This Week In St. Louis 9/30/13 - 10/6/13

Earlier this week, we forgot to tell you about Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks. They came from Brooklyn, New York and hit St. Louis on October 1st after playing the Cropped Out Festival in Louisville. Chances are, you missed the gig, so we encourage you check out their latest tape HERE, it kills. To quote the lyrics, "I'm an American girl, fuck everybody else. When I make my million, I'm gunna spend it all on myself."


Wax Fruit
Dot Matrix
(DJ set by Michaella Babbit of Wax Fruit)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave
9 PM / free / all ages

You might know Wax Fruit from the duo's work as The Fagettes. Formerly based out of Columbia, Missouri, Dom and Michaella were key members of the music scene, booking and housing bands often. The two have recently relocated to St. Louis, so consider this a musical housewarming party, or show. Dot Matrix will kick off the gig with smooth DJ set, while Wax Fruit plays their inaugural set as St. Louis natives.


Thollem McDonas performs TRIUMPH OF THE WILD
@ Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium / 470 E. Lockwood
7:30 PM / free / all ages

Thollem, the insane pianist who can't seem to get enough of St. Louis, returns once again to perform alongside projected films of Martha Colburn. Expect an intense multimedia experience brought to you by the fastest, weirdest set of fingers around.

New Music Circle presents:
Marty Ehrlich and his Rites Quartet
Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 N. Grand
7:30 PM / $10-20 / all ages

Former St. Louis resident Marty Ehrlich is a legendary free-jazz saxophonist and will bring his absolutely powerful Rites Quartet to the Kranzberg Arts Center. There's a $10 to $20 sliding scale admission fee. Essentially, if you're a student or a local musician, you get to pay $10, but if you're able to sling the $20, do it! New Music Circle needs and deserves your support. Ehrlich's Rites Quartet includes James Zollar (Trumpet), Michael Formanek (Bass), Michael Sarin (Drums).

I put together a preview of New Music Circle's 55th season over at the RFT Music blog. You can check it out in this week's print edition of the paper, too.

Wretched Worst (KY)
Wild Hex

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St
9 PM / $7 / all ages

Wretched Worst comes from Kentucky to impose their brand of nihilist sludge through experimental metal. Dark, angry and all together ugly sounding, expect guttural screams around guitars tuned just low enough to vibrate up your bowels. Literally. New band Wild Hex opens and the industrial and hateful sounds of Gutterpriest close. A classic Apop show.


Remember wandering into Cranky Yellow in mid-2011 to catch that weird trio covering Frank Zappa at 1 in the morning? Maybe not, but you too can experience Pet Rock: The Musical as they make their return after a very long hiatus. Animal Teeth and Beauty Pageant will open, proving that punk and noise belong together. At The Livery (3211 Cherokee Street).

Check out two street fests this weekend: Black James and Caveofswords play The GREAT TOTEM FESTIVAL on Cherokee Street. There's no word on exact time slots, but expect that sort of kitschy hula hoop and body paint nonsense (as it's a 2720 event). Anyway, the outside stage happens on Cherokee Street between Texas and Iowa. There's also Grove Fest 2013, but we're unsure of which bands are playing. If you like walking around a street totally crammed with bodies and paying for overpriced food, this is YOUR weekend.


Sunday is a little dry show wise, but check out the RUMMAGE SALE happening over at Chromozone. If you don't know where that spot is at, head down Cherokee and turn onto Illinois. There should be tons of people out and around the house anytime after 10 AM.

Mixtape Club XXXII meets up around noon in Tower Grove Park (enter into the park from Grand, make the first right. They will be past the playground, under a small pavilion). Bring one mixtape to trade and one 1993 theme tape to donate to the Metro Prom. Or not. Come hang either way.

The 88.1 KDHX Fall Membership Drive starts this week and goes until next Sunday. That means it's time to show your appreciation by throwing down 30 or 40 bucks either through the website or through the phone (314-664-3688). Remember though, if you want to show your love for the Wrong Division radio show specifically, wait to call or donate until this or next week on Thursday night / Friday morning at 1 AM.