Recommended Shows This Week 4/22/13 - 4/28/13


CJ Boyd
Rooster Doctor
(of The Barely Free Partial Prisoners)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave
8 PM / $5 / 21+

Watching CJ Boyd is like reaching into a grab bag of gold mixed with live hedgehogs. Boyd could decide to pepper you with subtle string music or blast you with abrasive noise. Check the video above for some of the former, but be prepared for the latter. The ever engaging Rooster Doctor opens with fresh ambient tunes.


Wax Idols (Oakland, CA)
TV Ghost (Lafayette, IN)
Autonomy (Carbondale, IL)
Trauma Harness
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
8:00 PM / $7 / 21+

Jangly post-punk fills the bar with wiry sounds coming from Oakland, California. If you're wondering what the heck 'post-punk' means in 2013; Bring 7 bucks and ear plugs. Trauma Harness is fresh off the release of a split 7 inch with Bunnygrunt, so be sure to look out for that if you're into collecting wax.


Solid Attitude (Iowa City, IA)
Shit For Brains (Carbondale, IL)
Shaved Women
Lumpy and The Dumpers

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9:00 PM / $5 / all ages

Expect full-on sunglasses wearing, pogo-stick carrying punk with nasty guitars. All four bands provide visceral sounds through rough-edged songs. Solid Attitude is touring on a new 7 inch and Shit For Brains makes their St. Louis debut.


Marriage (Austin, TX)
Spelling Bee

@ Mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee Street
9:30 PM / $5 / all ages

Marriage brings tribal rhythms while building walls of insane noise to create dance-able but complex songs. Featuring members of Black Eyes and When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Marriage brings together abrasion and accessibility. Britches is blackened indie rock with howling vocals and skronk-riddled guitars.
Check out the EARLY show happening over at FOAM: Four Hands, Sasquatch Telepath, Lobster and Perverted starting at 9 PM SHARP

Keep an eye out for these gigs NEXT week:

Kremlin (Canada), Laughboy (IL), Bath House Boys (first show) and Pink Sock at Bonerville on Monday 4/29

Moonrises (IL), Trancers and Kisser at Mushmaus on Tuesday 4/30

BDR Records Show with Trauma Harness (as MAX LOAD) and more on Friday 5/3

Cool Dog (MN) and Demonlover at Blank Space on Saturday 5/4

Barely Free Partial Prisoners release show at the Livery in the afternoon (2 PM) on Saturday 5/4

APOP Records 9th Birthday Party at Plush on Saturday 5/4

Lazer Guitar #10 by Curtis Tinsley

Part 10 of Lazer Guitar, by Curtis Tinsley. Click the thumbnail to view this week's comic. Check back every Monday around noon to continue Tinsley's saga of ethereal jams, the ghosts of rock gods and all around brain-fuckery.
Curtis tinsley lives in Saint Louis and only works on weekends. He spends the rest of his time drawing Cahokia Truth and producing art for bands (Yowie, Spelling Bee, Canyons and many others). Tinsley is a regular contributor to ELEVEN magazine and maintains a slick site for his work at

Interview: Chris Corsano of Chikamorachi, Performing on 4/20 at Apop's RSD Afterparty

This weekend is bananas. If you haven't planned out your show-going itinerary yet, here's a handy guide to Record Store Day and other happenings in St. Louis. We highly recommend checking out Apop's Record Store Day After Party this Saturday, Apr. 20 at Foam. Joe did a nice write-up about Chikamorachi on the RFT Music blog. Read on for an additional Q&A with percussionist Chris Corsano.

When did you begin performing as a percussionist?
Chris Corsano: I started playing drums when I was 14. When I was about 19 I heard some freely improvised music live for the first time and it immediately swept me away. I began playing that way immediately with whoever I could find who felt the same way, but I wasn't really that fussed about doing it live in front of an audience. It felt like something very personal that I was doing for my own sake. Gradually over the next few years, I did more and more shows and by 2003, I was touring a little. Now I travel a whole lot throughout the year improvising with different people as I go along. I've come to really enjoy and feed off the energy of live shows, hoping that I can pass along a little bit of that enthusiasm for improvised music to people who come to the gigs.

What similarities do you feel between playing composed pieces and free improvisation?
Well, you're still dealing with all of those musical elements of structure, pitch, tempo, harmony, etc., the difference being that with free improvisation you're making these decisions as you go along, hopefully better able to adjust from moment-to-moment to what's happening around you.

Who, if anyone, was a major influence on your approach to playing when you first began?
Lots of people. All the people I listened to on record - Albert Ayler, Milford Graves, DNA, Captain Beefheart, Patty Waters, Ornette Coleman...the list could be endless. Mostly, though, the people who I played like Paul Flaherty with really influenced my sound because I was relating to/communicating with them directly, not through a set of musical references. Put it this way, I played with Daniel Carter one afternoon and quit a job I was working the very next day to spend more time pursuing freely improvised music. It's hard to cite a bigger influence than that.

