This Week In St. Louis 6/23/14 - 6/29/14


Xiu Xiu

@ The Ready Room / 4195 Manchester Avenue
8 pm / $25 / all ages ($2 minor surcharge)

I heard a rumor that Michael Gira, the brains behind Swans, demands that the venue's heat be turned up regardless of the temperature outside. If that's true, we're in for a nasty, swampy night. The Ready Room is one of the newest venues in town, and it has a huge atrium (with a capacity of 800). I doubt the show will actually sell out, but it should, because Swans is one of those few legendary bands that keeps putting out new, inventive work. Check out their latest LP To Be Kind for proof. If you're new to Swans, just go ahead and pay the $25 to see them now. Walls of guitar noise are punctuated by dual percussionists, and the whole affair blooms into a live sound that can't be heard through a recording or video.

Jerome (NC)
Maximum Effort
Dave Stone
Number Two

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

Jerome is the alias of Jeremy Harris, who used to perform under the name "Lazy Magnet." If you missed Lazy Magnet, this is more of the same, except things come across a bit bouncier or light-hearted. If you're unfamiliar, Lazy Magnet was a multi-facted project that ranged from harsh noise to danceable pop. Whatever the music, Harris injects a singular sound into what might otherwise be passed off as dance floor electronica. He has a brilliant ear for melody and a talent for sneaking in odd sounds.


Motherfucker (GA)
Little Big Bangs
Blight Future

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
8:30 pm / $5 / 21+

Motherfucker is tightly wound rock with an extra-extra dose of estrogen. Not that being an all-girl band should overshadow how heavy hitting the songs are, but that's not something you see all the time. Local support includes Little Big Bangs and Blight Future, who will be playing their second show ever.


Falsetto Boy
Heavy Weather
Street Justice
Van Buren

@ Bowen House / Click for address
8 pm / free / all ages

Jim Fitzpatrick (Falsetto Bo)y and Brad Schumacher (Street Justice and the Night Grinder) are both moving to Denver. This is both a going away party for them and a birthday celebration for Brad. If you know them or have ever been a fan of what they've done here in St. Louis (Jim was also in Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter, Muscle Brain and Cup Collector) then make it out. Denver is pretty far away. The show is a mix from indie rock to noisy electronics and stoner rock.


Fat History Month (MA)
Three Brained Robot (NC)
Beauty Pageant
What We Won't See

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

Fat History Month brings cynical, melodic folk through a barely distorted electric guitar. Three Brained Robot is the solo project of Greensboro-based artist Sam Martin and features harsh noise with an emphasis on visual elements. Beauty Pageant throws down a heft of synth and guitar backed up by scattered drums and howling moans by way of local burlesque performer Blyre Cpanx. What We Won't See is about to release their first full length album, so come check out a live preview of what's to come: Heavy industrial beats behind swarming guitars and feedback. Noise rock for robots.


Ed Schrader's Music Beat (MD)
The Brainstems

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $7 / all ages

Ed Schrader has the best abs in music. Music Beat is noisy-wave pop songs brought to you by a single floor tom, bass guitar and Schrader's sumptuous voice. Brainstems and Shitstorm bring their own colors of outsider rock, and Posture will open the gig with its first set.

Upcoming Shows

Here's a few shows we're working on. More details to come, like opening bands and such. This one's for your trapper keepers, google docs & space planners:

June 19 at Schlafly Tap Room - Undercurrent 666 with The Brainstems, Beauty Pageant, Cup Collector & more

June 22 at BANK Projects - Faun and a Pan Flute (GA) & Magicicada (GA)

June 28 at BANK Projects - Fat History Month (MA) & Three Brained Robot (NC)

July 9 at Apop Records - White Suns (NY), Braining, Brain Transplant & Catholic Guilt

July 24 at The Livery - Acid Kat Fest 1.5 (Day Before Acid Kat Fest 2) with Jerkagram (NY), All People (LA), Grand Maul (Columbia) & more

July 31 at Schlafly Tap Room - Undercurrent 7 with Black James, Little Big Bangs, Laika & Jaded Evil Lambs

August 4 at Melt - Miami Dolphins (MN)

August 7 at Foam - Stella (OH)

August 15 at Melt - Glish (LA), Lair (MA), Con Trails

August 24 at Blank Space - Multicult (MD), Braining, Dad Jr.

