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.
TUESDAY, AUG. 26
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.
THURSDAY, AUG. 28
UNDERCURRENT 8 featuring
Frances With Wolves
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.
FRIDAY, AUG. 29
Ou Ou (Album Release)
@ 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, 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.