This Week In St. Louis 3/17/14 - 3/23/14

MONDAY, MAR. 17


Bad History Month (MA)
Stonechat
Blank Stare
Willis
Con Trails

@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Bad History Month is Fat History Month sans drummer. The guitar floats through songs in a really clever way, and lyrics of dark comedy follow along. Stonechat and Willis both bring their own style of resident odd pop while Con Trails brings a kind of shoegaze sound sans the excessive pedals that the genre is known for.

OK, maybe none of the above is punk enough. Go check out American Hate, Shaved Women and more over at The Livery instead.

TUESDAY, MAR. 18


Guerilla Toss (MA)
Ryan Power (VT)
Kisser
Britches
(Album Release Show)
@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
8:30 pm / $6 / all ages

Guerilla Toss is swinging by St. Louis on their way back from SXSW. I've heard rumors of blood and full frontal nudity at recent live shows, so that's as good a reason as any to check out the band. Theatrics rarely come bundled with good weird music, but Guerilla Toss ups the ante by providing a wild performance alongside brain-bending prog-rock. Get into this dance band for aliens. Britches returns on this night after a 7 month hiatus, and they'll be bringing a brand new recording with them.


Technicolor Teeth (WI)
Times Beach
Trauma Harness

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

Technicolor Teeth filters super-tight pop songs through feedback and fuzz. Vocals howl over solid rock drumming and guitar noise. Trauma Harness bring doom and gloom to the whole punk rock thing and Times Beach falls somewhere between the two.

THURSDAY, MAR. 20


Three Legged Race (Robert Beatty of Hair Police)
Kevin Harris
Nathan Cook
Andrew James

@ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
7:30 pm / free
Robert Beatty is equal parts audio and visual artist. His noise band Hair Police has been wildly prolific, earning accolades as a core name in experimental music throughout North America. Beatty's solo work, usually under the name Three Legged Race, further explores sound in an introspective sense.


Jack Topht (NY)
Hoonbag Moonswag
Crater Canal

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9:30 pm / donations / 21+

Jack Topht nabbed the name "awesomerap" on bandcamp. That's reason enough to believe his rap is awesome. Topht rhymes fast over backtracks about obnoxious people, in your face politics and sex sex sex. Hoonbag is a Demonlover / Bug Chaser side projection of sleazy dance tunes and Crater Canal is a tongue-in-cheek performance art piece brought to you by the heads behind Skarekrau Radio. Since the show is at CBGB, no one will overtly bug you for money, so find the tip jar and throw a fiver in.

FRIDAY, MAR. 21


Jandek
@ The Billiken Club / 20 North Grand Boulevard
8 pm / $15 / all ages

Jandek is an outsider music legend that has released over 70 albums since 1978. At the center of the Jandek mythos is Sterling Smith, who typically performs with a backing band with anonymous members. Jandek seems to be the name given to an amorphous project with different participants for every live show, but Sterling Smith remains involved as the central figure, or as he calls himself, the Coordinator. The video above shows a very abstract performance, but searching out Jandek brings up much experimental folk and blues.

SATURDAY, MAR. 22


Useless Eaters (CA)
The Brainstems
Ski Mask
Bad Dates

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
8 pm / $6 / 18+

This show is chock full of hot guitar rock jocks scarfing down leather jackets and crapping good punk tunes. If that's too nonsensical or whatever you can click the links above. Save for Ski Mask, all the bands are snotty rock 'n roll with audible early punk influence. What's the opposite of oi?

Undercurrent 3 is next week. Flyer: