This Week in St. Louis 2/23/15 - 3/1/15

TUESDAY, FEB. 24


Cruelster (Cleveland, OH)
Safety Word (Chicago, IL)
Q
Ruz
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
8:30 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Torn-off fingernails by a ruined chalkboard - that's what this is. Cruelster brings a dark, warbling hardcore in half-time with weighty downbeats and sparse dissonant riffs throughout. Q and Ruz have sharp teeth cut on south city basement shows, bringing a pure, distilled taste of St. Louis punk. Bring safety goggles. And maybe a gas mask? 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25


Acid Kat Zine presents:
Corners (Los Angeles, CA)
Willis
Smallpox Champion
Skin Tags
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9:30 p.m. / $6 / all ages

Corners has hype right now -- but don't discount its roughneck surf rock because Pitchfork or whoever tells you how much you should like it. This is catnip for fans of garage with a slightly dark tinge. What at first sounds like minimalist rock quickly unveils itself -- peel off the layers for solid songwriting. 

A few new uploads hit the net today. First up is Brainstems. This is subtle-psych rock with the dank stench of the Mississippi river. The band started off as hot-headed rock 'n roll, but elements of kraut and punk have crawled inside otherwise infectious, poppy tunes. The songs on Ego Death Demos mostly fly straight, but its those tiny bits of noisy indulgence peppered throughout where the band really shines. Derek Yeager is back with another edition of Nausicaa Sound, a compilation series of electronic and dance music that aims to raise money for charitable organizations with each release.