This Week in St. Louis 5/26/15 - 5/31/15


Ex-Cult (Memphis, TN)
Beth Israel (NY)
Black Panties
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

These Memphis rippers cram ten tons of psych punk into quick three minute bursts. Ex-Cult lives up to the hype, which should be no surprise considering its members have been around in other bands for more than a decade. It's all very tried-and-true with a raw approach that shakes the dust off even the most jaded of punx (see also: punks). The official after-party put on by local impresario JUICEBOX (not to be confused with Milwaukee's Juiceboxxx) features Soda Boys, which takes the best parts of Animal Teeth, Pink Sock and Q and filters rough-necked punk down to a scratchy rock vibe.


Bruxism #9 feat.:
DJ Low Bias
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Nathan Cook's series goes full steam ahead with its ninth iteration since January 2014. This is the early show, but there's more than one reason to arrive on time: Video artist Chad Eivins (aka Chizmo.TV) will have limited edition VHS tapes, free with $5 entry to early birds. That means there's a limited supply. Wiggpaw is the solo freak jam of Skarekrau Radio founder Rick Wilson, which sets up the second show later that night...

Acid Kat Zine presents:
Death Valley Girls (Los Angeles, CA)
Sleepy & the Bedtimes
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $6 / all ages

The Krau is back in town with its new leading lady Grace Smith (who you might know from JANET or, more recently, Whsky Janetor. Sleepy and the Bedtimes brings a spaced out garage punk via heavy shoegazing while Death Valley Girls is neat, poppy rock with maximum fuzz.


Brother Gruesome (Oklahoma City, OK)
Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+

You might remember Matt Stuttler's label, Eat Tapes, which put out a split tape with Little Big Bangs and OKC's Brother Gruesome. There's a common vibe between the two -- both share grimy grunge headed off with hooky riffs. Fumer touches on that whole grunge thing too but is maybe closer to a metal band. Think stoner jams fueled by black coffee and bloody red meat.

Dave Stone
Kevin Harris
The Tory Starbuck Project
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Avant-whatever fills the Tap Room like a Cracker Barrel from hell. 50-something moms throw their collective hands up and just say, "no, no, no, not for me." Dudes play darts 'til they can't take it and you'll check Facebook while Dave Stone smiles and nods, finishing with a "yeah, cool man."


Pedestrian Deposit (Los Angeles, CA)
Kevin Harris/Kingston Family Singers
DJ Tiffany Minx
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

In the annals of American noise, LA's Pedestrian Deposit sits up top with Wolf Eyes among few others, building sound art through blood and piss. The duo amasses howling sonic sculptures that feel violent, but fragile. It's a musical glass cannon that shatters when fired but hits squarely in the gut. From what I'm told the new record rips, but this band is best taken raw -- live and in the flesh.