This Week in St. Louis 9/28/15 - 10/4/15


Public Speaking (NY)
Smallpox Champion
@ Foam
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

New York's Public Speaking makes use of processed vocals to help build busy waves of sound, playing on an emotional call and response through dramatic shifts. Nick Goldschmidt, guitarist of Posture, Burners and other punk projects around south city lends a noisier set to this show while Eric Hall turns Foam into his own portal of projections and ambient work. A short night with three acts that starts late and ends early. 


Population (Chicago, IL)
Trauma Harness
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Solid post-punkers Population bring dark vibes through simple, singular melodies atop the driving force of its boomy rhythm section. Everything here feels so solid but never too glossy or clean thanks to the wiry riffs of the guitar and the scattershot vocal style. There's a natural feel that permeates the songs, bringing the best in punk that's both subversive and altogether relatable. 


NOiSETTE feat.:
Beauty Pageant
Dave Stone
NNN Cook
Stone Hen

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9:30 p.m. / free / all ages

Mr. Ben, the brains behind Freezerburn 'zine, continues his concert series with sets by NNN Cook, Dave Stone and Stone Hen among many others. The show crams more subtle, nuanced players of avant-garde noise music up against messy deconstructions of rock and punk. 

Trauma Harness
The Brainstems
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

This is the second of two Trauma Harness shows in one week. St. Louis should be so lucky. Since releasing its debut record Tried My Hardest, the band slowed down and took a more low key approach to booking. Obviously, that is over but hey, go and see one of the strongest post-punk acts to climb out of the Belleville sewers because no band lasts forever. 

Kevin Harris + Alex Cunningham

@ Tavern of Fine Arts / 313 Belt Ave.
8 p.m. / free / all ages

Violinist Alex Cunningham and modular synth madman Kevin Harris join efforts on this night to bring two sets, one electric and one acoustic, all bathed in visual trash supplied by Chizmo.TV. 

Unicorn Hard-On (Providence, RI)
Container (Providence, RI)
@ Upstairs Lounge / 3131 S. Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / $5

This last minute gig booked by Jeremy K. (aka Ghost Ice) brings two long-standing mainstays of the Providence noise scene to the Upstairs Lounge, which is an odd (but totally great) venue to see anything but club bangers and dubstep. No word on locals or opening acts, but both Unicorn Hard-On and Container should be enough of a killer show. Lots of options on Thursday, but this is the most solid way to end the night.


New Music Circle presents:
Evan Parker (UK)
Peter Evans (NY)
@ Joe's Cafe / 6010 Kingsbury Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Hit the link above for the official event page, which attempts to tell the magnitude of the performers here. Fans of free-jazz and avant-garde in general might recognize both names, but in case you don't, this might be a solid show to walk in on, totally blind. Both players defy expectations, bringing some of the most fierce (and renowned) improvisational music in the world. 

PancakeFesten X: PPHQ 10th Anniversary feat.:
Lord of the Yum Yum (Chicago, IL)
Paper Ceilings (Columbia, MO)
Dubb Nubb
+many more
4 p.m. / free / all ages

This three day fest brings the type of bands that you might see at bigger venues around town, but Rob Severson, the man behind Pancake Productions, has invited more than 40 acts to play in and around his house. Everything from indie, folk, electronic to bands such as the Conformists and one man act Lord of the Yum Yum flood his basement with noisy muck for this full-weekend. Technically, the show is free but the several touring bands need (and deserve) a fistful of dollars, at least.


Holy Gallows (TN)
Staghorn (record release)
Jr. Clooney
@ Dugen House
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Since moving to St. Louis back in March, the trio behind Staghorn have set up a screen-printing shop, booked multiple benefit shows (such as a huge concert in June with all proceeds going to the Covering House) and brought several touring metal, post-hardcore and emo bands to town. This show is both a record release and a tour kick-off for the Florida transplants who continue to give more than they take. Click the link above for details on the location. 

