This Week in St. Louis 7/20/15 - 7/26/15


Radioactivity (TX)
Pigeons (NY)
Crystalline Roses (MA)
Soda Boys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Total punk rock comes hardwired with strong melody that runs along a linear plane. Noir-esque solos leak through with little subtlety, but guitar shredding doesn't quite take center stage like it might for other bands of its ilk. Top notch in gridlocked rock from Texas. 


Leech (Oklahoma City, OK)
Reach (TX)
Life Like
The Warden
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $6 / all ages

Leech's meaty hardcore cuts time in half only to break back out with frantic pace. The guitar noise here is mostly a vehicle for vocals that tick like a time bomb, coming exclusively from the gut. You might see Life Like and the Warden on this list every week -- both are among St. Louis' most active and engaging punk bands around.


The Deadly Vipers (Detroit, MI)
Big Blonde
The Crisis
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. | $5 | all ages

The Deadly Vipers are a team of gals from MOTOR CITY, U. S. OF A who bring a messy rock platter with tinges of surf and gloomy post-punk. While songs mostly run along a straight line, there are a few instances where the band trails off into its own odd odyssey. If the Deadly Vipers can be called an "all-girl band," then Big Blonde must be a surf rock "boy band." Dreamboats for everyone. 

Acid Kat Fest 3 Fundraiser feat.:
Animal Teeth
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Acid Kat Fest is roughly a week away, and this show is the last of many fundraising efforts to help pay for the wealth of touring acts. Attending this event helps keep the ticket cost down for everyone while supporting a night of trash-pop, punk and noisy beats. Best of all, the show is free. People are going to cry themselves to sleep if Tap Room ever starts charging for shows. 


Color TV (Minneapolis, MN)
The Humanoids
Popular Mechanics
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand. Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Color TV runs through songs faster that your cereal box cut-out garage rockers, forcing more static and howl into 2 minute chunks than most bands manage in an entire record. Required listening to fans of anything ever referred to as "jangly." A live definition of the word that's equal amounts pop and skronk. 


Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk (WI)
Beauty Pageant
Tubby Tom
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

One might remember Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk from its repeat shows at the Lemp Arts Center roughly ten years ago. What was once a noisy, psych-pop outfit has morphed into an abstract amalgam of keys, layered voice and static beats. Beauty Pageant wraps up the bill with inanity and sonic squalor -- the kind of act no one wants to try and follow.