This Week In St. Louis 12/28/15 - 1/3/16

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31


Hylidae
404 Error
Scotty Starlite
DJ Boogieman

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / free / 18+

Hylidae heads a synth-laden show at Blank Space that features electronic artists along with DJ spins. Legal options for the 18-20 set are typically limited on this night (and usually come with a high price tag), but this is free, making it the best cheap date with actual dance music. 


Smear (TX)
Gush (Springfield, IL)
The Warden
@ Bonerville
8:30 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Texas' Smear wrecks tough hardcore songs with overclocked riffs and scattershot drums. Gush is femme-fronted punk that teeters on no-wave with disparate beats that are barely danceable but loud and mean all the same. BYOB stands for bring your own brains. Don't be stupid. 


Radiator Greys
V Manuscript (Providence, RI)
Valise (Providence, RI)
Trust Image (NY)
Die Reihe (NY)
Farewell My Concubine (NY)
Ben Kudler (NY)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

The prodigal son(s) return(s). Josh Levi's moniker Radiator Greys has been a force in the D.C. scene since his move from St. Louis. Industrial sounds align for a controlled chaos of tape loops, samples and pitch-perfect feedback. Peeling back the noise reveals a harsh progression with stabbing, shrill peaks and low, warbing tones. Die Reihe, otherwise known as Jack Callahan, takes a more minimalist approach, as he's been known to embrace space over pushing the loudest sound possible. In this way, each choice carries an audible weight -- be it delicate or crushing. The full lineup reads like a list of headliners for a noise fest based on the East Coast, only it's happening in your backyard on Cherokee Street. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2


The Brainstems
Willis
Sole Loan
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Willis dares you to like their songs while the Brainstems blindside with endless hooks. Sole Loan rounds out a three-band power bill to head off the New Year. Free is free, but this show deserves your attention at the very least. 


Blight Future
Ruz
Antithought
Sunwyrm
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
This show was once booked at the Heavy Anchor but has been moved to the Firebird to allow for all ages to attend. The lineup is solid, but the big draw here is the cause: All the proceeds collected at the door go to benefit a refugee family. And there is a message embedded in attending a concert like this: There are people in St. Louis who welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms. 

Wrong Division Playlist Christmas Day 2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Cheer-Accident “Christmas Song '98” from A Smoking For Two Christmas
The Warden “Side A” from The Warden
Bleeding Gums “Demo 2015” from Demo 2015
Ritalin OD “Ritalin” from S.S. Baby Jacket
Smear “Smeared” from Smeared
Gush “Gud Girl” from Naughty Nuff
Cheer-Accident “Christmas Song '01” from A Smoking For Two Christmas
Swell Maps “Let's Buy A Bridge” from Jane from Occupied Europe
90 Day Men “Dialed In” from (It (Is) It)
Hylidae “Juno” from Intransitive
Food Pyramid “Mango Sunrise” from Mango Sunrise
Footwork “Jurassic Punk” from Footwork
Cheer-Accident “Christmas Song '03” from A Smoking for Christmas Two
Health Problems “Paramount” from Winners
Angel Hair “Origin of Species” from Pregnant With the Senior Class
Animal Lover “At the Pool With My Boys” from Guilt - EP
Archaeopteryx “elephant jester with a hat made out of trunks either sneezing or crying” from Animal/Archaeopteryx Split
Arab On Radar “St. Patrick's Gay Parade” from Queen Hygiene II / Rough Day At the Orifice
Sediment Club “R Radio Raheem” from Psychosymplastic
Antioch Arrow “Paper Moshay” from Gems of Masochism
Aksak Maboul “A Modern Lesson” from Un Peu de L'âme des Bandits
Cheer-Accident “Christmas Song '99” from A Smoking For Two Christmas
Animal “Improvisation 1” from Animal/Archaeopteryx Split
BIG BEAR “Song 20” from Under the Beach
Nü Sensae “swim” from Sundowning
Eunuch “Endless Drone Strikes” from Castration
Shaved Women “Adulthood” from Shaved Women 7"
Harco “Green” from Influential Noise Band
The Fordists “Spirit Of The Truth” from Economic Stimulus EP
Pillow Talk “I'm Famous” from Pillow Talk
Cheer-Accident “Christmas Song '07” from A Smoking For Two Christmas

This Week In St. Louis 12/20/15 - 12/26/15

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22


Tunic (Winnipeg, Canada)
Trauma Harness
Hardbody (split 7" release)
Skin Tags (split 7" release)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Tunic tears through noisy punk with punchy, fuzzed-out bass and busy beats under metallic riffs. The video above has a tongue-in-cheek date stamp of "FEB 3 1994," but the band wouldn't feel out of place opening for say, Drive Like Jehu or Shellac in their respective primes. Trauma Harness released Tried My Hardest earlier this year and, if we had a top ten list (which we might still get around to), that LP would sit near the top. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26


Eric Hall
The Tory Starbuck Project
Slave Cable
Berdella

@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

If you missed the Freezerburn/Acid Kat Stocking Stuffer last week, this show feels like a live remix, complete with Tory Starbuck's full-band and the new no-wavish stylings of Slave Cable. Although Eric Hall seems to play every week, don't mistake scarcity for quality -- he remains one of St. Louis' strongest proponents of experimental noise, taking a more sample and synth-heavy approach, as opposed to harsh squalor. 


