discussing some interesting facts about 11-11-11 on the radio show during the wee hours of the morning (which you probably did. You were probably asleep and we don't blame you. We would be too!), check them out here. For kicks! And shits! And grins! You know! For the kids!

Also, check out the Eleven Magazine's 11/11/11 Street Bash on Cherokee if you feel so inclined for FREE shows from our buddies Volcanoes (@ Aisle 1 Gallery fron 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.) and Kid Counselor (@ Apop Records from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m.). See a full music schedule and extras on the Facebook invitation.

For even more FREE music tonight, don't forget Britches, What We Won't See and TOK @ the Schlafly Tap Room tonight at 9 p.m.

Recommended Shows the Week of 11/7-11/13


Forget the Times (Kalamazoo, MI)
w/Trauma Harness
Dusty Fingers
Carte de Visite
Spelling Bee
@ Illegal Tone Recordings
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


w/Pat Jordache
@ Off Broadway
7 p.m. / $12-14 / all ages


w/So Many Dynamos
@ Foam
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


w/What We Won't See
@ Schlafly Tap Room
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB


Food Not Bombs Benefit show feat.:
Little Big Bangs
Running (Chicago, IL)
The Band With No Name
Catholic Guilt
Zagk Gibbons
@ Bonerville (3301 Michigan Ave.)
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Eric Hall
@ Laumeier Sculpture Park's Nature Trail
(in Beverly Pepper's earthwork sculpture Cromlech Glen)
4 p.m. / free / all ages

Bobby Conn
w/Skarekrau Radio
@ Off Broadway
8:30 p.m. / $7-10 / all ages / FB

New Music Circle presents: Keith Fullerton Whitman
w/Guest DJ Joe Raglani
@ White Flag Projects
7:30 p.m. / $7-15 / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

Britches Album Release Show This Sunday!

On Sunday November 6th, Pig Slop Studios will be the gathering ground for an early evening album release show. St. Louis' own noise-post-rock trio Britches will be slinging their freshly pressed 4 track album entitled "Demonstration" into a crowd of hungry listeners. The album ranges from short and concise noise rock songs to avant-garde vocal pieces. You can actually listen to a stream of the album HERE. The audio files are available for purchase at the aforementioned link if you're not located in St. Louis, but are still interested in owning the album.

The release show begins at 5 PM and will include performances by The Night Grinder, The Lonely Procession, Spelling Bee and of course Britches. The admission fee will cost you $5, and a free copy of the latest album on CD is included in the price. It's rare to see such a stacked bill on a late Sunday afternoon, but the strange day and time is oddly fitting for a band so esoteric and unsettling as Britches. Pig Slop Studios is located at 2700 Cherokee St. St. Louis, MO 63118 - all ages | BYO_

Halloween Weekend Supdate! Recommended Shows 10/28-10/31


Sine Nomine (CD Release)
w/Jigsaw Rhetoric
The Gorge
Iron Hills
@ Cicero's
9 p.m. / $7 / 18+ / FB

Mr. Ben presents Death to Art-Damage feat.:
Brain Transplant
Global Distance
The Meatdawls
Aleister Crowley
@ Fort Gondo
7 p.m. / free / all ages / FB


Binge & Purge Grand Opening and Apop's Macabre Celebration weekend feat.:
Trauma Harness
Pink Sock
Frances with Wolves
Skarekrau Radio
Larva Lu
Spelling Bee
@ Binge & Purge/Apop Records
2 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

Cackling Hen
w/Pat Sajak Assassins
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

Bug Chaser
w/Half Gay
Meager Sunlight
Skeleton Warrior
@ Floating Laboratories
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB


The Masculine Journey (Record release!)
w/Dark Ages (Kansas City, MO)
Doom Town
Sucked Dry (Kansas City, MO)
Spelling Bee
@ City Museum (rooftop)
7 p.m. / $7 / all ages / FB

MAKE Skateboards exhibition w/Halloween Eve Dance Party feat.:
DJ Jeremy Kannapell & DJ Josh Levi
@ White Flag Projects
9 p.m. / free / 18+ / FB


The Little Big Bangs (as Velvet Underground)
@ El Lenador
9 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra
performing their score to "Nosferatu"
@ The Heavy Anchor
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

King Kong Magnetics
@ Upstairs Lounge
10 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

**For more shows going on this holiday weekend, check out our sidebar listing.**

Recommended Shows The Week of 10/17-10/23


Melt Banana
Spelling Bee
@ Cicero's
9 p.m. / $12-15 / 18+ / FB

Man Man
w/Grandchildren (Philadelphia, PA)
@ The Firebird
8 p.m. / $15-17 / all ages


