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.