This Week in St. Louis 7/13/15 - 7/19/15


Sudor (Spain)
Negative Degree (Denver, CO)
The Warden (record release)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. | $10 | all ages

Sudor (from fucking Spain) blows through minute long punk bursts with an effective take on the whole "soloing" thing. Guitars only noodle around for a quick bar or two before firing back to heavy hooks. These are the kind of riffs anyone could pick up and play themselves, but that's sort of the point here. Some say the Warden is Sweet Tooth 2.0, but that's just lazy. The band definitely has its own rip and brings a more tightly wound take to the table. If this thread on reddit is any indication, Bonerville is just a house of trust fund babies who blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Come be a snob, or not.

Xerome (Providence, RI)
Lucy Lewis (Providence, RI)
@ Upstairs Lounge / 3131 S. Grand. Blvd.
9:30 p.m. | $5

Xerome is Jerome or Lazy Magnet. Names don't mean a thing to Jeremy Harris, who takes minimal beats and stretches sundry melodies over the course of several minutes. This is most definitely a slow burn, but it's one that runs deep and heady. Demonlover is set up to play an all-electronic set on this night, with guest drummer Mike Herr stylin' on an electric drumset. 


Мятеж (Nashville, TN)
People's Temple Project (NY)
Blight Future
Jr. Clooney
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
7 p.m. | $5 | all ages

Well that name is un-Google-able. The Nashville-natives bring a guttural post-hardcore with chords racing under curdling screams. Maybe this loosely fits within the screamo-canon, but for what it's worth there's a certain rough edge here that gives each song distinction. Anodes is back after a break, bringing beats that swing between heavy blasts and jazz fervor. The bass, as it tends to do, glues the whole thing with punchy, low tones, owing to clever weaving between two grinding guitars. 


Gel Set (Chicago, IL)
Matchess (Chicago, IL)
Wax Fruit
DJ Tiffany Minx
@ Mekong / 3131 S. Grand. Blvd.
9 p.m. | $5-$7

Mekong is hosting shows again. This is only dark wave synth night in an Asian restaurant on Grand all night. This is worth going to if only to see the walls shake with layers of murky keys over stretchy, elastic beats. Apop's Miffany Tinx on the ones and twos. 

Tu Fest benefit feat.:
Hoonbag Moonswag
Louis Wall
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. | free | all ages

Come support south city's best experimental-meets-punk music festival in direct opposition to Lou Fest. Really, Tu Fest is the sequel to Pu Fest, which provided what we think is a greater choice in the face of a corporately shilled weekend of most non-local music. Options aplenty, but this night brings odd pop, free-jazz drumming and layered ambient work. 

We, the left and right brains behind Wrong Division, have our own shows. First is an early show at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, located next door to the Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center. The event is a double release party for Hess/Cunningham Duo and Sun Bros and starts at 7 PM sharp. No punk time, as the gallery closes at 9 PM. Later on, catch Skin Tags and Shitstorm over at the Skatium.


Nervosas (Columbus, OH)
Royal Holland (Cincinnati, OH)
Bunnygrunt (Album Release/Tour Kick-Off)
@ Off Broadway
8 p.m. | $8 | all ages

Nervosas is longtime favorite of south city people who are, well, already neck deep in the punk scene. There's good reason for that, since the band cuts paths between post-punk, heavy rock and hardcore. Somehow Nervosa invokes enough dark vibes with the same core elements as most bands of its ilk, and St. Louis' own Veil is best counterband in town to open the show. (edit: Nervosas and Veil have both been moved from Bonerville over to Off Broadway.)