Recommended Shows This Week 8/26/13 - 9/1/13

TUESDAY, AUG. 27


The Bulletproof Tiger (CANADA)
Stonechat
Crucial
Potions

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
7 p.m. / $5 / 21+

The Bulletproof Tiger brings complex and melodic math rock through guitar driven songs. Crucial rips with quick riffing and tightly wound rhythm. Stonechat and Potions expand an intense night of prog-meets-punk.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29

Sound Waves: Space and Form
Ou Où
DJ Kate Estwing
of "Beep Beep Boop Boop" on FM 88.1 KDHX
@ The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts | 3716 Washington Boulevard
6 PM / free / ???

Direct from the press release: Listen to minimal, techno, and other electronic sounds and music, mixed specifically by DJ Kate of KDHX’s “Beep Beep Boop Boop” to complement Donald Judd's pared-down, industrial approach to art making. Plus atmospheric live electronic elements by Ou Ou.

If you're looking for rock n' roll in a dive bar, look no further: Viper Fever tears up psychedelic jams alongside Bad Dates and Burrows at the Heavy Anchor.

FRIDAY, AUG. 30


Depth & Current (OK)
Mattox (MEXICO)
N. Nomurai
Kevin Harris

@ 2720 / 2720 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Depth & Current plays heady, guitar driven shoegaze. With reverb pedals for miles, expect Depth & Current to sound like they're playing to you from the moon - with the most spacey of space rock. Mattox is a Tex Mex gothic disaster on keyboards. Expect a full-on aural assault of dark drones. Eric Hall's N. Nomurai and Kevin Harris are truly two of St. Louis' best kept secrets.


Names Divine (IL)
Player Two
Bit Bare
Anunnaki
Willis
Solid State Disaster

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

Chiptune jams meet up with gothic folk and meandering synth songs in a strange pow-wow over at Foam. Expect upbeat bleeps from Player Two, Bit Bare and Solid State Disaster. Names Divine brings a solid wall of sound behind their droning folk and treads a much beaten path with distinct songs and ideas.

SATURDAY, AUG. 31


The Night Grinder
Cup Collector
Happy Daze
Monstersizedmonster

@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

The Night Grinder straddles a line between concise noise and all-out kraut rock. Traditionally, Brad Schumacher has brought striking sounds through a not-so-subtle use of electronics. His recent move toward locked rhythm brings more of a psychedelic vibe. Cup Collector remains as one of our city's chief experts of drone-noise. Explore a night of St. Louis experimental music.


AQurld Waves An Underwater Performance With:
Kevin Harris
Mike Murphy
Rich O'Donnell
Ted Rubright

@ Webster University Pool / 175 Edgar Pool
7 p.m. / free / all ages

Who thinks of this stuff? These people actually want you to submerge your body in a LITERAL pool of experimental sound. Modular synth players join with visual artists to provide a singular audio/visual performance. This will no doubt be one of the craziest things you do all year. That and you get to see a bunch of people react to noise in their bikinis.

OK, so maybe you like your sounds a little less unhinged. Barely Free Partial Prisoners, Willis and 3 of 5 play over at Foam with Lux Ascension.

MELT on Cherokee Street hosts its first show on this night with Bruiser Queen, 32 pc. Vintage Party Set and DJing by Mister Ben.

There's a salty dance party happening over at Chromozone. This "Chromecoming" functions as a benefit party for the space, and features Hoonbag Moonswag with 5 DJs.

On Sunday September 1st, catch Slut River from Iowa City with Blank Panties and Doom Town over at Blank Space. This is punk rock all-stars (if there is such a thing?) with both new releases by Doom Town and Black Panties.

Benefit for Eli LaChance on Saturday, August 24


Benefit for Eli LaChance featuring:
Cackling Hen (Reunion Show/Final Show)
Britches
Falsetto Boy
Raglani
Barely Free Partial Prisoners

@ Foam / 3224 Locust Street
7 p.m. / $7 / 18+

Our good pal Eli LaChance happened to lose a battle with gravity, breaking his pelvis all-the-way-through. Health insurance wasn't involved, so now we have a guy who's been a great friend to many suddenly steeped in massive financial trouble. It's not much, but we can all get together for one night and throw some cash his way and have a good time in the process.

