This Week In St. Louis 4/29/14 - 5/4/14


Swells (CO)
Time Tramps (CO)
Barely Free Partial Prisoners

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

Swells of Colorado sounds like a time-capsule of late '90s screamo set on fire by poor hoodlums in 2014. The band sets dark riffs at a frantic pace with piercing, loud drum parts. Time Tramps, also from Colorado, sports a more upbeat, lackadaisical style in contrast. Locals Laika and Barely Free Partial Prisoners open the show.

Circuit Des Yeux (IL)
Frances With Wolves
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $7 / all ages

Circuit Des Yeux brings raw, haunting compositions with a gloomy, gothic vibe. Cooper Crane of CAVE/Bitchin Bajas will be performing as part of CDY. Frances With Wolves plays a rare set of their dark pop - a great compliment to the touring act.


Les Rhinocéros (D.C.)
Stonechat (album release show)
Pat Sajak Assassins
Barely Free Partial Prisoners

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

Les Rhinocéros just released its second album through John Zorn's Tzadik label. The band locks complex riffs inside a tight, focused rock format. The music here is easy to approach for passive listening, but the songs contain a certain depth that is hard to measure. Pat Sajak Assassins are equally as brain-bending, and they join a great roster of local openers. And don't miss out on Stonechat's new album BACCO. As of now, this is the last show scheduled at Cafe Ventana.


The Brainstems
Bad Dates

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

One thing St. Louis has over most cities is a treasure trove of jangly garage rock bands. Although all three acts on this show are cut from the same cloth, expect a big difference in sound from band to band.


Little Big Bangs
Vanilla Beans
Psychedelic Psychonauts
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
3 of 5

@ Star Clipper / 6392 Delmar Boulevard
Noon / free / all ages

Much like Record Store Day, Free Comic Book Day is a consumer holiday designed to get heads and bodies into stores. For the past few years, Star Clipper has invited local bands in to play cover songs and the like. This year, bands were asked to come and play without the obligation of cover material, so now you have a pretty varied show happening all day long in the coolest comic shop in town.


Dustin Wong (MD)
TALsounds (IL)
Mukqs (IL)
@ The Billiken Club / 20 N. Grand Boulevard
8 pm / $5 (free with SLU ID) / all ages

Dustin Wong might be best known for his work in Ponytail, a surfy noise rock band that seemed to hit critical mass almost immediately. Two years after its debut, the band played the Pitchfork Media Festival, traveled across seas and toured relentlessly. Now, Wong performs solo guitar work that ranges in tone from soundtrack-esque post-rock to videogamey 8-bit squalor. The video above shows his range pretty well, so skip around to get a sample of what you'll see.

Bernay's Propaganda (from Macedonia) at Lemp Arts Center Tonight


Bernay's Propaganda (MACEDONIA)
Ghost Mice (IN)
Little Big Bangs
Union Electric

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 pm / $5 / all ages

Bernay's Propaganda comes from an alternate world where Fugazi's Red Medicine is the most influential album of all time and post-punk bands outnumber punk bands. Plus, they flew here from Macedonia. Ghost Mice from Indiana is also on the bill, as well as local openers Little Big Bangs and Union Electric. Lots of reasons to go out on a Monday night.

Also tonight: NO (UK), Stoic Violence, Cardiac Arrest and Ruz all play Bonerville around 9 or 10 pm.

This Week In St. Louis 4/21/14 - 4/27/14


New England Patriots (MA)
Beauty Pageant

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

New England Patriots bring a kind of vicious grunge rock through a filter of wobbly sound effects and aggro vocals. Beauty Pageant is the only straight noise band on this show, but they throw down a heavy cacophony of sound. Braining comes back after a 9 month hiatus with new songs.

Linear Downfall (TN)
Boreal Hills
Bug Chaser
The Carondelettes
(first show!)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $6 / 21+

Both Linear Downfall and Bug Chaser pack straight ahead rock music with invasive psychedelics, reminiscent of kraut, wave and other sordid sounds all packed into one. Not sure what to expect with The Carondelettes, but it's Elly Herget's new band, so it's a safe bet.


The Night Grinder
Times Beach
Live Presentation of Triplex The Animated Series
Spoken Word by Jake Cohen and Sean Arnold

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8:30 pm / free / all ages / all attendees receive free cassette tape

Undercurrent is a monthly concert series brought to you by Wrong Division, The Paradoxal Pterodactyl Podcast and Chizmo.TV. Each show is recorded and thrown onto cassette, mixtape style. The tape is made available, for free, at each subsequent show. If you attended March's Undercurrent, you received the cassette from February's show. This month's tape features Lumpy & the Dumpers, Trauma Harness, Loose Screwz & Abnormal and The Fluff of Murder. Come out to the free gig, check out the video projections by Chizmo.TV and grab a free tape.