When listening to others, which qualities captivate you, musically?
It's hard to put a name on it without painting a more limited picture of what it is. Some kind of gravity that draws you into their orbit, maybe? I definitely want to hear somebody with a personal sound that's all their own.

The approach to flowing free-jazz requires a unique set of considerations. What recurring thoughts, if any, do you have while performing?
The main thought (if you even want to put it on such a conscious could also call it an impulse because much of it is done in more of an instinctual manner rather than an academic one) is to be simultaneously taking in what your bandmates are playing and giving back. It's a rapid-fire information exchange where you need to be listening and processing and feeling so you're not just spitting out meaningless data. There's enough of that in the world already.
How does playing with an artist like Darin Gray differ from solo efforts?
First and foremost, playing with somebody like Darin is about the collaboration and becoming collectively greater than the sum of your parts. Playing solo is also trying to play at a level somehow beyond yourself, but you then have to look for other sources of inspiration to do so (maybe the energy of the crowd, the acoustic properties of a room providing new ways of dealing with familiar musical territory, etc..)

Live performance and recorded music offer different challenges. What qualities do you search for in your own captured sound?
Ideally, I hope the recording captures the sound like the way I heard it when playing it. And not just in a technical sense, but I want the record to pass along as much of the emotional information I was putting out there when playing.

Saint Louis has a deep history with experimental music, so I'd like your perspective on Saint Louis compared to larger cities such as Chicago and New York.
Well, last year was the first and only time I'd been to St. Louis, but it was great and I'm very happy to be coming back. I got to meet Charles Bobo Shaw, the drummer from the Black Artists Group and Human Arts Ensemble. What a legend and a great guy! If he, Darin and Jeremy Kannapell are any indication, then it's a town full of incredible, kind and generous musicians.

Recommended Shows This Week 4/15/13 - 4/21/13


Beauty Pageant
The Night Grinder
N. Nomurai
Dave Stone
Baba Yaga
Strat Trio

@ Mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
8 PM / free / all ages

The first of many monthly noise shows throws down on the dreaded tax day. Grotesque, bizarre and positively creepy vibes float among static and feedback. Scuzzy visuals and overall subversion populate the Mushmaus art-warehouse. This here shindig is free, so check out the seedy underbelly of St. Louis music free-of-charge.


Brother Gruesome (Oklahoma City, OK)
Spelling Bee
Dad Jr.
Yikes Is Right
Rooster Noodle Soup
(Jake Cohen of Barely Free)
@ Secret House Show / 3918 Michigan Ave.
8 PM / $5 suggested donation / all ages

Southern twang invades noisy grunge rock with Brother Gruesome's hard blend of psychedelics. Hard, trashy drums punctuate messy guitar and moaning vocals. More shifty-eyed weirdos from St. Louis open the show, crossing the abrasive and the loud.


Record Store Day After Party Sponsored by APOP Records
Chikamorachi (Chris Corsano & Darin Gray)
Ghost Ice
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 
8 PM / $10 (worth every penny) / all ages
Free improvisations from weathered noise vets fills the keen coffeehouse Foam. After an all day squall of the hard and heavy, relax with the experimental jazz duo whose members have worked with Sonic Youth and The Dazzling Killmen among many others. Ghost Ice, our city's best kept secret, makes a rare appearance.

Heavy Anchor 2 Year Anniversary Party 
Jack Buck
The Lion's Daughter
Everything Went Black
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
8 PM / free / 21+

Heavy Anchor celebrates two years with all kinds of noisy, metallic hardcore. Heavy Anchor has been open to mostly any show, and has provided a home to many touring bands over the past 24 months. The show's free, so swing by and give the staff a high five.

Broken Prayer (Chicago, IL)
Bug Chaser
Hoonbag Moonswag
Jeff Robtoy

@ Chromozone / Somewhere on Illinois
9 PM / donations / all ages

Broken Prayer blends synth into growling hardcore. Check out their new record on Sorry State Records with cover art by Jeff Robtoy. Kisser and Bug Chaser bring the freaky psych-rock while Googolplexia and Jeff Robtoy provide cheap tricks and chuckles.

Stonechat (Album Release)
Lions Eat Grass
That Ain't No Blunt

@ No Coast Skate Shop / 4260 Manchester Ave.
6 PM / free / all ages

Feel good brainy jams cross into St. Louis by way of four duos. Each band brings riffs and melody with their own unique slant on composition. Check out the great songwriting and powerful drumming throughout.

Record Store Day (4/20) is stacked on all fronts this year. We've highlighted the smaller shows above, but read below for details on the larger events. Oh yeah, all these events below are free.