Bug Chaser
Thor Axe
Dracla
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / $10

Mud House on Cherokee offers coffee and delicious food, but its employees offer some of south city's weirdest rock. Dracla is a vampirical band with a blatant disregard for spelling or grammar, Bug Chaser is best band in St. Louis with two drummers and Thor Axe walks over the dead corpses of guitar heroes. Spend that post-Christmas cash responsibly -- eat local, live local, die local, blow out yr eardrums local. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26


Ritalin OD (Chicago, IL)
Bleeding Gums (Chicago, IL)
The Warden
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

A duo of Chicago bands brings spazz and scuzz to the south city basement of Bonerville. Ritalin OD's hardcore suffocates with a constant wall of static over riffs that carry the cacophony forward. Like its name suggests, the band feels hyperactive, slowing only for the occasional break in noisy glory. 

Wrong Division Playlist 12/18/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Spandrels “I Hate Songs and People” from I Hate Songs and People
The Inheritance “A Peace” from Demo
Trauma Harness “Hawk Ledge/Carbonless” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Phantom Head “Do You Like This Life?” from South of Heaven
Smear “Intro” from Smeared
Smear “Jail Food” from Smeared
Bugs and Rats “I'd Really Like To See You In the Cold” from Bugs and Rats
.e “One Goes First” from Of Crashing Symbols
Travis Bursik “Slow Milk” from Slow Milk
The Tennis Lesson “Pirouettes” from Quality Minutes
Lair “Delirium” from Test
Eula “Dirty Hands” from Maurice Narcisse
Marnie Stern “Her Confidence” from Marnie Stern
Deerhoof “Running Thoughts” from The Runners Four
The Advantage “Marble Madness” from The Advantage
Hella “1-800-Ghost-Dance” from ACOUSTICS
Die Monitr Batss “Heatersss” from Girls of War
Coughs “Elimidate” from Fright Makes Right
Gay Beast “tides” from Second Wave
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
Running “Totally Fired” from Running
Ultra Bidé “Civil Action” from DNA vs. DNA-C
Catholic Guilt “Pink Out” from Beyond Pleasuredome
Spray Paint “Canadian Trash” from Spray Paint
This Is My Condition “Jitterbug Stomp” from Cut Loose
Skarekrau Radio “Umbra Bloom Chauffeur” from The Coital Mass of The Kuu Puu
Black Pus “The Wicked West” from Primordial Pus
Shellac “My Black Ass” from At Action Park
U.S. Maple “Ma Digital” from Acre Thrills

This Week In St. Louis: 12/14/15 - 12/20/15

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15


Gnawed (MN)
Velvet Curtain (MN)
Veil
Dave Stone and Kevin Harris
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Gnawed brings oppressive pulses in a way that invokes simple, primal beats while feeling totally alien. This cross-section of harsh noise and stringent structure offers the best of improvised sound inside tight, discernible pockets. St. Louis' Veil is more of a punk band, but its driving songs feel equally stabbing. Modular synthesizer melts with saxophone when Kevin Harris and Dave Stone team for a rare duo performance. 

Strong Force and OkENDO, the solo efforts of Sam Clapp of Brainstems and JJ Hamon of Demonlover respectively, open a show at Foam tonight that also features Wandering Lake from Lawrence, Kansas.  

Kismet offers the last performance of sonic freakout BICYCLEtricycle along with sets by Eric Hall, Berdella and Riftworm out of Denton, Texas. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17


Scuzz (Albany, NY)
The Bubbleheads
Drag

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Here's a band that sounds just like its name. Scuzz is made of straight scuzz in riff form. This is hardcore with shred and a tough, guff vocal style. Shotgun drums fire off with beats whizzing past at top speed. Blink and you'll miss it. 

Fubar has a solid local lineup with Maximum Effort, Hell Night and the Maness Brothers. As if you thought "punk" wasn't "rock" enough. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18


Acid Kat and Freezerburn present:
Slave Cable
Tory Z Starbuck
Dave Stone Ensemble
Biggiestardust
Beauty Pageant

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $1 / all ages

Brace for the new FREEZERBURN zine and help stuff the stockings of your sort of loved ones. Prints will be on sale by Cullen Miller, Yeah Okay and HOW'S TRICKS, and if you're going for the music: Slave Cable features members of Strangulated Beatoffs, Willis and Soda Boys while Tory Z Starbuck performs a solo set. Freezerburn headmaster Mr. Ben leads Beauty Pageant through winding tunnels of no-wave and noise while Dave Stone Ensemble magically turns brain-matter into dust.

Springfield (MO, not IL)'s Gigantic plays at Livery along with Cave Lizard, Boreal Hills and Shrink Ray.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19


Sapat (Louisville, KY)
Red Squad
.e
Van Buren
Buttercup
DinoFight!
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois Ave.
8 p.m. / $7 / 21+

At some point, this was an all-local show and EP release for Buttercup. But Sapat out of Louisville, Kentucky (and CROPPED OUT fest alumnus) joined to round out a solid but pretty scatterbrained lineup of odd pop, punk, metal and prog-somethings. Word is, since Sapat was just added they'll be opening the show at 8 p.m. sharp. Be punctual this time. 

Spandrels from Indianpolis plays at Foam with openers Eric Hall and OkENDO -- sound familiar? Both openers are playing other shows this week, but now you can catch both at once. Travis Bursik performs a solo set to cap off an intense night of electronic music.

Over at Kismet, Chicago's Inheritance performs alongside Slave Cable, Catholic Guilt, Wow Wow Gold and a solo set from John Beabout. 