Jealousy Mountain Duo (Germany)
Spelling Bee
@ Lemp Arts Center
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


Volcanoes (Album Release)
w/Ra Cailum
Curtis Tinsley
Spastic Plastic
+ more
@ Apop Records
8:30 p.m. / free / all ages / FB

The Conformists
w/Jack Buck
Vast West (Columbia, MO)
Corpse Pose
@ El Lenador
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

Recommended Shows The Week of 10/10-10/16


Man or Astro-Man?
@ Blueberry Hill
9 p.m. / $15 / 21+ / FB


Mr. Free & The Satellite Freakout! (AZ)
w/Bob Log III (AZ)
@ Off Broadway
8:30 p.m. / $15 / 18+


Coliseum (Louisville, KY)
w/Iron Hills
Shaved Women
Jack Buck
@ Apop Records
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


Cave (Chicago, IL)
w/Jeruselum and The Starbaskets
Skarekrau Radio
Catholic Guilt
@ 2720 Cherokee
8 p.m. / $6-8 / 18+ / FB

Matthew Shipp Trio
@ The Ballroom The Ballroom at the 560 Music Center at Washington University
7:30 p.m. / $7-15 / all ages


Satanized (Philadelphia, PA)
w/The Lonely Procession
@ Apop Records
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Noise Fest VIII feat.:
Ghost Ice
The Night Grinder
Brain Transplant
Eric Hall
Ra Cailum
+many more! See the full list here.
@ Lemp Arts Center
3 p.m. / $7 / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

FLOOD YR FACE: Tonight at Floating Laboratories: CLOSE/FAR FAMILY...

FLOOD YR FACE: Tonight at Floating Laboratories: CLOSE/FAR FAMILY...: Tonight, Saturday October 8th: CLOSE/FAR FAMILY (Awn, Quarry House, Coppice, N.N.N. Cook) - Performing 2 Sets TATSUYA NAKATANI - Percussi...

Tonight at Fort Gondo


MR. BEN's Art Damage promo #2
Mr. Ben S, the mastermind behind the Freezerburn Zine, is showcasing his art and the art of many others tonight at Fort Gondo. The event starts at 7 PM sharp and is free to all.
Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee
Saint Louis, MO
Two new Freezerburn Zines will debut, as well as a new episode of Chizmo.Tv's Glui Guni Basement Show. There will be live noise performances by Baba Yaga, Global Distance and Plastic Spastic.
"Mister Ben's first gallery show since 2009 brings out a part-new / part-retrospective, highlighting several pieces from the FreezerBurn artzine (plus a rare glimpse at the original "Catacombs" series of pen-and-ink monstrosities)---as well as all sorts of new AESTHETIC DELIGHTS and WEIRDNESS. Framed absurdities on walls.....filth in every corner. Come visit. You'll love it."

Recommended Shows The Week of 9/26 - 10/2


w/Sleepy Kitty
@ The Luminary Center for the Arts
8 p.m. / $13 / 18+ / FB


Weyes Blood
Larva Lu (of Private Estate/MoMo)
Holy Matter (Leanna Kaiser of Frances With Wolves)
@ Floating Laboratories
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB


The Funeral and the Twilight (Minneapolis, MN)
w/Trauma Harness
Meat Mist (Kansas City, MO)
Fecal Dam
@ Lemp Arts Center
8 p.m. / $5/ all ages / FB


The Bronzed Chorus (Greensboro, NC)
w/Half Gay
So Many Dynamos
@ Floating Laboratories
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages


The Body (Providence, RI)
w/Witch Hat (Baltimore, MA)
Execution Techniques (Springfield, IL)
@ Apop Records
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB

Pure Magical Love (Chicago)
w/Magic Key (Chicago)
Melanympha (& The Meatdawls)
@ Pig Slop Studios
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB


Mount Eerie
w/Nicholas Krgovich
Frances With Wolves
@ Foam
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+ / FB


Oneohtrix Point Never
@ The Luminary Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m. / $10-12 / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

Recommended Shows The Week of 9/19 - 9/25


Jason Kahn (Zürich, Switzerland)
w/N.N.N. Cook
Eric Hall
& projections by Jeremy Kannapell
@ Lemp Arts Center
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages


High Castle (Oakland, CA)
w/The Conformists
@ The Crack Fox
9:30 p.m. / free / 21+


