Recommended Shows This Week 12/31/12 - 1/6/13


Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
Pat Sajak Assassins

@ Mangia Italiano / 3145 S. Grand Ave.
10 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB
See what antics ensue when Pancake Rob takes the floor. Guitarist Matt Deruoin plays his final set with PSA.


The Phaggs (Columbia, MO)
Gay Uncle (Columbia, MO)
Heavy Horse
Pillow Talk
Nos Bos

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+ / FB
Local punk, hardcore and post-hardcore sandwiches young Columbia-based hardcore punks as they shred their way through Blank Space.


Congenital Death (PA)
Rites of Impiety
Who Fucking Cares?
Victory Verdun
Holy Doldrums

@ Cusamano's Pizza / 7147 Manchester Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / FB
The first week of 2013 is heavy on the hardcore. Catch female-fronted "fastcore/powerviolence" from Philly with a handful of loud STL sounds.


**Note: Catch both below shows on the same night for a discounted price! Wrist bands for dual entry will be available. 8 bucks 8 bands!

Lazy (Kansas City, MO)
The Funs
Black Panties
Animal Teeth

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
An evening of garage inspired rock headlined by Manic Static and Moniker Records' LAZY from Kansas City.

Guerilla Toss (Boston, MA)
The Dreebs (Brookyln, NY)

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Get weird with a night of intense noise rock that covers all ends of the spectrum from subtle to skronk, headed up by Guerilla Toss (Tzadik) and The Dreebs (Rotted Tooth)

Top 12 from Stephen and Graham

Stephen Houldsworth and Graham Matthews take to the city streets almost daily, bringing enthusiasm to every pocket of St. Louis culture. The duo documents music through candid photo and video, bringing modest equipment to painstakingly capture the times. Both Stephen and Graham have made performing rewarding for many artists through their constant support and contributions.

Houldsworth carries a tiny point-and-shoot which allows him to venture through beer soaked mosh pits and crowded basements with little prejudice. We asked Stephen for his top twelve caps of 2012, and he thankfully obliged. Here goes:

Awakening. Melanympha Meatbeat at mushmaus. (12/15/12)

Dali Rama. Prince Rama at Art Dimensions. (3/21/12)

Dance Dance Dance. Googolplexia with MSIF at RFT Music Showcase. (6/2/12)

El Euphorium. Surfing to The Little Big Bangs at El Lenador. (9/15/12)

Just So Theremin. The Octopus Project at The Firebird. (10/14/12)

Kuu Koo-L. Skarekrau Radio at Pig Slop. (3/21/12)

Love unedited. Totally Gay Cop at Record Store Day – APOP. (4/21/12)
Welp. This is awkward. Normally we'd never let a photo of us slip by on this site, but we're not in the business of censoring anyone. Especially Stephen Houldsworth.

Ready. Volcanoes at The Firebird. (9/7/12)

Reigning Beer in the Basement. Japanther at PMS House. (3/23/12)

Security Alert. Loufest. (8/26/12)

Sing Along. Fucked Up at The Firebird. (4/1/12)

The Sole of the Nubb. Dubb Nubb at Foam. (6/29/12)

Graham Matthews carries his prolific Youtube page into the new year. Graham's top twelve is best viewed through Youtube, where the content is dutifully labeled and presented. Check Grahams's Top Twelves of 2012 Right Here

side note: If you haven't already, please vote for mushmaus at Rally St. Louis. Clicking this link and voting provides you with the rare chance to actually make a difference from behind your computer screen. Take two minutes of your time to help secure funding for St. Louis' newest gallery/warehouse space.


We're not much into playing favorites. The year's end presents many with an opportunity to wax nostalgic on the past 12 months. As the two of us host a radio show on 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis, we are asked on an annual basis to provide a list of notable releases for the station. 2012 served up precision and downright jagged beauty all year long. Here are ten recommended albums for your perusal, in no particular order (well, alphabetical). 

Ahleuchatistas - Heads Full of Poison (Harvest)
Catholic Guilt - Beyond Pleasuredome (Self-released)
Deerhoof - Breakup Song (Polyvinyl)
Female Demand - Outside the Universe (Musebox)
Guerilla Toss - Jeffrey Johnson (Feeding Tube)
Jealousy Mountain Duo - N°_02 (Blunoise)
Medical Tourists - Medical Tourists (Rerun)
Skimask - Cute Mutant (Infinity Cat)
Trauma Harness - The Way You Press on Harder (Dingle)
Yowie - Damning With Faint Praise (Skin Graft)

Recommended Shows This Weekend 12/28/12-12/30/12

Whoooaaa!! Two new spaces debut this weekend! Meanwhile, Shaved Women releases a 7". See also in the sidebar: Magic City plays a free show at the Tap Room and local noisemakers light up Lemp tonight (while Cross Exam and friends struggle to recover from their Christmas show hangovers).


Shaved Women (record release)
D.O.C. (Washington, DC)

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Shaved Women's 7" on Apop Records drops and D.C.'s D.O.C. blasts through with a sludgy grindcore set. Meanwhile, Nrml Ppl makes a comeback with a new line-up.

The Label Readers (FL)
Zagk Gibbons
Of the Creator

@ Zambo's
8 p.m. / $3 / all ages / FB
This new south city space's debut show features an ambient shoegaze duo from Florida along with a couple of cozy locals.