Wrong Division Playlist 12/11/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Lair “Sleeper Agent Man” from Test
Melkbelly “Mt Kool Kid” from Melkbelly
Bugs and Rats “Boys Are Dumb” from Bugs and Rats
Soda Boys “Soda Pop Band” from Soda Boys
The Cowboys “Creature from the Deep” from Volume 2
Scuzz “Wasted or Wasted?” from Scuzz/Male Patterns Split
Veil “Nature of Habit” from Demo
Gnawed “Fissures” from Fissures
Riftworm “Mothman” from Edifice/Riftworm
Staghorn “Siri Skylark” from Parousia I - Kismet II
Palm “Worse” from Into the Bulk
Arvid Noe “Measuring Your Own Grave” from Arvid Noe
3 of 5 “I Saw the Sine” from Short Circuits
Ponytail “Easy Peasy” from Do Whatever You Want All the Time
Zach Hill “Dark Art” from Astrological Straits
Aheluchatistas “Sundowning” from Arrebato
Zs “Nobody Wants to Be Had” from Arms
Doom Ribbons “Prayer for Collapsing Economies” from The Violence the Violence
Gorge Trio “The Invisible Student” from Open Mouth, O Wisp
Dustin Wong “Ten Fingers” from Dustin Wong / Gentle Friendly
Extra Life “Righteous Seed” from Dream Seeds
The Dreebs “white lies” from BAITAN ORCHARD
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 6: First Movement” from Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs At the Gates of Heaven)
Bad News from Houston “Invisible River” from In the Valley of the Cloud Builder
Chevreuil “Cannibal Lover” from Capoeira
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder

This Week in St. Louis 12/7/15 - 12/13/15

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7


Leggy (Cincinnati, OH)
Arc Flash (Lawrence, KS)
Babe Lords
Shitstorm
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Lately, it seems like there's a conference of midwest garage rock happening at Foam every week. This edition brings Leggy, who comes from a city in Ohio that feels a lot like St. Louis, except with more hills. Lawrence's Arc Flash has a name right out of Street Fighter, but they're clearly too cool for that nerdy shit. Babe Lords and Shitstorm hold the local fort down, per usual. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10


Golden Pelicans (Orlando, FL)
Bib (NE)
Wet Ones (Kansas City, MO)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
Black Panties
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

This is a TOTAL PUNK records showcase with Orlando's Golden Pelicans (shown in the video above) and two St. Louis reps in Black Panties and Lumpy & the Dumpers. Bib and Wet Ones join this stacked show that demands AT LEAST $7. Don't come in with only a fiver, this isn't 1989 -- account for inflation. 

Bernieman w/ Blight Future + more goes down at 2720 on this same night. Expect bands, burlesque and spoken word by the likes of Stephen Houldsworth among others. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11


Staghorn (graphic novel release)
Daybringer
Path of Might
Lifewithout
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:15 p.m. / free / all ages

Staghorn's latest LP has an accompanying graphic novel, which helps relate the record's concept with lush visuals. This show bring heavy, downtrodden metal with emphasis on melody and patient songwriting. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12


The Cowboys (Bloomington, IN)
Soda Boys
Barbecue Boys
Dangerbird
Smooth Talkin' Perverts
@ Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Acid Kat presents yet another sloppy punk jammer on a Saturday night. The Livery's low ceilings will help condense all the feedback and thrashy trash can beats into thick waves of catchy rock and roll. Five bands means that this show probably starts on time. So, punk-time is just a catchy thing we should joke about but not actually do. 

Wrong Division Playlist 12/4/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Man or Astroman? “Song Of The Two Mile Linear Particle Accelerator” from A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
New England Patriots “My Dealer” from Vol. 1
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
Swear Beam “Gaze” from Swear Beam
The Chads “Hunky Frankenstein” from Dynamite?
Nectar “Tell-Tale Heart” from Nectar
Phantom Head “Embrace the Beast” from South of Heaven
The Brainstems “Simple Joys” from No Place Else
Arc Flash “Tuff” from Black Market Time Tech
Bib “Baby Worm” from Demo 2015
Lumpy & The Dumpers “Flush Em” from Flexi
Golden Pelicans “Black Mold” from Oldest Ride, Longest Line
Wet Ones “Tripping” from Tripping
Pocahaunted “Touch You” from Make It Real
Brown Company “The Dancer Was No” from Brown Company
Deerhoof “Doom” from Fever 121614
Deerhoof “Fresh Born” from Fever 121614
CaveofswordS “Aviation Administration (Bursik TSA Remix)” from Gliss - The Sigils Remixes
Eric Hall “Interlude” from Eric Hall
Gold Standard “Blues” from Gold Standard
Ahleuchatistas “La Faena” from Arrebato
Hella “City Folk” from Hold Your Horse Is
Ovlov “Nu Punk” from Ovlov
Multicult “Luxury” from Multicult
Minutemen “This Ain't No Picnic” from Double Nickels On the Dime
Nü Sensae “Spit Gifting” from Sundowning
Medical Tourists “Medical Tourists” from Medical Tourists
Trauma Harness “Spear Hell” from TRIED MY HARDEST

This Week In St. Louis 11/30/15 - 12/6/15

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20


Platinum Boys (Milwaukee, WI)
Little Big Bangs
Heel Turn
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

Platinum Boys have distilled rock and roll down to its purest, most raucous form. No frills or shoegaze vibes to be had -- just hooks that cut deep and keep digging. Little Big Bangs is fresh off the release of its new LP Star Power, so if you missed that killer Brainstems/Black Panties/LBB triple release show a few weeks back, grab the new wax here before it disappears. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2


Black Monuments (MI)
Modern Convenience (TN)
Shitstorm
Cave Lizard
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Blackened synth-punk is burnt to a crisp with Grand Rapids' Black Monuments. Low, warbling tones permeate glooming songs that are propelled with a sharp, punchy rhythm section. Catch a preview of the band's latest record over at bandcamp and check out the debut EP from 2014 while you're over there. 


Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #3 feat.:
Beauty Pageant
Mussy Cluves
Johnnie In Jeans
Full Clips Emptied
David Bell + Joe Hess
@ The Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

While experimental music series in St. louis are nothing new (Bruxism, NOiSE, Undercurrent), Way Out Weirdo Wednesday is a call back to shows from more than a decade ago when the Way Out Club would host noise acts and bands from the Skingraft catalog on the regular. This night features Full Clips Emptied, the sample-based mashup act from Columbia-native Jake Murta, known for his work in Please Men, Plea Semen in the early and mid-2000s. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4


New Music Circle presents:
Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman
@ the Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman have been performing together for the better part of 15 years, combining whirling tones of bowed strings and keys to build pensive pieces that play on tension and cacophonous release. Both are accomplished improvisers in the New York scene, working with the likes of John Zorn, Ikue Mori and other jazz and no-wave legends alike. If you can't make the show on Friday, consider going to Jackson Pianos on Olive the night before at 6:30 for a free performance and artist Q&A. 


The Chads (AR)
Nectar (IL)
Swear Beam
Dracla
Baby Baby Dance with Me
@ the Livery / 3227 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / 21+

Watch your head. Gear will be stacked floor to ceiling as five bands cram into the tiny space underneath the Livery's barroom. This is a shoegazey-punk mixer spiked with surf rock via Arkansas' The Chads. Come for the cheap beer, stay for the fake vampire-teeth. 

Drummers Only feat.:
Louis Wall (of Wall//Marble Duo)
Scott Alexander (of Dave Stone Free Jazz Unit)
Shelly Koesterer (of Skin Tags)
+many more
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

16 drummers will set up around the inner perimeter of the Luminary, performing rapid-fire sets from 8 to 11:30. Each performer is playing in a self-contained set-up with little restrictions (sets have to include percussion of some sort and be performed solo). Think of it as a live installation that lasts for one night only, including drummers of various styles and backgrounds. All proceeds go to the International Institute, who is doing great work assisting Syrian refugees in St. Louis. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5


Ultraviolents (album release)
Blight Future
3 of 5
Powerline Sneakers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / all ages

The Ultraviolents lives in that space that feels too busy for so-called "punk rock" but not complex enough to be prog. But the power trio still brings in elements of both, crafting dense songs that jerk and twist around dissonant riffs, landing on solid melody before boosting off into some noisy breakdown. The band rarely plays, mostly due to its members other, busier bands: Van Buren, Mariner, DinoFight! and the recently reformed Red Squad among others. This release is the band's first in roughly 7 years. 

Wrong Division Playlist 11/27/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Hands and Feet “Hello Hello” from Hello, Hello....
Radradriot “c.a.r.e.” from Split with Headcold
The Tennis Lesson “Skirts” from Quality Minutes
Phantom Head “Wrath of the Fetish” from Let the Miracles Begin
Mystic Inane “Grease Inna Hair” from Ode to Joy
Modern Convenience “Gaga” from Fuck With Fire
Black Monuments “Repeated Rejection” from Black Monuments EP
High Castle “Swamp Thing” from Spirit Of The West
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
The Brainstems “Keep It Together” from No Place Else
Brainiac “I Am A Cracked Machine” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Xaddax “Lives On Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Colossamite “The Hot House” from Economy of Motion
Big Black “The Model” from The Model
Double Dagger “Luxury Condos for the Poor” from Sophisticated Urban Living
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Deerhoof “Desaparecere” from 99% Upset Feeling
Eula “I Collapse” from Wool Sucking
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from YT//ST
This is My Condition and Dan Kozak “This Mission Pt. 1” from This Mission
Eunuch “Endless Drone Strike” from Castration
The Adversary Workers “Young Goodman Brown” from Glenndonia EP
Dazzling Killmen “Medicine Me” from Dazzling Killmen 7"
Telomere Repair “Evolution is a Fact” from Telomere Repair
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
Imelda Marcos “Strawberry Stirrups” from Isa
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas
Upsilon Acrux “Oaxaca” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Collections of Colonies of Bees “fun” from Customer
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play

This Week in St. Louis 11/23/15 - 11/29/15

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24


Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Faultfinder (Kansas City, MO)
Jailbus (Iowa City, IA)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
Veil
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Phantom Head fires off sludgy noise rock with nasty chords and sinewy, feedback-laden riffs. Like its genre namesake, there are horribly catchy hooks here, you just have to wade through the muck. And the muck is fucking delicious. Faultfinder has been hitting St. Louis for years with its brooding anti-punk. Every song is a slow burn that leaves permanent brain damage. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25


Quief Quota (reunion show)
Eric Hall
Zak M.
Sugar Rags
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

While the band started as an indie-rock offshoot of Skarekrau Radio, Quief Quota carved an identity for its candy coated songs with a gooey, sex-crazed center. Newcomer Sugar Rags opens the show along with a special organ set by Zak M and whatever the hell Eric Hall ends up churning out. A five-buck bargain on Thanksgiving-eve at the Firebird. 