Backslider (PA)
Shaved Women
Life Like
The Warden

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Boulevard
9 pm / $5 / 21+

Backslider is nasty, guttural power-violence. Shaved Women is the actual sound of violence you hear when continuously stabbing your closest friend with a rusty piece of scrap metal.

Bunnybrains (IL)
Skarekrau Radio
The Conformists

@ The Way Out Club / 2525 South Jefferson
9 pm / ??? / 21+

The video above shows Bunnybrains playing at a showcase in 1994. 20 years ago. The video really tells you all you need to know about this group. Skarekrau Radio and The Conformists are two of this city's most fucked bands, so really, they're the best openers for the job.

This Weekend In St. Louis 4/18/14 - 4/20/14


Microwaves (PA)
What We Won't See
@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Boulevard
9 pm / $6 / all ages

Microwaves blends thick, unbridled bass with an overabundant use of ring modulation. The drums are sharp, piercing and fierce. This is the kind of noise rock your cool uncle grew up on. Yowie and What We Won't See are two local bands filled with those cool uncles.


Satan's God
Nathan Brown
Terra Caput Mundi
@ Lemmons / 5800 Gravois Avenue
8:30 pm / $5 / 21+

What can be said about Satan's God? Just watch the video above. This guy has been behind the curtain of local noise since the '90s. He is peeking his head out this month to do a nationwide tour and this show happens to be his rare appearance in St. Louis. Nathan Brown is equally as odd, but in a completely different way. This show mixes speedy metal, harsh noise and '80s sports-movie montage music?!

Native Lights (OK)
Tone Rodent (Release Show)
Bastard & The Crows (Release Show)
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
8:30 pm / $5 / 18+

Tone Rodent is a St. Louis institution of shoegaze and experimental ambient rock. Releasing a new record on record store day is ballsy, mostly because you run the risk of being lost in the constant flow of new releases and reissues. Plus, people get day drunk during record store day. After all, this is a true holiday for record collectors and music nerds alike. Don't miss out, save some energy for this show.

Band line-up:
12:00 Better Days
12:40 Liquorlord
1:20 Fister
2:00 What We Wont See
2:40 Shitstorm
3:20 Lifelike
4:00 Wax Fruit
4:40 Moni Tor
5:20 Execution Techniques
6:00 Wild Hex
6:40 Bruiser Queen
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
Noon / free / all ages

If you follow this blog then you already know that, for us, Record Store Day (at Apop Records, specifically) is sort of like a family reunion, public shaming and art gallery all-in-one. Here, bands of south city converge to sort of show what they have going on, and most of the people in the crowd are movers and shakers in the community: Show bookers, promoters, other musicians, artists, et cetera. The beauty is that most bands sound terrible outside, but Apop keeps stocked on the free booze, so most people won't know the difference. There's usually some kind of weirdo photo booth nearby, or at least a very poor caricature artist. The whole thing is St. Louis in a nutshell, and the bands this year are a wild mix. Oh yeah, and Record Store Day exclusives and specials.

This Weekend In St. Louis 4/10/14 - 4/13/14


Lizard Police (OK)
Air Glow
Falsetto Boy

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

Lizard Police plays something between pop and punk, but surely not pop-punk. The vocals are a little rougher than you'd expect from this type of band, but hooks and catchy melodies stay intact through heavy distortion. It's starting to feel like Summer, and this is the perfect kind of "pick up and go" music that goes well with the changing of the season. Airglow plays a rare live show and Falsetto Boy will close out the night with a full backing band.


Disco Doom (ZURICH)
Ovlov (CT)
@ Fubar / 3108 Locust Street
8 pm / $10 / all ages

Disco Doom and Ovlov are both two sides of the same alt '90s coin. When "indie" actually meant "alternative" rock in an age where "alternative" meant "mainstream." Who cares about labels anyway? This is the kind of hard-edged melodic rock punks secretly pine for, wrapped up in good, solid songs. Disco Doom is from the other side of the world, which means they won't be back any time soon. If you like the video above, make it out.

Little Big Bangs (LP Release Show)
Bug Chaser
Middle Class Fashion

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

How many releases has Little Big Bangs had in the past year? Counting this - 4. One for the original CD of their self titled debut, one for their Tower Groove Records 7", one for the split tape with Barely Free Partial Prisoners, and finally, this release show celebrates the LP version of the debut record. So, essentially, this is more Big Bangs than you can handle. Go and get yr overload on that sweet, sweet grunge revival.


Finished (RI)
In Heat (RI)
Catholic Guilt
(Final Show)
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $6 / all ages

Noisy punk and metal fans would cheat themselves out of a good show if they judged the gig by the experimental opening acts. Finished and In Heat are both the kind of brutal bands that pack a visceral punch. This sounds like vomit mixed with motor oil. The opening acts are equally as abrasive - just less song oriented. This is noise duo Baba Yaga's final show ever. Taka is moving the next day, so come bye before he moves away.

Graham's Top Picks for March 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.

