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.