Mouthbreathers (Lawrence, KS)
Rooftop Vigilantes (Lawrence, KS)
Little Big Bangs
Doom Town

@ Chromozone
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
If this weekend's any indication, 2013 sure looks promising. Chromozone's first show combines Lawrence punks with the Lou's own for a surefire dance party.

Recommended Shows this Weekend 12/21/12 - 12/23/12


HumanBeast (Providence, RI)
Farewell, My Concubine
Private Prophet
Kevin Harris

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
If your idea of the post apocalyptic soundtrack is dark electronics and minimal wave goth pop along with a smattering of synth sounds, this is your jam.

Heavy Weather
Falsetto Boy

@ The Bowen House
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Get cozy with fellow survivors in the basement of Bowen House, where melodic riffs and heartfelt words await to keep ya warm.

Pat Sajak Assassins
Red Squad
Death of Yeti
Giants in the Sky

@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Guitarist Matt Deruoin plays one of his last sets with PSA before leaving the city. Catch him while you can at this all local rock'n'roll show.

Black James
Bug Chaser
Maximum Effort
Black Panties
The Bad Dates
DJ Ryan Snowden

@ St. Louis Skatium / 120 Catalan St.
7 p.m. / $8-10 / 21+ / FB
We're pretty sure that Mayans would've wanted us to go out this way, that is to say drunk and on roller skates to the gritty, raw and gruesome sounds of south city.


Tone Rodent (7" release)
Trauma Harness
Catholic Guilt

@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Grab Tone Rodent's latest on wax while basking still in the glory of another all-star local line-up.

St. Louis somehow let Kiernan Maletsky leave

and without a fight. Wait wait, hear me out.

Mr. Maletsky came to Saint Louis in early 2011 as the new music editor for the Riverfront Times. Prior to his arrival, the RFT's music section had a decidedly "indie" slant. Kiernan entered and reached out to members of the music community and welcomed diverse contributions. Hip-Hop, hardcore and noise happened to leak in under Kiernan's guidance while mainstream genres retained regular coverage.

Expecting a weekly rag to work as the catch-all for any major city's music scene is a swell thought, but no publication or blog can be perfect. Kiernan, in my eyes, successfully made a corporately owned paper relevant to our music scene.

Kiernan wrote hundreds of articles in the past 20-odd months, so if you're at all interested in the types of contributions he made as a writer, I encourage you to peruse a sample of the work:

Pitchfork Writes Lazy, Cynical, Dickish Thing: Surprise!
KDHX: Not Playing the Hits for 25 Years
Musicians, venue owners and organizers found new ways to make people care this year

Kiernan happened to name Wrong Division as the Best Blog in St. Louis this year, and while we feel a bit undeserving, we have to say THANK YOU for the kind words. We hope you find allies at your new home in Dallas.


Recommended Shows this Week 12/10/12 - 12/16/12


Trach (Boston, MA)
The Red Squad
Heavy Horse
Shut In

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Get a sampler of heavy St. Louis rock in various forms with the dark pop/rock stylings of two-piece Trach based out of Boston.


Volcanoes (Tour kick-off)

@ Foam / 3159 South Jefferson
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Bid Volcanoes adieu as they tackle a week-long tour. Alternatively, show hop to Blank Space where Johnny Vegas puts on a special 12-12-12 Stag Nite.


The Brainstems
Holy Doldrums
The Heat Tape
(Makanda, IL)
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Get a quadruple dose of guitars and garage rock to lead into the weekend.


George Lewis and Marina Rosenfeld
@ Contemporary Art Museum / 3750 Washington Blvd.
8 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages / FB
New Music Circle presents the "Sour Mash" duo performing experimental electronic compositions.

Rotten Milk (New Orleans, LA)
Strobe Bag (New Orleans, LA)
Global Distance (featured above)
Baba Yaga
Melanympha Meatbeat

@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Mozy over to mushmaus for solo synth jams, free playing improvisation and more.

Fake Limbs (Chicago, IL)
The Conformists
Jack Buck

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
The testosterone flows freely during this evening of hard hitting bands. Lots of head banging awaits. Prepare to get yelled at.



Black Marble (Brooklyn, NY)
Trauma Harness
Black James

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Sweet minimal synth pop combines with the likes of gloom punk and more to pleasantly accompany the mild weather we've been having. Enjoy it while it lasts! Cuz clearly, we're all doomed. DOOMED

Recommended Shows this Weekend 11/29/12 - 12/2/12


The Brainstems (tape release)
Black Panties
Zak M
DJ Invisible Cola

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Get two new tapes for the price of fun at this sure-to-be rowdy garage rock party. DJed dancin' to follow.

Beauty Pageant
The Night Grinder

@ Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
An evening of local noise and improv keeps the Heavy Anchor at bay with a series of electronic clangs, bangs, booms and other unpredictable sounds.


Black James

@ Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Catch some of the city's most creative genre-blending musicians as they combine typically unlike ideas during this eclectic evening of folk, electronics, kraut rock, rap, pop and more.


The Brothers Gross (IN)
The Van Buren Boys (Chicago, IL)
Bassamp and Dano
Bad Dates

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Apop plays host to a straight up rock'n'roll show featuring axe-wielders from the Midwest region, including a couple of the Lou's own.


Cup Collector
Chaz Prymek & Jordan Knecht

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Head to Lemp for an intimate Sunday show featuring sonic soundscapes and duo collaboration. Stop by Lemmons to pitch in (and a chance to win raffle prizes) during an early benefit show beforehand.

