Recommended Shows This Week 7/29/13 - 8/4/13


Designer (MA)
(tour kick-off)
Catholic Guilt
@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee Street
8:30 PM / $5 / 21+

Designer harkens back to the '90s heyday of labels like SKiNGRAFT and LOAD while bringing a fierce, sassy anger to noise-ridden songs. These Bostonites are the usual ruffians, just with more brains than brawn. Speaking of brains, Braining is playing its first show in five months! Britches leaves for tour after this show and Catholic Guilt opens with a rare set (because they're all rare, you see).

If you want pure improv, not noise sullied with rock, you can head over to Foam on Monday for Free Improv night with Tribal Chicken and Friends.


Teething Veils (D.C.)
No Bails (MI)
Bruiser Queen
What We Won't See

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
8:30 P.M. / $7 / 21+

Teething Veils pushes deeply personal songs through guitar and a subtle use of electronics. Songs sound cold and distant, which is a total juxtaposition to the other touring act of the night: No Bails. In fact, this whole bill is a total cluster-fuck of sound, so expect a genuine variety here - Garage rock, noise, gothic pop & cross-hatches of the three.


Kevin Harris (tape release)
NNN Cook (tape release)
Judith Pancake
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 P.M. / free / all ages

Individuals such as NNN Cook and Kevin Harris are why we feel it's important to help spread the word for shows every week. NNN Cook alone helps to release music by experimental artists in and around St. Louis and continues to deliver with constant content of his own. Kevin Harris is one of our city's modular synth gurus (there are only 2) and his shows tend to bust expectations. Both should be playing sold out crowds and charging a high premium. Lucky for us, we get to stroll into the Schalfly Tap Room for free and sit or stand wherever the hell we want.

Secret Smoker (CA)
Coma Regalia (IN)
Hank (IL)
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 P.M. / $5 / all ages

Secret Smoker brings a definite West Coast bend on the trending merger of post-hardcore and pop-punk. Delivering melody over wistful screams, Secret Smoker feels at times jazzy and spacey, bringing flavor to a couple of beaten genres. Coma Regalia crushed last time they were in town and Anodes remains our hometown hero of screamo. Hank is icing on the cake.

On Monday the 29th, Blank Space is hosting REALITY PERVERSION VOL. 1 with Nu-Kle-er Blast Suntan, Life Like, Gang Control & more. Expect crust and Crass.

For all you slimers, here's the latest from Lumpy and his dumpers, recorded in the Dumb Division Dungeon (our basement):

If you're past hardcore, and literally, into the POST-hardcore, the new Heavy Horse should be your jam:

Recommended Shows This Weekend 7/26/13 - 7/28/13


Unguent (PA)
Mincemeat or Tenspeed (PA)
Some Pepper (PA)
Kevin Harris
Beauty Pageant
Animal Teeth
MC Tubby Tom
DJ Austin 3:16

@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee Street
8 PM / donations / 21+

Apop Records and The Livery smashed two smaller shows together into a mini-festival of rejects. Check out this mid-Summer nightmare with anti-techno mash up jams, sloppy pop rocks and gothic crooners. Geniuses and dim-witted feedback mongers alike occupy the Livery in an unholy matrimony.


Gnawed (MN)
The Icebergs
Charlie Turner

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson
8 PM / $5 / all ages

Gnawed is a lumbering noise guru who pushes power electronics through a wall of sound. A set from Gnawed gives an overall feeling of oppression. Charlie Turner has been known to blast overwhelming glitch and static sounds and the Icebergs are a fresh, new local group.

Greyscale (TN)
Other Colors (MD)
Heavy Horse

@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 PM / $5 / all ages

This show is an essential primer on good post-hardcore in the Midwest United States. Heavy Horse just dropped a great new album, so hit their link to check that out. Anodes, as always, is powerful and a vital part of St. Louis music, and these two locals support the unstoppable Greyscale and the swirly pop-mess of Other Colors.

