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

FRIDAY, APR. 18


Microwaves (PA)
Yowie
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.

SATURDAY, APR. 19


Satan's God
Nathan Brown
(TX)
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.

RECORD STORE DAY AT APOP RECORDS
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.