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

THURSDAY, MAR. 12


Life In Vacuum (Ontario)
Laika
Hardbody
@ 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.

FRIDAY, MAR. 13


Eula (Brooklyn, NY)
Gymshorts (RI)
Demonlover
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. 

SATURDAY, MAR. 14


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'. 

SUNDAY, MAR. 15


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.