Ou Où
Syna So Pro
Loose Screwz

@ Old Post Office Plaza / 815 Olive Street
7 PM / free / all ages

The Luminary presents three off-kilter electronic acts of a different ilk in an unconventional downtown space. The weather's supposed to be nice, so bring your own whatever (food, drinks, chairs) and chill with hip-hop, ambiance and mostly mellow tunes.

InFest StL #3 is happening all weekend. Check their Facebook event page or the flyer below for more details.

This Saturday: David Wolk Unfolds As Charm Ape

David Wolk, headmaster of Cranky Yellow, has conceived Charm Ape. This exhibit will be ready to be explored and experienced this Saturday, July 20th. Being the culmination of Wolk's past, present and future, expect a striking visual experience along with odd prose spit over quick beats.

Charm Ape itself is about a journey through birth and re-birth with all the breaking and building involved. Follow Wolk through physical forms of his psyche as several stages of life are torn asunder, only to be built back up.

If you were one of the many who walked into the Cranky Yellow store from June 2007 to June 2011, then you'll have a small clue of what's to come. 

Here is some language from Wolk's official press release on Charm Ape:

"I began having the most vivid dreams which intensified into full mythic visions. I found myself identifying with the central figure of this unfolding parable. For the last year I have been capturing these stories through art, symbols and rhythm. Now it is time to share this work.

The art, primarily paintings and sculptures, are coupled with a theatrical performance piece. Enacting transformations or rites of passage humans undergo (universal) and examining the autobiographical (local) narrative of my own history.

This show is ritualistic, primitive and raw. I enter the exhibition not only as the creator but also as the ceremonial participant; the protagonist of this myth. The work contains storytelling, puppetry, rap, electronic music, unicycling, noise, movement, destruction and even a mud rebirth!"


If you've decided to experience Charm Ape in all its cerebral glory, remember that it's not as simple as going to a building and sitting in a chair. You must first locate the Giver of Charms at the corner of Iowa and Cherokee to initiate yourself into the CHARM APE journey. You will receive further directions upon completing this step. The festivities begin at 7 PM, but the performance is set at 8:30 PM sharp. 

If you're still a skeptic, you can tune into KDHX tonight/this morning from 1 AM - 3 AM. We're having David Wolk sit in on a special broadcast of Wrong Division to answer all our personal questions. Tune into 88.1 FM if you're in or around St. Louis, or click this link right here to listen online. 

If you hate independent radio and would rather listen to clueless mainstream media types talk about David's exhibition, click here

Wandering Eye #1

by Chad Eivins (Chizmo.TV)

So this will be an ongoing monthly series focusing on musical performances I’ve documented in St. Louis and the stories floating around them.

For this one, it’s a performance by Kevin Harris and Matt Erickson in the basement of Blank Space.

To set the scene, the show happened on a Sunday night around midnight in late April. There were five people in the audience: Kevin’s girlfriend, Kevin’s girlfriend’s friend, a guy who had performed earlier, the owner and me. They could have decided not to play and I think everyone would have been fine with that. Instead, they took us on an absorbing experience creating washes of sounds and distorted signals that penetrated cerebrally, as if from some alien transmission. It was rad.

From a documentation stand point, the visual elements for this show were going to be two guys sitting in the dark, wiggling wires. Two additional videos would be projected by Kevin and Matt would play sax at some point but mentioned he planned on staying seated. I came to the conclusion that it would be less about capturing action and movement and more about composing images and layers that emphasize their sounds.

I used a Videonics MX-1 mixer that has four video signal inputs. It’s been my lo-fi live switcher for almost 20 years now. I used three infrared security cameras and a video feedback signal to edit the live images and audio to VHS. This form of editing and camera control requires improvisation and being in tune with the moment. Unexpected, chaotic results happened with the video signals and the outdated equipment. Dust particles are seen in the infrared air, random glitches appeared on the VHS tape and abnormal compositions formed among the layered images. All of this contributed as aspects to a truer story of what happened on a Sunday night, in St. Louis.