Kevin Harris
Trancers
Smallpox Champion
DJs Ghost Ice + Radiator Greys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

There is some joke about "boys bringing the noise," but I'm too lazy to write it. Kevin Harris is a proven (modular synth) stud who often brings intense, reactionary visuals to go with his mind-melting electronics. Trancers brings a cyclical, meditative sound that builds in loops before merging into solid, unyielding melodies. Nicholas Goldschmidt, known for his guitar in Posture, Burners and his newest project Drag, has a harsh, synth-based alter-ego in Smallpox Champion. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27


Radradriot (Little Rock, AR)
Headcold (Conway, AR)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This guitar/drum duo isn't so much concerned with the inner-workings of an infectious pop song, but it seems to pull off solid hooks with little effort. This is a pizza party of rock 'n roll with chill vibes -- whatever that means. The video above shows the band playing in a laundromat while people creep around in the background, just trying to go about their night. 

There are a few solid, all-local shows on this night with Hell Night releasing its new EP at the Firebird and the sorely underrated Tennis Lesson performing for free at the Tap Room.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28


Bruxism No. 12 feat.
Mike Pitts
desoeuvre bruit
Complainer (noise set)
DJ Grey Shell

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
This show celebrates two full years of Bruxism at Foam. What started as a collaboration between Apop and Nathan Cook's Close/Far label, Bruxism is loosely defined as the "involuntary gnashing of one's teeth" and that's about what you get from these shows, musically. The five buck door price nets you a brand new cassette tape from Close/Far, the contents of which have not been revealed. This show is also the final Bruxism event at Foam, as the bi-monthly series moves to Schlafly Tap Room for 2016. 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29


Johnny Young (Chicago, IL)
Jaded Evil Lambs
American Merlin
Hess/Cunningham Duo
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This is another noise show on a full week of similar offerings, but this night might provide the biggest range of sound from harsh to calm and melodic. Chicago-native Johnny Young wrecks havoc on the six-string, offering a soothing drone under riffs that spin, bend and contort, keeping in constant motion. Jaded Evil Lambs is the moniker of one David Bell, known for the best noise-based podcast to come out of the greater St. Louis region, Paradoxal Pterodactyl. 

Wrong Division Playlist 11/20/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

The Brainstems “Stallioning” from No Place Else
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Black Panties “Future” from Future
Laika “King of the Three Foot Isle” from Songs for the Dead Vol. 4
Anodes “Losing” from Split 12" w/ Laika
Loosejaw “On On-Call” from live demo
Phantom Head “Ace of Wands” from South of Heaven
Faultfinder “Double Dare” from 2013 Demo
Jailbus “Deep Fry” from *Honk* *Honk* tour tape
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Die Monitr Batss “White Shock” from Girls of War
Trauma Harness “Paranoid Missiles” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Solid Attitude “No Sax” from Lumpy Records Halloween Cassingle
Muscle Brain “Will” from Purgatore
Sweep the Leg Johnny “The Fine Wrinkles; We Have All of Them” from Sto Cazzo!
Blame Game “Rope's Whim” from Honey and Salt
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Caddywhompus “The Weight” from The Weight
Chamomile “Astro Smasher” from Chamomile
Quietly “A Very Bad Man” from Unfortunate Sound
Dazzling Killmen “Staring Contest” from Face of Collapse
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
Lightning Bolt “13 Monsters” from Ride the Skies
Nicoffeine “Ando Guerillo” from AU REVOIR GOLDEN AIR
Made in Mexico “Clockwork” from Zodiac Zoo
Running “OoOo OoOo OoOoOoO” from Vaguely Ethnic
Devo “Mongoloid” from Are We Not Men?

This Week in St. Louis 11/16/15 - 11/22/15

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16


Beta Boys (Kansas City, MO)
Lysol (Seattle, WA)
Burners
Soda Boys
Lars
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

If you're afraid of ruining that cool black tee but still want to look punk as fuck, this band will eat those sleeves clean off. The barely-Tumblr-famous Beta Boys brings stripped down punk rock with a snotty vibe. Hate everything and everyone -- even yourself? Great, now do it in the good company of others. This is allegedly Burners' last show, a case of sudden infant death syndrome for the young punk band. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18


Anybody But the Cops (MI)
Guppy (MI)
Trauma Harness
Double God

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Anybody But the Cops has been under strict lock-and-key in the DIY scene of Kalamazoo (birth-place of the ever prolific but now New York-based label Already Dead). ABtC comes drunk on Fugazi riffs with heady beats and a schizophrenic mish-mash of subgenres. Trauma Harness is a beloved trio of post-punk hometown heroes and Double God invites audience participation by asking people to punch them in the face (for real). 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20


The Brainstems (album release)
Little Big Bangs (album release)
Black Panties (ep release)
Drag
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Two 12" records are being released on the same night by two of south city's busiest and most beloved. Little Big Bangs and Brainstems both share common ground in their odd psych-tinged punk. While the Brainstems employs more ass-shaking and locked grooves, Little Big Bangs tears through melodic indie-rock with a sordid style that feels like each member is playing with something to prove. Bring extra cash for all that wax. 

SATURDAY, NOV. 21


Anodes (split release)
Laika (split release)
Path of Might
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

This split has been a long time coming and it finally sees release at this show. Anodes suffocates with its relentless riffing, only letting up to make space for ear-shattering screaming. Laika is similar but darker, bringing a post-post-hardcore all blackened and burnt. 

