Tonight: Funs Tour Kick-Off at CBGB & Ex-Cult at MELT

SATURDAY, MAY 31


The Funs (Tour Kick-Off)
Demonlover
Kisser
Hylidae

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 pm / free / 21+

The Funs are hitting the road yet again, so this is your chance to see them off and grab an LP before the records inevitably sell out. Kisser, Demonlover and Hylidae are all killer in their own right - this show offers more than what the narrow walls of CBGB can handle.


Ex-Cult (TN)
Cardiac Arrest
Dad Jr.

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $7 / all ages

Ex-Cult comes from a hardcore background, but the band shills feverish garage rock rife with delay and reverb. Like a bar rock band through a kaleidoscope, the four piece brings out colors in its music, bringing an audible depth that's hard to realize at a first listen. Cardiac Arrest is the brainchild of Rob Ruz, and if you haven't seen what it's all about by now, you're missing one of St. Louis' primary faces of hardcore. Dad Jr. brings an equally rough edge, albeit through neck-snapping party rock. Dorks call this one a "banger."

If neither of the shows above tickle your earlobes, or you're just completely broke, check out the free Tennis Lesson show at Schlafly Tap Room. The math-rock-turned-indie band only plays a few times each year, and this is the release show for its latest EP. Here's a sample of their older stuff:

This Week In St. Louis 5/29/14 - 6/1/14

THURSDAY, MAY 29


Destruction Unit (AZ)
Institute (TX)
Breakout (TX)
Pool Party (NM)
Nos Bos (Tour Kick-Off Show)
Black Panties (Release Show)
@ Plush Parlor (upstairs) / 3224 Locust Street
8 pm / $7 / 18+

This show is crammed with super loud, thrashy punk bands, although Black Panties might not wanna be called punk (according to his lyrics). Nos Bos brings that slimy, guttural hardcore that people east of the river are known for nowadays, and this show will be the first of many in the band's tour through the Midwest. You can read all about Destruction Unit on Pitchfork...that's not to say they're not worth the hype. Check out the video above and see for yourself. There are four touring bands in total, so the $7 door price is a huge bargain for what you're getting.

FRIDAY, MAY 30


Animal Lover (MN)
Blight Future (First Show)
Braining
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
8:30 pm / $6 / all ages

Animal Lover is audibly influenced by Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Drive Like Jehu and early Don Caballero, but the way this band crams those sounds into its own songs instead of simply paying tribute makes them totally monstrous. Think grunge revival, but with a definite noise rock edge - ear busting and loud. Blight Future is the new group led by Stephan Inman (Nineteen, Dancing Feet March To War) and by the sound of their first demo, the band is torn from the same cloth as Animal Lover: total '90s noise rock. This is their first show, so arrive on time. This is (our band) Braining's fifteenth show since forming in 2012, so who knows when we'll stop and start up again.

LATE SHOW AT MELT


I Love You (IL)
Starts directly after Animal Lover show / free / 21+
Justin Randel is a one-man fucked pop band with trippy, wobbly dance songs. Wrong Division will join him and do a DJ spin throughout the night, so it'll be an on-again off-again sort of show. Free to all, tip the bar and the band jar. Buy merch, et cetera.


EARLY SHOW STARTS AT 7
Ray Creature (IN)
Bad Psychic (IN)
Willis
What We Won't See

@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Avenue
7 pm / $5 / all ages

Four synth-based bands with different outlooks on mangled circuits and occasional guitars. If you're into goth, come crawl out for dark tunes. The show starts early at 7, so you can still make the other gigs in town or go home early because you need beauty sleep you ugly cretin. Either/or.

SATURDAY, MAY 31


TV-MA (LA)
The Funs (Tour Kick-Off)
Demonlover
Kisser
Hylidae

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

TV-MA is half-composed/half-improv psych in a punk funnel. The New Orleans no-wavers are pretty new, but their 6 song demo (above) depicts a vicious band with a tendency to trail off in outer space. Highly recommended for zoning out and/or coughing on someone else's smoke. The Funs are hitting the road yet again, so this is your chance to see them off and grab an LP before the records inevitably sell out. Kisser, Demonlover and Hylidae are all killer in their own right - this show offers more than what the narrow walls of CBGB can handle.


Ex-Cult (TN)
Cardiac Arrest
Dad Jr.

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $7 / all ages

Ex-Cult comes from a hardcore background, but the band shills feverish garage rock rife with delay and reverb. Like a bar rock band through a kaleidoscope, the four piece brings out colors in its music, bringing an audible depth that's hard to realize at a first listen. Cardiac Arrest is the brainchild of Rob Ruz, and if you haven't seen what it's all about by now, you're missing one of St. Louis' primary faces of hardcore. Dad Jr. brings an equally rough edge, albeit through neck-snapping party rock. Dorks call this one a "banger."