I’ve been talking to Kevin Harris about documenting his upcoming collaboration performance at the Contemporary Art Museum called Chromaconditional.

This one-time performance will have massive projections of super 8mm film and video signals with surrounding sounds creating an inimitable experience in the space. To have a better understanding of what was going to happen, I asked Kevin a few questions about the night:

Chad Eivins: Can you describe your role in helping coordinate this performance?

Kevin Harris: I was approached by CAM about building a replica of an optically controlled synthesizer for a performance that would serve as an homage to Erkki Kurenniemi (who is the subject of many works by exhibiting artist Mika Taanila). We discussed many possibilities, including using dancers who would trigger sound with movement. We settled on using video projections to control sound because it will allow us to utilize the complex infrastructure already in place with the Taanila exhibit.

CE: This project has multiple people collaborating with sound synthesis and visual composition. Can you describe the process of how the visual images and audio will work together?

KH: The piece features 3 simultaneous HD projections, totaling about 9” x 60”. The projections will cast light upon a series of photo-resistors attached to each screen. The resistance from these components feed circuits that convert resistance to voltage. The voltage is then sculpted by mathematical operations into levels suitable to control an analog synthesizer. Three musicians will receive the voltages from the screens and decide how to use them to alter the parameters of their modular synthesizers.

We made custom circuits for this performance designed by Mike Murphy and built by myself. The projections will consist of analog video synthesis and 8mm film abstractions created by Jeremy Kannapell and myself. Mike Murphy will be performing using his various voltage controlled “electroniums” of his own design, Adrian McBride is coming in from Portland to perform on modular synthesizer, and I will also be performing on modular synth.

CE: There can be unexpected occurrences with analog equipment, which can compound in collaborations. Will this piece rely on pre-production/rehearsal?

KH: Well, it will definitely be a big mess in a certain sense. The fact that the circuits that produce control voltages are analog and very much dependent on a controlled lighting environment ensures a level of instability and unpredictability. I think we all consider this a benefit because it allows for interesting surprises to happen.

CE: Are you expecting elements of improvisational "unknowns" happening?

KH: Yes, the videos are composed, but we don't really know what types of voltages will be produced by the videos until we are in the room and it is dark.

CE: Your work often takes advantage of the spatial layout of rooms. Do you feel there is a continued theme with using a space in a more three-dimensional way?

KH: The performance space at CAM will use three PA systems – six independent channels. Stereo is... stupid. And Boring.

CE: Does your approach to Chromaconditional differ from other collaborations you help design, such as performing in a basement versus a large open space?

KH: Physical space always affects the approach to performance. I welcome the challenge of an intimate basement as well as that of a large open space. Chromaconditional will be interesting because it will be like collaborating with 4 humans and 3 projections.

Kevin Harris
Mike Murphy
Adrian McBride
Jeremy Kannapell
@ Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis / 3750 Washington Blvd 
8 p.m. / $10 / 21+

Demon Lover has a new cassette tape

Although this was released nearly two months ago, it flew under our collective radar. All isn't lost though, the tapes are still readily available and the recording here is super varied and fresh. Essential St. Louis jams, lacking pretense or endless throwbacks. Stream the sounds here, or visit their bandcamp to purchase the album.

Monday Night Double Feature

We helped throw together a bill tonight at Blank Space for Speedy Ortiz, a killer grunge band from western Massachusetts. The heads over at Blank Space were already hosting Huntronik from New York, so we're helping each other out here. Jake Cohen and Foam set up a show with three out-of-town rappers as well, so hit Cherokee tonight and support these groups. Share the knowledge!


Speedy Ortiz (MA)
Huntronik (NY)
Little Big Bangs
Spelling Bee

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Speedy Ortiz sort of mashes everything lovable about '90s grunge into one clever set of jams. The drums are super loud and heavy hitting, the guitars hit critical mass and the vocals range from somber singing to straight screaming. Huntronik is modern kraut-esque indie rock. I've someone say "no one likes Little Big Bangs because of their politics," and I think it's bullshit. They're one of the city's best kept secrets. Let's rectify that.

