@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave
7:30 until 8:30 / free / all ages
Cooper-Moore is a world-class multi-instrumentalist. He is often a collaborator with the biggest names in modern free-jazz, and Foam will be hosting a one night only solo performance, free to all. Cooper-Moore also works with homemade instruments, and is an educator across the board for contemporary avant-garde music.
Stonechat (tour kick-off show)
Animal City (IL)
Galgal (members of Lions Eat Grass and Laika)
Café Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8 p.m. / donations / all ages
Wiry riff indie-rock melds with catchy sing-songs. Animal City brings clever jams by way of Chicago, and will join Stonechat on a short U.S. tour following the show. Crucial plays hyper-complex mathy post-rock that builds in soundtrack-esque fashion.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25
New Music Circle Presents:
William Parker with In Order to Survive
Mad Art Gallery / 2727 S. 12th Street
7 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages
William Parker is a free-jazz icon. His group, In Order to Survive, features percussionist Hamid Drake, Rob Browne, Lewis Barnes and Cooper-Moore. There aren't many words I can use to relate the sheer importance of this group in the free jazz and avant garde world. If you're new to the scene or at all interested, this show is definitely a great entry point and won't disappoint. If you're well-acquainted, then you're likely going and hopefully this is a good reminder.
Ice Hockey (IA)
@ Livery Company / 3211 Cherokee
9 p.m. / donations / 21+
Ice Hockey approaches post-hardcore with a decidedly gloom spin. The songs feel dark without bringing on harsh "tough guy" sounds that are so prevalent in the genre. The band is self-proclaimed emo, but the songs here bring on typical genre trappings with restraint, making for a pretty distinct band inside a genre that is literally flooded with facsimiles.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
DJ Dog Dick
The Night Grinder
...the return of Jizzgurgler
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $10 (gets you the new zine/DVD combo) / 21+
In addition to the long list of local noise acts and gurus, videos and projections will be shown throughout the show. Video artists include Bryan Dematteis, Rick Wilson, Chad Hickman, Leanna Rose Kaiser, Jeremy Melsha, Kevin Harris, Mike Szymanski, Chizzy Chizmo and Brain Transplant. The ten dollar cover is steep, but it nets you admission to the gig, the Scuzz Report zine and the awesome DVD included therein. Expect a night packed with St. Louis experimental sight and sound.
South Saint Louis, you're so fuckin' lucky. In addition to Scuzzfest, you have a multi-stage, four venue festival on Saturday:
Tune into 88.1 KDHX FM in or around St. Louis or at KDHX.org this Thursday evening/Friday morning at 1 A.M. for the Wrong Division radio show. This week, we have special guest Alex Cunningham (KSLU, Billiken Club) to talk about the upcoming Ex-Cult and Little Big Bangs show happening this Saturday at the Billiken Club. We'll also give away tickets to William Parker's In Order To Survive Quintet happening at the Mad Art Gallery on Friday night.