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