If guitars and drums bum you out, you could always catch the smart and exploratory line-up of hip-hop over at Foam tonight, starring Barely Free Partial Prisoners with B. Durazzo, Knife+Miggs and Contraverse. I did an interview with Jake Cohen of Barely Free over at the RFT music blog today. Read that here.

Recommended Shows This Weekend 7/12/13 - 7/14/13


Ou Où
Hands and Feet

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Ou Où (pronounced ooo, ooo) locks ambient drones into dancing rhythms. The duo inserts both cool and abrasive sounds alike, building a secure state of calm before ripping into colorful peaks and valleys. Ou Où explores what could only be done through synthetic, digitized sound and turns its own respective genre of dance upside-down with improvised progression and startling changes. Founding member Travis Bursik tends to keep his calm, holding down the status-quo while Patrick Weston can't help but to squirm under the pressure of his own loops. Ou Où comes recommended for the hyper club-goer with severe ADHD, but you won't find the duo atop seedy raves or industry dance parties; Ou Où's sound feels much more comfortable in an art gallery or a dusty basement on Cherokee Street.

Priests (D.C.)
What We Won't See

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 PM / free / all ages

Priests belts gothy punk under a womanly scowl. Kisser isn't afraid to let minimalist kraut leak into its post-rock meanderings. What We Won't See features harsh guitars over fierce drum loops. There, all the bands were described for you in minimal detail. I expect you to attend based on the information provided.


Dither: The DIY Sound Film Screening & Concert
Native (IN)

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

Two filmmakers based in Springfield, Missouri set out to make a film about underground music culture in America. What started with interviews with the band Native and St. Louis's Mark Sarich turned into a journey that reached Ian MacKaye and other pioneers in American punk rock. The film mostly centers on the current post-hardcore, skramz, screamo and emo community and the bands featured on this bill reflect those genres.


The Sound of the Mountain (AR)
Zagk Gibbons

@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois
10 PM / free / 21+

Bits of prog-rock mix with melodic jams to a degree with all three acts on this night. Zagk Gibbons provides a one-man-band experience with his use of loops and instrument switching, while Forteana anchors down brainy songs with a slight metallic tinge. The Sound of the Mountain gradually builds into shoe-gaze anthems devoid of lyrics but stay heady with spacey guitar riffs.

Don't miss Speedy Ortiz on Monday.

Recommended Shows This Weekend 7/5/13 - 7/7/13

Tideland (VA)
Trauma Harness

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson
9 PM / Suggested $5 Donation / all ages

Tideland brings '90s revival grunge into shoegaze with a wall of spacey guitar rock. Straight-ahead punk rhythms pound through meandering melodies and thick, crunching bass. The singing is tasteful and not over-done, lending room to hear the solid songwriting and subtle dynamics.


Anwar Sadat
Little Big Bangs
The Night Grinder
Spelling Bee

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand
9 PM / Suggested $5 Donation / 21+

Anwar Sadat brings hard hitting drums under guttural guitar sounds and throaty screams. Vocals are seldom and disparate, but their subtle use gets the job done and leave plenty of head space for the Louisville trio's post-punk leanings. The Night Grinder opens with a jarring and varied noise set while the Little Big Bangs close with St. Louis punk riddled with '90s nostalgia.


Cellular Chaos
Skarekrau Radio
Spelling Bee

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 PM / Suggested $5 Donation / all ages

Cellular Chaos is the brainchild of Weasel Walter, who's responsible for Lake of Dracula, the Flying Luttenbachers and other oddities. Since moving to NYC after starting Cellular Chaos in California, Weasel has tapped no-wave and free-jazz legends to round out his band's line-up. This super-band of sorts is garnished by drummer Marc Edwards, who played for Cecil Taylor over 30 years ago. Skarekrau Radio will be releasing their oft-delayed LP on this evening.