If neither of the shows above tickle your earlobes, or you're just completely broke, check out the free Tennis Lesson show at Schlafly Tap Room. The math-rock-turned-indie band only plays a few times each year, and this is the release show for its latest EP.

PUNK ROCK PSA: BARGE and CC MURDERDOGS are playing down by the river with Cardiac Arrest and others on Sunday night. If you don't know the spot, just e-mail us, but we'll require a retina scan and blood sample just to make sure you're not a cop. (EDIT: I've been told cops can come if they want to see the show, but they have to pay double and they can't snitch.)

Protocarbon by Protoculture

This is the latest solo synth project by Andy Peterson - member of Trauma Harness, Braining, Nos Bos, Dem Scientist and occasional scab for Lumpy & the Dumpers.

This Week In St. Louis 5/19/14 - 5/25/14

MONDAY, MAY 19


Free NMC Event:
Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
(NY)
with special guest local collaborators:
Dave Stone, Mabel Suen, Alex Cunningham & Fred Tompkins
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
7 pm / free / 21+

Laubrock & Rainey are a saxophone and drum duo who spin free-jazz through two familiar instruments. Through an unconventional approach, both players bring a frantic sound with a solid textural pairing This event is technically the first half of a New Music Circle showcase, which happens to cap a very successful 2013-2014 season for the organization. Dave Stone, Alex Cunningham and Fred Tompkins all help to make up a talented roster of local players. There will be two different performances, one with Laubrock and the other with Rainey, collaborating with St. Louis musicians.

TUESDAY, MAY 20


NMC Showcase:
Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
(NY)
Tyler Damon (IN)
NNN Cook
Chris Trull
Kevin Harris

@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon Street
7 pm / $10-20 / all ages

This is the second half of New Music Circle's big finale for the 13/14 season. Catch Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey perform as a duo, Tyler Damon, Chris Trull and Kevin Harris perform as a trio and an opening solo set by NNN Cook. This particular show works great as an intro to not only free-jazz, but electro-acoustic music as well as noise. All three sets are informed by many forms of improvisational music, so this show is all but guaranteed to be high quality. Highly recommended.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21


Keir Neuringer (PA)
Eric Hall/Joseph Hess Duo
NNN Cook
John Beabout

@ BANK projects / 3420 Iowa Avenue
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Keir Neuringer uses circular breathing to create long-form solo saxophone pieces that gradually rise with varied intensity. His powerful squalor stands on its own with discernible depth, maintaining a level of intricacy that demands deeper listening, or at the very least, your undivided attention. John Beabout, also known for his work in Stonechat, takes to the keys with a natural inclination for wild, organic sound. If you missed him the night before, NNN Cook will once again perform with a solo, electro-acoustic set.

Also on Wednesday Night:

The Body (RI) plays Apop Records with Fister and Dear Satan.

Mr. Ben's NOiSE series continues with a huge line up of local improvisers over at Blank Space. The show is free!

THURSDAY, MAY 22


UNDERCURRENT NO. 5 FEATURING:
Wild Hex
Pat Sajak Assassins
Tony Renner
Stonechat
Barely Free Partial Prisoners
(RELEASE SHOW!!!)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8 pm / free / all ages

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 April's Undercurrent, you received the cassette from March's show. This month's tape features Googolplexia, Times Beach, The Night Grinder and spoken word from Jake Cohen, Sean Arnold and Gary K. Hurst. Come out to the free gig, check out the video projections by Chizmo.TV and grab a free tape.

Also on Thursday Night:

St. Louis ex-pat DJ Dog Dick plays Apop Records with Perverted and Wamhoda. Dance party for extra-extra-terrestrials.

This Week In St. Louis 5/13/14 - 5/18/14

TUESDAY, MAY 13


Jaded Evil Lambs
The Top Grossing Films of 1984
The Icebergs

@ Plush Lounge (2nd floor stage) / 3224 Locust Street
8 pm / $5 / 18+

This is a quick all-locals noise gig on a quiet Tuesday night. David Bell (of Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast) is the brains behind Jaded Evil Lambs. His dark ambient work includes harsh, shrill noise amid thick layers of industrial electronics. Worth your time.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14


Samantha Vacation (N.E.)
Hylidae
DJ Ghost Ice

@ Foam / 3359 Jefferson Avenue
9 pm / $6 / all ages

Samantha Vacation brings faux-dance jams through an odd use of late '90s samplers. The resulting retro texture come filtered through quick, snappy songs. Instead of bringing his cold wall of noise, Ghost Ice will instead open with a DJ set.

Alternatively, check out LUMPY & THE DUMPERS 7" RELEASE SHOW over at Plush's 2nd floor stage. That's 7 bux, a dollar for every inch. Cabeza Twins, Scary & the Scrapers and Bathhouse Boys open.

