Child Abuse (NY)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St
8 PM / free / all ages
Nasty Euro noise rock mingles with harsh, dissonant prog. This show would cost $12-15 anywhere else, but the Tap Room covers all expenses, offering an absolutely stacked bill for free. Staer brings a fresh take on super-heavy, effects-loaded rock with wiry riffs and impeccable drumming. Child Abuse provides an equally unhinged set, and if that weren't enough to exhaust you, Yowie and The Conformists open the show. Highly recommended all around.
FRIDAY, OCT. 18
Barely Free Partial Prisoners
@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee St
10 PM / free / 21+
Experimental hip-hop clashes against south city broke folkers for a weekend quickie. The show is free, so it's a good opportunity to pick up the latest releases from Barely Free and The Hobosexuals.
SATURDAY, OCT. 19
Rectal Hygeinics (IL)
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Ave
9 PM / donations / 21+
Rectal brings dark punk and applies a harsh guitar mess. The Chicago foursome provides a fierce, succinct set of songs. Shaved Women and Nos Bos chime in to reinforce that yes, St. Louis is a nihilistic place.
Rip Rap (MO)
Little Big Bangs
with a DJ set by DJ Googlemeister
@ Chromozone / Ask a freak
8 PM / donations / all ages
Rip Rap is a fun, minimalist rock band with a very adolescent vocal sound. Nothing's too overblown or over-the-top, but Rip Rap manages to carve out quick songs that are catchy and, most importantly, to the point. Little Big Bangs provides that gigantic wall of grunge rock sound you might be craving after a chill set.
Before heading out to either show, get a full sampling of local artists by way of Tower Groove Records and their Fall Informal. Apop Records will be hosting the free, all ages show, so buy yourself a record. Featuring: Bug Chaser, Troubadour Dali, Kisser, Dave Stone, Hearskra-z, This City of Takers, Frances With Wolves and possibly more.