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.