This Week in St. Louis 3/30/15 - 4/5/15


Yeesh (Chicago, IL)
Blight Future
@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Yeesh sneaks in tiny tinges of noise rock to otherwise powerful punk songs. There's a pop element here, but thankfully the sing-songy vocals never overreach the band's raw aesthetic. Blight Future is St. Louis' own post apocalyptic post-hardcore -- one of the best new bands to pop up in the last year.


The Achtungs (Finland)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Bad Dates
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5-$7/ all ages

Finland punk rockers with a song called "City of Dicks." You need this noise in your life. The Achtungs' murky bass gives the whole band a nice, messy swamp to swim around in. The muck manifests into a solid set of fuzzy songs. If you missed Bad Dates at CBGB last Saturday, now's your chance to see the band with its brand new drummer (we won't spoil the surprise; just go). 

Ylla (Milwaukee, WI)
Double God
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Ylla fills the room with one part skronk, two parts melodic post-rock. The whole thing is doused with plenty of reverb, but crazy scattershot drums peak through to drive the band's odd set of rhythm and structure. Double God is the latest digs from Sean Ballard (Stonechat, Lions Eat Grass) and Jack Mideke (Laika, Jr. Clooney). 


New Music Circle presents:
On Fillmore
@ the Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
7 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Legendary experimental jazz duo On Fillmore fills the Stage at KDHX with warbling bass and world class percussion. Sound artist Darin Gray matches every minute tick from drummer Glenn Kotche, painting lush aural pictures through acoustic and electronic instruments. If you like Radiolab on NPR, chances are you've heard On Fillmore in the show's background. 


Bonerville Launch Party feat.:
Lard Boys (Minneapolis, MN)
Smallpox Champion
Pink Sock
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Lard Boys comes from Minneapolis to help local hardcore heroes Pink Sock celebrate the launch party for Bonerville. That's right, the building now officially belongs to the punx. Smallpox Champion is the latest from Nick of Posture -- it's harsh noise via synths and pedals. Don't sleep on this. Also, Lumpy and the Dumpers twice in one week?  


Kool 100s (Kansas City, MO)
Boreal Hills
Animal Teeth
Big Blonde
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Kool 100s brings a fucked shoegaze vibe in the form of short punk songs with jangly riffs. The local line-up reads like a primer of St. Louis garage punk. If you dig how that sounds, you really can't miss out. These five bands for five bucks is stupid cheap. 

This Weekend in St. Louis 3/26/15 - 3/29/15


Fountainsun (Baltimore, MD)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Fountainsun combines the efforts of legendary post-punker and Lungfish frontman Daniel Higgs and Fumie Ishii. Expect brain-bending banjo riffing alongside disparate vocals and subtle, meditative drones. This show is early, so use it as a pre-game before catching Grouper over at Wash U or JJ Hamon's solo set along with Ish and Lions Eat Grass over at the Schlafly Tap Room. Daniel Wyche and Eric Hall perform over at the Lemp Arts Center as well, making for a night of hard choices. Not a bad problem to have. 


KSLU, KWUR and the Billiken Club present:
Tim Hecker (Vancouver)
Travis Bursik
@ Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 N. Grand. Blvd.
7 p.m. / $15 / all ages

Legendary ambient artist Tim Hecker brings dense layers of busy ambient work to the Kranzberg. He's earned critical praise from places like Pitchfork and Noisey, and for good reason. Hecker is a world class performer and $15 is a bargain to see him perform in an intimate setting like the Kranzberg. Travis Bursik is St. Louis' own master of sonic meditation -- you might remember him as one half of synth duo Ou Ou. Arrive on time. 


The Down-Fi (Broad Ripple IN)
Bad Dates
Little Richard Brothers Band
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Ave.
9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Sweaty garage rock in its purest form should be enough to clear up your sinuses. Huff the punk rock at CBGB and watch the paint peel off the walls. 

Bruxism No. 8 feat.:
Dave Stone
Tracy Andreotti
Sun Bros

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Maybe the term "avant-garde" seems too snooty for you. You're in good company here. Nathan Cook's Close/Far label puts on an event every other month called Bruxism. This night is a good intro to free-jazz and noise alike with solo performances by cellist Tracy Andreotti and resident sax-demon Dave Stone. 

