Sin Motivo (TX)
@ 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
Jock Club (AZ)
@ 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
@ 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)
@ 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)
@ 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
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)
@ 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.