Recommended Shows this Weekend 3/31/12 - 4/1/12


Pillow Talk (demo release)
Airport Elementary School (featured in the video above)
The Union Electric
@ CBGB / 3163 Grand Blvd.
9:30 p.m. / free / 21+

South Grand's favorite dive features some of the St. Louis music scene's best veterans supporting Pillow Talk's highly anticipated demo release. Keep an ear out for everything from mellow loosely composed melodies to punk'n'roll influences.

Carlos Bandana
I Could Sleep in the Clouds
The Campfire Club
Ghosts I Have Been
Spastic Plastic
@ Family Visions Center
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Feeling like a homebody? Get the best of going out while still sticking to the couch by getting cozy in the FVC living room to plenty of tunes sure to charm the night away.


Many Arms (Philadelphia, PA)
The Conformists
Airport Elementary School
@ Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts / 3151 Cherokee St.
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages

If the world ends in 2012, we're pretty sure this would make a damn good soundtrack for our descent into oblivion. Enjoy chaotic yet collected sounds from some of the best damn math rock masters you'll ever see together in such a small space, and don't forget to stay on your toes lest you end up an April fool.

For more recommended shows this weekend, check out our sidebar listing.

Galen Gondolfi of Fort Gondo

James McAnally of the Luminary Center for The Arts put together a great piece on Galen Gondolfi, which outlines his contributions to St. Louis art and music. Check this out HERE.
"I couldn’t think of a more appropriate conclusion to our month-long St. Louis feature than a free-form exploration of the influence of Galen Gondolfi’s Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts on the area’s alternative art community. The small storefront gallery has defined the DIY, startup art culture of the city for a decade and in the process has created one of the few outposts we could justifiably call a community. The abstract, shifting target we call Cherokee Street owes its identity to the complicated legacy of Galen and Fort Gondo, the evolving list of basement venues, apartment galleries, record stores and print collectives each equally indebted to the work he started in early 2002." read more

Recommended Shows the Week of 3/20/12 - 3/26/12


Odonis Odonis (Toronto, Canada) featured in the video above
Hooded Fang (Canada)
Magic City
Coca-Cola Classic
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2100 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation $ / all ages

Twangy surf rock with dreamy noises from Canada. Psychedelic sounds are scattered about as Magic City brings sure-fire rock n' roll and a line-up of bonafide weirdos.


I Love You (Chicago, IL) featured in the video above
Midwestern Trash Vortex (Chicago, IL)
Skarekrau Radio
Demonlover (former members of Theodore)
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2100 Locust St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

I Love You has been sprewing space-rock guitar songs since the early 2000's, but this latest iteration sees frontman Justin Randel going wild over noisy beats and rendered loops. Skarekrau Radio is St. Louis's resident no-wave cult, so check 'em out.


Dry Feet (Philadelphia, PA) featured in the video above
Bad Doctors (Philadelphia, PA)
Trauma Harness
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Boulevard
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Snotty garage rock from Philly clashes with St. Louis's latest gloom-punk band. CBGB's is a narrow space and bands sound really loud; It's the perfect venue for a noisy throw-down on a Thursday night.


Relentless Approach (Iowa) featured in the video above
Diamondz R 4 Eva (Lincoln, NE)
Violations (first show)
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Fast, snarling hardcore with a pinch of St. Louis FUCK WAVE. Notorious B.I.G. worship and other things amidst a debut show for Violations.

Japanther (Brooklyn, NY) featured in the video above
Ken South Rock (Osaka, Japan)
Filthy Savage (NY)
Ryan Harvey (Baltimore, MD)
Sleepy and The Bedtimes
Little Big Bangs
Holy Doldrums
@ The PMS House
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This is a Spring-time garage-rock music festival held in tiny house in South St. Louis. Japanther is wild and Ken South Rock comes all the way from Osaka, Japan. Get there on time, because this is going to be overpacked and crowded as hell.


Bad Braids (Philadelphia, PA) featured in the video above
Black Magic Family Band (Philadelphia, PA)
Ramblin' E Moore (Rochester, NY)
Falsetto Boy (and his backing band)
@ The Family Visions Center
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Experimental folk with brooding vocals and meandering guitar parts cloud a diverse line-up of folk and avant-garde hip-hop. Wild and oddly fitting for the Family Visions Center, a house venue located over on Texas in South City.