Trauma Harness - Synth set at Schlafly Tap Room

Where did these songs come from? Is this the new Trauma Harness sound or just a one-time thing? These songs are too good to throw away. I guess this was all foreshadowed by Blue Flames, the synth stand-out from The Way You Press On Harder, and Necropolis, the haunting instrumental from their Dead and Loving It EP. Most of the songs from the synth set are not yet available on Bandcamp, so get 'em while they're hot! Can't wait for the Undercurrent tape for this one.

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship - "Ladies in the Dark" at Pitcher's Sports Bar (Belleville, IL)
It's been a while since Belleville had a show. Too long. So long that the residents seem to have forgotten how to act at shows. In this one video, we see an artist jump on stage to dance with Fabio uninvited, and a member of the audience stroke his beer-cock in front of Corey. Creepy and uncomfortable, for sure. Maybe this is typical behavior at "Sports Bars," not really my scene!

Pictureplane at The Gargoyle
While ya'll was freaking out to Jandek, we were gettin wavvy with Mykki Blanco and ravey with Pictureplane. What a wonderful city we live in to have these choices. Travis looks a bit uncomfortable in the bright lights, but gets into the groove once those strobes go off at 10:20.

Mykki Blanco at The Gargoyle
Mykki also had some serious issues with the lights and seemed to be having a real bad time. The first half of her set, it felt like she might rage-quit off the stage at any moment. Finally she got the lights right, and was just on fire. Don't fuck with a diva's show!

3 of 5 - "Cold of Space" at Cafe Ventana
A deranged fan in the audience requests "Cold of Space," and then surprises Andy by putting on an impromptu light show perfectly in sync with the song. The Gargoyle could learn a thing or two here!!

Steve's Top Pics from March 2014

Stephen Houldsworth attends more shows in Saint Louis than most, and he covers a huge range of sound. Be it hardcore or noise, pop or rock, Stephen comes equipped with his point-and-shoot. The guerrilla style of photography that results is a dry and honest take on the independent scene in St. Louis. Once a month, Mr. Houldsworth shoots us an e-mail with his recent favorite photos.

Reach Out and Touch
Trauma Harness' all synth show included a number of audience intrusions, including this one from the long arm of John Birkner.
March 27, 2014 at Schlafly Taproom.

Black Panties Speaks
Black Panties uses a human mic stand.
March 13, 2014 at the Livery.

Rock and Roll
Lumpy & the Dumpers inspired the biggest mosh ever seen at the Tap Room.
March 27, 2014 at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Oh Mykki, You're So Fine
Mykki Blanco worked it out on Friday night.
March 21, 2014 at The Gargoyle.

Want a Beer
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship has some interesting fans. Here's one offering front man Corey Goodman a beer.
March 29, 2014 at Pitcher's in Belleville.

The Funs Homecoming/Black Panties Tour Kick-Off Tonight


The Funs (homecoming show)
Black Panties (tour kick-off show)
Times Beach
@ Engine Room at Feraro's / 7700 Ivory Street
8 pm / free / 21+

The Funs bring their fuzzed out dark-pop to a new south city spot. Black Panties is about to hit the road, so go buy a tape and wish 'em luck. And Times Beach released a new tape back in December that can be heard at the link above. All three bands give a good sample of St. Louis fuzz-rock from different perspectives, so at the price of "free," the show is a no-brainer.

This Week In St. Louis 4/1/14 - 4/6/14


Decide Today (OH)
Divtech (nomadic)
The Night Grinder
Catholic Guilt

@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee Street
7 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Decide Today features remnants of the Realicide Youth record label. Expect digital blast beats amid screaming - this is an audible interpretation of the downfall of civilization. Catholic Guilt and The Night Grinder both provide their own juxtaposition to the touring acts noisy squalor.


Flesh Control (VA)
Close Your Eyes I'm Changing (NY)
Beauty Pageant
@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Creeping electronic ambiance meets even creepier performers. Beauty Pageant is a staple in St. Louis noise, providing a punk rock approach to its free-improv no wave.


Wolf Eyes
Brain Transplant
Self Help

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Most modern noise artists cite Wolf Eyes as a major influence and/or inspiration. This local line-up is varied with the vibrant electronics of Raglani and the snarling femme-punk of Self Help.


Rob Mazurek / Darin Gray Duo
@ Tavern of Fine Arts / 313 Belt Avenue
10 p.m. / $10-20 suggested donation / 21+

This performance is part of the Artist Reception for Kaja Renka's Infirmary of the Subconscious and will start at 10 p.m. to avoid conflicting with the New Music Circle event happening earlier in the evening. Mazurek and Gray are both experimental legends in their own right, and this performance should be short and sweet, but definitely worth your time.

Check out Claire Chase and the International Contemporary Ensemble earlier in the evening at The Pulitzer Foundation For The Arts.

If you're craving experimental mixed-in with electronica, Oneohtrix Point Never performs with Eric Hall at the Kranzberg.