Graham & Steve Top 5 for June 2013

Graham and Steve are St. Louis scene documentarians. Their guerilla style photography makes for unaltered, unglorified snapshots of music in our city. The duo submits their favorite caps each month, painting a solid picture of the goings on in dusty basements, art galleries and seedy clubs. Peruse Graham's Youtube channel for more videos.

Adult Fur at The Flamingo Bowl (6/1/13)

Adult Fur plays a few songs and then throws a curve ball by bringing in special guests at the 7:30 mark. The energy builds and builds until it explodes. I had this song in my head for days after, and I'm still not sure what I saw. Grind hard like Ryan do it, indeed.

Bug Chaser at The Side Bar (6/1/13)
Steve tells us to go see shows, and Bug Chaser rocks out.

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship at Foam (6/21/13)
The Superfun boys put out a comic book, but Chris didn't bring his drawing of us. Poor guy looks so sad.

Lions Eat Grass at Blank Space (6/29/13)
John from Lions Eat Grass thinks there's something wrong with him, but there's nothing wrong with this video.

Lovers at MoKaBe's (6/29/13)
After seeing three amazing local bands at Blank Space, we stopped by MoKaBe's to see if the Queer Bomb dance party was still going on. This lovely band from Portland, Lovers, was outside playing in the cool night breeze. Fans were singing every word of all their songs in the front row and dancing. There should always be bands outside of MoKaBe's, and every cafe for that matter.

Brass – All People at Blank Space. (6/29/13)

Move – RFT Music Showcase. (6/1/13)

Super relaxed fun – Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship’s Comic Book Release Show. (6/21/13)

Too much Coke – Bug Chaser at RFT Music Showcase. (6/1/13)

Work – Joel Kern of (it!) shoots confetti at the crowd at the ULTRA Party. (6/28/13)

Recommended Shows This Week 7/1/13 - 7/5/13


(KC, MO)
Big Blue

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Good-time party rock x3. Mondays can be a bummer. Soak your blues and jam out at this happy hour shindig at Foam. Hit the links for samples and songs.


You Me & Us
Trauma Harness
Bruiser Queen

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson
9 PM / $5 / all ages

You Me & Us is rippin' So-Cal indie rock with a careful and subtle use of harsh,abrasive sounds. Trauma Harness brings wicked post-punk with tight, dark riffs and Bruiser Queen is feel-good, heavy hard-rock.

If chilled post-punk and rock aren't your thing, check out Cape of Bats (PA) and Cathedral Fever over at Blank Space.


Tower Groove Records Singles Club 7" Release Show
Shaved Women
Maximum Effort

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand
9 PM / free / 21+
Local label Tower Groove Records bring you the next split 7" in its series of "singles club" releases. Catch this quick release show and start your firecrackers promptly at midnight. We can then play the fun south city game of "Gunshots or Firecrackers?"

If this harshes your mellow, go catch off-kilter indie rock at Plush and wish local videographer Graham Matthews a happy birthday with Stonechat, Volcanoes and Listener.


Fister & The Lion's Daughter Tour Kick-Off Show

The Lion's Daughter
Better Days

@ The Demo / 4144 Manchester
8 PM / $8 / 21+

This tour kick-off not only includes two of the best metal bands around, but you'll be able to catch Better Days, who deliver tightly wound pop-punk. I hear you can get in for free by wearing nothing but an American flag. Try it. USA! USA! USA!


Tideland (VA)
Trauma Harness

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Tideland brings '90s revival grunge into shoegaze with a wall of spacey guitar rock. Straight-ahead punk rhythms pound through meandering melodies and thick, crunching bass. The singing is tasteful and not over-done, lending room to hear the solid songwriting and subtle dynamics.

Crucial just released a new EP through bandcamp. These guys come from east of the river and deliver crazy instrumental rock. Click it to download.

Check back on Thursday to see what this weekend's all about. There's a Wrong Division triple-header.