Recommended Shows this Weekend 11/23/12 - 11/24/12


Anwar Sadat (Louisville, KY)

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
The name of the game for this short Friday night line-up is punk rock with dark tinges and noisy edges.

The Funs (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs
Spending Habits

@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB
Black Friday might suck, but you can't argue with free fun (and The Funs)! Catch some rippin' raw rock, along with frank and fresh sounds from Spending Habits (feat. members of Dancing Feet and Two Keys Ensemble).


Bug Chaser (7" release)
Pillow Talk
The Funs (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $3 / 21+ / FB
The Lou's most outspoken hard rock outfit shares its views on pears during this Saturday night jam fest sure to get Stella her groove back.

Hank (IL)
The Red Squad

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Post-rock and post-hardcore fans: get yo fix with some solid melodic sounds from the region.

Lo Sono
N. Nomurai

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust. St.
9 p.m. / free/ all ages
The duo of Lo Sono (feat. members of Phut and mil-effect) plays its inaugural set of drowsy minimalist post-punk alongside two sets of of partial-improvisation during this all-local line-up.

Yowie's "Damning with Faint Praise" Release - Tonight

Hey! Sorry it's been quiet around here lately. We've been busy playing some shows of our own and seem to have lost track of the time. It's not too late to repent, however. The end is near, after all. Tonight, join us as we bask in the awe of some of our very favorite experimental musicians from here and from anywhere, for that matter. Give us another day or two to recalibrate for a full calendar and weekend update.


Yowie (album release)
The Conformists

@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
STL math rock, noise rock and no-wave veterans meet to compete for the title of who can be the damn weirdest. Declare your own winner winner, turkey dinner. Oh yea, and if you don't know Yowie, get to know 'em with Joe's in-depth piece regarding their new Skin Graft release.

Side note: Our other decade plus favs Sine Nomine will be shredding over at the Fubar tonight.

Recommended Shows this Weekend 11/2/12 - 11/4/12


Lost Tribe (Richmond, VA)
Autonomy (Carbondale, IL)
Trauma Harness

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Cozy up to gloom'n'doom with pangs of dark punk echoing from the depths of Apop's basement.

The Joint Chiefs of Math (PA)
We Were Skeletons (PA)
Itto (Chicago, IL)
Cinema Verite

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
This five-band post rock/post hardcore/post whatever bill packs a wallop, rife with rollicking riffs and an emphasis on technical expertise.


New Music Circle presents:
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
@ the Luminary Center for the Arts / 4900 Reber Pl.
7:30 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages / FB
Superior playing skills reign true with this expertly armed sextet made up of a team of jazz all-stars.


Benefit for Chris Seeback feat.:
Little Big Bangs
The Conformists
Peck of Dirt
Jon Coriel

@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois
5:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Lemmons goes all ages as many bands ban together to help a friend in need pay some serious medical bills. Simply catch all the great acts and enter to win raffle prizes to lend a helping hand!

Recommended Shows the Week of 10/22/12-10/28/12


Police Teeth (Seattle, WA)
Jabberjosh (Lawrence, KS)
The Conformists

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / donation$ / 21+ / FB
"Heavy & uncomfortable rock goodness" invades the creepy corner at CB's. Huddle up inside or stare at them like zoo animals through the patio window.


Big Box (Iowa City, IA)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
Bad Dates

@ Blank Space
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+ / FB
Iowa City heavy hitters Big Box shake up the basement at Blank Space with local punk'n'roll.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw

@ The Firebird
9 p.m. / $22-25 / all ages / FB
Legendary post punk ensemble Swans visits St. Louis for the first time since 1989. Catch 'em before they fly away.


Stag Night feat.:
Melanympha Meatbeat
Key Grip
3 of 5

@ The Crack Fox
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
The Crack Fox gets mid-week weird with the improvised soundtracks of Key Grip and oddity performance art of Melanympha.


I Love You (Chicago, IL)
Zagk Gibbons

@ Blank Space
8:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Get ready to move with an evening of jangly one-man dance bands with live audio manipulations.


Patrick Boland
Catholic Guilt
Cup Collector

@ Apop Records
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
Virtuoso percussion, solo drone and loosely composed noise rock swallows Apop in a cloud of intense sounds during this all-star local line-up. (Take a jaunt down to the Heavy Anchor for another great local showcase of the rock persuasion.)


NOiSE 666 Halloween Fun feat.:
Beauty Pageant
Brain Transplant
Corrigan Brothers
Dave Stone
Eric Hall
+many more

@ Bomb Door
8 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
The Bomb Door explodes with noise and projections aplenty during this creepy pre-Halloweenie themed eve.

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

Recommended Shows this Week 10/15/12 - 10/21/12


No Babies (Oakland, CA)
Gang Control
The Mondales
Worst Case Ontario

@ The Reservation
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Skronky noise rock laden with squeaky sax and shrieking screams fills a basement somewhere on Cherokee Street. Pop punk and other stuff open.


Horse Lords (Baltimore, MD)
Hurricanes of Love (NY)
Velvet Violet
Skarekrau Radio

@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Out-of-town psychedelic jams and acoustic indie rock marches mushmaus' mellow on; SKR harshes it.


Jealousy Mountain Duo (Germany)
Muscle Brain

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Charismatic free playing all the way from Germany gets support from two great local duos, including a rare set of minimalist post punk ramblings from Muscle Brain.