FRIDAY, MAY 16


BRUXISM No.3 featuring:
Kingston Family Singers
(with video by Kevin Harris)
Regicide Bureau
Skull's Mind
(Ghost Ice & Raglani)
Dj: Michaella
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $5 (entry includes free zine) / all ages

Along with Undercurrent, NOiSE, Mild Power and Quiet Concerts, BRUXISM is one of the many experimental music series happening throughout 2014 in St. Louis. A collaboration between Apop Records and the close/far label curated by Nathan Cook, BRUXISM builds on different themes every month. Entry into this month's edition will net you the first BRUXISM zine, which includes interviews, photography and more.


Violent Reaction (UK)
The Flex (UK)
Cardiac Arrest
Liquor Lord

@ Bonerville / South City
9 pm / $8 / all ages

Two hardcore bands from overseas are playing a basement down the street. A shady dude called Rob will ask you for $8, but 2 bucks a band is a bargain, everything considered. Violent Reaction and the Flex are both sharp hardcore bands with catchy riffs and shrill guitar tone. The locals are OK, too. J/K, J/K

SUNDAY, MAY 16


Permanent Makeup (FL)
Q
Dad Jr.
Animal Teeth

@ Los Punk / 2709 Cherokee Street
8:30 pm / $5 / 21+

Like surf-rock on acid, Permanent Makeup makes things a little darker by bringing in a rough-edged sound. Think psych rock at punk speed but just a little uglier. Q is a killer newish band of young go-getters in St. Louis hardcore and Dad Jr. brings that walls to the balls rock that people like to jam while swallowing cans of STAG whole.

We here at WRONG DIVISION INDUSTRIES™ book shows every month. By we, I mean me, Joe. There's no reason really to brand them (like saying "THIS IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY WRONG DIVISION" or whatever) but I'd like to mention a few shows that are coming down the pipeline:

Keir Neuringer (PA) at BANK Projects - May 21
Undercurrent 5 at Schlafly Tap Room - May 22

Many Arms (PA) with Kisser at BANK Projects - June 15
Undercurrent 6 at Schlafly Tap Room - June 19
Faun and a Pan Flute (GA) - June 22
Bad History Month (MA) and 3 Brained Robot (NC) at BANK Projects - June 28

White Suns (NY) - July 9
Tyranny Is Tyranny (IL) - July 11
Seventeen Again (MI) - July 15
Jerkagram (NY) - July 24
Undercurrent 7 at Schlafly Tap Room - July 31

Miami Dolphins (MN) - August 8
Glish (LA) - August 15
Undercurrent 8 at Schlafly Tap Room - August 28

Graham's Top Picks for April 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.

(New England) Patriots at The Livery Company

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W57cpQVMV1o
Steve and I were lucky enough to see this band in Boston when we got married, so we knew we were in for a good show at The Livery. The singer's distorted vocals, possessed dancing and various antics really make him the best wedding singer you could ask for.

Life Like at Apop Records
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-zQZSMKFPk
Things sure seem to escalate quickly at Life Like shows. First it's some harmless hat borrowing, which turns to taking audience and band members hostage via microphone cord lasso. After that, things get too scandalous for daytime TV.

3 of 5 - "Carry the Zero" (Built to Spill cover) at Cafe Ventana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R82-dP7nPI4
I don't know the original, but I had this song in my head for days after this wonderful cover. Sean helps out with the lyrics on his phone and even sings along. Good teamwork, guys.

Za at Bunk Bed, Collinsville IL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccqSevL_zj4
"Do you live in my woods?" a confused audience member asks. We should all be so lucky to have John and Jack living in our proverbial woods, serenading us with these wacky and wild songs.

Les Rhinocéros at Cafe Ventana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4HcGMcL_P0
These rhinos can jam with hands and feet. Having never heard of them before, I was blown away at this performance, at the last Cafe Ventana show. Just another example of the great out-of-town talent that came and blew everyone away at the coffee shop.

Steve's Top Pics from April 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.

Noise Pageant: The punishing sound waves of Beauty Pageant are visible in this shot.
April 24 at The Livery

Syna So Lo-Fi: Syna So Pro looked amazing for her Lo-Fi Cherokee video shoot.
April 12 at the Scarlett Garnet

Eruption: Volcanoes is back! After a pause from performing, Volcanoes returned stronger than ever.
April 18 at Plush

Final Shout: Sean Ballard has been helping create some great shows at Cafe Ventana over the past year. With new management taking over, this performance by Stonechat was the last hurrah.
April 30 at Cafe Ventana

No Pants Rock: Life Like brought the punk to Record Store Day.
April 19 at Apop Records