This Week in St. Louis 8/17/15 - 8/23/15


Nots (Memphis, TN)
Trampoline Team (New Orleans, LA)
Blind Dog (Kansas City, MO)
Soda Boys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $7 / all ages

"All-girl" bands tend to be shoehorned in some way or other, but thankfully Nots is a band beyond the hype, with heady post-punk songs that rip with tons of skronk. Cool riffs warp around a generally simple sound, keeping things catchy enough to hook the most jaded of punks or rockers or whatever (PSA: Lighten up, and quit mean-muggin' the cool bands you jerks!) 


The Brain (Toronto)
Dem Scientist
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

The Brain is the first of two Canadian bands to play STL this week (I'm sure there are more, but this show and Tunic on Sunday are the only ones we care about). This is punk slop with disjointed riffs and the kind of snarky sunglasses-at-night sound that will get you an interview at Noisey. Regardless, St. Louis' biggest brains, Dem Scientist, will open the show with its ten parts Devo rock. Maybe they'll play this song? 

Little Big Bangs
Trancers (Detroit, MI)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

No, this isn't our own Trancers, the local ambient duo who just dropped a new tape last month. The Trancers on this show is from Detroit, but no less killer -- just a different flavor. Along with its new drummer, Little Big Bangs brings a sound damn near indistinguishable from years' past. The band somehow marries the straightest parts of Sonic Youth with the heaviest, down-trodden riffs of Fugazi (think Red Medicine era-esque). This isn't grunge worship, it's a sarcastic theft of the genre's best parts. 


Nervous Ticks (Richmond, VA)
Human Bodies (MA)
Maximum Effort
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m / $7 / all ages

Five bands cram inside CBGB. Fill your lungs with cigarette butts and die to the wiry noise rock of Richmond's Nervous Ticks. Big ups to drummers who stand up while playing, but I think that might cause back problems later in life...


Skarekrau Radio
Strong Force
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Skarekrau has been mostly quiet, popping up once a month for the occasional Tap Room show. Word on the street is that the band has been working on a new record, saving its pennies to release a brand new slab of wax in the distant future. If anything, this is your shot to see newish singer Grace Smith (otherwise known as JANET) front the band. Okendo is the bizarre solo project from J.J. Hamon, known for Demonlover, Magic City and many others. One of the most underrated guitarists in the city does modular synth and homemade instruments -- you might want to pay attention. 


Cruelster (Cleveland, OH)
Bitchinreality (Chicago, IL)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Cruelster makes no bones -- the band is a hollowed out body of loose skin, grinding harsh chords over sharp drums. Ruz brings its double-jointed punk yet again, putting its own songs through the wood-chipper. Remember, this show is at Foam, a very nice and respectable place with hardwood floors. 


The Whiskey War Festival feat.:
James Leg (Nashville, TN)
Dirty Streets (Memphis, TN)
+many more
@ VFW Post 2866 / 66 VFW Ln.
11 a.m. / all ages

Despite its home in St. Charles and the name "Whiskey War," this fest isn't some podunk show filled with run-of-the-mill renegade country bands. Sure, there are a few groups of that ilk here, but acts such as Shitstorm, Blank Generation and Heavy Horse round out the roster. Also, more shows in VFW halls please. 


Tunic (Winnipeg, Canada)
Cadenaxo (Mexico City, Mexico)
Skin Tags
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Winnipeg's Tunic brings a kind of fucked grunge with ultra scratchy guitar (think Albini's tone in Big Black or Shellac). The songs barely buckle under the weight of heavy bass and drums, with throaty screams providing a punk rock entry point. The whole affair is pretty approachable, but has enough depth for you nerds out there. Also, Cadenaxo brings hardcore from Mexico, which means that this show spans the whole mass of North America. Wouldn't it be embarrassing for St. Louis if Foam was empty this night?