Tower Groove Records Fall Informal feat.:
Trauma Harness
Bug Chaser
The Skekses
Shaved Women

@ Apop Records
2 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
Catch lots of favorited south city ensembles at this free-for-all event.

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

Recommended Shows this Weekend 10/12/12 - 10/13/12


Jack Buck
Sons of Tonatiuh (Atlanta, GA)
Everything Went Black

@ Cusamano's / 7147 Manchester Rd.
8:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Pizza isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about sludgy, metal infused rock and hardcore, but then again, when isn't it pizza time?


Horsey Drawers

@ Mangia Italiano / 3145 S. Grand Blvd.
11 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB
It's Matt Harnish's birthday! So we're gonna make you watch this video of him in the same band 18 years ago again and pretend it's his 18th birthday, so make sure you sneak him plenty of unlawful shots.

Mako Sica (Chicago, IL)
Whiskey Ginger

@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
A night of mellow loosely composed sounds, shoegaze and more puts mushmaus in a dreamy state.

**For more great shows happening this weekend, check out the sidebar listing.**

Site/Sound Debuts an STL Soundtrack for the Laumeier Sculpture Park

Eric Hall has been kicking ass as the amazing Laumeier Sculpture Park's first composer-in-residence.

Yea, he's kicking ass and taking names -- 72 of them, to be precise -- for his latest large scale installation Site/Sound.

Hall's beardface beats the hell out of Ron Swanson's badass 'stache, and he's the real deal when it comes to the art of parks and recreation. All unnecessary allusions aside, this is a great opportunity to get off the couch and into the great outdoors for a chance to get some air and explore.

In Site/Sound, an amalgam of freeform noises and composed songs interpret the ambiance of the park's long-standing collection that's scattered across the grassy lawn and amongst trees and leaves.

Bring a smartphone to scan each track to find the surprises hidden among the forestry -- late adopters can borrow an iPod from the museum's shop.

Site/Sound debuts today, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m., with an artist's reception and tons of commotion. Stop by to shake the man's hand, and give him a pat on the back for making this awesome St. Louis soundtrack happen. Check the exhibit out sometime while it's still up over the next couple of weeks!

Recommended Shows the Week of 10/1/12 - 10/7/12


Teenanger (Toronto)
The Soupcans (Toronto)
Shaved Women
Lumpy & the Dumpers

@ Blank Space
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+? / FB
Snotty, noisy garage rock from way up north makes its way south to the Blank Space basement. Splurge on their merch 'cuz they've come a long way, and look for new releases from local openers.


TOPS (Canada)
Magic City (Tour Kick Off)

@ mushmaus
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Canada continues to occupy Cherokee Street this week as TOPS returns with mellow synth-pop accompanied by local top notch dark pop and rock'n'roll -- catch Demonlover and Magic City while you can!

Petula Clarck (Belgium)
Koonda Holaa (Czech Republic)
The Mitch II

@ Blank Space
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+
A Belgian two-piece rock outfit and psych folk from the Czech Republic bring some otherworldly sounds to south city.


Guerilla Toss (MA)
Fat History Month (MA)
Cave Bears (RI)
The Conformists
Spelling Bee

@ Blank Space
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Outstanding bands to and from Cropped Out Fest continue to stop in STL. See three during this Wednesday night bill filled with noise rock and its close cousins. Our fav local weirdos The Conformists come out of hiding to close the show.


Tatsuya Nakatani w/Vanessa Skantze
Darin Gray

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages / FB
Sound and movement meet as Lemp Arts-frequenter Tatsuya Nakatani's spine-tingling avant garde percussion and Darin Gray's mesmerizing extended bass technique are interpreted live by the traditional Japanese dance form, "butoh."

Animal Lover (MN)
Spending Habits

@ mushmaus
8 p.m / donation$ / all ages / FB
This short and sweet show of noisy punk/rock sets the stage for a Friday night off. Spending Habits, featuring members of Dancing Feet March to War and 2 Keys Ensemble, opens during their debut show, and we can't wait to see what's in store.


New Music Circle presents:
Mephista Trio

@ 560 Music Center Ballroom / 560 Trinity Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages / FB
New Music Circle opens its 54th season with a literal bang, followed by clangs, blips, squeaks and many other sounds generated via piano, electronics and percussion by Mephista, a trio with two albums out under John Zorn's Tzadik label. See member Ikue Mori (electronics) in action in the above video.


Pink Sock
Shitting Gold
Better Days
Totally Gay Cop

@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
Re-live the horrors of high school with this hardcore homecoming show, supposedly preceded by a Pink Sock VS Totally Gay Cop b-ball beatdown (the loser has to perform in prom dresses, or so we're told).

**For even more shows going on this week, check the sidebar listing!**

Recommended Shows this Weekend 9/27/12 - 9/30/12


Rene Hell
California Priest (Oakland, CA)
Kevin Harris

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Open ears for the electronic sound sorcery of the Apop-recommended Rene Hell as he generates an inimitable series of carefully controlled inorganic effects.

Moon Duo
Tone Rodent
Ou Ou

@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
8 p.m. / $10 / all ages / FB
Rock'n'roll, psychedelia and ambience reign over this Thursday night bill.


Ou Ou
Bug Chaser
Jack Buck

@ Bad Dog Bar & Grill / 3960 Chouteau Ave.
8 p.m. / $7 / 21+ / FB
This all-local line-up varies from the drone duo of Ou Ou to a range of rock with hard to snarling levels of loud.

