Recommended Shows the Week of 1/30/12 - 2/5/12


This Will Destroy You (San Marcos, TX)
w/Amen Dumes (NY)
Key Grip
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive St.
8 p.m. / $12 / 21+
This Will Destroy You brings overbearingly melodic post-rock to the Firebird. St. Louis works as a cross-section for the Texan group as they share the stage with Amen Dumes. Key Grip will open the show with ominous improvisations amidst a back-drop of unsettling projections.

LAST SHOW EVER at Illegal Tone Recordings
w/The Vanilla Beans (shown in video)
Dem Scientist
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
Oh No You Didn't
French Fry Guys
Spastic Plastic
@ Illegal Tone Recordings / 8 S. Church St.
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Celebrate four years of DIY ethics with homegrown indie, punk, hardcore and all the weirdos in-between. ITR has been a cornerstone for D-I-Y offerings in Belleville and we're all sad to see it go. Read more about the venue HERE.


Tiny Moving Parts (Moorhead, ND)
w/ Marco Polo (Rockford, IL)
@ Vandy Funhouse / 3902 Lindell Blvd
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Post-hardcore meets screamo in a crowded basement under the arch. Tiny Moving Parts and Marco Polo swing by STL on a short Winter tour, bringing raw and melodic sounds with them. What else is there to do on Wednesday night?


The Skekses
w/ Humdrum
Spoken Nerd
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / 21+ / FB
The Skekses bring soul and charm together in an intimate setting. Humdrum is indie-rock at its finest with a dash of psychedelics while Spoken Nerd busts out electro-pop songs based on whatever mess is going on.


This City Of Takers
w/ Pat Sajak Assassins
Damned Holy Rollers
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages
This City Of Takers is unapologetic (and at times abrasive) blues rock that isn't afraid to get raw and messy. The Pat Sajak Assassins are fresh off of recording a new album of instrumental post-rock goodness, and the Damned Holy Rollers round out a solid, diverse bill.

Recent adds to the WD calendar:
2/5: Sean Burk presents "Aquarian MagicK"
2/5: Rich O'Donnell, Asako Kubocki, Tim Myers, Super Trio @ HEARDing Cats Collective
2/6: Feast of the Epiphany (MD), The Least Comma, Eric Hall, Rick, Weaver @ Lemp Arts Center
2/11: Catholic Guilt, Magic City, Shaved Women @ El Lenador
2/15: Demonlover, N. Nomurai @ Smash Bar
2/16: Knife Hits (FL), No Qualms (FL), Totally Gay Cop, Pink Sock @ Bonerville
2/25: Britches, Global Distance, Radiator Greys @ Schlafly Tap Room
3/1: Catacombz (WI), Skarekrau Radio, The Little Big Bangs @ El Lenador
3/2: Is It It (Kansas City, MO), Britches, .e @ The Heavy Anchor
3/9: Boar (IA), Ilygh (IA), Oblive, Full Clips Emptied By Malaria (Columbia, MO), Kevin Schlueter @ Lemp Arts
3/10: Eureka California (GA), The Little Big Bangs, Navigator @ El Lenador
3/10: Jacon Fred Jazz Odyssey (OK) @ 2720
3/12: Heavy Times (Chicago, IL), Super Sonic Piss (IA), Shaved Women, Anodes (first show) @ CBGBs
3/14: Strong City (IA), Pink Sock @ No Coast
3/17: Nature Boys (Kansas City, MO), Pink Sock @ Bonerville

January has been a hectic month. Two all ages venues shut their doors and south Saint Louis has seen a surge in mid-Winter gigs. There's been something to do almost every night of the month. Basements in and around St. Louis have been picking up the slack and a few new bar venues just opened their doors. Expect updates on the Venues page in the weeks to come.

Thank you for visiting our site and (hopefully) using it as a resource. The Links section up above has a huge listing of other blogsites ran by St. Louisians (complete with descriptions). As always, if you're in a band or run a show space and would like to see your event listed here, send us an email at WRONGDIVISION(at)GMAIL(dot)COM.

Bye-bye Illegal Tone!

Joe wrote a feature-length article about Belleville's DIY venue Illegal Tone Recordings. Read it at the Riverfront Times Web site HERE and check out this blog post featuring advice from those guys HERE. Slideshow below! Photos by Mabel.

