This Week in St. Louis 12/29/14 - 1/4/15


Glassss (Austin, TX)
Skeleton (Austin, TX)
Nos Bos
Smallpox Champion
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Two grindy punk outfits from Austin grace the Bonerville basement with their presence -- the best post-holidaze presents. Things got pretty gnarly there last night, so expect some elbows.

Also on Monday:
- Okoiucho, the live improvisation of Gray+Smentowski, at Tavern of Fine Arts
- Everything Went Black and more at 4 Hands Brewing Company


Crave Rave feat.
Black James
DJ Daddy
DJ Ryan Snowden
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / free / all ages

In case you missed last year's Crave Rave, just know that it's back -- and it's bigger, better and glow-stickier than ever. If you prefer to keep things PG, seek solace in the crave cage.

Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / free / 21+
Little Big Bangs ring in the new year. Plus, we just wanted an excuse to post their music video for their chart-topping number one hit single, "Lucky." What? Not there yet? The year is still young. Like, prenatal young.

Also on NYE:
- Mariner, Plunge and more at Lemp Arts Center
DJ Wrong Division at the Heavy Anchor


Relentless Approach (Omaha, NE)
The Warden
Pizza Boys
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / all ages

It's a busy week for punk preachers and practitioners. Relentless Approach plays some deep, dark hardcore grown in Omaha, which if you didn't know, tastes great with a side of waffles.


Rob Funkhouser (Bloomington, IN)
Organized Crimes
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

For some variety, definitely check out this line-up which features solo experimental percussion, KC indie rock and St. Louis' freshest post-punk outfit.


Blank Spell (Philadelphia, PA)
Latex (Philadelphia, PA)
Skin Tags
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / all ages

Only three days into the new year and this city's already swimming in shows featuring excellent out-of-town acts. This bill features two noteworthy Philly punk projects whose dark chords will get your blood boiling.

And if you're still standing by Sunday:
- Amygdala tears up a living room near you

New Album from The Tennis Lesson

The Tennis Lesson plays maybe 3 or 4 shows a year. The band really deserves more fanfare than it gets -- this is indie rock for those who usually scoff at first mention of the genre. The songs feel complex but not too convoluted, striking the rare balance between poppy, catchy hooks and inventive structure. You might recognize drummer Jeremy Brantlinger -- he's been in all kinds of projects around St. Louis, namely N. Nomurai and Mil-Effect to name a few. His math rock chops show but thankfully don't overpower the tight interweaving riffs between keys and guitars. Luxury Attire was quietly uploaded to Bandcamp a week ago, which follows the band's trend of putting enormous effort into its songs, then not really making a big deal out of it. Hopefully this means more shows.

This Week in St. Louis 12/8/14 - 12/14/14


Gnawed (Minneapolis, MN)
Fecal Dam
Kingston Family Singers
Beauty Pageant
@ Revisionist Inn / 1950 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $3-$5 / all ages

"Six bands on a Monday night? That's nonsense, I'm not dealing with that mess." Considering each set will run under 20 minutes, this show will be a quick noise-rock power run - with emphasis on the "noise." The video above gives a solid idea of what you'll get with Gnawed, but don't expect the same exact sound. Free-improv works like that.


Bitchin Bajas (Chicago, IL)
Circuit Des Yeux (IN)
Ghost Ice
@ Plush / 3224 Locust St.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Remember Cave? This is founding member Cooper Crane's solo project blown up into a lush, ambient trio. At this point, Bitchin Bajas has received as much, if not more, international hype than Cave. Well deserved? Who cares. This show also features a rare sighting of Ghost Ice, which is worth the price of admission alone.


Trauma Harness
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Bunnygrunt plays its 600th show alongside a couple of the city's most entertaining music acts. Guitar-slinging singer Matt Harnish is gettin' hitched over the weekend, so show up to issue a congratulations (and consider checking out his post-reception shindig at Plush). See also: this bunny, grunting.


Van Buren
Planet Eater
Unicorn Porn
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

This all-local showcase features a grab bag that includes everything from post-punk anthems and stoner rock slogs to beardy drum and bass sludge -- a solid mixed bill for an otherwise quiet Saturday night.


The Wrong (Chicago, IL)
King Worm (Springfield, IL)
Animal Teeth
The Warden
@ Foam / 3359 Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Wrong brings nasty hardcore from the swamp (err...Chicago) with shrieking femme-vocals soaring over the top. King Worm sounds equally gross, in the best way. Punk minus pretense.

This Week in St. Louis 12/1/14 - 12/7/14


Public Media Commons Artist Showcase feat.:
Damon Davis
Chad Eivins
Kevin Harris
Josh Weinstein

+many more
@ Public Media Commons / 3655 Olive St.
7 p.m. / free / all ages

This showcase features seventeen artists in an innovative outdoor space. Check out the above video for a teaser of Chizmo's video, "Don't Shoot," above and look forward to plenty more digital media pieces to enjoy along with complimentary hot drinks.

Acid Kat Zine presents:
White Mystery (Chicago, IL)
Animal Teeth
The Jockstraps
@ Foam / 3359 Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $6 / all ages

Sometimes all ya need is a little old-fashioned rock'n'roll, and White Mystery delivers with wailing, flailing heads of bright red hair to back it up. A solid line-up of locals keeps a steady, heavy momentum flowin' all night long.


New Music Circle presents:
Roscoe Mitchell
Craig Taborn
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $15-$25 / all ages

Sax meets ivory as the duo of Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn take on the intimate Stage at KDHX. Check out this one-of-a-kind performance for a taste of free jazz at its best, performed by one of the greats credited as part of the genre's integral building blocks.