Saturday, April 20th
12 p.m. - Wax Fruit
12:40 p.m. - NRML PPL
1:20 p.m. - Broken Prayer
2:00 p.m. - Bad Dates
2:40 p.m. - Grand Inquisitor
3:20 p.m. - Redemer
4:00 p.m. - Trauma Harness
4:40 p.m. - Brainstems
5:20 p.m. - Union Electric
6:00 p.m. - Ou Où
6:40 p.m. - Lumpy
7:20 p.m. - Black James
8:00 p.m. - Shaved Women

Friday, April 19th
5 p.m. - Troubadour Dali
6 p.m. - The Vanilla Beans
7 p.m. - Black James
8 p.m. - Adult Fur
Saturday, April 20th
11 a.m. - The Jungle Fire
12 p.m. - Bo and The Locomotive
1 p.m. - Fumer
2 p.m. - née
3 p.m. - Cotton Mather
4 p.m. - The Love Experts
5 p.m. - The Jans Project
6 p.m. - Sleepy Kitty
7 p.m. - The Bottle Rockets
Sunday, April 21st
12 p.m. - The Deciders
1 p.m. - Superhero Killer
2 p.m. - CaveofswordS
3 p.m. - Dibiase
4 p.m. - Karate Bikini
5 p.m. - Yowie

Saturday, April 20th
10:30 a.m. - The Chainsaw Gentleman
11 a.m. - Kisser / Beth Bombara / Accelerando
12 p.m. - Bruiser Queen
1 p.m. - Josh Ritter
2 p.m. - The Incurables
3 p.m. - Mathias and the Pirates / Scripts N Screwz / Thelonius Kryptonite / Adult Fur / CaveofswordS
4 p.m. - Brothers Lazaroff
5 p.m. - Black Spade
5:30 p.m. - Back Street

InFest 2 @ 2720 CHEROKEE ST.
Saturday, April 20th
3:20 p.m. - Syna So Pro
4 p.m. - Cody James
4:40 p.m. - Dan Hubbard
5:20 p.m. - The Airliners
6 p.m. - Moon Jr.
6:40 p.m. - Jack Buck
7:20 p.m. - Kids & Chemicals (Springfield, MO)
8 p.m. - ManCub (Denver)
8:40 p.m. - Sine Nomine
9:20 p.m. - Frances With Wolves
10 p.m. - Volcanoes
10:40 p.m. - it!
11:20 p.m. - Troubadour Dali
12 p.m. - Luxxter (DJ)
12:30 p.m. - Billy Brown (DJ) w/ Ra Cailum (DJ)
Sunday, April 21st
3:20 p.m. - MME
4 p.m. - Pistols and the Sisters
4:40 p.m. - Darris Robbins
5:20 p.m. - The Leopard
6 p.m. - The Educated Guess
6:40 p.m. - Night Flights
7:20 p.m. - Jordan, Rodman, Pippen
8 p.m. - Ou Ou
8:40 p.m. - The Pat Sajak Assassins
9:20 p.m. - Scripts N Screws
10 p.m. - Clusterpluck

Lazer Guitar #9 by Curtis Tinsley

Part 9 of Lazer Guitar, by Curtis Tinsley. Click the thumbnail to view this week's comic. Check back every Monday around noon to continue Tinsley's saga of ethereal jams, the ghosts of rock gods and all around brain-fuckery.
Curtis tinsley lives in Saint Louis and only works on weekends. He spends the rest of his time drawing Cahokia Truth and producing art for bands (Yowie, Spelling Bee, Canyons and many others). Tinsley is a regular contributor to ELEVEN magazine and maintains a slick site for his work at

Recommended Shows This Week 4/1/13 - 4/7/13


Night Birds (New Jersey, NJ)
Tenement (WI)
Give (Washington D.C.)
9 PM / $10 / 21+
Blast some skronky surf punk from America's dirtiest city of New Jersey. Tenement's been critically acclaimed almost everywhere, so go see for yourself what these mugs are all about. Lumpy & The Dumpers tears through new material opening for these recent punx of the highest praise.


(first show)
Deerhoof tricks one into thinking about pop music, then turns the sound on its head with rough edged jazz. Check out this interview I did with Greg Saunier in late 2011.


Altar Of Complaints (Nashville, TN)
8 PM / $5 / all ages
Altar of Complaints comes from Nashville to shred through dark post-hardcore. Unhinged and heavy, Altar moves through quick songs with furious fervor. Both Laika and Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter are fresh faced bands with new takes on post-punk.


The Funs break out on tour with a heavy set of rippin' bands from South City.  Hip hip hooray!

Coma Regalia (Lafayette, IN)
Texas Instruments (Kansas City, KS)
Post-hardcore and melodic math rock fill the wide walls of Mushmaus. The strict and sloppy intertwine with punk intent. Anodes plays heavy, hard-hitting songs that feel like a thick wall of sound.

In other news, Tone Rodent's new EP just released in Brazil. Check that right here: