This Week In St. Louis 8/25/14 - 8/31/14


Toupee (IL)
Lil TIts (IL)
In light of the ongoing events in Ferguson, both touring bands have decided to cancel. Toupee and Lil Tits are worth checking out though, this show would have been great - click the links above.


Dama/Libra (WA)
K R Schlüter

@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 pm / $5 / all ages

Dama/Libra, the duo of Joel R.L. Phelps and G. Stuart Dahlquist, creates brooding music rife with oppressive force and gothic tone. The songs here are slow-burners, but what starts as a few meandering tones builds into a cacophonous wall of sound. Circular drones ultimately drive highly meditative music.

Iron Lung (CA/WA)
Una Bèstia Incontrolable (SPAIN)
The Impalers (TX)
Renegade Assault Tank
Lumpy & The Dumpers

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $10 / all ages

Iron Lung is hard as nails hardcore with a strong sense of urgency - calling the band "heavy" is still sort of understating the obvious. Una Bèstia Incontrolable is from SPAIN, which should be reason enough to check them out. They're a super-noisy, mostly mid-tempo troupe that trades cheesy guitar riffs in for the scratchy grinding of six-strings. The music here weighs a ton but isn't overtly hardcore. The Impalers and Renegade Assault Tank are also on tour - so the $10 entry fee is well worth it.


UNDERCURRENT 8 featuring
Frances With Wolves
Con Trails
Brett Underwood
(spoken word)
Matthew Questionmark (spoken word)
Gluey Guni Basement Show (special theatrical showing)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 pm / free / all ages

Undercurrent is a monthly show series with a mix of punk and experimental bands, spoken word and live video projections. The audio from each show is captured live and split onto a mixtape which is then released for free the following month. This local documentation project has been going on since the beginning of this year and is set to continue until January 2015. Arrive on time to receive a free cassette of last month's Undercurrent, featuring: Black James, Little Big Bangs, Laika and Jaded Evil Lambs.

Also on Thursday: Synth-punk powerhouse The Bad Doctors are playing upstairs at Plush Saint Louis with Mussy Cluves.


Fielded (NY)
Ou Ou (Album Release)
Skull's Mind
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee Street
8 pm / $10 / 21+

Fielded is the witchy, cybernetic alter-ego of Lindsay Powell, the Chicago ex-pat who merges gothic punk with industrial noise in a swarm of brooding songs. A thick, bassy hum underlies loops of vocals that fold inward, making for urgent build-ups with gratifying pay-offs. Local ambient droners Ou Ou have a new self-produced album out, grab the limited edition cassette at this show.

Also on Friday:
-Punk legends The Weirdos play Atomic Cowboy with Ded Bugs and more.
-Sweet Talk from Texas plays The Livery with Black James.


Also, stay tuned for details on Bands Up, Don't Shoot: A Ferguson/STL Solidarity show happening at The Ready Room this Sunday. We will update with details as they come, but if you can't wait, the Facebook event is HERE.

This Weekend In St. Louis 8/22/14 - 8/24/14


Glitter (CANADA)
Pink Sock

@ Bonerville / Ask around
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Glitter is slimy punk by way of Canada. Catchy riffs come swamped in murky guitar, guttural vocals and trash-can drums. Willis plays in a way that makes you question why you like what you like, and Pink Sock does nihilistic hardcore to remind you that it doesn't matter anyway.


What We Won't See
Wax Fruit

@ The Crack Fox / 1114 Olive Street
8 pm / $8 / 21+

What We Won't See's debut album Blood Covered Winter is a dark, demeaning riptide of industrial punk. The recordings are fairly clean compared to the band's shrill and powerful live sound. Wax Fruit is a tight summation of the past 30 years in synth pop - but dark and almost gothic sounding.


Multicult (MA)
Animal Teeth
Dad Jr.

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

At first glance, Multicult might seem to fall into that category of '90s revival bands. This trio is from Baltimore and often plays with better-known grunge contemporaries Dope Body and Roomrunner. But Multicult isn't afraid to get weird and really differs from its brethren by injecting odd, angular riffs. Come on time for the killer opening line-up of local outsider punks.

Punk legend Rikk Agnew comes to Fubar with Pistofficer and local openers Trauma Harness and Maximum Effort.

Undercurrent next Thursday:

Ahleuchatistas / Kisser cassette release tonight


Ahleuchatistas (NC)
Kisser (cassette release)
Corrigan Brothers
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 pm / free / all ages

Ahleuchatistas used to be a super technical power trio of modern prog-rock. Their early albums are rife with double bass drum and relentless quick-picking. Not that the current duo isn't without its own intricacies, but modern day Ahleuchatistas brings an enormous expanse of sound ranging from micro-tonal guitar to Eastern polyrhythms.

Also tonight:

Tonight and Tomorrow


Lair (MA)
Van Hagar (TN)
Western Forever
Pat Sajak Assassins
Solid State Disaster

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

Lair builds guitar driven rock over a bed of glitchy backing tracks. The kraut-rock meets Nintendo vibe works well and sounds distinct and thick. The opening line-up ranges from straight up chiptune music to Tortoise-esque post rock and wild free-jazz. Van Hagar from Nashville just hopped on the bill, bringing their nihilist hardcore to a show that's already weird enough. Sensory overload.


Ivy (NY)
Symptom (MA)
Skemata (NC)
Pink Sock
Animal Teeth

@ Bonerville / Ask around
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Ivy drives mid-tempo hardcore with a scratchy, staticy guitar tone. Backed up by seasick drums, the songs feel like they could fall apart at any moment, but the band keeps its footing and trudges through. Most of the bands on this bill come from a place of shared inspiration, so if you dig one band on this line-up - you're in for a full night of what you already love.

Check back tomorrow for details on shows this weekend.

The Last Seed by The Western Forever

This popped up on Bandcamp earlier this Summer and I haven't had a chance to share it yet. The Western Forever is a brand new local duo of guitar and drums that brings repetitive melodies that gradually build atop a scattershot style of percussion. Their debut seems like a solid recording of what the band does live and is definitely worth checking. Although there's an underlying ambient style going on, this music gets chaotic, intricate and heavy. For fans of free-jazz, improv or generally free-form guitar music.