Radiator Greys (Josh Levi)
Die Reihe (Jack Callahan)
DJ Max Eisenberg
Jade Room / 3131 S Grand Blvd
9 pm / free / 21+
This is a free show featuring three St. Louis ex-pats who've hit greener pastures in recent years. Maybe it's because of family or the enduring stench of St. Louis that brings these guys back? Either way, Jade Room is a cozy space that confines you close enough to make eye contact with these weirdos. The noise is a bonus.
FRIDAY, DEC. 27
Kowabunga Kid (IL)
Soap Scum (IL)
Babe Maggots (members of Willis)
@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee St
9 pm / free / 21+
Kowabunga Kid does raw, energetic punk with really solid, catchy riffs. Soap Scum is their grimy counterpart and the two out-of-towners are joined by some of St. Louis' best "anti-punx." Animal Teeth is snotty rock 'n roll with ridiculous bass shredding and Babe Maggots is the latest beat-punk offering by the heads behind Willis.
Jack Buck (FINAL SHOW)
Fake Limbs (IL)
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St
7:30 pm / free / all ages
Jack Buck sits somewhere between metal, hardcore and early '90s math rock via Shellac and the Jesus Lizard. They could be described as noisy, but the band plays far too tight to introduce any truly loose elements. Jack Buck is a band for fans of rehearsed, dynamic and carefully-crafted songs that never veer too far in any musical direction except "heavy." This is their final show.
SATURDAY, DEC. 28
What We Won't See
Phalange (Joseph Hess Solo/First Show)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St
8 pm / free / all ages
Andy Ortmann is a noise legend. From his show on renowned station WFMU to his work in Panicsville, Ortmann consistently brings a fresh take on a challenging genre. What We Won't See is noise rock with a fetish for drum machines and Raglani brings his careful modular mania with a little beauty to an otherwise harsh show.
Perfect Pussy (NY)
Times Beach (Tape Release Show)
Self Help (members of Doom Town, Shaved Women)
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St
9:30 pm / $6 / 21+
You might have heard of Perfect Pussy from the 6 or so articles Pitchfork has done about them in the past two months. Or maybe you were a fan of the singer's last band, Shoppers. Either way, Perfect Pussy is hot hot hot right now and if you don't jump on this chance to see them, you might be bummed you didn't. Or you might have to catch them at a bigger venue next time around. Times Beach will have their brand new tape on hand, and it's definitely worth the extra 5 bucks you'll need past the door fee.
Lemp Arts Center just announced their beSTLast show of 2013 featuring LzBnz, Cinema Verite, Brazil, and Stonechat. If the two shows above don't scratch your itch, you can always check this out as a more melodic, mellow alternative.
SUNDAY, DEC. 29
Weak Wick (MN)
@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8 pm / bring donations / all ages
This blog has an over-abundance of the words "punk" and "noise" in it. If there were ever a band that equally embodied those two words, it's Weak Wick. The band's snotty vocals over spaced out guitar tends to be a perfect match with loud, straight-ahead drums. There's something here for fans of both blanket genres, and there's something to be said for a band that somehow makes such weird sounds feel so accessible. Brain Transplant plays for the second time this week, so if you missed the first gig, be sure to catch this show. Same goes for Stone Chat.