Final Show at Chromozone Tonight, Undercurrent 2 is Tomorrow

Tonight: February 26

Jerusalem & The Starbaskets (TN)
The Funs
Catholic Guilt

@ Chromozone / Click for address
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Chromozone has been a great basement venue for south city in recent years, but tonight will be its official (unofficial) swan song. Jerusalem & The Starbaskets is the perfect closing band to a space that celebrated psychedelic rock and punk. The Funs was a staple at Chromozone, so its fitting that they'll be present for the closing, too. Considering the artists who live or have lived at the house, it wouldn't be out of the question to expect a surprise performance to pop up, but that's just an assumption. Either way, make it out for the close of a great asset to the music community. Sorry the address is hidden - ask around if you're not familiar with the spot.

Tomorrow: February 27

UNDERCURRENT 2 featuring:
The Funs
Dusty Fingers
(Ben Osbourne of Times Beach, Lumpy & the Dumpers/Joseph Hess of Spelling Bee/Dave Stone)
Tim Rakel (spoken word)
Chris Ward (spoken word)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8:30 pm / free / all attendees receive free tape / all ages

Undercurrent 2 features the trashy reverb-ridden rock of The Funs (that's two nights in a row!) with a one-night only expanded line-up from CaveofswordS. Dusty Fingers features Devin Hill of Nos Bos making creepy ambient work and MUCK Trio features myself, Dave Stone and Ben Osbourne (known for his work in Times Beach, Lumpy & The Dumpers, Totally Gay Cop, Overdoser and more).

Undercurrent is part of a monthly concert series brought to you by Wrong Division, Schlafly Tap Room, Paradoxal Pterodactyl Podcast and Chizmo.TV. Each month features a free cassette tape release filled with live performances from the previous month's show. Each tape is put together mixtape-style by the Paradoxal Peterodactyl Podcast crew with cover art by a different area artist each month. The shows merge experimental and punk with spoken word and performance art. Come out for installment #2 on Thursday, February 27. In the meantime, check out these photos from last month's show by Theo R. Welling.

This Week In St. Louis 2/17/14 - 2/23/14


Charmaine's Names (PA)
Wax Fruit
My Powers
(Larva and Zak Marmalefsky)
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand
9:30 pm / $5 / 21+

This is the weirdest show you'll see all week, guaranteed. Charmaine's Names belts out baritone vocals over sleazy pre-recorded lounge tunes while contorting his body. My Powers and Perverted are both active projects of local noise-witch Larva Lu and Wax Fruit is a great synth-duo that plays dark pop tunes.

If weird pop and bent synths aren't your speed, try out Day 1 of Garagefest at the Heavy Anchor with Shitstorm, Dad Jr. and more.


Ou Où

@ Jade Room / 3131 S. Grand
10 pm / free / 21+

Ou Où brings a thick, ambient mass through use of samples and the subtle use of synthesizers and guitar pedals. Prepared material weaves in and out of real time improvisation, creating a sound that feels familiar and distinct, but is also different every time.

If you want your mellow harshed, check out the Shut In album release show at the Tap Room with Behindings and Mussy Cluves.


The Holidays (PA)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Pink Sock
Animal Teeth

@ Bonerville / Ask for address
9 pm / $5 / all ages

The Holidays is a one-man band of dingy punk rock. The local line-up features the three top gutter-punks in St. Louis doing what they do best. Animal Teeth means fake blood, Lumpy means slime and Pink Sock means beer cans to the head. Oi oi... oi?

New Music Circle Presents:
Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society

@ Joes Cafe / 6014 Kingsbury Avenue
7:30 pm / $10-20 / all ages

Cleanse your punk rock palate with a little free-jazz. Or maybe you'll go see free jazz for the first time? Abrams' NIS is a great introduction to the genre, blending smooth accessibility with distinct and jagged edges. New Music Circle events are carefully curated with the help of Jeremy Kannapell aka Ghost Ice.

Alternatively, check out the opening reception for Kevin Harris' birthday and oblivion: quantitative measurements of reality (metaphysical and otherwise) at Beverly (3155 Cherokee Street).


Roomrunner (MD)
Gnarwhal (TN)
Shaved Women

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand
8 pm / $6 / 21+

Roomrunner is the brainchild of Denny Bowen, known for his work in both crazy math rock outfit Yukon and seminal post-hardcore band Double Dagger. Gnarwhal is self proclaimed confusion-core (whatever that means), and they play extremely intense music. Shaved Women and Stonechat open a great, mixed bill.