Recommended Shows the Week of 1/23/12 - 1/29/12


Frances with Wolves
w/Chackerine (Memphis, TN)
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2700 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Pig Slop presents its first show of 2012, featuring electro-pop sweethearts Frances with Wolves and a band from down south that has absolutely nothing on the Internet as far as we can tell. What year is it again?


Little Big Bangs
w/The Mhurs
Spelling Bee
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
"We haven't played out since we puked on santa's butt," say garage punx The Little Big Bangs, holding back obvious excitement for yet another fun and free show presented by the Tap Room.

Final show! feat.:
Red Squad
w/Men Working in Trees
Central City Heroes
Sleepy and the Bedtimes
@ Sci-Fi Lounge / 201 Crestwood Pl.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Acoustic tunes begin at 8, with louder sounds later at 10 during the final show commemorating this nerd haven's all-too-brief residency in Crestwood Court.

Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra
@ Southwestern Illinois College Campus Theatre / 2500 Carlyle Ave.
7 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
presents their score to *The Wildcat*
The R&P compose their own scores to classic black and white films. Haven't witnessed their orchestral mastery yet? Here's your chance to catch their latest live AV experience - for free!


New Music Circle presents:
Chris Corsano with Darin Gray and Dave Stone
w/Guest DJ Jeremy Kannapell
@ Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 North Grand Blvd/
7:30 p.m. / $7-15 / all ages / FB
Percussionist Chris Corsano demonstrates expertise and experimental expression along with a couple of outstanding free-playing local musicians. Check out this video of Corsano performing with Kim Gordon and Yoko Ono...huh?

w/Pillow Talk
The Winchester
Black Panties
@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Pillow Talk makes its debut with an exciting new line-up featuring members of experimental bands like Glass Teeth, There's a Killer Among Us and The Pat Sajak Assassins.

Justin Poole's Bday Bash feat.:
Fetal Injury
Totally Gay Cop
@ The Crack Fox / 1114 Olive St.
8 p.m. / $7 / 21+ / FB
Punk rock birthday party! Punk rock birthday party!

Recent adds to the WD calendar:
1/26: Bosco (KY), Sound Workshop, Zagk Gibbons, The Hobosexuals @ Family visions Center
1/28: Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost, Ransom Note @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
1/28: Totally Gay Cop, Fetal Injury + more @ The Crack Fox
1/30: Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost, Maximum Effort @ CBGB's
2/3: The Skekses, Spoken Nerd, Humdrum @ Schlafly Tap Room
2/4: Pat Sajak Assassins, This City of Takers, Damned Holy Rollers @ Schlafly Tap Room
2/10: The Little Big Bangs, Scriptz'n'Screws, 18andcounting @ The Boulder
2/11: Everything Went Black, Jack Buck, Iron Hills +more @ Fubar
2/16: Knife Hits (FL), No Qualms (FL) @ TBA
2/25: Britches, Global Distance, Radiator Greys @ Schlafly Tap Room
3/8: Volcanoes, Heavy Horse, Skies Revolt (MI), Rigoletto (TN) @ Chuck's Fancy Theater
3/20: Narrows, All Pigs Must Die @ Fubar
3/24: Big Werm (NJ), WFC? @ Bonerville
3/24: Bad Braids (PA), Black Magic Family Band (PA) @ El Lenador
3/24: So Many Dynamos, Old Lights, Bug Chaser @ Off Broadway
4/1: Many Arms (PA) @ Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
4/4: Mission of Burma @ The Firebird
4/6: Arvid Noe (MA), Spelling Bee @ Schlafly Tap Room
5/3: Melvins, Unsane @ The Firebird

Recommended Shows the Week of 1/16/12 - 1/22/12


Tenement (WI)
w/Solid Attitude (Iowa City, IA)
Shaved Women
Ghost Ice
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $6 / 21+ / FB
Lo-fi soul punks Tenement on tour with garage-driven Solid Attitude round out a noisy evening with local favs Shaved Women and the glitchy stylings of Ghost Ice.

The Reptilian (Kalamazoo, MI)
w/Living and Wrestling (Milwaukee, WI)
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Finger-tapped melodies meet screamo sensibilities featuring the constant road-traveling The Reptilian, tourmates Living and Wrestling, and local support provided by youthful post-rock disciples.


Ou Où
US English
Kevin Harris
@ Floating Laboratories / 4528 Ohio St.
8:30 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
Buttons, knobs and wires fill this evening of locally-produced electrically fueled grooves ranging from pop crooning to experimental ambience.


Slut River (Iowa City)
w/Trauma Harness
Maximum Effort
@ Bonerville / corner of Michigan & Utah
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
Sleazy garage punk from Iowa City featuring members of Super Sonic Piss meets post-punk gloom and alien awareness assimilated hardcore.

Falsetto Boy
w/Kid Counselor
Heavy Weather
Tommy and Sam of Family Might
@ Bowen House / 4107 Bowen St.
8 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
Cozy up to intimate basement sets between friends, featuring local solo and duo projects performing homemade melodies along with plenty of acoustic guitar strums to soothe the winter-weathered soul.

Everything Went Black
w/The Lion's Daughter
The Humanoids
The R6 Implant
+many more
@ Fubar / 3108 Locust St.
5:30 p.m. / $10 / FB
A twelve-band line-up featuring some of St. Louis' most intense hardcore, punk, rock and metal acts unite (and reunite) to raise funds for an old friend in a time of need. Followed up by a late night punk line-up at Lemmons.


Side FX (Indianapolis, IN)
w/Zodiacs (Indianapolis, IN)
Who Fucking Cares?
Shitting Gold
@ Bonerville / corner of Michigan & Utah
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
A mighty dose of hardcore supported by hardcore and followed by hardcore.

Regret, The Informer (KC)
w/Texas Instruments (KC)
Battle Royale (KC)
Drizzlin' Shits
Spastic Plastic
@ Illegal Tone Recordings / 8 South Church St.
6:00 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
A heavy three-fold post-hardcore line-up from Kansas City tears through the air at one of ITR's final shows.

Recent adds to the WD calendar:
1/21: Black for a Second, The Haddonfields, Sink the Bismark @ Lemmons
1/27: Red Squad, Men Working in Trees, Central City Heroes + more @ Sci Fi Lounge
2/3: Bass Amp & Dano, The Haddonfields, Black For a Second, The Chili Dogs @ Off Broadway
2/10: Michael Zerang w/Darin Gray, Nathan Cook, Rick Weaver Duo @ Floating Laboratories
2/13: Talkdemonic @ The Gramophone
3/14: A Night of Tapes @ Floating Laboratories

Recommended Shows the Week of 1/9/12 - 1/15/12


Pink Sock
w/Drought Years (Kansas City, MO)
Totally Gay Cop
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages / FB
Thrash punk and scratchy post-punk local support rounds out a dudely evening with Drought Years, a new KC band featuring members of sludgey stoner-rock ridden Foreign Theaters.


w/Mayday (NY)
Better Days
@ Bonerville / corner of Michigan & Utah
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages
Bonerville keeps 'em comin' with female-fronted surf punks Mayday! hailing from NY.

The Night Grinder
Eric Hall
The Mhurs
Spastic Plastic
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB
This all-local showcase features everything from noise and electronics to folk-soaked duos and rock'n'roll.


Gateway Drug #3 Release Show feat.:
The Masculine Journey
Trauma Harness
Jack Buck
Union Electric
Shaved Women
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
2 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
This third free zine/comp tape release show brought to the Lou thanks to Luc features an impeccable line-up of some up-and-coming bands as well as some tried and true groups.

Dana Smith's Southtown Famous Exhibition feat.
@ Fort Gondo / 3151 Cherokee St.
6 p.m. / free / all ages / FB
Paintings depicting live local shows over the last 7 years get serenaded by the one and only Dottie Georges, a long lost songstress and friend who we're glad to hear from again.

Jack Buck
w/Magic City
Coward (Columbia/Kansas City, MO)
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois Rd.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Instrumental prog from CoMo gets paired with two of the river city's finest rock outfits, though dressed in two totally different directions.

Recent adds to the WD calendar:
1/13: Scene of Irony, All Things Aquatic, Vivisecticide + more @ Fubar
1/15: Warm Jets USA, Troubadour Dali, Tenement Ruth @ Off Broadway
1/20: CaveofswordS, Ou Où, US English @ Floating Laboratories
1/21: Falsetto Boy, Kid Counselor, Heavy Weather @ Bowen House
1/22: Side FX (IN), Zodiacs (IN), Shitting Gold @ Bonerville
1/22: Frances with Wolves, Troubadour Dali, Electric Garden @ Off Broadway
1/26: Chackerine (TN), Frances with Wolves @ Pig Slop
1/28: Temples, Sense of Peace, Ruby Armada, Love Kingsford @ Cicero's
1/28: Pillow Talk, The Winchester, Shaved Women, Black Panties @ Lemmons
1/29: Magic City, R&P Motion Picture Orchestra, Troubadour Dali, Red Mouth @ Off Broadway
1/31: Dem Scientist, Oh No You Didn't, French Fry Guys + more @ Illegal Tone Recordings
2/10: Bloody Knives (TX), Bug Chaser, Tone Rodent, Trauma Harness @ El Lenador
2/11: Navigator, The Potomac Accord, Estevan, Io Media @ Lemmons
2/14: Xina Xurner (IL), Pooper (IL), Melanympha, Doom Town @ Pig Slop
2/17: Cut Hands @ Apop Records
2/25: Barely Free Partial Prisoners @ Heavy Anchor
3/10: Jowls (MI) @ Lemp Arts Center
4/1: Many Arms (PA) @ TBA

Recommended Shows the Week of 1/2/12 - 1/8/12


Overpower (Indianapolis)
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Empire! Empire! (MI)
w/Dowsing (IL)
I Fell From The Apple Tree
Corporate States of America
@ Illegal Tone Recordings / 8 South Church Street
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages / FB


Shoppers (NY)
w/Shaved Women
Trauma Harness
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB


The Bad Plus
@ Jazz at the Bistro / 3536 Washington Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $15-35 / all ages
*shows available Wed. Jan. 4 - Sat. Jan. 7


Totally Gay Cop
w/Wild Child (MN)
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Bye-bye 2011!

KDHX asked us to submit our top 10 favorite releases for 2011, and here they are!:

-Battles - Gloss Drop (Warp)
-Britches - Demonstration (Hi Fi Octopi)
-Deerhoof - Deerhoof VS Evil (Polyvinyl)
-Egg Chef - Opinions Are Meaningless in the Void 7" (Apop)
-Glass Teeth - Notice of Termination (Self-released)
-Hella - Tripper (Sargent House)
-Nicoffeine - Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer (Blunoise)
-PRE - Third Album (Skin Graft)
-Sine Nomine - Golobulus (Nomine Factions)
-Ugh God - A Pony on Top of a Mountain (Self-released)

Here's our playlist from our show last week, featuring these albums and plenty mo' releases from the past year that we enjoyed. You can listen to the archive stream of the show for a couple more weeks by clicking here.

-Deerhoof “The Merry Barracks” from Deerhoof VS. Evil (Polyvinyl)
-Battles “Sweetie & Shag (feat. Kazu Makino)” from Gloss Drop (Bonus Track Version) (Warp Records 2011)
-Gang Gang Dance “Adult Goth” from Eye Contact (4AD)
-Britches “Blue Ruin” from Demonstration (Hi Fi Octopi Recordings)
-Gay Beast “We Keep our Victims Ready” from Charm (Skin Graft)
-Egg Chef “Orange Wurm” from Opinions Are MEANINGLESS In The Void 7" (Apop Records)
-Cheer-Accident “Salad Dies” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs (Cuneiform)
-Hella “Kid Life Crisis” from Tripper (Sargent House)
-Gnarwhal “Shaun Day Off” from Duane (self-released)
-Melt-Banana “Loop Nebula” from initial t (Initial Records)
-PRE “Yr Fun is Fun” from Third Album (Skin Graft Records)
-The Masculine Journey “It's This” from Exposure (self-released)
-Volcanoes “With the Creatures” from Faults EP (self-released)
-Female Demand “Eat Who I Eat” from Outside The Universe (self released)
-Glass Teeth “SECRET LIFE” from Notice of Termination (self-released)
-Mother Night “Bronanza Bus Lines” from Giants In The Electric Wallpaper (self released)
-Jack Buck “Bliss Beach” from Ugly (self released)
-Sine Nomine “Needs vs Wants” from Golobulus (Nomine Faction)
-ONlythebugman “faith based initiative” from Executive Power Lunch (Good Looking White Girl Records)
-Nicoffeine “Proteineache” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer (Blunoise)
-Black Pus “Beneath the Wheel” from Primordial Pus (Load)
-The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt “I want to get high but I don't want brain damage” from The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt (Warner Bros.)
-High Castle “Swamp Thing” from Spirit Of The West (Zum Audio)
-The Stnnng “Howling Man” from Live At KDHX 3/30/11 (KDHX)
-Dead Rider “Mother's Meat” from The Raw Dents (Tizona Records)