Recommended Shows This Week 1/28/2013 - 2/3/2013


PAK (Providence, RI)
Dungeon Broads (Providence, RI)
Ghost Ice
Blemished Stone

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

If tape loops and swampy sounds aren't your thing, look elsewhere. If you're skeptical on noise, come see Ghost Ice. He's our prophet of synthesized sound and rarely comes out to play. Get ready for a brain tear.


Hyrrokkin (Yellow Springs, OH)
The Cell Phones (Chicago, IL)
The Baby Magic (Chicago, IL)
Spelling Bee

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
8 p.m. / FREE / all ages
The Cell Phones and Baby Magic bring wild indie from the Windy City. Hyrrokkin travels from Ohio to pile on brainy-jams via punk and jazz. Tap Room is the only spot in St. Louis to bring three touring bands for the price of free, and their space is open to all ages. Come for the range of indie to experimental, with all groups bearing punk flavor.

Bloody Knives (Austin, TX)
Bug Chaser
Tone Rodent
Demon Lover

@ Plush / 3224 Locust St.
8 p.m. / $6 / 18+
4 bands fill Plush's tall stage with noisy shoegaze. Austin's Bloody Knives return after tearing up El Lenador last winter, and bring a new line-up to promote their latest record "Blood."

Bath House Boys
(coming out party!)
@ Bad Dog Bar & Grill / 3960 Chouteau
9 p.m. / free / 21+

This is the coming out party for a power trio who may or not be power bottoms...or power tops. Maybe both? Neither? Catch the live drag show or chill with dirty rapper Escalade. So many options, so little body hair.

Egg Chef just released a compilation of recordings comprised of EPs, tapes and unreleased tracks through Bandcamp. Egg Chef was active from 2009 to late 2011. The group ended shortly after releasing a 7" record through APOP Records. Here's the embed, check it out!

Recommended Shows This Week 1/21/2013 - 1/31/2013


STAY RETARDED WEEKEND Two Shows / Dudes Magazine Release Parties
The Haddonfields
Better Days
+20 other bands

@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois
$20 all weekend pass / 21+ / Click here to visit the Facebook event/schedule

If you don't party, don't bother. Also, if you're easily offended, kindly take your ass elsewhere. Dudes Magazine issue 20 is now available to the masses, and this fest right here rings in the new year with the hairiest of the hairy and too many bands to list. Rock 'n Roll by way of weirdos and burnouts alike!

InFest StL - A Two Day Indoor Indie Festival
Eric Hall
Union Electric
Zagk Gibbons
+ many, many more

@ 2720 / 2720 Cherokee St.
free / all ages / Click here to visit the Facebook event/schedule

InFest grabs a random sample from every corner of St. Louis music. If you're at all unfamiliar with local music or want a quick refresh on what's happening in and around town, hit up this FREE and ALL AGES shindig. This is the first of a seasonal series.


Tiny Moving Parts (Fargo, ND)

@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Go stare down Laika during their inaugural show. The new group features members from Iron Hills, Badgerhunt and LzBnz. Tiny Moving Parts drops a hot cup of emo on their pants and Stonechat tears up Pavement style dream-rock. Crucial confuses.


PAK (Providence, RI)
Dungeon Broads (Providence, RI)
Ghost Ice
Blemished Stone

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

If tape loops and swampy sounds aren't your thing, look elsewhere. If you're skeptical on noise, come see Ghost Ice. He's our prophet of synthesized sound and rarely comes out to play. Get ready for a brain tear.

On an unrelated but totally relevant note, Mark Plant (of Masculine Journey) moved to Chicago several months ago. Not content to turn in his punk card, Mark rips with Broken Prayer, a noisy post-punk five-some. Check these sounds:

Starting February 4th, we'll be featuring a weekly comic by way of local artist Curtis Tinsley titled LAZER GUITAR.

Recommended Shows This Weekend 1/18/13 - 1/20/13


Caboladies featured in the video above
@ White Flag Projects / 4568 Manchester Ave
7 p.m. / $10 students - $20 general / all ages

New Music Circle presents Caboladies. Staples of midwest experimental music, Caboladies uses electronics to form complex aural landscapes. Live visuals will be supplied by special guest Robert Beatty. Not to be missed!


Whoarfrost (Baltimore, MD) featured in the video above
Red Squad
Segmentation Fault

@ Foam / 3358 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 pm / $5 / all ages

Hairy prog by way of Baltimore, Whoarfrost converges with Midwest post-punk. Expect a perverse rekindling of King Crimson with free-jazz obsessed drumming. Also, go see Red Squad. They're great and pretty underrated is this city.