Cool Memories (Chicago, IL)
Zagk Gibbons
Matt Klose

@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Synth and sax accentuate the psychedelic sounds of headliners Cool Memories from Chicago, with support from local one-man acts.


Shitting Gold
The Neighborhood Watch
Worst Case Ontario
Caught Dead
Gang Control

@ The Reservation
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
This bill gets as filled as the basement will with varying degrees of punk including touches of pop, emo, math, metal and more.


Eric Hall
Last Remaining Pinnacle
@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois Rd.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Eric Hall conducts his veritable electronic-paneled orchestra featuring a smorgasbord of spoooky sounds. Meanwhile, Forteana, featuring members of Glass Teeth and Airport Elementary School, emerges from the shadows as one of the city's best new bands.

Apop Records welcomes:
R. Stevie Moore
Purling Hiss (Philadelphia, PA)
Little Big Bangs

@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $7-13 / all ages / FB
An evening of lovable pop rock gets headed up by lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore, with support from area garage rockers LBB and Philly indie-punks Purling Hiss.

**For more shows happening this week, check out the sidebar listing.**

Recommended Shows the Week of 9/10/12 - 9/16/12


Bad Dates
Alley Ghost
Rat Heart

@ CBGB / 3163 Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB
Scene veterans and young lads alike unite to cure that sorry ass case of the Mondays with a true, blue rock'n'roll show.


Inservibles (Mexico City)
Autonomy (Carbondale, IL)
Shaved Women
Lumpy & the Dumpers

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Rough and tumble cut-throat punk sounds from south of the border collide with some of the area's hardest hitters. Bring ear plugs and elbow pads.


Fielded (Chicago, IL)
Head/Head (San Francisco, CA)
Kingston Family Singers

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
An evening of voice and electronics, improvised drone noise, and dark gospel-pop.


Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra
@ The Pullitzer Foundation for the Arts / 3716 Washington Blvd.
7 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
R&P, who compose and perform original multi-instrumental scores, premiere their latest work, "Revue" Cantata - six musical settings for six "Revue" poems by Wallace Stevens.


The Tennis Lesson
The R6 Implant
Heroes Of The Kingdom

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
New group Tennis Lesson brings their down-tempo rock/pop to the Tap Room.


Japanther (Brooklyn, NY)
Little Big Bangs
(featured above)
Pink Sock
Caught Dead
Corrigan Brothers
Zagk Gibbons

@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
6 p.m. / $10 / 21+ / FB
Come thirsty for suds and sounds during this lengthy night of loud noises.


Little Big League (Philadelphia, PA)
Foxing (featured above)
Cinema Verite

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Emo and indie pop reign true at one of Cherokee's newest underground show spots.

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Recommended Shows 9/7-9/8 & New Music

Thollem McDonas (IL) featured in the video above
Eric Hall
Catholic Guilt
Kevin Harris & Alberto Patino Duo
Baba Yaga
Corrigan Brothers
Beauty Pageant
@ Mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
8 PM / $5 donation / all ages

Mr. Ben continues his monthly party of sound he calls NOiSE (the lowercase i is vital). Thollem McDonas is here again, with support from the likes of Eric Hall and Kevin Harris. With film and video by Mike Pagano and Chizmo.Tv and FUCKING AWFUL DJing between sets, this could have easily been touted as some sort of noise fest. BYOBrains, beers, butts.

Wet Nurse (FL) featured in the video above
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:30 PM / $5 donation / all ages

Genre vomit: Indie, Garage, Rock, Twee, Pop, Punk. It can't be a '90s throwback if they're really from the '90s.

This is proof that Bunnygrunt is almost 20 years old. Check this out, from May 1994. Aw, Matt Harnish (on the left) is adorable. Czech out that show host.

On the subject of old St. Louis tapes, this here's a top shelf live show from math-rock legends Dazzling Killmen.

This video was posted courtesy of the newly-christened Dazzling Killmen Facebook Page. Maybe the denizens of social media can goad these dudes into a reunion or some other.

New Music
Post-punk wild childs Doom Town just posted new tracks this week via

Foxing is a new group made of members from Hunter Gatherer, Badgerhunt and Family Might. This group (and the aforementioned defunct groups) are for fans of the mid-nineties emo-splosion. You know, when genres just slept around with reckless abandon and post-hardcore mixed with that idea of "indie-rock"? Emo tends to be a real blanket term for a wealth of bad stuff, thankfully that isn't the case with Foxing.
Download Foxing - "New Songs"
Keep in touch through social media.

Concert Listings and Resources
Jimmy Eberle (of Overdoser, Who Fucking Cares? and others) started a DIY show listing blog and resource at

If you're a member of Facebook, Gateway Drug is a great resource for daily show reminders of the DIY, punk and hardcore ilk. Add & like.

I don't want no EL-E-VA-TORS

Andy Peterson (A.K.A Pube Man) of Trauma Harness conceived this video, fake band and all, for a video project at Webster U. G-O-O-D

Dog Daze

Recommended Shows:
Saturday, August 25

NU SENSAE (Canada) featured in the video above
Psychic Blood (MA)
Shaved Women
Voight-Kampff (aka Run Down)
The Funs
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This show is dingy garage smashed up against tightly woven punk rock. From Canada and Mass to the Midwest, a full range of noise blasts in the dusty Camp Concentration located under APOP Records.

