MONDAY, APRIL 20
Gnarly Davidson (KS)
Shitstorm (Tour Kick-Off)
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Stoner metal on 4:20? Someone should tell Gnarly Davidson that the weed is illegal in Missouri. Shitstorm brings snotty trashcan rock that you might have seen once or twice -- if not, don't sleep on Matt Stuttler's ooey gooey brainchild. Besides being one of the best hook-driven punkish bands around, they constantly rep STL through endless touring and hocking of local music through Stuttler's label Eat Tapes. Big Blonde's surf rock is more raw than you'd might expect -- think bloody splinters from broken surfboards.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
Lightning Bolt (RI)
Complainer (formerly Spelling Bee/first show)
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $14 / All Ages
Last time Lightning Bolt came to town, it sold out the Luminary's old spot over on Kingshighway. The new space on Cherokee is a little larger, but buy tix in advance or arrive early -- don't take your chances. Lightning Bolt has been lauded as one of, if not the MOST, influential noise rock bands in the world. Its albums on LOAD records have earned accolades from glossy media sites like Pitchfork, but that shouldn't turn you off. This band manages to make a sound all its own, even in a time where nothing new is really thought of as truly "original." It's been 4 years since Lightning Bolt last came to St. Louis, so don't sleep on it -- this is your last shot for years to come.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
@ The Revisionist Inn / 1950 Cherokee Street
7 p.m. / $5 / All Ages
What's better than witchy, esoteric noise on Earth Day? Partake in a primal ritual of electro squalor under the sun. This show starts early because it takes place outside -- optimal for a collision of nature and noise.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
Slime Scapes (MA)
Strep Torso (OH)
Dave Stone Ensemble
@ The Livery / 3227 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Slime Scapes might be one of the few groups that sounds exactly like its namesake. This is a noisy week already and Saturday is crammed with great shows, so this low-brow gig is sure to be low-key and especially grimey. Dave Stone Ensemble is a whole other animal than his Trio, so expect a full wall of harsh dischord and shrill, warbling tones.
Shaved Women (Final Show)
Mellow Harsher (WI)
Solid Attitude (MN)
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $10 / All Ages
This is the final time you will get to see Shaved Women live. The nihilist, burnt-to-a-crisp hardcore band brings mid-tempo sludge through guttural vocals and blown-out riffs. Opening the show are local gloom punx Trauma Harness, who just released its debut LP Tried My Hardest on Lumpy and Rat King Records. The lineup of touring acts should be enough to pack Melt to its capacity, but who's really going to count? Is anyone keeping track of punk points? Miss this and have your punk card revoked.
New Music Circle presents: Black Host
w/ Gerald Cleaver, Cooper-Moore, Darius Jones, Pascal Niggenkemper, Brandon Seabrook
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Avenue
7 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages
If you're a regular to New Music Circle events, some of the names above will no doubt be familiar. Regardless, Black Host is made up of living, breathing legends in the American free-jazz scene. This group takes both the progressive and aggressive approaches to create a dense myriad of jazz to the absolute-fucking-max.