Stephen Houldsworth Photo Exhibit: 12 Drummers
@ Box / 3350 Ohio Ave.
6:30 p.m. / free 
Stephen Houldsworth and his husband Graham Matthews have been stalwarts of the local music scene for several years. Through their Youtube video channel (which documents a huge range of musical acts throughout the city) and Stephen's photo stream on Facebook, the couple keeps tabs on lesser-known bands and hyped acts alike. On this night, Stephen shares a special selection of photos featuring local drummers performing shirtless. The exhibit will be accompanied by live performances from CCDS - Death Squad, Sean Ballard and Drew Gowran. 

Wrong Division Playlist 11/13/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Free Pizza “Net Babes” from Net Babes
Boreal Hills “Lyfe” from Golden KRAL
The Funs “Don't Let Go” from My Survival
Mirror Fears “Break” from RE//THINK
Night Grinder “Quartz Aorta” from Immediate Content
Catholic Guilt “Smoke This You Future Fucks” from Smoke This You Future Fucks
Lysol “Ill” from Demo
Beta Boys “Worst House” from Demo
Burners “Soft Crime” from Demo
Ahleuchatistas “Sundowning” from Arrebato
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Nicoffeine “MILF & Honey” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Tarngo “Cousineau” from Horman
GUERILLA TOSS “pink elephant” from Gay Disco - EP
New England Patriots “Like a Rope” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Neptune “Purple Sleep” from Gong Lake
Mayor Daley “Plastic Light” from Sand Bath
The Sediment Club “A Scary Part of Life (Tek)” from Psychosymplastic
Aids Wolf “Gnarly Tooth” from Cities of Glass
Melkbelly “Scrupulous” from Pennsylvania - EP
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Noxagt “Histrionix” from Noxagt
Athletic Automaton “DEATH ON AN ESCALATOR” from Athletic Automaton / Made In Mexico Split
Stillsuit “The "Military"” from Stillsuit
Stillsuit “telephone” from Stillsuit
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter

This Week In St. Louis 11/9/15 - 11/15/15

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11


Olivia Block (Chicago, IL)
Circuit Des Yeux (IN)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$15 / all ages

Olivia Block specializes in found sound and collage noise with busy post-processing that gradually morphs in real-time. Her performances tend to be disorienting -- a challenge to the senses with a huge payoff. Circuit Des Yeux is the creeping synth-laden songs of one Haley Fohr, who just released a brand new record, In Plain Speech, on Thrill Jockey earlier this year. 


Negative Approach (Detroit, MI)
Child Bite (Detroit, MI)
Everything Went Black
Ruz
@ Fubar / 3108 Locust St.
7 p.m. / $12-$15 / all ages

Negative Approach is legendary Detroit hardcore that needs little introduction. At this point, most people have their mind made up about the band, so think of this as a simple P.S.A. They're coming to town with Child Bite and two of St. Louis' best and busiest bands in the genre are opening. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12


Video (Denton, TX)
Black Panties
Cal & the Calories
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

Lumpy Recs illuminati open for Denton's Video, who includes members of Radioactivity, Bad Sports and others. The band is signed to Third Man Records now (yeah, Jack White's label), but that doesn't seem to have taken any of the grit or gravel out of its total punk rock.


Bod (Minneapolis, MN)
Dana T (IA)
T.A.F.K.A Biggiestardust
Mangina
Fragile Janet
Slave Cable
DJ Larva Lu

@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Grace Smith is leaving St. Louis again. As in, moving. This night is the last that the woman behind Janet will bewilder you and everyone else just "trying to have a good time" (at least until she moves back). This show is a weird, noisy send-off headed by Minneapolis' garage-punkers Bod. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13


Free Pizza (Boston, MA)
Tubby Tom
The Vanilla Beans
Boreal Hills
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Remember when you joked around about naming your band "Free Pizza" but never got around to it? These guys did, and judging by the video above, they write songs that sound like its namesake. Do these guys know about provel? Probably not, so go fuck them up with our fake cheese. 


Night Grinder (Denver, CO)
Mirror Fears (Denver, CO)
Catholic Guilt
Monster Sized Monster
Fragile Farm
DJ Paradoxal Pterodactyl

@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Brad Schumacher a.k.a. The Night Grinder lived in St. Louis for many years as a sort of buried treasure. It's not that he didn't play shows, but with other older, more renowned names in town doing noise and free-improv, Schumacher never enjoyed much hype. And really, that's to the detriment of everyone in town -- he was one of St. Louis' most innovative and articulate noise artists and now he's back for one night. 

This Week In St. Louis 11/2/15 - 11/8/15

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2


Blight Future
Path of Might
Van Buren
Hardbody
@ Dugan Haus
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

At one point, Temple from Wisconsin was on this show but the band had to cancel their tour, so the locals decided to just have a show anyway. Free, BYOB and at a house in Tower Grove South. Hit the link for an address/directions. Half of Blight Future just finished their Rage Against The Machine cover set, so maybe they'll break out "Killing In The Name Of" or that one song that was on the Matrix. Probably not, though.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3


The Funs
Trauma Harness
The Bubbleheads
Drag
@ Bonerville
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Funs have been on tour for a solid month slinging their new double LP, and this show is a proper homecoming with Trauma Harness and the newish kids on the block, the Bubbleheads. Drag, the latest project from Nick Goldschmidt (Posture, Smallpox Champion, Burners) opens the show. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4


