This Week in St. Louis 2/9/15 - 2/15/15


Kringe (Minneapolis, MN)
Maximum Effort
After SS
@ Babecave
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Kringe is a rambling mess of guitar noise over quick punk beats. There's a muscular sound here that feels dark and depraved with hints of a high energy hum underneath it all. Max Eff brings alien punk paranoia and this is the first show for After SS.


Coyote (NE)
Aqua Eroticum (NE)
Black Pillar (NE)
Catholic Guilt
Larva Lou
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
10 p.m. / $8 / all ages

This show turned into a full on mess of four touring bands, but expect a rapid-fire style of short sets from 10 p.m. to midnight. The video above shows Taboo, Portland (not Oregon, Maine) no-wave cult breaching meta-physical noise with jerky guitars and sleazy lounge crooning. Catholic Guilt makes a business out of doing whatever the hell it wants and Larva Lou typically brings synth-addled ambient jams.


Heavy Horse (Cassette Release)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This show is a quick primer on St. Louis post-hardcore -- all four bands are heavy with guttural howls and a kind-of audible call-to-action. Anodes brings a frantic, break-neck pace combined with strong, melodic riffs that flow through thanks to jazz-infused drumming. Laika is a more spazzy affair with piercing screams around a tight, angular form. Check out Heavy Horse's new tape before the show and grab one in person.

Detached From the Social Dogma art show feat.:
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
10 p.m. / free / all ages

Starting at 7 p.m., the art of Cullen Curtis will be on display throughout the Kismet space and record store. Following the art show, Shitstorm will perform an expanded set of songs along with a long-form experimental piece featuring Sam Clapp of the Brainstems on drums.

Terminator 2 (Denton, TX)
The Conformists
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Terminator 2 brings a down-tempo drone of noisy sludge in song form. The band employs a wall of amps and works through shrill tones and rumbling lows. The Conformists have been on a somewhat mini-hiatus, putting the finishing touches on songs for its upcoming album (to be recorded with Steve Albini, no less). You might know Sigulda as one-half of local dark-synth duo Wax Fruit -- here he plays a much different role, bringing harsh wall noise.

Fundraiser for the Sk8 Liborious Building Fund feat.:
Better Days
Mother Meat
Big Blonde
Skin Tags
@ Sk8 Liborious / 1850 Hogan St.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

While this show is technically free, don't show up empty handed. It's a fundraiser and it's bad form to come and leech off the skate ramps and punk bands. That said, scrape up some change and give in kind. Better Days is hot off the release of their new record. Come see 'em slam in a church.


Acid Kat's 3rd Birthday/Calentine's Day Party feat.:
Cal and the Calories (7" Release)
Chud (Bloomington, IN)
The Cowboys (Bloomington, IN)
Laffing Gas (Bloomington, IN)
Boreal Hills (Tape Release)
Soda Boys (First Show)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7 p.m. / $6 / all ages

Lumpy (and the Dumpers) has always had a soft spot for old poppy garage rock, and Cal and the Calories is his rare chance to live out a sordid fantasy of fuzzed out guitars. Three bands from Bloomington make the trek to St. Louis while Boreal Hills releases its latest tape. If that wasn't enough incentive, show up on time to see the Soda Boys' first show (feat. members of Animal Teeth, Q and more).

Vernacular String Trio
The May Day Orchestra
Dizzy Atmosphere
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Fine, May Day Orchestra and Dizzy Atmosphere both play what you might want for a romantic date on Valentine's Day -- smooth, thoughtful songs by St. Louis scene vets. But Vernacular String Trio brings a disjointed cross-hatch of warped highs and lows. Violin, cello and bass work in tandem through bowing, plucking and all manner of noisy racket to invoke a dark frenetic feel. Trick your V-date into free jazz.