Tuesday, August 28

Deathtram (IL)
Skarekrau Radio
Little Big Bangs
Lemmons / 5800 Gravois Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Psych rock crooners come from Champaign with bright riffs and heavy feedback to co-mingle with cultist No-wavers and the Fugazi-esque post punk of the Little Big Bangs. Skarekrau Radio has been ripping through sweat drenched movements of dark matter all Summer with this pile of new jams.

Tim Mize (of the Super Happy Fun Hour on KDHX) passed away this last week much to everyone's shock. It's a gross understatement to say he'll be missed, and Daniel Hill wrote a piece about it all for the RFT Music Blog. Mostly musing on Mize's radio show, this ARTICLE comes complete with links of several great in-studio performances.

Gloom punk trio Trauma Harness released The Way You Press On Harder... through their Bandcamp site earlier today. Dingle Records is set to put this out on tape soon-ish. Hit their site for more, or check this embed:

Recommended Events 8/10-8/12

The folks over at Momo (Go north on Illinois from Cherokee Street, you'll hit it before the next cross street) have been conjurin' real alternative sound art type stuff in recent months, and the latest of which takes place tonight. This is certainly in the 'wrong division' if you know what I mean...

Taken straight from a Facebook event page created by Rick Weaver
doors 8:30
show 9:00

our second event in the LOGE VIDEO SERIES
featuring VIDEO / MUSIC / FILM
feature film:
"an imaginary migration into the realm of EXOTIQUE FAMILIARS"
Grant Corum of Portland, Oregon / A Million Brazilians touring thru with his fresh video and live soundtrack. here one night to twist the old and wring it out into the present, see the colors spoil, brighten, do all sorts of things to / for our ears and eyes. "a world of his own", Corum's soundtrack music has been flooring me. for instance:

aka Ghost Ice has recently made one of the best films I've ever seen, Night Mind on Fire. I've had the pleasure of seeing this intense, hallucinatory exploration of color, form and motion screened and scored twice. raw sensation / emotion / nerves - absolutely mesmerizing. August 10 will be the premiere of a brand new film from the visual king of St. Louis.

electronic artist, trombonist, and video artist Melsha bringing his intense rhythmic and explicit dissections and cut-ups of the fearful grim, technological, and nightmarish moments in the history of video and humanity. heavy and heavily layered scores.

we're working on a music video for SOCIAL JUNK's RENEWAL full length, a soundtrack that never had a the visual complement.

So, about Saturday...

If you peer into the right column, you'll no doubt see a hefty list of insane line-ups for the 11th. I can't bring myself to recommend one over the other, so you'll have to do without the usual Recommended Shows listing. Really, any event is worth hitting up, and you'd be hard pressed to find a more killer night of shows in St. Louis.

Broncho fires off feel good whatever-sounds alongside Bug Chaser, the self-proclaimed best actual hard rock band in St. Louis. The Firebird has a powerhouse of a P.A. and Bug Chaser's back-tracks and double drums should sound wild through those body sized speakers.

Mike Benker (formerly of The Conformists), Brett Underwood (formerly of the No Show on KDHX), Joe Sulier (formerly of a ton of bands), and Matt Questionmark are all set to perform spoken word at Fort Gondo, with music by Patrick Boland. It's unknown if Boland's going to DJ or actually perform live, but that line-up of speakers is worth the (free) price of admission alone. In any case, this takes place at Fort Gondo, which is a radical art-space on Cherokee with a storied history. The Googolplexia & Butt 7" release show happens right across the street at El Lenador, and has local psych-rockers Little Big Bangs and the insatiable Escalade. That one will run you 5 bones, but it's totally worth your cash.

MEAT MIST of Kansas City hits up the No Coast Skate Shop on Manchester with the warm garage rock poundings of Rat Heart and the noisy gloom of Trauma Harness. Violations punx it up too, so there's $5 well spent.

Sunday, August 12

Normal Love (Philadelphia, PA) featured in the video above
Captain Captain (Reunion Show)
Weaver, Taka, Stone Free Jazz Trio
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 PM / $5 / all ages
Normal Love plays unhinged neo-classical jazz with a wild sense of structure and rhythm. Captain Captain performs for the first time in 11 years, and its pedigree of prolific members describes the sound well: Captain Captain features artists from Yowie, You Fantastic, The Arch and more. Dave Stone unites with Taka from Baba Yaga and Rick Weaver (known for Global Distance and Form-A-Log among others).

The latest from Catholic Guilt

I can only guess that these songs were transcribed from some abrasive alien language, and are otherwordly notions of punk rock music. Enjoy.

Catholic Guilt is typically a 4 piece based out of South Saint Louis, currently operating with members from Bug Chaser, Shaved Women and Escalade himself, Sean Burk. This album is decidedly more feedback drenched than their last album, Beyond Pleasuredome, which features fairly straight-forward rhythms amidst psych-rock leanings.

Catholic Guilt from bill streeter on Vimeo.

PiGSLOP to become mushmaus, first show tonight.

The folks over at 2700 Cherokee Street have hit a transitional period. While the details are scarce, and have certainly been kept underwraps, it looks like The Luminary Center for the Arts will not be purchasing the building at 2700 Cherokee St. Some of the folks from Pigslop have remained at the building, and are actively organizing shows. Here's the information for tonight, complete from the inclusive Facebook event page:

mushmaus is located at 2700 Cherokee St. The show begins at 9 PM, is all ages and FREE FREE FREE

OH LORD, it's BACK. NOiSE returns for ROUND FOUR.