Plush St. Louis (3224 Locust St.) has been extremely generous in offering their space and support for this event, so let's go be patrons, drink a lot and enjoy these bands.

Unsatisfied with KDHX? How about college radio stations? START YOUR OWN.

Want to start your own radio station?!? The freeform/WFMU/DIY/music/arts/indie news station your city is missing? The FCC is opening a one-time-only filing window to give away the last FM channels in the U.S. Its called LPFM. The only time to apply is October 15, 2013. Contact todd@commonfrequency.org (www.commonfrequency.org). Check to see what channels are open: www.mylpfm.com

Here's a couple hump-day rockers for this week.

Tonight over at FOAM (3359 S. Jefferson), catch Multicult (Baltimore, MD) with Stonechat. Since FOAM is doing some sort of open-mic event earlier in the evening, this show will start roughly around 11 PM. Bring $5-7 for donations, if possible. If not, come on out anyway. This show is all ages.

Earlier in the night, catch Nekromantiker from the NETHERLANDS over at Blank Space. Nos Bos and Life Like rep the river city like true lepers. No kiddies under 21.

Also tonight, Portland post-rock punkers Sloths play the Livery with Alan Smithee (the new duds from Tony Saputo), Laika and Coliver (new offering from that Iron Hills crew).

Go do something!

Music Review: Tone Rodent / Kisser Split 7"

Tone Rodent & Kisser | Split 7"
Released May 2013
Tower Groove Records

Tower Groove Records is a record collective based out of St. Louis that has been releasing and documenting selected bands from the area for the past few years. Their current ongoing project is a year long 7" series, wherein a split single is released every month, exclusively featuring St. Louis locals. The May edition was done by Tone Rodent & Kisser, the former on the A side and the latter on the B side. The artwork on each side features an abdominal shot of one person from each band’s instrument: one side a Vox Teardrop, the other an Ibanez bass.

Tone Rodent, the quintessential post-punk mainstay of St. Louis, opens up their side with the chugging, synth-pulsing "Mayday." Interlaced with guitars that seem to glide on ice, frightened vocals wander in and out of mix. Lost forever and wandering through a dark, furniture-less marble-plated mansion, this shoegaze conjures lost dreams in the darker ends of the Creation Records catalog.

Kisser has created some of the finest angular "punk" in St. Louis in recent years. Their side starts off with notes that may or may not be in the same key as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme (the 80s cartoon). Their track "Headhunter Glassblower" ricochets off the wall and moves from a fun ‘n’ frenzied bop to a sludge-skronk slow crawl. You might end up saying, "Wow this kind of sounds like Nomeansno," or something.

A small number of these 7" were pressed in the fashion of a monthly single series, so numbers are limited. Stalling on acquiring one is not a recommendation. If you’re in the St. Louis area, the single should be available at any local record store, but if you happen to be out of the area and are looking to snag it, it’s available directly through Tower Groove on their website.

Review by Josh Jenkins


Album Review: SMUT LP by Meat Mist

Meat Mist | SMUT LP
Released June 2012
XO Press

Meat Mist is an aggressive, volatile surge of noise from Kansas City, MO. This power trio's torrential burst of sound maintains the dark and mangy underbelly of the Midwest. Their abrasive, noisy hardcore rolls like a spun art design made from the blood of William Bennett, Greg Ginn and the hydraulic fluid of a railway gun.

Their LP from 2012, SMUT, acts out, in great detail, a direct pelvic gyration of the band’s abilities. The cover is minimal and foreboding, bearing resemblance to Industrial Records artwork in a monotone palette. The opening track spends no hesitation pushing into a zone of hazing feedback alongside shouting and mocking. The song doesn't give room to breathe, rolling straight into the next cut, absent of silence.