Way Out Wednesday #2 feat.:
Whsky Janetor
Dave Stone
Brandywine River
David Bell + Joe Hess

@ Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Way Out Wednesday is a new monthly experimental music series by David Bell, the proprietor of the Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast. The Way Out Club was a hotbed for weirder bands roughly 15 years ago, and this recurring show plans to build on that legacy. This month's edition sees the leading ladies of weird, Whsky Janetor, along with saxophone legend Dave Stone and more.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6


Ahleuchatistas (NC)
Yowie
Demonlover
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Ahleuchatistas have been hitting St. Louis for more than a decade, but it's only in the past year that people have really started to take notice. Through its early days as a heavy, spazzed-out math trio to its current duo of guitar and drums, the band has undergone several changes but always maintained a distinct style, owing to founding member Shane Perlowin. The video above is a pretty good measuring stick of what's to come. 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7


New Music Circle presents:
Charlemagne Palestine
@ Pulitzer Arts Foundation / 3716 Washington Blvd.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

From New Music Circle's promotion of the show: A 1970s contemporary of Terry Riley and Steve Reich, spontaneous-composer and multi-instrumentalist Charlemagne Palestine has developed a unique, highly eclectic style of his own, based upon broad sonorities and effects. For Palestine, who also has a strong background in the visual arts, including film (his works have been shown at MoMA and the 2014 Whitney Biennial), the performance space, itself, has become a critically important element of his presentations, and this should be evident at both St. Louis events. 

Whether you can or can't make the first show, consider the second performance taking place Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (812 Soulard Street). A church organ set with an actual organ in an actual church

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8


Mouth Reader (Murfreesboro, TN)
Outside World (New York City, NY)
Shitstorm
Maximum Effort
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7 p.m. / $7 / all ages

With warbling vocals and a straight-ahead rhythm section, Mouth Reader teeters on the edge of shoegaze and straight-up punk by bringing an enormous tone and wrapping it locked beats. The songs are short and succinct but stay around long enough to get stuck to your skill. The local lineup is just as jammin', as Shitstorm and Max Eff are two of St. Louis' most reliable bands in the punk set. Don't be a cheapskate, $7 is a real bargain. Show starts early 7, don't mess up. 

Tonight in St. Louis 10/26/15

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26


Little Big Bangs (record release)
@ Vintage Vinyl / 6610 Delmar Blvd.
6 p.m. / free / all ages

Star Power is the latest from south city outfit Little Big Bangs, who merges heady grunge with early Fugazi-esque leanings. Since its inception, the band has polished its pop songs with acid, and the latest set shows Little Big Bangs more confident than ever in its distinct approach. This show is a free in-store performance at one of St. Louis' best and long-standing record shops. 


NOiSETTE feat.:
Pat Cain (Buffalo, NY)
Martin Freeman (Buffalo, NY)
Beauty Pageant
Berdella
Dave Stone
Whsky Janetor
Stone Hen
Chizmo.tv
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Buffalo-native Pat Cain blends horn and stringent electronics, taking on harsh texture to build thick walls of noise. His busy style comes by merging the natural sounds of a saxophone with a synthetic blend, and the total control of all these parts throughout is notable. But his sets tend to feel like less of a short, angsty burst and more of an overarching ambiance that tells a story. 

Wrong Division Playlist 10/23/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

The Pat Sajak Assassins “Yars' Revenge” from Motherboard
Hylidae “Nthe” from Intransitive
Wax Fruit “Done Before” from Wax Fruit
Rip Rap “Hate Myself” from Rip Rap
Little Big Bangs “Bang” from Star Power
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Veil “Hollow City” from Demo
Strangled “Cost of Living” from Body Bag
The Bubbleheads “Principle” from The Bubbletape
Ex-Cult “Midnight Passenger” from Midnight Passenger
Drunkdriver “The Accident” from Drunkdriver
Nicoffeine “Wolf in Bathtub” from AU REVOIR GOLDEN AIR
Nü Sensae “Dust” from Sundowning
This Heat “Paper Hats” from Deceit
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Ahleuchatistas “Future Trauma” from Heads Full of Poison
Ovlov “The Well” from Ovlov
Eula “I Collapse” from Wool Sucking
Daniel Francis Doyle “Old Lives” from We Bet Our Money on You
Bygones “Cold Reading” from Bygones
High In One Eye “Cocaine and Jalapenos” from Neon Orange Walker EP
Times Beach “Coral” from Raw Pop
Brainiac “Simon Says” from Internationale - EP
God Is My Co-Pilot “Menarche” from Get Busy
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
GUERILLA TOSS “Trash Bed” from Gay Disco

Wrong Division Playlist 10/16/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Timeghost “Cellular Automata” from Cellular
The VSS “Death Scene” from Nervous Circuits
The VSS “In Miniature” from Nervous Circuits
The Conformists “Quality” from None Hundred
SHORTY “I prefer Nitwit” from Fresh Breath EP
PRE “Not Necessary” from Hope Freaks
Staer “One Million Love Hits” from Daughters
Ugh God “Re-Ejected” from Deep, Dark, Mysterious and Serioues
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Lone Pixel In The Bitmap” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
Tarngo “Cousineau” from Horman
Telomere Repair “The Blind Can Steer Straight” from Telomere Repair
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter
Gay Beast “Multi-Purpose Anti-Form” from Gay Beast 7"
Brise-Glace “2” from when in Vanitas...
Gorge Trio “Roof Halves and Dewdrop Gems” from Open Mouth, O Wisp
Neptune “Blue Glass” from Gong Lake
Britches “Blue Ruin” from Demonstration
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Ahleuchatistas “channel 0” from Location Location
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 5: 1st Movement” from Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding Hypersphere)
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play
Bad News from Houston “Confuse the Ghosts” from In the Valley of the Cloud Builder
XHOHX “politics” from Ahleuchatistas/XHOHX Split
Zevious “Passtime” from Zevious

