THURSDAY, NOV. 14
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages
Bad Dates and Lazy both dish out the kind of straight ahead punk rock that's made specifically for dancing and/or moshing. Both bands call on very early punk rock while slinging super catchy riffs for days.
Apop Records Presents:
Little Howlin' Wolf
N Colyar P (IL)
@ Foam / 3359. S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Little Howlin' Wolf churns out quality blues, and does so with a penchant for comedy and free-improvisation. By experimenting with abstract sounds to augment a beloved genre, the man blows apart expectations of what blues should be. Chicago's N Colyar P eschews the blues and travels a little further "out there" than Little Howlin' Wolf, bringing a feedback-driven jam to the lineup.
SCUZZ HITS DJ spin with
Chizmo.TV and Mr. Ben (of Freezerburn Zine)
@ Barbarella / 3131 Grand Blvd
10:30 p.m. / free / 21+
For those of you who didn't make it to Scuzzfest, this DJ spin will be the next best thing. While Mr. Ben spins choice selections on the turntables, Chizmo will project the films of Scuzz Report #3. Actually, if you haven't picked up a copy of their latest DVD/zine combo yet, this night is a great time to do so. There's also rumor of additional artists showing up to sell off original prints.
FRIDAY, NOV. 15
Brother Gruesome (OK)
Brian Cagle (OK)
Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 p.m. / donations / 21+
Brother Gruesome plays darkened folk rock amplified by ear-busting amps and huge-sounding drums. The two piece tears through a heavy set of songs laden with equals parts feedback and catchy choruses. Little Big Bangs are apparently still recovering from Halloween, where they played a killer Smashing Pumpkins cover set. Annoy them by making bad Billy Corgan jokes, please.
New Music Circle Presents:
Olivia Block with Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson
@ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis / 3750 Washington Blvd
8 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages
New Music Circle brought Olivia Block to St. Louis in May 2012, where she performed a quadrophonic (that's right, four speakers) piece. This time Block returns with two experimental filmmakers in tow. Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are a film duo who use projectors to supply light, and manipulate shown images with glass, lens and fog. The two operate, in unison, separate devices to produce a vision that warps and evolves in real-time. Block will generate a live sound art collage from electronics and field recordings in response to Gibson and Recoder's abstract visuals - "sensory overload" hardly describes the experience.
SATURDAY, NOV. 16
HEARDing Cats Collective presents:
@ Kranzberg Arts Center
8 p.m. / $15-$25 / all ages
When it comes to minimalist electronic music, Morton Subotnick was one of the first. His work, Silver Apples of the Moon, was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress, an honor held only by 300 recordings throughout history. He tours in celebration of his 80th birthday.