The stop & go ruthlessness of each track breaks and screeches like iron against iron, trading disgruntled punk with splintered noise drone, minor chords bouncing around the room of sound. The tracks never break past the 3 minute mark, nor do they hit micro-song territory, finding a middle ground to pan out their super-cell of tectonic buzz. The aggression peaks and tears into you with the full force of a horde; mangy and sarcastic derelicts mugging child-molesting priests.

SMUT was released on XO PRESS - forerunner of all things engaging in Kansas City at the current time. Peel your eyelids off and gaze over their releases if you haven’t yet. You can additionally download SMUT off of Meat Mist's bandcamp alongside their previous releases; all of which will satisfy any craving that might rise after a listen to this LP.

Review by Josh Jenkins

Recommended Shows This Week 8/12/13 - 8/18/13

TUESDAY, AUG. 13


Sin Motivo (TX)
Times Beach
Ruz

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

You've heard 40,000 different hardcore bands, but have you heard them with Spanish lyrics? Actually, Sin Motivo sets itself apart by being the kind of harsh jammin' that makes the most leathery of leather jacketed jockos bend right in half. Noisy ass guitar sits right in line with harsh trashcan drums and overblown screaming.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14


Marshstepper (AZ)
Jock Club (AZ)
Execution Techniques
Black James

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

Marshstepper is a hybrid of gloomy post-punk with blown out drum machines and noisy washes of sound. Emphatically harsh and genuinely weird, we recommended their walls of static highly, just bring yourself some earplugs. Local miracle Black James opens along with the semi-local Execution Techniques. By Thursday morning you'll be well acquainted with the smell of burning electronics (and blown speakers).


Cabeza Twins (IL)
Cal and The Calories
Animal Teeth

@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8 PM / $5 / all ages

Cabeza Twins sounds like it's being forced through short, angsty songs while a ranting madman stands by, dictating in tongues. I can only imagine the snap of a barbed whip every time that drummer plays a song too clean or too slow. Cal and The Calories is proof that Martin Meyer (Lumpy and The Dumpers) is a schizophrenic. Bring straight-jackets.

THURSDAY, AUG. 15


Father Figures (NY)
Brother Father
Animal Children

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Avenue
8 PM / ??? / all ages

Father Figures includes members of Man Man, Matthew Dear and Antibalas, but its members come together to bring a warped sense of prog-rock to noisy jazz music. 1 part free jazz, 10 parts calculated composition, Father Figures is the sort of wild, saxophone driven music that tears away any notion of boring, showy lounge jams.


B L A C K I E (TX)
Limb (TX)
Wamhoda
Radiator Greys

@ Black Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 PM / $5 / 21+

B L A C K I E (remember to always type this in all caps, with spaces) raps from a raspy throat, sore from constant yelling. The back tracks are an over-driven and static filled affair, lending effect to startling shifts between verse and chorus. Limb has a dark and gothic industrial sort-of sound, and fits well with local bad-boys Wamhoda and Radiator Greys (who locals might also know as Josh Levi, who makes a brief return to St. Louis this week!).

FRIDAY, AUG. 16


Catholic Guilt
Black James
Burger Thirst
(MN)
@ War & Cucumber / Ask A Freak
8 PM / donations / all ages

War & Cucumber rarely does shows, but the one-two hit of Catholic Guilt and Black James is reason enough to take the venture. Burger Thirst is nasty Minneapolis crust (from the city that does crust best, really).

SATURDAY, AUG. 17


Voight-Kampff (Release Show)
No Problem (Canada)
Sucked Dry (KS)
Trauma Harness
@ Chromozone / Ask A Punk
8 PM / $7 / all ages

Voight-Kampff is super tight, concise punk rock that employs hired hands from some of St. Louis' most beloved bands. No Problem is coming from Canada and Sucked Dry returns yet again to tear through another set of savage songs. Trauma Harness are the resident oddballs, made to sit in the corner with a dunce hat at every show for the punx.