Review: RAW POP by Times Beach

Times Beach | RAW POP
Released December 2013
Self Released

Gushing out at the heel end of 2013, Times Beach’s RAW POP cassette grabs and hooks with a monsoon of distortion. With uptempo pop structures and each instrument sealed in its own echo chamber, Times Beach makes music for science police officers trying to fill the interstellar quota.

Nailing down and correctly executing a sheer wall-of-sound, Times Beach still stays catchy every step of the way - no amount of haze or distortion detracts from the hooks. “Coral” and “Cement” kick off the tape with reverberated melody and croon. “Cement” comes from their first release/cassingle that came out earlier in 2013, but here it sounds way more polished, albeit there was very little wrong with the original recording.

“Looking Down” feels like a cosmic tropical theme, (am I drinking blue milk while surfing over dark matter?) “Sleep Paralysis” stands out for me as my personal favorite track - a gradual build before launching into jangly fuzzy scuttle. “Destruction” and “Dust Miner” clear out the demo with feel-good vibes. The tambourine on “Dust Miner” sounds like tiny drones chipping away at rock looking for blue crystalline ore.

RAW POP was self released on blue tape with a banana cluster of exploding Hindenburgs on the cover. It's available straight from their bandcamp right here. Worth it on the dot - now's your chance to catch nu sounds for a nu year.

Review by Josh Jenkins

Graham's Top Picks for January 2014

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.

BACCO at Schlafly Tap Room

When Stonechat doesn't feel like being Stonechat, they are BACCO. The set was unexpectedly short, but also the perfect length.

Southerland Nights at Foam
This touring band from Texas really gave us their all. Even playing a tiny coffee shop, they made us feel like we were at the front row of the main stage at Warped Tour with their intense commitment. Catch Steve singing the low "whoooa-oh!" at 9:06.

The Vanilla Beans - Hugs at Foam
A special acoustic set by 3 of the 4 Vanilla Beans. Andy attempts to give out free hugs, but not everyone looks like they want them! Todd sings the end of the song, leaving fans wondering why Todd doesn't sing all the songs all the time.

Popular Mechanics ft. Googolplexia at Plush
I'm not sure what's going on, but it's hard to stop smiling.

Babe Maggots at Cafe Ventana
Hopefully not a one-time thing, the members of Willis get sludgey and rock out.

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This Week In St. Louis 2/10/14 - 2/16/14

Sorry about the lack of updates last week. In addition to being busy with work and other things, St. Louis had a pretty light week show-wise so I took a break. There were some great gigs on Saturday (Ultra Bide at Fubar and the Anodes release show), so hopefully ya braved the cold and caught some. As always, if you see anything missing on the sidebar, feel free to let us know by e-mailing


Animal Teeth (Tour Kick-Off)
Dad Jr. (Return Show)
Mr. Ben
Dusty Fingers
Dem Scientist

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

This show is both part of Johnny Vegas' monthly Stag Nite (which means cheap beer) and Acid Kat's zine night (which means tons of zines, duh). Dad Jr. returns after a lengthy hiatus and line-up change, and Animal Teeth will kick-off their tour on this night. Dem Scientist is a long running punk group featuring Andy and Gabe of Nos Bos with the recent addition of Martin from Lumpy and the Dumpers on drums.


Heatsick (GERMANY)
Black James

@ Kerr Foundation Building / 21 O'Fallon Street
8 pm / $10 / all ages

Based in Berlin, Steven Warwick dons the alias of Heatsick and applies a lo-fi punk aesthetic to ethereal dance music. By working through guitar pedals and a single Casio keyboard, Heatsick manages to feel full and distinct, nevermind the minimalist approach. Heatsick's latest album Intersex, released via PAN, sees Warwick fully delving into massive psychedelics.


Gardener (IL)
Ant'lrd (IL)
Eric Hall
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Avenue
9 pm / $5 / all ages

This is the romantic hang for weirdos. Ambient, noisy electronics by way of Chicago meets up with St. Louis' best kept secret Eric Hall.

For a fresh take on experimental and contemporary composition, check out Lemp Arts Centers' Quiet Concert series on this night.


Little Big Bangs
The Funs
Wild Hex

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

Little Big Bangs has a great new record, some upcoming splits and great free demos floating around the web. The band worships the '90s and does a sort-of grunge rock that sounds distinctly "St. Louis." I don't get it. It's great. The Funs some how make that "indie" sound feel fresh and inclusive.

On Sunday, Apop Records hosts Cheap Art from Atlanta with Nos Bos and two new local groups: Self Help (featuring members of Doom Town and Shaved Women) and Astral Place (all-girl post-punk).

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