This Week In St. Louis 1/27/14 - 2/2/14


Catholic Guilt
Ou Où Magic Orchestra
(members of Ou Où, Yugen, Bear Hive and Jake Leech)
BACCO (members of Stonechat)
The Jerk (members of Barely Free)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8:30 p.m. / free / all ages

Undercurrent is a collaboration between Wrong Division, Chizmo.TV, the Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast and a revolving door of local tape labels. These are monthly shows that are recorded live and arranged onto a mixtape. Each month's show sees the release of the previous month's tape (free to attendees) and works as a live recording session. The idea is to provide a physical analog format of local groups from multiple genres. This show is the kick-off for the Undercurrent series, hosted at the Schlafly Tap Room.

The first night will have a special visual installation by Chizmo.TV and a new zine release by Mr. Ben. This will be Burrowss' last show, and three of the other groups are one-night-only performances. Not to be missed.


Lobster (Kevin Harris and Nathan Cook)
The Night Grinder

with a DJ set by Kingston Family Singers
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

BRUXISM, another monthly series, aims to provide an entry point into experimental and electro-acoustic music. Attendees will receive a free cassette, print or zine, depending on the month.

Other options for Friday:
- Release show for Acid Kat Zine No. 11 with Babe Lords and Girls 2021 at The Livery.
- Popular Mechanics album release show at Plush.
- Maximum Effort, Cardiac Arrest and Rat Heart play Fubar lounge.
- The Tennis Lesson plays a free show with Humdrum at Schlafly Tap Room.


Relentless Approach (NE)
Black Panties
What We Won't See
Bath House Boys

Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
11 p.m. / $5 / 21+

This show has mostly super loud, straight ahead punk rock and hardcore, but What We Won't See is the oddball out with its harsh drum-machine rock. Black Panties returns after a brief hiatus and Bath House Boys are on a tour of St. Louis from their hometown of Bonerville.


Yautja (TN)
Cathedral Fever
Nos Bos

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Yautja features Tyler Coburn, who also plays drums for Gnarwhal. He's one of the most inventive drummers around, and his approach to Yautja's metal keeps the genre fresh. Cathedral Fever is one of St. Louis' best kept secrets still and Nos Bos are resident gutter-punx who refuse to just die already. Bands like this usually only last 4 months then hipsters spend the next 4 years talking about how great they were. Don't be hip; Get nerdy.

This Week In St. Louis 1/20/14 - 1/26/14


Lazy Magnet (NC)
Noise Nomads (MA)
Tether (PA)
Dungeon Broads (RI)
Ghost Ice
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $7 / all ages

Lazy Magnet leads the traveling troupe of Noise Nomads, Tether and Dungeon Broads to offer a wild range for fans of electronic music. St. Louis' Ghost Ice opens the show with imitable, creeping ambiance.


Pat Sajak Assassins
Spooky Action Space Captain (IL)
@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
7 pm (early show) / $5 / all ages

Pat Sajak Assassins brings catchy prog-rock with a hybrid of electronic and acoustic drums. They dabble in math rock but never get too heady or dense. Spooky Action Space Captain comes from Chicago and Kites features members of Stonechat. This show starts at 7 to make way for...

CC Murder Dogs (IN)
Bearer (IL)
@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
9:30 pm (late show) / $6 / all ages

CC Murder Dogs is thick, straight-ahead hardcore with guttural vocals. The songs comes fast, leave before wearing out their welcome and carry catchy riffs throughout. This show starts late after the trio of melodic math rock bands earlier in the night.

Ventana's a great choice because of the two very different shows going down, but if neither is your style try these out:

- HEARDding Cats Collective presents HEAR WHAT YOU DON'T SEE is an experiment in sound using sensory deprivation
- Animal Teeth, Willis and others play an all-locals gig over at The Livery
- The Prologue III Release Party happens at 2720 Cherokee with members of the FarFetched Collective


Early Worm
Elk Driver

House Show / Click For Address
9 pm / free / all ages

Blending emo with bizarre pop, these bands mostly come from the east side of the river and take a brainy approach to weird, melodic songs. This is a comeback show for Airglow, which features Sean from Stonechat and Curtis from the now-defunct Navigator.


Destruction Unit (AZ)
Bug Chaser
Life Like
Self Help

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
8 pm / $5 / 18+

Destruction Unit brings familiar sounds of rock and roll with a drone-line repetition, using psychedelic guitar sounds to thicken up otherwise drawn-out punk songs. There's plenty here to latch onto and ride. Bug Chaser and Destruction Unit sound like kindred spirits, coming from similar influences. Life Like is powerful punk rock with hints of metal imbued throughout. Self Help is the newest digs from members of Doom Town, Shaved Women and more.

This Week In St. Louis 1/6/14 - 1/12/14


The Brainstems
Rat Heart
Wild Hex

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 pm / free / all ages

Thankfully, the Brainstems are back after a year-long hiatus. Label-mates Rat Heart and Wild Hex will join them on this return show, which should be a killer night of rock 'n roll.