If leather jackets and bleeding foreheads bum you out, try the billion other shows happening that night:

--Stonechat/Lions Eat Grass Split Release with many, many bands at the Bunk Bed in Fairview Heights, IL
--Radiant Husk, Byssus and Marble cater to the noise-heads over at Foam on Cherokee
--Pillow Talk, Pat Sajak Assassins, Corrigan Bros and Dibiase are all over at Heavy Anchor on Gravois
--Scowler (WI), Good Luck At The Hog Slaughter, Laika and more play Lemp Arts Center

SUNDAY, AUG. 18


Frankie Teardrop (Athens, OH)
Britches (Homecoming Show)
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 PM / donations / 21+

Meet your homecoming king and queen, Frankie Teardrop and Britches, respectively. These two are currently sprawling themselves out across the dank basement floor of America, spreading their dungeon noise from one show to the next. Expect these clean faced thirty and twenty-somethings to come back fully bearded - and all the better at experimental music because of it.


Just announced: Benefit for Eli LaChance, August 24th at Plush. That's next Saturday.

Album Review: Spooky Routine by Demon Lover

by Josh Jenkins

Demon Lover is a South City ensemble who blurt out an eclectic/eccentric whirlwind barrage. Their newest release Spooky Routine shows a wheezing insight into the bands atmosphere, muddied visions of analog injections and overlapping lucid dreams. Sonically, the band's sound triggers a game of leap frog. Music genres vomit into each other’s mouths, creating a unique sound stemmed from experiments and the multiple instruments, objects and noises built into every crease of each song.

The opening track opens with twang strumming until an over-driven Farfisa organ driven beat leaks in, which sounds like a mobile opium wagon being dragged through the desert by drunk camels, whereas the second track picks up from the fuzzy bliss into a skronky garage bopper. Atonally, the tracks shift back and forth from overblown fuzz, echoy breathing space and squeaky clean production. Sampling, both literally as well as borrowing familiar vocal melodies for a few seconds, lays buried among the album, luring you into a false sense of comfortable bliss before pulling a violent shouting fit.

Demon Lover's own sound definitely shows their own affinity with '60s psychedelia, while shotgunning a cocktail of prog, stoner sludge, post punk and bakersfield sound. Names like The Residents or Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band shouldn’t be too surprising - this sounds like Flaming Lips trekking too far in the deep corners of the atom. The album was released by the St. Louis/Chicago hybrid Manic Static, which has been responsible for some of the most unique and exciting punk/noise/experimental releases over the past couple years.

If you’ve got nothing better to burn into your medulla pick this puppy up or get a digital copy on their bandcamp.

Top 5 in July from Graham

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Trauma Harness at Foam STL MO 7/2/13

After tearing through a furious set, aided by bizarre Halloween 3 VHS-visuals, Trauma Harness finishes up with a noisy, experimental breakdown and then sings Happy Birthday to me! A great start to a great day.

Blood Orange covers Sky Ferreira, Union Park Chicago, IL 7/21/13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xflCFF8xTV0
Blood Orange surprises fans with a cover of Sky Ferreira's big hit just a few hours before she is scheduled to play the same stage. We didn't see her actual performance, but this partial cover was really all we needed.

M.I.A. plays Bucky Done Gun & Bird Flu remix at Union Park, Chicago, IL 7/21/13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTzlV7nvsMc
Pushy, pushy crowd excited as hell to see their idol, M.I.A. This video somewhat captures the rowdiness of the crowd, and also has a solid Bird Flu remix that sounds better than the original.

Britches tour kick-off at The Livery Company STL MO 7/30/13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRxkQduz_bw
Britches always impresses us with innovative songs and ideas. This night the whole band impressed me with their devoted professionalism. Marty had a guitar strap issue during this song, but you'd hardly even notice since the band keeps the dark vibes going without a hitch while he fixed his gear. Champions.

The Postal Service at The Midland, Kansas City, MO 7/31/13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZA97JXBYmE
Guess what, you're at a Postal Service show! Dreams come true, though sometimes you have to drive to Kansas City to make them happen.

by Graham Matthews

Steve's Top 5 for July 2013

Stephen Houldsworth attends more shows in Saint Louis than most, and his boundless taste takes him through a huge range of sound. Be it hardcore or noise, pop or rock, Stephen comes equipped with his point-and-shoot. The guerilla style of photography that results is a dry and honest take on the underground, independent scene in St. Louis. Once a month, Mr. Houldsworth shoots us an e-mail with his recent favorite photos.

