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


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.


Animal Lover (MN)
Blight Future (First Show)
@ 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.


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.

Ray Creature (IN)
Bad Psychic (IN)
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.


The Funs (Tour Kick-Off)

@ 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.)