Lions Eat Grass
Michael Stafford
Ancient Youth
Babe Maggots

@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
9 pm / donations / all ages

Michael Stafford travels from Oklahoma City to perform solo piano tunes and Lions Eat Grass returns to play their bizzaro-pop by way of drums and accordion. Ancient Youth and Willis beat-punk side-project Babe Maggots open the show.


Cheer-Accident (IL)
The Conformists

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8 pm / free / all ages

Cheer-Accident are modern prog-rock legends. From scuzzy Skin Graft records-style math rock to odd pop songs, the group plays an insane set, mixing genre on a whim. Yowie and The Conformists are the most appropriate local bands to open the show with their own separate but equally brain bending takes on progressive music. If you're not too privy on the terms "math rock" or even prog, this show is not only an awesome gateway into those genres, but is free and all ages.


Neatly Knotted (IL)
Nevada Greene
Wax Fruit
Jake Leech

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
8 pm / $5 / 21+

Expect a mix of moody synth and ambient drones. Wax Fruit crafts thick, haunting electro jams while Jake Leech brings melodic walls of interweaving tones and texture. Neatly Knotted visits from Chicago - click the embed above to preview some songs.

Frankie Teardrop Plays Cafe Ventana This Sunday


Frankie Teardrop (OH)
What We Won't See
N. Nomurai
Beauty Pageant

@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
8:30 pm / $5 / all ages

Frankie Teardrop sounds like an actual band the subject of Suicide's song "Frankie Teardrop" would make after climbing back to Earth from the depths of Hell. The trio puts atonal sound and melody into tight, rapid rhythms. Each separate part shouldn't really work in terms of actual music, but once these things are pushed together, forceful songs are created. Frankie Teardrop is dense noise rock for those who want substance, not the superflous spacing out that usually comes with the genre.

Other shows going down this weekend:

Friday, January 5th

*Nathaniel Bartlett New Music For Marimba at Lemp Arts Center

Saturday, January 6th

*Night Grinder, 32 Pc. Vintage Party Set and more at The Livery
*Back To Back (TX), Glue (TX), Falter (WI) and more at C.A.M.P. (3022 Cherokee St.)

Graham's Top Picks for December 2013

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Bitchin Bajas at Contemporary Art Museum

Peaceful and droning. This one might calm your nerves after all that racket below.

Stabbing Contest at The Mad Magician
One of the scariest performances of Rob Ruzicka's band lotto show. What the hell is that singer doing? Who does a somersault off the stage to start a set? Oh gross, he's bleeding. At 5:41, he becomes a biohazard, spraying bloody-nose-blood into the face of an innocent audience member. I think I just gagged a little bit. Can someone make a GIF of that moment?

Blood of the Unicorn at The Mad Magician
After some furious mic cord whipping, Austin The Unicorn wanders into the crowd where the astonished onlookers start to pet him, wag their fingers to his song, and even mount and ride him. Slaughterchops at The Mad Magician
The very first song of the band lotto this year set the bar pretty high pretty fast. This is what got the other bands drinking early.

Daren's Jimmy Johns at The Mad Magician
This might have been my favorite single song of the night. It's just so catchy. What does John want? A deep crust? A meat sub? You know what, don't tell me. It's better that way.


by Chad Eivins of Chizmo.Tv

Around high noon on April 20, 2013, we started documenting five hours of band footage from the RAW RECORD STORE DAY 2013 at Apop Records. We were a small crew: Blyre Cpanx and Mister Ben were the VJs. Mister Ben also had boom mic duty. I was in charge of the SpyCams and live editing. From the get-go the day started with glaring sunshine burning our eyes. This was followed with SpyCams falling down and others being kicked. Video tapes got covered in booze and mics got bumped. The virtual green screen eventually came crashing down too. We kept documenting as best as we could and eventually climaxed with Shaved Women under a dark cold night.

Sometime later I watched the footage and felt that it looked too raw, too dirty, just too much to be shown. But, I could not stop watching. Over and over again. Worrying I might wear the tapes out, I decided to condense it down to the more savory parts of the bands and those mingling around for public viewing. It's St. Louis people and those alien to the city helping carve out one of the better days of 2013. One of those alien carvers that kept popping up on the tapes was Connie Olivia from the Chicago band, Redemer.

Along with the Apop crew and friends, Connie helped add the heart and vital essence to the day. I recently caught up with her and asked if she would share her recollections of Apop and St. Louis. This is what she had to say: "The dark depths of Apop's cellar were the first to feel the flood of blood spewing from the limbs of the ReDeMeR, and joyously it came pre-prepped with bones! Over time the flow rose again and again to overflow and tear up the streets! The apocalypse is in your ears, on your tongue, and waiting to shout out with the words of the ReDeMeR in your blood: 'CUM AGAIN! CUM ON ST. LOU! CUM AGAIN!' Love ya apop!"