And it's FREE, so so so FREE.
+Kevin Harris
(modular synth guru, F-Labz founder, accordion player, and NEW NEIGHBOR!)

+Corrigan Brothers
(Rock and roll, sweat, amps that go GRRRRRRRRRR)
+Beauty Pageant
(Special set: the corpse of Lady Gaga is ritualistically devoured, puked up, then set ablaze in a pagan ceremony destined to please your ears and offend your sense of decency....or vice-versa.)
+Baba Yaga
(Noise, and oh God, it has drums.)

(Note: the above two bands may very well eat each other and vomit out an offspring, Baba Pageant, which would be suitably NOiSE-o-riffic.)

+Dave Stone
(South City sax-slinger brings mind, body, soul and chill'n.)

(who will document YOU!, yes YOU!, in the Videodrome Interzone.)
and special DJ set by
(Vinyl crackle from Hell.)

+Boozy drinx
+Vague discomfort
+Subdivided room space
And there will be SPECIAL limited ART FLYERS by MISTER BEN (ew).

Here's a great video by of Trauma Harness from the last NOiSE event:

Trauma Harness - live 6.23.12 @ Return of Son of NOiSE show - (Pig Slop, St. Louis) from on Vimeo.

Recommended Shows This Weekend: 7/27/12 - 7/28/12


No Class (KC) featured in the video above
Dark Ages (KC)
Miami Dolphins (MN)
Totally Gay Cop (7" release show)
Who Fucking Cares?
@ An Undisclosed Spot Down by the River (read below for details)
6 PM (early show) / $5 donation / all ages

Directions: Either ride your bike about three miles North from the head of the Riverfront Trail just North of down town or by car, take I 70 to the Adelaide exit and head east on Adelaide ( turn right if you are coming from the city.) Make a right on Hall St. then make your first left. The road has no proper road sign but there is a large sign that says Buckeye Terminal. Follow this road as it turns to the right then go left and over the tracks. You will go through an opening in the wall and make a right on to the trail. Take it down just past two buildings and park there.

Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome (MI) featured in the video above
Pillow Talk
Operation Buster
@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois Ave
8 PM / $5 / 21+

Hot wired rock merges with psychedelic hardcore hybrids in a variety show of the abrasive and jagged. Dibiase pushes hard rock through thick lyric-less sets, while Pillow Talk stabs with sharp and jaunted tunes. Both feel appropriate with CDMA's penchant for hard hitting songs.

Ryan Jewell featured in the video above
Dave Stone, Mr. Ben, Taka TRIO
Kevin Harris w/ surprise guest DUO
Matthew Erickson & Rick Weaver DUO
@ Momo / Go north on Illinois from Cherokee St. (house on the left by next cross street)
8 PM / donations / all ages

Jewell's prolific percussion comes intimate within Momo's house venue, complete with a keen list of St. Louis' most odd & daring collaborators. Improvisations a plenty, with wild sounds served up something hot and sweaty on a freaky-deeky Friday night.

Miami Dolphins (MN) featured in the video above
Cackling Hen
@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois Ave
11:55 PM (late show) / donations / 21+

Lemmons throws up a midnight noise rock show, complete with grindy surf group Miami Dolphins and math-trio Forteana. Cackling Hen is an ensemble of local noise-advocates (including myself). Friday night looks packed with 4 shows, and this night cap comes free of charge.


Bill Horist(featured in the video above) w/ Darin Gray
Ghost Ice vs. Radiant Husk
Larva Lu
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
8 PM / free / all ages

I wrote this excerpt about this performance for the Riverfront Times:
Bill Horist lives bound to the guitar neck and urges its strings to cry through composite drones. He bleeds a stoic sound and works out a product that elevates melody through sharp noise. This wild jazz filters inorganic squalls with natural and familiar sound. These elements bring phrases that recur in Horist's set, creating an inexhaustible love with every piece. Collaborator Darin Gray is an expert in plucking the low tones and living in sound space as if it were his own home. Gray's deeply personal sound gives the impression that every spectator is a voyeur, peering into the private conversation of improvised auteurs.

If you browse our show calendar located in the right column, you'll no doubt see killer things happening this weekend. Naked Raygun comes as a first choice for most advocates of everything punk rock and hardcore, so that show really goes without saying. If you're on a gig that belongs on Wrong Division, hit us at - If you get no response, try


Last week, Chris Dee of The Conformists sat in on the Wrong Division radio show as our special guest co-host. Dee made steep promises of dead air, modified 45s and aural oddities and delivered as promised. Enjoy the stream of the sordid broadcast HERE before the powers that be rip it from the Internet (KDHX offers an archived stream for two weeks after the original airdate.

Our love affair with Britches continues, join in this Thursday!
Darkly noisy post-youth trio Britches joins Wrong Division to spit about their upcoming tour, and share the bands they'll be performing with. Catch the special guest co-hosts this week at 1AM-3AM on 88.1 FM in St. Louis or KDHX.ORG - A two hour extension of Wrong Division follows into the morning, ending at 5 AM. A great caffeinated all-nighter for the morbidly obtuse (or musically acute).

