MONDAY, APRIL 6
Freak Vibe (Seattle, WA)
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
Freak Vibe skates the line between hooky garage rock and slimy hardcore. The vocals float through every song like some throaty lounge singer that rants between each catchy chorus. Oddly placed keys make this band more freaky than it probably needs to be -- and that's the beauty. Q and Nos Bos are resident denizens dealing in moldy, subterranean punk.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7
Jeff Zagers (Savannah, GA)
@ Los Punk / 2709 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
This is music for mutants to bump and grind to. Jeff Zagers mixes quick, bouncy jams with noisy, crooning interludes to make jams you might actually want to dance to. Hylidae is detailed-oriented, punctual and brings a diverse resume... of electronic music.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
Luxvid (Milwaukee, WI)
@ The Crack Fox / 1114 Olive St.
8:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Remember Stacian? Maybe not. But if you do, Luxvid is the direct sequel of that straight-to-tape, lo-fi synth jammer from Milwaukee. The Wax Fruit duo dishes out gothic wave in the form of dark synth songs that could diverge into noise at any moment (it's especially fitting since both members used to perform in harsh noise acts of their own years ago).
The Body (Portland, OR)
Faultfinder (Kansas City, MO)
Everything Went Black
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $7 / all ages
The Body now lives in Portland, but the band used to hail from Providence, Rhode Island, which was essentially home to every louder-than-life noise rock band in the late '90s. The duo's burnt flavor of doom metal seems to make the most sense in the context of LOAD Records bands from the same era: Lightning Bolt, Noxagt, Burmese. Faultfinder brings a snarling style of post-punk put through the wood chipper -- it's a massive collage of feedback, catchy bass riffs and hard-hitting drums. Shaved Women is breaking up later this month, so get your share of audible nihilism while you still can.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
Kowabunga! Kid (Urbana, IL)
The Valenteens (NY)
Cal and the Calories
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Fans of the ever-prolific Lumpy Recs should stop everything and take note: This is the lighter side of the label's oozing punk offerings. Each band here shares a few common qualities; It's all jangly guitar rock with an infectious puss of pop riffs. Soda Boys is the new digs from members of Animal Teeth, Pink Sock and Q while Hoonbag Moonswag is mid '80s-era Prince-influenced jams by members of Bug Chaser. Lumpy's alter ego Cal leads his Calories with a bass-driven mess of sing-songs that incorporate elements of early funk and garage rock alike.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Hands and Feet
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $6 / 21+
The enigmatic .e comes out of hiding for a one-off show to celebrate the release of her long-awaited debut LP. I've seen .e's music described as "an android trying to think itself into existence" and I think that's a better descriptor than anything I could come up with. A solid use of drum machine and a synth-driven backing track provide the proper groundwork for ,e's bizarre riffing. Really, she's one of the most interesting guitarists living in St. Louis, but her reclusive nature also makes her music a closely guarded secret for the few who have been lucky enough to catch her live.
HEARding Cats Collective presents: "Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry" feat.:
Rich O'Donnell and Mike Murphy
Video by Chad Eivins and Kevin Harris
@ William A. Jerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
8 p.m. / all ages
Remember As Unstable As? Last summer Chad Eivins and Kevin Harris arranged a night of audio/visual noise that featured performances by Dr. Mabuse and the avant trio Perverted. This looks like the direct sequel to that event, albeit with live dancers and additional music by HEARding Cats' Rich O'Donnell. For a full day of fun, consider pre-gaming with Lo-Fi Cherokee, in which Yowie will cram its alien jams into a tiny guitar shop on Cherokee Street.