New Music Circle presents:
Matthew Shipp (NY)
Michael Bisio (NY)
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Straight-up living legend Matthew Shipp brings 2/3 of his original trio to the Stage at KDHX. This is a New Music Circle event, so admission sits on a sliding scale. If you can swing $20 at the door then fine -- the rest of us can pay the "struggling music supporter" fee of $10. Either way, this show is worth every penny. The video above gives a good preview of what's in store but don't expect a carbon copy of what you hear -- every performance is unique. 


Peter J. Woods (Milwaukee, WI)
Jeff Landgraf
Sam Naumann
Mark Saric
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Peter J. Woods (local noise OGs might known him as PETE-ZA) returns for a show the Lemp calls "Quiet! a concert of new music." As to what that actually means, we don't know. Peter tends to bring some sort of theatrical aspect to his sets, so it's best to expect the unexpected (as cheesy as it sounds). 

This Week in St. Louis 3/16/15 - 3/22/15


The Lemons (Chicago, IL)
The Sueves (Chicago, IL)
The Funs
Animal Teeth
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7 p.m. / $6 / all ages

The Lemons pack sandy beach jams into a swampy garage rock slop, so lap it up you dogs. If nothing else, come for the Funs before they leave on tour or for hometown heroes Animal Teeth. 

Wolf Eyes (MI)
Brain Transplant
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

Legendary American noise alums Wolf Eyes stun with stilted beats under trashy industrial noise. Songs move slow through the muck with subtle shifts in timing and tempo. Brain-bending guitar trio Yowie brings the most progressive kind of rock music you've ever heard. Some bands talk about being "futuristic," but Yowie fucks the space-time fabric with atonal riffs and perfect percussion. 

Fake Surfers (MI)
Growwing Pains (MI)
The Brainstems
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
10 p.m. / $7 / 21+

Maybe this is the after show you're looking for? Fake Surfers bring straight rock that's both a guilty pleasure and a badge of honor. Catchy hooks dig through even the thickest skin of jaded punks. So there. The Brainstems' new tape is a ripper too -- come see it live. 

Bludded Head (Denton, TX)
O'ó (TX)
Van Buren
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Foam billed this show as the "unofficial Wolf Eyes after party," and for good reason. Bludded Head and Van Buren both bring metallic punk sludge through heady guitar driven songs, but O'ó might be the real gem. The improv group touts a free-jazz variant that deals out equal parts harsh noise and doom metal. 


Slimy Member (TX)
Nos Bos
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Hardcore with "slimy" in the name? Where have we heard that one before? It's only fitting that Texas band Slimy Member plays with Lumpy Recs alumni Ruz and Nos Bos. The line-up becomes even more of a no-brainer when you hear the video above. "I found that sewer sound ya' been lookin' for."


Curt Oren (Iowa City, IA)
Skarekrau Radio
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Through iron lungs and circular breathing, Curt Oren plays harsh, relentless saxophone. There are songs here, but they come quick and leave before wearing out any kind of welcome. Oren often collaborates with local artists, so don't be surprised if he guest cameos for Googolplexia or local no-wave cult Skarekrau Radio. 


Flood Yr Face presents:
Jeff Carey (Baltimore, MD)
C10 (Baltimore, MD)
Trish Devine (Baltimore, MD)
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

St. Louis ex-pat and longtime noise stalwart Josh Levi relocated to the east coast, but his legacy lives on. Hear some sounds from his new neck of the woods by catching his cohorts during this highly recommended triple-threat bill of full-on electronic assault.

Wrong Division Playlist 3/13/2015

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.

Sonic Youth “Dripping Dream” from Sonic Nurse
Life In Vacuum “You Did It to Yourself” from 5
Multicult “Jaws” from Variable Impulse
Nü Sensae “Spit Gifting” from Sundowning
Ultra Bidé “Look You Up” from DNA vs. DNA-C
Double Dagger “Heretic's Hymn” from 333 - EP
The Fordists “A Strange Woman” from Watch You
The Wayward “Pinball” from Overexposure
Animal Lover “At the Pool With My Boys” from Guilt - EP
Shaved Women “the start” from Shaved Women
Angel Hair “Do Do” from Angel Hair
The VSS “Sibling Ascending” from Nervous Circuits
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “Art Galleries” from WTRTE 7"
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Telomere Repair “The Blind Can Steer Straight” from Telomere Repair
Fugazi “shut the door” from Repeater & 3 Songs
USCO “Iguana House” from Treffpunkt
Yowie “Shriners Sure Do Cuss a Lot” from Damning With Faint Praise - EP
Smother Party “Titus” from Casa Limon
Zevious “Passtime” from Zevious
Upsilon Acrux “Night of the Goblin” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Bad News from Houston “Confuse the Ghosts” from In the Valley of the Cloud Builder
Passe Montagne “Tirefesse to Heaven” from Long Play

