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.
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.
SATURDAY, JUL. 13
Dither: The DIY Sound Film Screening & Concert
@ 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.
SUNDAY, JUL. 14
The Sound of the Mountain (AR)
@ 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.