YOWIE announces new album, complete with killer cover art.
"Damning with Faint Praise" is the second full length release from Yowie. This album surpasses the girth and intensity of their debut, "Cryptooology," an album that few have learned to decipher (or pronounce). "Damning with Faint Praise" moves through an array of multidimensional shifting structures, while inexplicably maintaining cohesion, and even, yes, grooves. -Skingraft Records
Free Track: Shriners Sure Do Cuss A Lot

Recommended Shows This Week: 7/19/12 - 7/22/12


A Place To Bury Strangers (NY) featured in the video above
Hunters (NY)
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive
8:30 PM / $12 / all ages

A Place To Bury Strangers brings a forward drive to their music with blistering feedback wrapping around the sum of its parts. Dark and brooding post-rock melds with the latest definition of indie-rock to boast a sound both flattering and agreeable.

Worm Hands (last show?!)
Chris Forsyth
Kevin Harris
@ Negative Control / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 PM / $5 / all ages

Seminal sound artist Josh Levi prepares to shed his St. Louis skin before relocating to D.C. Worm Hands receives the farewell treatment on this night, and supports the traveling Chris Forsyth, who shares his cerebral sense of guitar noise.

Adaje (TN) featured in the video above
Places We Slept (NE)
Thunderbolts (NE)
Sine Nomine
The Red Squad
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
7 PM / $5 / all ages

From the RFT: The Midwest has bred a hairy animal with Adaje, a beast of southern-style hardcore carefully infused with somber post-rock. The Memphis trio has spent six years sharpening a style that flows with heavy hearted melodies amidst a clever use of shifting tempos. The post prefix applies to Adaje in a liberal sense, as the genre trappings from metal, emo and classic punk rock can be polarizing to most. Thankfully Adaje reaches forward while bringing these elements into a dark but hospitable set, properly crafting post-hardcore music that feels involved and important. Bassist Mark Brake and guitarist Zohayr Shirazee champion the D-I-Y ethic in Tennessee and carry the cause on a nationwide tour of house venues and non-profit organizations.
Remember: This is an early show. Starts at 7 PM.

Bear Hive (pictured in the video above)
Foxing (first show)
Worst Case Ontario
You Blew It! (FL)
@ The Barcade (next to Danno's American Pub) / 7895 Watson Road
8:30 / $5 / all ages

All four groups reach into nostalgia via '90s emo music, and integrate technical work with distinct charm. Check this out for a mold of indie-rock infused with bright pop-sensibility, suited for your Friday night. Foxing debuts this night, with members from Hunter Gatherer, Family Might and Badgerhunt.

Falsetto Boy featured in the video above
Dogbreth (AZ)
Heavy Weather
@ Bowen House / 4107 Bowen Street
8 PM / donations / all ages

Jim Fitzpatrick joins the mass exodus from St. Louis, and this night celebrates his work as Falsetto Boy with a special guest drummer in Jordan Knecht. Fitzpatrick and Knecht also performed as darkly post-punk duo Muscle Brain from 2006-2008. Dogbreth comes from Arizona to spout infectious pop-punk while Heavy Weather provides a comfortable middle ground with solid songwriting.

Special Guest Chris Dee on This Week's Wrong Division

Straight from the horsphanage (an orphanage for horses)

I, Christopher Dee, am co-hosting this week's Wrong Division radio program with Joe Hess. The show airs early Friday morning from 1-3am on KDHX 88.1 FM.

Joe is graciously allowing me to choose the playlist, and I fully intend to melt your earballs off.


-off-center 45s
-backwards Judas Priest
-forwards Queen
-Peter Sotos spoken word
-a 1912 wax cylinder recording of Bela Bartok playing piano
-early '80s St. Louis experimental acoustic guitar duo The Janitors
-a string section playing along with a malfunctioning CD
-Cheer-Accident live at the Way Out Club in 2002
-dead air

and plenty more.

Listen live -- and archived for two weeks after broadcast -- online here:


Chris Dee performs guitar in experimental post-rock group The Conformists.

Expect the guys from Britches on next week's edition of Wrong Division.

Kisser at Pig Slop last Sunday

Kisser jammed with Mayor Daley (Chicago) and St. Louis natives Demonlover and Bug Chaser on Sunday, July 15th at Pig Slop. Hopefully the humidity comes through on the cheap 2008 Canon Powershot footage.

Shows this week: Nails in Pig Slop's Coffin


Bikini Acid (featured in the video above)
Skarekrau Radio (Psychedelic No-Wave Cult)
Attic Ted (Texas)
B0dy Gl0ve (Who Knows?)
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2700 Cherokee Street

This is quite possibly Bikini Acid's last performance, ever. Josh Levi has been a major player in St. Louis experimental for nearly ten years, and his neo-kraut trio is set to throw down this Thursday at Cherokee Street's favorite spot for salty sounds. Attic Ted returns after two years of depriving our fair city of its alien folk rock.


Mayor Daley (Chicago, IL) featured in the video above
Bug Chaser
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2700 Cherokee Street

Word on the street is that Sam of Demonlover is skipping town real soon, so chances to see this hybrid folk trio are slimming. After catching Kisser a few weeks back, I suggest checking their noisy post-rock meanderings. Mayor Daley slides on down to our city from Chicago, bringing a throw-back garage sound with their sparkly psychedelics.

Words aren't enough to express what Pig Slop has done for our community, and if you haven't yet partied down in their hairiest of warehouses, this week is a keen time to make that change. Much love to Chloe and her crew for holding it down and providing a pipeline to outer space in our fair city.