This Week In St. Louis 7/28/14 - 8/3/14


Nudes (WA)
Shaved Women
Lumpy & the Dumpers

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Nudes brings a visceral and grating style of hardcore with vocals coming straight from the gut. Shaved Women is the only band in St. Louis that can match Nudes' nihilist sound. Lumpy & the Dumpers are on the bill to show everybody that life ain't so bad after all.


American Hate (OK)
Trauma Harness
Self Help

@ Livery Company / 3211 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $7 / 21+

American Hate is a mostly straight ahead punk band driven by thick riffs and super tight drumming. It's like some dudes got together to make a band based solely on how much headbanging they could get in a single set. Everyone keeps telling you that Trauma Harness is the best band in town, so go and decide for yourself. Meanwhile, Self Help and Ruz are two local rippers that just popped up in the past year and both bands have great debut releases. A solid mix of punk and hardcore all around.


UNDERCURRENT 7 featuring:
Black James
Little Big Bangs
Jaded Evil Lambs

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8:30 pm / free / all ages

Undercurrent is a monthly event at the Schlafly Tap Room. Anything from punk to experimental and in between happens on stage and is recorded for later use on a mixtape. Each show works as a release for the last month's cassette. Video artist Chad Eivins does live projections and free tapes are available for the first 100 attendees. This month's tape features Beauty Pageant, Solid State Disaster, the Brainstems and Cup Collector. It's a free, all ages multi-media event centered on outsider music by local weirdos.

Mortals (NY)
Immortal Bird (IL)
Alan Smithee
Cathedral Fever

@ Livery Company 3211 Cherokee Street
8 pm / $6 / 21+

Mortals should sound powerful between the Livery's tiny walls. The doom band from New York makes an audible abyss - the only way to keep your head above the muck is with earplugs, but it's likely that won't help much. Alan Smithee and Cathedral Fever are both two of St. Louis' most intense and technical bands, so it's worth checking this show out if your tastes lean toward the metallic side.

Acid Kat and Freezer Burn Zine Brings You: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest 2

The brains behind the Freezer Burn and Acid Kat zines are bringing you a live music festival (for the second year in a row). The show is happening at The Livery (3211 Cherokee Street). With it being a two day ordeal, you can buy a single day pass for $7 or a full weekend pass for $12. There's a pretty big list of bands playing - a lot of them coming from out of town. Check the schedule below and you'll see Fault Finder from KC, CHUD from Indianapolis, Beta Boys, King Worm, Dirty Work and a few others. And get there on time, this thing starts early in the afternoon both days.

Acid Kat and Freezer Burn won't be the only zines on hand, either. Check out this list of expected zines:
How's Tricks
SHiT! Zine (a true crime photo zine, for mature audiences only)
Dead Weight
No Content
No Animals 2 (
Shitty River Comics
Meat Organ

Steve's Top Pics from June 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.

The Shadow Plays
Beauty Pageant consistently delivers a unique performance. Ben's shadow joined the group for this number at the Taproom on June 19.

Atomic Rain
The RFT Music Showcase featured great music and a special appearance by Mother Nature. June 7 at Atomic Cowboy.

Who is Willis
Willis' revolving roster of guest artists included a knife-biting Austin on June 7 at O'Shays.

Farmhaus Frenzy
We went into the cornfields for this one. And, Joe Rogers delivered an especially frenzied drumming for Crucial at the Farmhaus on June 21.

Begging Bug
Not exactly sure what that face is, but Pat looked great in his gold lamé. Bug Chaser at Ready Room on June 7.

TONIGHT: Death Blues, Ceremy and Zorch!


Jon Mueller's Death Blues (NY)
Demon Lover
Darin Gray + Ghost Ice Duo

@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon Street
8:30 pm / $10 / 21+

By doing a quick search on Jon Mueller, I found this description: "Death Blues is a multi-disiplinary project by Jon Mueller that addresses the inevitability of death as impetus to become more present in each moment." Whatever that means. Don't be scared away by the pretention - Death Blues is a killer avant-rock group with amorphous parts that bleed into powerful movements. The music weighs a metric ton and Mueller's approach to drums adds considerable rhythmic depth. Darin Gray is taking a short break from his tour with Jeff Tweedy to perform alongside Ghost Ice. Demon Lover always brings something new to the table, too.

Ceremony (FL)
Nothing (PA)
Shaved Women
Trauma Harness

@ The Demo (probably at the Ready Room) / 4191 Manchester
7:30 pm / $14 / all ages

You know the old saying, "misery loves company?" Ceremony makes a dark, nihilistic hardcore that feels visceral and catchy. And its style has definitely caught on - this is a band that might otherwise be playing in a south city basement if not for its recent accolades in national media. Shaved Women and Trauma Harness bring out the best in St. Louis hardcore and punk, respectively. Although this show is listed at the Demo, expect it to be held at the Ready Room since the Demo is indefinitely closed.

Zorch (TX)
Jr. Clooney

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Zorch crosses melodic math rock with odd outsider pop to make a sort of dance-music for aliens. There's enough catchy licks here to satisfy the pop sensible but there's plenty of noise and sound manipulation too.

Graham's Top Picks for June 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 page, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Willis at RFT Music Showcase
What is Willis? Willis is ever-changing. Willis is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a Willis. Don't expect the Willis of today to be the Willis of tomorrow. Sorry, Bella loyalists. Willis is greater than the sum of the Willis.

Arsenals with "Gnarnia" at Blank Space
I was just thinking how tight and energetic Arsenals is sounding, and then I saw on their Facebook that they are even making a new project. Be on the look out for Clenched Fist.

Carte de Visite at Blank Space
Ryan's other bandmates may be miles away right now, but that doesn't stop him from getting loopy in a dark basement with a little help from John, who really needs some cuddles.

Alex Newell at LGBTQ* Downtown PrideFest
You might have stopped following Glee a few seasons ago, but luckily for us, Steve hasn't. Alex won a reality show contest to earn a few episodes on the show, and he turned it into a full time part by being fabulous and avoiding heroin. Also, Alex sings good.

Adria Nicole at LGBTQ* Tower Grove Pride
Shit was windy! I think it was the power of Adria that almost blew all the tents into the sky during her set. Here she sits calmly and peacefully like the eye of the storm while tornadic winds erupt around her.

White Suns Tonight at Apop Records


White Suns (NY)
Catholic Guilt
Brain Transplant

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee Street
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

White Suns deconstructs no-wave songs into dirges of squalor and noisy heft. Spoken word intensifies a set of songs that boil with tension. Openers Brain Transplant and Catholic Guilt both carry free-improv harshness through their own distorted view of noise and rock. Braining filters all those same genres into a straight-ahead punk format. Show up on time. Word on the street is there's a time limit that ends around 11.