Steve's Top Pics from May 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.

Bathtub Djinn
Mike Pagano joined Beauty Pageant for this otherworldly performance at Revisionist Inn.

Fan Service
Johnny's Sidebar in Collinsville provided the backdrop and Charlie Nehr of Stonechat provided the drumming.

Golden Curls' Golden Curls
Sarah Downen's locks were just as lovely as the tunes produced by Golden Curls at Plush.

May Mosh
May was a great month for mosh pits in Saint Louis. This one is from the Animal Teeth show at Los Punk.

Shark or Jet
Reuben takes on multiple roles in the Black Panties project. Here he is both a human microphone stand and a knife wielding mosh guard at Plush.

Graham's Top Picks for May 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.

Little Big Bangs at Star Clipper
The Big Bangs opened their Free Comic Book Day set with a surf-rock cover of the X-Men theme. That would be the '90s animated series theme, a.k.a. the best one, not to nerd out or anything.

Volcanoes at Foam
Steve took this sweet video of Volcanoes rocking out and it was way better than anything I filmed in my life.

Q at Los Punk
I had not heard the hype yet about new local punk band "Q" so I was in for a surprise when they rocked so hard. Check them out before they get real big and forget the little people. Since the letter Q is hard to search for, here's their bandcamp:

Trauma Harness at CBGB
Sometimes Trauma Harness brings movies along with them to play during their set. This time, it's news footage from 1996. At 3:05, the music syncs so perfectly to a local scare story about raves, you would think it's an official video. Proof that Trauma Harness makes fine rave music, as well as soundtracks to horror stories about rave music. So versatile!

Skull's Mind at Apop
What happens when two dark noise gods combine forces? Pretty much what you'd expect: a tripped out, joyous pop song that contains the words "baby girl" at least a hundred times. It's nice to see two best buds just having some fun and making it look so easy! World exclusive for Wrong Division, you can only find this video if you have the link. Thanks to the members of Skull's Mind, internationally reknown noise gurus Ghost Ice & Raglani.

This Week In St. Louis 6/2/14 - 6/8/14


Peter Brotzmann, William Parker, Hamid Drake Trio
Dave Stone & Friends

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 pm / $15-21 / all ages

This trio of free-jazz legends blasts a harsh, full volume wall of interweaving loops and melody. This is jazz at a breakneck pace, sans the masturbatory nonsense that comes with the genre, typically. Dave Stone is a St. Louis champion in this realm of music and brings a specially handpicked group of players to open.


Glow God (OK)
American Hate (OK)
Maximum Effort
@ Plush / 3224 Locust Street
9 pm / $7 / 18+

Public service announcement: This show was originally booked at Bad Dog and has been moved to Plush. If you see the flyer around town, don't get confused. I once watched Glow God and American Hate play an empty room to three people and both bands still killed. This is unapologetic punk rock with more than a few obvious influences, but their execution is spot on with tons of tiny melodies crammed into quick songs. Maximum Effort might be St. Louis' only alien/government conspiracy punk band, and they seldom play live. Catch a rare sighting and pick up their LP so the wait isn't so harsh next time around.

If punk's not your flavor, try the harsh noise show on Thursday at Lemp Arts Center featuring Matthew Reis (OH), Kingston Family Singers and Kevin Schlueter.


As Unstable As - A survey of contemporary electronic and performance art in St. Louis
Kevin Harris, Chad Eivins, Dr. Mabuse, Perverted and many more
@ Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 North Grand Boulevard
7 pm / $7-10 / all ages

Local artist and curator Kevin Harris put together a three room multi-sensory, multimedia event featuring multiple local video and sound artists. Harris will be performing at the beginning of the night with a quadrophonic sound piece. Perverted featuring Larva Lu, Rick Wilson and William Gass, will perform a special cabaret piece. Dr. Mabuse, one of the heads behind HEARDing Cats, has built a device he calls "The Dome" and will join Harris and videographer Chad Eivins to close the night with a crazy audio-video presentation.

Little Big Bangs, Kisser and the Carondelettes are performing at Ross and Kim's on Friday. If you don't know the address, check this Facebook event and find out for yourself.