Negative Degree (Denver, CO) featured in the video above
Sucked Dry (Kansas City, MO)
The Nukes (Chicago, IL)
Doom Town
Masculine Journey
@ Bonerville
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Bring cash to this one; three touring bands are rolling by St. Louis on a quiet Sunday evening. Doom Town and Masculine Journey are set to tear it up and show these Midwestern ingrates how we do it in St. Louis.

Recent adds to the WD calendar:
3/21: I Love You (Chicago, IL), Midwestern Trash Vortex (Chicago, IL), Skarekrau Radio, Demonlover @ Pig Slop Studios
3/21: Psychic Ills (NY), Prince Rama (NY), Kid Counselor @ 2720 Cherokee
3/23: Relentless Approach (IA), Diamonds R 4 Eva (IA), Escalade, Violations @ El Lenador
3/25: The Hive Dwellers, Dustin Wong (Ponytail), Woodsman, Sleep in Sundays @ The Luminary
3/25: Humdrum, Magic City, The Campfire Club @ Off Broadway
3/31: Googolplexia, Ellen the Felon, Middle Class Fashion, Normandie Wilson @ Lemmons
4/3: S.L.F.M (UT), Adam King +tba @ cheddr den
4/6: Doomtown, The Dirty Few @ Lemmons
4/7: Unicycle Loves You (Chicago, IL), Pat Sajak Assassins, Frances with Wolves
4/8: Broncho (OK), Warm Jets USA @ The Gramophone
4/11: Mr. Gnome, Volcanoes, Bear Hive @ Plush
4/13: Laundryroom Squelchers @ Apop Records
4/15: Khann (Orlando, FL), Strangers Now, Better Days, Anodes
4/15: Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost @ Off Broadway
4/19: EVOLVE, Chemical Committee, Jim Swill + tba @ Family Visions Center
4/20: Escalade, What We Won't See, Eric Hall @ Schlafly Tap Room
4/21: Record Store Day @ Apop Records
4/21: Ravenhill, Bunnygrunt, Black Bears @ The Heavy Anchor
4/21: Chain and the Gang, Little Big Bangs @ Pig Slop Studios
4/23: Sister Fucker (Oakland, CA) @ El Lenador
4/26: Beeman Glow, Larva, Kevin Harris @ Floating Laboratories
4/28: Midnight (Cleveland, OH), Ares Kingdom (Kansas City, MO), The Gates of Slumber (Indianapolis, IN), Terra Caput Mundi, Rites of Impiety @ El Lenador
4/28: Falsetto Boy, Frontier Ruckus, Trotting Bear @ The Heavy Anchor
5/1: The Body (Providence, RI), Thou (Baton Rouge, LA) @ TBA
5/1: The Telescopes (UK), Tone Rodent, False Moves, Magic City @ The Firebird
5/10: Diablo, Isa Christ, Mister MAtthews @ TBA
5/11: The Polyphonic Spree, (Dallas, TX) Sweet Lee Morrow (Dallas, TX) @ Blueberry Hill
5/18: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Britches @ The Firebird
5/22: Diamond Hymen, No Milk, Dinner Music @ Apop Records
5/24: Bobby Conn, Skarekrau Radio, Googolplexia, STARRING @ El Lenador
5/24: Mares of Thrace (Calgary), Swells (Denver, CO), Anodes @ The Heavy Anchor
5/25: Pat Sajak Assassins, Reverse Halo Effect, The Potomac Accord @ Lemmons

St. Louis's own hardcore creeps Overdoser and Who Fucking Cares? both just dropped new recordings and hit the road on a tour to the East coast. Check out those links and hit the music players below. Enjoy!

Recommended Shows the Week of 3/15/12 - 3/19/12


Staring Problem (Carbondale, IL)
Pedals On Our Pirate Ships (Richmond, VA)
Doom Town
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Droney and dark pop-punk collides with intense psych between the wood paneled walls of El Lenador. Mood lighting for gloomy punx.


