Recommended Shows This Weekend 6/28/13 - 6/30/13


Ou Où

@ The Turner Center for the Arts / 3109 Sutton Boulevard
7:30 p.m. / Suggested $5 Donation / All Ages

Ou Où is a duo that blends drum machine and synthesizers through the use of psychedelic sounds. The result is a mixed bag of dance and drone, which typically occupy separate ends of the electronic music spectrum. Ou Où doesn't shy away from harsh, abrasive sounds to make play well rounded set that ranges from ambient to complex and busy. This event will include Yugen's live debut.

Lovebrrd (FL)
Harmoos (MA)
Lions Eat Grass
The Night Grinder
Falsetto Boy
@ Bowen St. (Look Around, Listen Closely)
8 PM / Suggested $5 Donation / All Ages

Lovebrrd provides harsh ambient tunes comprised of feedback, vocals and guitar. Crafting this murky wall of sonic fervor, Lovebrrd's greatest qualities lies in its subtleties. The Night Grinder represents St. Louis noise with his apt control of microphones and noise.


Caddywhompus (LA)
All People (LA)
Lions Eat Grass
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Caddywhompus pumps straight-up pop rock through a nasty noise rock mesh. The heavy of a P.O.G. pedal marks the two piece's bright, thick guitar sound. Stonechat, Lions Eat Grass and Volcanoes are three of St. Louis's most active duos, so, with the exception of All People, this show is veritable weird-pop two piece fest.

Ex-Cult (TN)
Totally Gay Cop
Better Days
Cross Examination

@ Bonerville / Ask A Punk
9 p.m. / Suggested $5 Donation / All Ages

Ex-Cult features hardcore alumni who push a viral form of rock 'n' roll. Fierce and, at times, spacey, Ex-Cult fires up a tired genre with dancey jams. Totally Gay Cop returns after a lengthy hiatus and Cross Examination will attempt to perform with a severely injured lead singer. Antics will ensue.

If you're more down with the ambient, electronic stuff listed for Friday night, there's a Saturday night option too: Post Performance 2 with Black James, Eric Hall & more.

If all of the above sounds like garbage and you're hankerin' for good ol' music that could only be born here in the midwest: The Whiskey War Festival with Jack Grelle, The Maness Brothers and more.


Neoteric (MA)
Good Luck At The Hog Slaughter
Heavy Horse

@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / Suggestion $5 Donation / 21+
Neoteric is math rock with a rough, grungy vibe. Good Luck At The Hog Slaughter brings thoughtful post-punk with a wall of riffing fret-boards and a power-driven rhythm section. Heavy Horse is fierce post-hardcore that feels distinctly mid-western.

Wrong Division Summer Solstice 2013 Compilation Is Live

This entire compilation is free to download. Each individual track can also be downloaded separately. Enjoy and share!

Thanks to all of the artists and musicians who contributed to our Summer Solstice 2013 compilation.

Recommended Shows This Week 6/17/13 - 6/23/13


Bad News (San Francisco, CA)
Coppice (Chicago, IL)
Jason Zeh (Kansas City, KS)
N.N.N. Cook
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 PM / $7 / all ages

Guitar blends with synth in this experimental evening curated by Apop Records. The $7 price tag might be higher than usual, but the acts featured are all worth the extra scratch. Jason Zeh works with cassette tape manipulation, using prepared devices to create realms of varied sound.


Zack Kouns (Ironton, OH)
Zak Marmalefsky
Larva Lou
Spelling Bee

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Ave.
9 PM / free / 21+

Zack Kouns brings a mixed bag, sometimes pushing harsh noise while, at other times, playing sleazy electro-jams peppered with saxophone. Zak Marmalefsky croons over dark guitar melody, providing thick and accessible songs that feature deeply literal and personal lyrics. Larva Lou and Spelling Bee bring a little femininity to this Zach-Fest.


Black Flag
Good For You

@ Fubar / 3108 Locust St.
8 PM / $30 / all ages

This is not the original Black Flag, but it is the (Official) Black Flag nonetheless. Not much else to say here.