Broncho (Tulsa, OK)
w/Doom Town
Trauma Harness
The comedy of Jeff Robtoy
@ El Lenador
8:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB


w/Franklin Felix
@ Schlafly Tap Room
9 p.m. / free / all ages

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar listing.**

Recommended Shows The Week of 9/11 - 9/17

Monday, September 12

Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra
performing music to Keaton's "The High Sign," "The Goat," and "One Week" (featuring Kevin and Chris from 7 Shot Screamers)
@ El Lenador
9 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB

Black Moth Super Rainbow (PA)
w/Dosh (MN)
Marshmallow Ghosts (MI)
@ Off Broadway
7:30 p.m. / $18 / 18+

Tuesday, September 13

The Little Big Bangs
w/Hunx and His Punx (San Francisco, CA)
Natural Child
Bruiser Queen
@ The Firebird
7:30 p.m. / $10-12 / 8:30 p.m. / FB

Wednesday, September 14

Le Singe Blanc (France)
w/Carte de Visite
@ Lemp Arts Center
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

Friday, September 16

Lester Shy and the Shyphonics (Tribute to the Dead Milkmen)
w/The Fake Boys (Boston, MA)
Maximum Effort
The Doomanoids
@ El Lenador
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

Hyrrokin (OH)
w/Key Grip
VG Ping Pong
@ The Heavy Anchor
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB

Saturday, September 17

Cheveu (France)
w/Magic City
Bug Chaser
@ The Crack Fox
8 p.m. / ? / 21+ / FB

Navigator (Album Release)
w/Little Big Bangs
The Woodsman (Denver/Brooklyn)
@ Pig Slop Studios
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB

**For more shows going on this week, check out our sidebar show listing.**

Please Donate To Pete Stein

A beloved personality in St. Louis, MO, Pete Stein was recently involved in a severe accident near Portland, OR which severed his feet. Please help Pete and his family get through this tragedy by donating towards his medical, rehabilitation, and family travel costs.

The paypal account: daryl_lyn@hotmail.com
The address: Daryl Dietrich
P.O. Box 401 Chimacum, WA 98325.

This was posted by his partner Daryl Dietrich, on Facebook yesterday:
PLEASE donate if you are able, it will help greatly. Pete is an amazing person, active in so many ways [works on boats, cars, rides motorcycles and bikes].. He is a hard working, respectful and funny person and is a happy, fun loving kind of man who loves his dog, family, music and friends. Alright, well PLEASE donate....

If you can't send money, I'll post the address where ya'll can send him cards and letters and PLEASE DO, I'm sure it'd help him a lot. [Send him loving thoughts.]

The address is:
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Room # 1517

If you live in St. Louis, many local businesses have started donation jars.
-Mangia Italiano
-The Bleeding Deacon Public House
-Black Bear Bakery
-MoKaBe's Coffeehouse
+ many more
The show calendar has been updated. We will be filling in the holes as new details emerge and more shows are announced.

The Firebird has a catchy, feel good rock n' roll kind of night going on. If you're a fan of Wavves, Jeff The Brotherhood or any of those kitschy psych-rock revivals, tonight Monday August 22nd is your night.

The headliner? Bass Drum of Death

St. Louis' own Volcanoes are opening the show, alongside Left Arm and Roundheels. Volcanoes released this wicked little ditty earlier this year:

details: The Firebird - 9 p.m. / $10 + $3 minor surcharge / all ages
Bass Drum of Death feat. Volcanoes, Left Arm, and Roundheels

Tomorrow (Tues. August 23rd) is another feel good time, with the Warehouse on Jefferson hosting The Livers, Dinofight! and The Haddonfields. The Livers is a band that well, plays with themselves via projections and and and this is just something you have to see for yourself.

details: The Warehouse - 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
The Livers feat. The Slow Death, The Haddonfields, Dinofight!

Dirty Doubler Fest - Day 2 this Saturday.
reposted from Facebook invite

DIRTY DOUBLER "festival"

musical performances -
sound, video, & film installation

the DIRTY DOUBLER installation

Between August 20-27, our asexual show room will reproduce. On the night of the 27th, a new nested room will be open for entry / dis-orientation. The inner room will be wired with polyrhythmic cross pulsations of duplicated percussion sources. On its outer wall, video and film makers Chizzy Chizmo, Jeremy Kannapell, Mike Pagano, & Family Visions will create an equally disorienting screening / spectacle of silent movies, which may spill over into other areas of the house (depending on if the newborn Nested Room is benign or malignant).

