This Week In St. Louis 12/16/13 - 12/22/13

MONDAY, DEC. 16


Serenghetto (MN)
Rats Rest (KC)
Nos Bos
Totally Gay Cop

@ Bonerville / South City
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Serenghetto does dirty punk rock a slight pop element. They have something in common with St. Louis' Doom Town in that they have a split with Carbondale's Autonomy. What does this mean? If you like any of the aforementioned bands, you'll probably like Serenghetto. Totally Gay Cop returns after nearly one year of no shows.

Foam has a much more high-brow affair going on with Itasca, Ivy Meadows, Frances with Wolves and Marble. Consider this a cleaner, more chilled-out alternative to Bonerville's muck-fest down the street. Or hit up both, because people who like ambient electronics can like hardcore too, right?

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18


Skarekrau Radio
Pet Rock: The Musical
Little Big Bangs
Animal Teeth

@ Livery Company / 3211 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $5 / 21+

This is billed as the Stag Night Holiday Shit Show, meaning cheap beer and weird jams. Skarekrau Radio hasn't played since their gig with Cave at Plush back in October, so this is a good chance to see them before they go back into hiding again. Pet Rock: The Musical just returned with its weirdo prog-rock after two years of hiatus. Little Big Bangs and Animal Teeth are Cherokee Street regulars, but this is a good chance to catch both bands if you haven't already.


Gas Rag (IL)
Lumpy and The Dumpers
Liquor Lord

@ Bonerville / South City
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Bonerville is busy this week. Gas Rag features members of Culo and Acid Reflux - expect super quick songs over dark guitar riffs and tons of feedback. Lumpy and The Dumpers are the local hardcore heroes, if not for the super catchy songs then definitely for the slime-porn music video.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20


Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 pm / $8 / all ages

NGO is based around making loosely composed free-improv music using multiple gongs. On this tour, Tatsuya Nakatani will enlist a small group of local percussionists from each city to perform a piece. Check out the video above to get a fairly close example of what you'll be seeing, but keep in mind that no two shows are the exact same.


Attic Ted (TX)
Black James
My Powers
(Larva Lu & Zak Marmalefsky)
@ Chromozone / South City
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Attic Ted comes from north Texas to share a special holiday performance of "Mary's Little Secret" an X-Mas opera about the REAL father of Christ. If that isn't enough, Black James will throw down spooky tunes while My Powers weirds you out. This is the Chromozone Christmas Freakout.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21


Gnarwhal (TN)
Heavy Horse
Red Squad

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 pm / donations / 21+

Gnarwhal densely packs a punk tinge into melodic, progressive rock through two instruments – no small feat for a band half the size of a common rock outfit. Guitarist Chappy Hull effectively etches songs that feel easy to grasp but contain hidden depth through polyrhythmic parts that combine fret-tapping with quick-picking. Drummer Tyler Coburn pounds away with striking power, cramming impossibly complex beats inside of gridlocked riffs.