Barely Free Partial Prisoners (EP Release)
Little Big Bangs

The Livery / 3211 Cherokee St.
9 PM / free / 21+

Barely Free improvises on back tracks while its members sling rhymes with a social and political bend. Noisy, unruly and always solid. Pick up their new disk for a clean five bucks. Little Big Bangs is a foursome of '90s worship, invoking Sonic Youth and Pavement.


Side FX (Indianapolis, IN) featured in the video above
Blind X Justice (Indianapolis, IN)
Totally Gay Cop
Who Fucking Cares?
Pink Sock

Bonerville / Drive around on Michigan Avenue
9 PM / $5 / all ages

The video we posted sounds like a blown out tape thrown in a campfire and kicked down a dirt road. Hopefully Side FX hits Bonerville with the same trashcan sound. We all want to feel like our ears are broken without actually becoming deaf, right?

The two of us happen to freelance for the Riverfront Times' music section. More often than not, we choose to push our benign thoughts on the masses with our expert (amateur?) opinion on a variety of subjects. The latest stems from touring and playing host to fellow musicians. Check them out here:
Six Tips For Hosting Dirty Vagrants (Also Known as Touring Bands)
Six Tips On How To Be an Awful House Guest: Musician Edition

YO! Tonight at Mushmaus


Names Divine (Chicago, IL) featured in the video above
Sandra Lolo of Alaskus
Zak Marmalefsky

Whiskey Ginger aka Chelsi Webster
@ Mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Names Divine is molten folk with creepy undertones and a penchant for harsh sounds. Four St. Louis borne solo acts open, making for a loaded night of intimate jams.

Recommended Shows This Weekend 1/11/13 - 1/12/13


Kevin Harris / Nathan Cook Duo K.H. featured in the video above
No POMO/Textbook Punk
+ visual media from Jeremy J, Mr. Ben, Chizmo & more
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Expect gnarly textures and digital brain-banging. Visual oddities warp your senses while the sounds make you wily. Cold basement be damned, this is a hot night of noise.

Consonant Drift (ambient night) feat.:
Jake Leech
(of Kid Counselor) featured in the video above
Syna So Pro
Eric Hall
Travis Bursik
(of Ou Où)
Kevin McDermott (of CaveofswordS)
Mikey Wehling
@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Ambient sounds born from free-form jazz and other improvised music arrive bare and stripped down. CONSONANT DRIFT focuses on the solo performer, merging members from Ou Où, Messy Jiverson and CaveofswordS to deliver brief, singular pieces of new music


SLUT RIVER (Iowa City, IA) featured in the video above
Sioux City Pete & the Beggars (Iowa City, IA)
Maximum Effort
Spending Habits

@ Chromozone
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Jams collide with garage and hardcore, post and present. Slut River brings feverish drums and static-drenched guitar work from Iowa City. Maximum Effort spreads the seeds of paranoia while Spending Habits slings Fugazi-esque post punk.

Tone Rodent posted a new video for their song "Down" featured on their latest 7 inch, a split with ROSCO aka Sterling Roswell. Peep that:

Hit their Bandcamp page for the full release.

Jeremy Melsha (noise artist) released this visual collage for a sound art piece recently recorded in my basement.

Beyond the Empaths. from RenderedHighRecords on Vimeo.

Tonight: Small House (KY), Roomrunner (MD) and Speedy Ortiz (MA) @ CBGB


Roomrunner (Baltimore, MD)
Small House (Bowling Green, KY)
Speedy Ortiz (Northampton, MA)
Spelling Bee

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ / FB
See what happens when a mass of touring bands collide on a Monday night! You get a grungy, mathy, noisy mess -- that's what.

St. Louis Hits the Road: Tips From the Many Local Bands that Toured in 2012

This article was intended to be on Wrong Division as my sentimental letter to St. Louis music in 2012. I often do freelance work for The Riverfront Times and their readership happens to be thousands of people, so I thought the piece would be better served through their music blog. I wasn't able to include every adventurous band or artist (there's only so much space in my skull), but I know Falsetto Boy and Ou Ou both hit the road among many others.

Proof of the elusive Yowie in Europe. This photo was shamelessly stolen from the band's Facebook

"Local bands are becoming emboldened enough to venture outside of St. Louis' borders due in part to continued support from local fans and media. Promoters like Mike Cracchiolo and Johnny Vegas drive local artists into opening spots for buzz-worthy touring bands. DIY show bookers such as Luc Michalski, Rob Ruzicka, Meghan Cowling, Tiffany Minx (just to name a few) helped pack South city basements, riverside vans and other non-traditional spaces all year. Former venue Pig Slop Studios brought a pile of noise artists north to a church in Chicago for a party more sacrilegious than usual, featuring Beauty Pageant, Melanympha Meatbeat and more."
Read the entire article over at RFT Music