This Week in St. Louis 3/9/15 - 3/15/15


Life In Vacuum (Ontario)
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Life In Vacuum is a Canadian nightmare of the '90s - a harrowing grunge affair with razor-sharp teeth. The band doesn't shy from using guttural guitar noise to drive home its short songs with super heavy hooks. (RIYL: Drive Like Jehu, Drive Like Jehu or Drive Like Jehu.) Laika returns from hiatus with a new brand set and line-up to boot.


Eula (Brooklyn, NY)
Gymshorts (RI)
Big Blonde
Skin Tags
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Brooklyn-based EULA brings heavy hype (just ask Brooklyn Vegan, Pitchfork and SPIN magazine) - but it's not without merit. The band marries no-wave sound with pop-sensible songwriting to build a heavy, danceable skronk. But don't worry, the songs don't come across so heady that you'll feel amiss after jams from Big Blonde and Gymshorts. Can't say the same for Demonlover, though. 


Close/Far presents:
The Kingston Family Singers
Alex Cunningham
NNN Cook
@ Music Record Shop / 4191A Manchester Ave.
3 p.m. / free / all ages

Performing as part of Nathan Cook's Close/Far label showcase, Kingston Family Singers is a stuffed dog/man duo working through modular synthesizers. This show also brings a solo performance from Alex Cunningham, who tends to tear through his violin strings, and often does so through a loud Fender amp. Day-time noise at a tiny record store in the Grove. 

Acid Kat Zine presents:
Mope Grooves (Portland, OR)
The Vanilla Beans
Boreal Hills
Tubby Tom
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Mope Grooves, by definition, sounds like a bummer. But sunny garage rock shines through with simple hooky songs that kind of crawl in your ear and live there for awhile. Sometimes less is more, and this band is proof of concept - great poppy tunes await. Maybe it's because they don't gig too much, but the Vanilla Beans are a bit underrated. Don't sleep on 'em is what we're sayin'. 


Coliseum (Louisville, KY)
Maximum Effort
Nos Bos
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

This Louisville trio has been around the block - long enough that it has its brand of metallic hardcore down to a science. The sounds feel unhinged but perfectly controlled with a pinpoint precision. Not that the songs are precise to a fault, but the attention to subtle details - like the drums laying back just enough to not cloud the more riffy guitar parts - elevates Coliseum above the chaff. 

Wrong Division Playlist 3/6/2015

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.

Lightning Bolt “Mythmaster” from Fantasy Empire
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from YT//ST
USCO “Crack in the Crystal Glass” from Treffpunkt
Yowie “Shriners Sure Do Cuss a Lot” from Damning With Faint Praise - EP
Skarekrau Radio “Hole Head Doll / Cancer Crawl” from Parameicium Fudge, Harm on Hits Vol. 1
Stillsuit “The "Military"” from Stillsuit
Stillsuit “telephone” from Stillsuit
Shoppers “iii” from Silver Year
Noxagt “Satin Vengeance” from Noxagt
Warhammer 48K “Failed Suicide Attempt #1” from Uber Om
Hella “Cafeteria Bananas” from Hold Your Horse Is
Upsilon Acrux “Oaxaca” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
YUKON “Mt. Pleasant” from Mortar
U.S. Maple “Bumps and Guys” from Talker
Yona-Kit “Franken-Bitch” from Yona-Kit LP
Dazzling Killmen “Torture” from Dig Out The Switch
Many Arms “The Year 500 Billion” from Palabras Malas
Chevreuil “Cannibal Lover” from Capoeira
Many Arms “The Transfiguration of Man Into Beast” from Palabras Malas
Neptune “Blue Glass” from Gong Lake
Made in Mexico “black rabbit” from Zodiac Zoo
New England Patriots “Like a Rope” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Man At Arms “Who Died and Made You the Voice of Reason?” from Abner Trio & Man At Arms
Pterodactyl “5 minutes in 2 minutes” from Love and Circuits: A Cardboard Records Compilation
Zs “Wolf Government” from Xe