@ 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.
@ 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.
WEDNESDAY, JUN. 25
Little Big Bangs
@ 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.
FRIDAY, JUN. 27
@ 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.
SATURDAY, JUN. 28
Fat History Month (MA)
Three Brained Robot (NC)
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.
SUNDAY, JUN. 29
Ed Schrader's Music Beat (MD)
@ 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.