This Week In St. Louis 10/12/15 - 10/18/15

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12


The Cult of Lip (Minneapolis, MN)
Brilliant Beast (Minneapolis, MN)
The Brainstems
Bridled Spells
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Cult of Lip takes the garden variety garage rock jangle and runs it through a cassette tape, warped with fire and spit on for good measure. The result is a wobbling punk rip that balances out, staying catchy while not compromising its fierce underlying aggression. Bridled Spells is the new digs from Gabe Karabell and company and if history is any indication, the band will kill. 


Russian Tsarlag (FL)
Secret Boyfriend (UK)
Kingston Family Singers
Skin Tags
@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
8 p.m. / $7-$8 / all ages

Florida's Russian Tsarlag is a pop diva from a world where "acquired taste" is an alien concept. Beats seem to meander while dark melodies trail over the top, delivering mostly simple songs that stand on shaky ground. As a long-standing experimental duo (of a man and his dog), the Kingston Family Singers don't sing at all, unless your definition is loose. As in, they scream through use of modular synthesizer and wild post-processors. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16


Charlie Megira (Asheville, NC)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
The Brainstems
@ Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
10 p.m.

Charlie Megira and his band take an old form of rock (which feels like the forefather of punk) and wraps it with all the dressings of modern day. In 2015, songs like these feel novel but still just as honest, owing to the band's dedication to consistency both live and on record. The local lineup couldn't be stronger, and will likely incite a sweaty night in Livery's cramped (or cozy) basement. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17


Imelda Marcos (Chicago, IL)
The Conformists
Complainer
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

"Math rock" is a weird term that gets thrown around, and like any genre, it doesn't actually mean anything (except to the people who use it to market themselves). But today, the common conception is that "math" means melodic and needlessly complex. But the first bands to be called "math rock" by music writers of the '90s were names such as Drive Like Jehu, the Jesus Lizard and Shellac. St. Louis' own Dazzling Killmen were an underground favorite, and remained that way, owing to the band's distaste for press and promotion. What does that have to do with Imelda Marcos? That band comes from Chicago's scene, taking a heavier, darker approach to the aforementioned style. Through subtle use of looping, the duo builds songs that weigh a metric ton, all without a wall of amps or huge drums to make up the difference. 

The Conformists take a similar approach, sans looping (or many pedals at all). Original singer Mike Benker recently rejoined the band, helping to rework songs written through the past two years while finishing a few more. This marks the last live show for the band before it records a third studio album with Shellac's Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. 

Wrong Division Playlist 10/9/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Live on WHPK 88.5FM
Jr. Clooney “Saint of Inner Light” from Jr. Clooney EP
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Lazy “Party City” from Party City 7"
The Bubbleheads “Too Many” from The Bubbletape
Secret Boyfriend “Savage Weekend Theme” from Savage Weekend c-30
Brilliant Beast “Slow Eyes” from Today
Gang Of Four “Damaged Goods” from Entertainment!
Upsilon Acrux “Prelude To Forshadow'n” from Radian Futura
Nicoffeine “Holy Hell of a Himmel” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Ahleuchatistas “Waterboarding” from Location Location
Normal Love “Survival Tricks” from Lend Some Treats
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
Lightning Bolt “Ride the Skies” from Ride the Skies
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Running “Totally Fired” from Running
BIG BEAR “Song 15” from Under the Beach
GUERILLA TOSS “Trash Bed” from Gay Disco
Arvid Noe “Splinter” from Islington
Wayward “Live In a Vacuum” from Overexposure
Cheer-Accident “Salad Dies” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
Space Streakings “Kai Kai Scratch” from Space Streakings
Mount Shasta “Nodule” from Put The Creep On
Stillsuit “The "Military"” from Stillsuit
Stillsuit “telephone” from Stillsuit

This Week in St. Louis 10/5/15 - 10/11/15

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5


Tellavision (Germany)
Invisible Circle (NY)
Zak M
Wamhoda
@ Los Punk / 2709 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $5

Tellavision builds loops through electric and acoustic means, blending textures with primal beats. Her voice creeps through the layers, eventually becoming part of the concrete loops. Sections crack and come back together in weird ways, making for odd, fractured dance songs.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9


Upsilon Acrux (CA)
Nicoffeine (Germany)
Yowie
Hardbody
@ Schlafy Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Upsilon Acrux came out of the early 00s through the second wave of "math rock," where it crashed bold and melodic riffs into glitched keys and synth. Beats feel frantic but never frenetic, as the composition leaves just enough room for all the moving parts to stretch and compress. The whole affair feels more elastic than stringent, owing to playful interplay between finger-tapped riffs and harsh dischord. With the recent addition of a second drummer, Upsilon Acrux force a breath of fresh air into a band that never felt stale to begin with. These songs are more than ahead of their time, and we're all here to play catch up. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11


Lazy (Kansas City, MO)
Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Lazy is KCMO's resident garage rock monstrosity, pushing a Ramones-era punk that manages to harness that same catchy magic. There's an underlying optimism to the band's sunny disposition, which might explain why its songs feel so charming. Out of the garage and into the dive bar.