From Steve:
"In July, Graham and I went to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and to the Mates of State/Postal Service concert in Kansas City, but all of my top 5 pics for the month come from St. Louis shows."


Bent over Backwards – New Bassist Autry Fulbright II for …And you will know us by the Trail of Dead really bent over backwards to please at the Firebird on July 14.


Blinded by the Light – Kid Scientist brought the rainbow inside to Infest 3 at 2720 Cherokee on July 27.


DRUM – I caught Erik Peters of Volcanoes in mid-drum at Plush on July 3.


Scaling the Pit – The Greyscale front man gets lifted up by the crowd at the Lemp on July 27.


The Aftermath – The boys from Trauma Harness broke it down and left us a mess on the floor at Foam on July 2.

Recommended Shows This Week 8/5/13 - 8/11/13

TUESDAY, AUG. 6


Stillsuit (CA)
Stella (OH)
Willis
Little Big Bangs
The Ultraviolents

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

Stillsuit's femme-fronted howls mix with shrill guitar chords and thrashy beats. This angular, minimalist approach to noise rock feels primal and painful, but contains a unique rip. Stella is guitar driven post-punk from Ohio and fires of quick songs that hold minor prog-rock elements. The local mix contains gloomy goth along with jangly punk rock.

For a more eclectic night of electronics, check out Touch People and Pleasure Adapter from Nebraska over at 2720.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7


Glow God (OK)
Seaby and The Rules
The Cuckolds
Miserable Now
SECRET BAND
(it's probably Maximum Effort)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 PM / $5 / 21+

Glow God (feat. members of WICCANS) brings trashy grunge bathed in feedback. Lots of mid-tempo riffs with gnarly breakdowns and screaming vocals populate succinct punk rock songs.

THURSDAY, AUG. 8


Reptilian Shape Shifters (CA)
Stonechat
Early Worm
Crucial
3 of 5
Laika

@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8 PM / $5 donation / all ages

At their weirdest, Reptilian Shape Shifters invoke dark math rock and at their brightest, the band gives off danceable hooks with suitable distortion. The local line-up is packed with happy, melodic finger-tap rock 'n roll with the occasional bleep and bloop for posterity.

I can't talk much about it, but Stoic Violence, Life Life, Lumpy and Nos Bos are all playing Thursday at the super secret punk spot in town.

Likewise, there's another hardcore show happening by a van down by the river. It's on Friday and features the return of CARDIAC ARREST with Back to Back from Houston and Bath House Boys. Hit the link and ask Rob Ruz for details and directions.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10


ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID KAT FEST
Cathedral Fever
Bad Dates
Gigantic
Dad Jr.
Animal Teeth
The Vanilla Beans
Boreal Hills
Willis
Patrick Kablamo
Tubby Tom
Beauty Pageant
DJ Austin 3:16
32 Piece Vintage Party Set

@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee Street
4 PM / free / 21+

Perhaps the last, genuine artifact of a bygone age, zines are punk-to-print books. Freezerburn Industires and Acid Kat Zine both contest the digital age with a smattering of ink and brains. The minds behind both of these active zines will swap spit for Electric Kool-Aid, an end-of-Summer show with more than ten performers. Garage monsters Dad Jr join the ever noisy Beauty Pageant to top off a cross-hatch of St. Louis sound. The talented (and talent-less) are split between two stages with a round-robin of feedback, moaning and groaning. Messy jangly punk lives with tight, composed pop in a psychedelic mess that no doubt tests the terms of independent rock in St. Louis.


The Tennis Lesson
Popular Mechanics
The Eternal Virgins

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
10 PM / free / 21+

The Tennis Lesson's bandcamp contains proof of this city's penchant for holding underrated bands. They seldom play, but the Tennis Lesson have brainy rock songs with a subtle pop lean and carry an audible sense of great detail.