(Brooklyn, NY)
Lovely Little Girls (Chicago, IL)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
8 PM / free / all ages

Skin Graft emerged in the early '90s as a comic and music hybrid label blending 7" record releases with 7x7 comic books. Label owner Mark Fischer spent the label's early years in St. Louis, where he started a legacy that would resonate in experimental circles for years to come. Skin Graft put out amazing groups like Dazzling Killmen, U.S. Maple, Space Streakings, Melt-Banana and many others. On Friday, June 21, the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis will host a free showcase featuring three of Skin Graft's active bands, including Yowie, Lovely Little Girls and Xaddax (featuring Nick Sakes of Dazzling Killmen). Al Johnson (of U.S. Maple) will MC the show.

Recommended Shows This Week 6/3/13 - 6/9/13


Cloud Becomes Your Hand (Brooklyn, NY)
Catholic Guilt

@ Chromozone / Ask A Freak
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Cloud Becomes Your Hand makes a strange blend of progressive folk via violin and synthesizer amid a typical rock set-up. Coming from Brooklyn, CBYH brings gnarly compositions that sound like some twisted jazz-odyssey con movie soundtrack. Catholic Guilt opens with their wild and usually abrasive improv-set. If you don't know where Chromozone is located, here's a hint: Ill-noise and misery.

If psychedelics aren't your vibe, Need from Champaign, IL plays guttural hardcore over at CBGB.


Sete Star Sept (JAPAN)
Shaved Women

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 PM / $5 / 21+

Sete Star Sept is semi-improvised grind metal from Japan. If screaming and guitar mutilation from a tiny Japanese woman with a back-line of a machine-gun drums isn't your thing, I don't know what to tell you.

If you're really against Japanese guitar noise, then I suppose you could check out the much more palatable Ex Wife from New Jersey over at Foam.


Stab (U.K.)
Lumpy and The Dumpers
Life Like
@ No Coast / 4260 Manchester Ave.
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Stab flew across the ocean to play hardcore for you. Lumpster and The Dumpsters return from their run at Chaos In Tejas and they'll no doubt be celebs and soon you'll have to pay thirty bucks to see them live. Come to a skate shop on Wednesday night and be able to tell your grand-kids you knew Lumpy "back then."


Hoax (Western MA)
Can We Win(Last Show)
Pink Sock
@ Bonerville / Ask A Punk
8:30 PM / $5 / all ages

Hoax turns hardcore into a dark ritual. The lyrics are straight forward and stab with real, pertinent issues. Hoax provides a varied set through use of many genre trappings, and does it so genuinely while proudly owning the moniker of hardcore. This is your last chance to see Can We Win and your two-hundredth chance to see Pink Sock.


Nurse (Nashville, TN)
Graphic Tease (Nashville, TN)
Opportunist (Hot Springs, AR)
Beauty Pageant
(Jim Fitzpatrick/Joseph Hess)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 PM / $5 / all ages

Nurse is a vicious male/female noise rock duo from Nashville, Tennessee. Opportunist brings weirdo rock for you '90s enthusiasts and happens to be from Arkansas, so keep your fingers crossed for cute southern accents. Beauty Pageant will be playing a special stripped down set (who knows what they mean by 'strip') and HMPF is a barrage of guitar and drums.

For less noisy and more heavy; Check out Lizards Have Personalities from Kansas hitting the Lemp Arts Center on their last tour ever.

If none of the above sound too appealing, maybe you'll dig an all-local show with Little Big Bangs, Middle Class Fashion and more over at The Livery


Kowabunga! Kid (Champaign, IL)
Dino Bravo (Champaign, IL)
Times Beach
Trauma Harness
Cal and The Calories
(members of Lumpy and The Dumpers)
@ Chromozone / Ask A Freak
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Surf-pop, pro-wrestling and saturated fats soak into the concrete at Chromozone. Witness a five band power-run this Sunday, God's day, and wash yourself in the blood, sweat and tears of punk and rock and/or roll. Also, Trauma Harness.