Clank, Boom and Steam! A Tribute to Tom Waits
Magic City (in the video above)
Demon Lover, Ransom Note, Peck of Dirt,
Tenement Ruth, Dock Ellis, Tommy Halloran,
Fred Friction, Johnny Vegas, De Los Muertos
Royal Smokestacks and Dubb Nubb
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $10-13 / all ages
Many of St. Louis's most prominent acts throw-down on their favorite Tom Waits tunes in the confines of Off Broadway, located just down the street from the old Lemp brewery. Under-age patrons will be prodded for a $3 cash surcharge.


Nature Boys (Kansas City, MO)
Mosquito Bandito (Kansas City, mo)
BFAST (Kansas City, MO)
Pink Sock
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

A bunch of trashy garage punk and feedback for your brain. Mosquito Bandito is an infamous one man band, and he travels with KC-rockers Nature Boys and brand new band BFAST. Pink Sock is wild and don't make no child.


Rene Hell (Portland, OR) featured in the video above
Wet Hair (Iowa City, IA)
Frances With Wolves
Ghost Ice
@ Floating Laboratories / 4528 Ohio Street
9 p.m. / $8 / all ages

Synth compositions riddled with otherworldly hums populate the art-warehouse Floating Labs on a loud, unruly Sunday night in St. Louis. Ghost Ice shares a rare performance while Frances With Wolves brings a distinctly St. Louis flavor to the proceedings.


Nones (Chicago, IL) featured in the video above
Little Big Bangs
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Wild psych rock barrels into St. Louis as Nones jams on a spur-of-the-moment show at El Lenador. Loud, dance-able songs and squealing guitars are apt descriptors of both bands featured this evening.

Code Orange Kids (Pittsburgh, PA)
Heartless (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jack Buck
Shitting Gold
Cathedreal Fever
@ The Fox Hole (at The Atomic Cowboy) / 4140 Manchester
7 p.m. / $10-12 / all ages

Code Orange Kids play sludgy songs with heavy break-downs, and Heartless is the newest crust group to be signed to Southern Lord Records. If that's not enough indication for quality, St. Louis's own Jack Buck will be among the opening bands, blasting their style of hard hitting weird-core.

I recently wrote a piece on A.J. Hofstetter and Casey Oliver (of Orion Pax)'s new group Anodes for the Riverfront Times. Check it out here.



Anodes (first show!)
Heavy Times (Chicago, IL)
Super Sonic Piss (Iowa City, IA)
Shaved Women
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Boulevard
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
Anodes, featuring members of Orion Pax and Iron Hills, makes its debut alongside the snarling sounds of Shaved Women, Iowan noise punks Super Sonic Piss, and melodic grunge pop outfit Heavy Times of from Chicago's Rotted Tooth Recordings.

More recommendations soon when we are less tired and have time to do them! Uh huh.

Recommended Shows the Week of 3/7/12 - 3/11/12


Bitchin Bajas (Chicago, IL)
Kevin Harris
Dave Stone
@ Floating Laboratories / 4528 Ohio Street
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Cooper Crane of CAVE brings his synth-powered noise engine to Floating Labs. The wildly unpredictable Britches helps welcome him, along with Floating Labs's Kevin Harris and resident skronker Dave Stone.

Boar (Dubuque, IA)
ILYGH (Dubuque, IA)
Kevin Schlueter
Aryan Cringe
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Harsh noise and wickedly loud sounds hailing from Iowa. 1/2 of The Lonely Procession makes an appearance as Kevin Schlueter shares opening spots with Josh Levi's Aryan Cringe and Oblive.


Who Fucking Cares? + Overdoser TOUR KICK-OFF SHOW
Cross Examination
Better Days
Totally Gay Cop
@ Bonerville / Corner of Michigan and Utah
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The tightest hardcore in St. Louis crammed in one noisy basement. If you want to know what the hell is going on in St. Louis hardcore, get in on this!

Jack Wright (Easton, PA)
Ajay Khanna
Dave Stone
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Prolific saxophonist and free-jazz hard-hitter Jack Wright returns to the Lemp Arts Center for the first time in 4 years. Brain Transplant members Dave Stone and Ajay Khanna will provide opening sets alongside Epicycle, which features Mark Sarich (curator of the LNAC).


The Spits (Seattle, WA)
TV Ghost (Lafayette, IN)
The Humanoids
Shaved Women
@ The Fox Hole (Atomic Cowboy) / 4140 Manchester Ave.
8 p.m. / $12 / ?

The Spits hit St. Louis for the first time ever, and on Rob Ruzicka's birthday no less. Raw punk with pop sensibility dominates the show, that is, until Shaved Women hits the stage with snarling down-tempo hardcore.

Learner Dancer (Indianapolis, IN)
Crys (Indianapolis, IN)
Innie Outie
Chariots of Maté (Cup Collector / Night Grinder collaboration)
@ Pig Slop Studios / 2700 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Psychedelic crooning and dreamy guitars hail from Indianapolis in the forms of Learner Dancer and Crys. Local weird-rock outfit Innie Outie (formerly Salotta D) opens the night along with a collaboration by Cup Collector and The Night Grinder. Noise and psych all night.


Better Days
Pillow Talk (members of Glass Teeth, Pat Sajak Assassins, There's A Killer Among Us
@ Mangia Italiano / 3145 South Grand Avenue
10 p.m. / free / 21+

Pillow Talk joins the heirarchy of bands not punk enough to be punk and not white and backwards enough to be rock n' roll. Pillow Talk throws down on their second show ever with pop-punk miscreants Better Days.


Dem Scientist
Cinema Verite
Dusty Fingers
Kowabunga! Kid (Champaign, IL)
@ Nicholas Community Center / 515 E. D Street. Belleville, IL
6 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Devo-worship sits beside surf rock and electronic music in this hodge-podge pile of Illinois-borne music. The Nicholas Community Center is home to an early show on a Sunday night with a diverse line up, so skip the Simpsons/Family Guy/whatever the hell you kids watch these days.

Recent adds to the WD calendar:
3/7: Bitchin' Bajas (Chicago, IL), Dave Stone, Britches, Kevin Harris @ Floating Laboratories
3/8: Pat Sajak Assassins, Your 33 Black Angels (Brooklyn, NY), Roundheels, Garrisons @ The Crack Fox
3/8: Jack Wright, Dave Stone, Ajay Khanna, Epicycle @ Lemp Arts Center
3/9: The Spits (Seattle, WA), TV Ghost (IN), The Humanoids, Shaved Women @ The Fox Hole (Atomic Cowboy)
3/10: Volcanoes, Zoo Animal (MN), The Half Hearts (MN), Humdrum @ Plush
3/11: Kowabunga! Kid (Champaign, IL), Cinema Verte, Dem Scientist, Dusty Fingers @ Nicholas Community Center (Belleville, IL)
3/15: Staring Problem (Chicago/Carbondale, IL), Pedals on Pirate Ships (Richmond, vA), Doom Town @ El Lenador
3/16: Tribute to Tom Waits feat. Magic City, Demonlover, De Los Muertos + many more @ Off Broadway
3/20: Odonis Odonis (Toronto, Canada), Hooded Fang (Canada) + tba @ Pig Slop Studios
3/21: Child Bite (MI), Media Ghost, Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship @ Cicero's
3/22: Dry Feet (Philadelphia, PA), Bad Doctors (Philadalphia, PA), Trauma Harness @ CBGB
3/22: Half Raptor (Russelville, AR), The Mondales, Worst Case Ontario, 431 @ Lemp Arts Center
3/28: James Leg, Whiskey Richard, Alley Ghost, Tilts @ El Lenador
4/1: Black for a Second, The Winchester, Guy Morgan, The Chill Dawgs, Popular Mechanics, Thorlock @ Lemmons
4/7: TOPS (Montreal, CA), Kid Counselor, The Mhurs @ Pig Slop Studios
4/30: Lotus Plaza (Atlanta, GA), Kid Counselor, Mirror Mode @ The Luminary Center for the Arts
5/19: Dark Blue Dark Green (Columbia, MO), Media Ghost, The Busty Friends @ The Heavy Anchor



Catacombz (Milwaukee, WI)
The Little Big Bangs
@ El Lenador / 3124 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Craving the weekend but just can't wait? Kraut rock, no wave and garage rock collide during this fun-filled night.