August 27 - 8pm

duo performances:

& INNER FARE (Tampa / St. Louis)

video / film projections by:

Chizmo.tv is killing it. Some of the latest updates from Chizzy Chizmo himself:

SHAVED WOMEN(St. Louis) at Apop Records
Down-tempo. Sludgy and noisy hardcore.

TIGON(from San Francisco) at Cranky Yellow
Aggressive post-hardcore with a pinch of math-rock.

And lastly:

Man or Astro-Man? live in St. Louis 4/18/97
This really doesn't need an explanation. Just watch. :)

Don't forget to check my brother and sister blogs, Flood Yr Face (by Josh Levi) and Gateway Drug (by Luc Michalski). Floodyrface goes a bit more into noise and avant garde, while Gateway Drug covers more punk and hardcore ordeals.


Chizmo.Tv is a wonderful website that is crammed with video of St. Louis-centric bands. Spanning a vast spectrum of genres, the featured films are not limited to any specific style. I have seen the site's chief proprietor (Chizzy Chizmo) filming concerts focused on psych-rock, hardcore, noise, no-wave and other in-between genres that bare little resemblance to mainstream meanderings. Chizmo.Tv is just one of many new additions to the Links page found at the top of this site.

Other updates to Wrong Division include:
***New venues listed on the Venues page.
***A domain name. You can now type www.wrongdivision.com into your Internet browser and your computer will magically bring you here.
***The St. Louis Show Calendar tab(featured right below our logo up above) will send you to a page with a long list of concerts, including details about the start time and price of each show. The events that carry a strong recommendation from us feature a video within the concert description.

If you have ANY suggestions or desired additions to Wrong Division, please email me at plasticnerves@gmail.com I will happily read each and every email (and update promptly).

You need to buy earplugs. Why?



albany, NY hardcore. extreme. loud.. no longer straightedge.

DRUG MONEY - columbus, oh “hardpunk” no members of this band are, or will ever be cool. they’re all ugly jerks who laugh at poor people and AIDS. this band will be tubular.

ULTRA ULTRA - self-proclaimed “swag punks” but not a gimick crunk-core band or anything. or maybe they are. maybe they sound like fucking brokencyde, who knows?

STEP DADS - post hardcore from indianapolis, indiana. a very clean town, great to visit. this band will be a religious experience for anybody looking for god.

MASCULINE JOURNEY - st louis hardcore. members of scott plant’s brothers. ex-bleeding deacon staff. michael jackson, sex and the city, one of these members will be wearing women’s underwear. it’ll be gender-bendy.

NRML PPL - st louis hardcore, members of dallas stars, ELO, CSNY, CSI NY and nrml ppl

$5. 21+

Oh, and...

Zero Progress (SF) / Crosses

ZERO PROGRESS: Fast, Thrashing hardcore from the Bay Area comes to St Louis. A band of young dudes doing fast music better than pretty much everyone else. New record “Derailed” can be streamed on their Bandcamp.

CROSSES: STL grind. Featuring members of Shaved Women.

Show is 21+

The Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois


(reposted from http://gatewaydrugstl.tumblr.com/ and lazily edited by me)

Local ambient artist Ra Cailum just released a new album: Bite Marks.

Ra Cailum uses a self descriptor called "Chill Wave". I have never understood what that term meant, and I'd like to briefly describe what I hear when listening to his music. Ambient drones push out a melody over soft beats. Ra Cailum has an ear for texture and a solid sense of timing. The songs exhale and bow out before they wear out their welcome, leaving the listener's ear freshened up for the next piece. The songs have a pension for noise, which is a reminder of Ra Cailum's range. This is a recommended listen for fans of electronic music and ambient folk. Noise nerds will appreciate certain sections, but anyone looking for a harsh record addled with angst need not apply.


No bummers, that's the rule.

First up, I want to mention that Cranky Yellow is going on a "concert-hiatus" until August or September (possibly October). Here are the last few shows:

Tues. Jun. 21 @ Cranky Yellow
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Build No System (Iowa)
Frost Giant

Thurs. Jun. 23 @ Cranky Yellow
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Sticky Bandits (San Antonio)
The Skekses

Fri. Jun. 24 @ Cranky Yellow
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Adaje (Memphis)
For Want Of (Austin)
Former Thieves
Sine Nomine
Orion Pax
Iron Hills

Wed. Jun. 29 @ Cranky Yellow
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Dead Rider (members of US Maple, Cheer Accident, Joan of Arc)
The Conformists
Skarekrau Radio

Not many venues offer grimy hardcore, folky punk, post-metal and experimental post-rock in the same week. Take advantage.