A Missouri Prisoner benefit show feat.:
Little Big Bangs
Sayn't Jorj
DJ Dirty+Clean
DJ Get Lost

@ house show
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Details are scarce, but click the link above if you want to support a mix of grunge and outsider dance jams via south city stalwarts. Oh yeah, there's a good cause involved. 


Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Faultfinder (Kansas City, MO)
Tongues (Kansas City, MO)
Trauma Harness
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

Kansas City takes over CB's for a night of dark punk with a triple header of bands plus Trauma Harness. A similar line-up hits town in November, but get this one while it's hot.

Wrong Division Playlist 9/25/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Kinski “Long Term Exit Strategy” from Cosy Moments
Man or Astro-man? “Um Espectro Sem Escala” from A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
My Name Is Rar Rar “Tyrone and Jimmy” from Closet Full Of Clothes
Xaddax “Lives on Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Dazzling Killmen “Torture” from Dig Out The Switch
Ultra Bidé “DNA vs. DNA-C” from DNA vs. DNA-C
Tarngo “Semper Augustus” from Horman
Coughs “Elimidate” from Fright Makes Right
Noxagt “Histrionix” from Noxagt
Staer “Daughters” from Daughters
Ruins “Der Strudel” from Refusal Fossil
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
BIG BEAR “Song 22” from Under the Beach
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
Black Eyes “Eternal Life” from Cough
Marriage “Side A” from For Brötzmann
Upsilon Acrux “Night of the Goblin” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Battles “Race - In” from Mirrored
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Bygones “cold reading” from by-

This Week in St. Louis 9/21/15 - 9/26/15


Allergy (Gainesville, FL)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / all ages


Craow (Providence, RI)
Soft Target (Providence, RI)
Ghost Ice
DJ Swan Gone
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9:15 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Craow brings a wall of harsh noise atop rough, gargling loops of static and low tones. The result is an overbearing aesthetic of gloomy sounds in a heady progression that feels at once complex and easy to follow. Veil is the fiery remains of Self Help, a band that came from the ashes of Doom Town last year. Led by Ashley Hohman, this her darkest, most cohesive work yet with punk riffs chained next to sharp, stabbing beats. 

Whisky Janetor (tour kick-off)
Free Willy
+ No Hits w/Mr. Ben
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / free / all ages

Besides being mostly a ghost on the internet, Whisky Janetor is both mystical and irreverent -- a deconstructed mess of pop with tiny tinges of no-wave jammed inside a blender of burlesque. Mix with unwound folk and Whisky Janetor comes out as a sonic cult of noise. Send these local ladies off on their weeks-long tour. 


3 Nights in September feat.:
Brain Transplant
NNN Cook
Ghost Ice + Ben Stegmann
Dave Stone
Experimental Arts Ensemble STL
Vernacular String Trio

@ Tavern of Fine Arts / 313 Belt Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Organized by Tracy Andreotti (of Vernacular String Trio, others), this is a three night stretch of local artists who bring noise, free-jazz and otherwise experimental sound to St. Louis. Meant to be a microcosm of the outer limits of local music, this trio of shows takes place at the Tavern of Fine Arts, a smaller space known for its intimate performances. 


Senior Fellows (OK)
Van Buren
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$

Tulsa's Senior Fellows brings rough, guttural metal alongside two piece shredders Van Buren. By wrapping up solid hooks with the most masculine rhythm section around, Senior Fellows offers songs with considerable heft, choosing to go all in on half-time chugga-chugga and fiercely dissonant riffs. 

Notlando (TX)
Via Luna (Kansas City, MO)
Jr. Clooney
Early Worm
The Backwoods Barbies

@ Dugan House
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Emo is maybe a bad word to some, but this show is an example of what makes the genre so good. An over-abundance of melody with special care taken to varied structure and a strong sense of complex rhythm makes for songs that don't whimper out. Finger-tapping be damned, Jr. Clooney especially grabs hold of the style and chokes out polished rock with some truly bizarre parts littered throughout.


Mystic Inane (New Orleans, LA)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
Trauma Harness
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Mystic Inane is a Lumpy Recs classic and rarely comes to St. Louis, but here they are to sling sludgy hardcore. There's a solid injection of no-wave riffs in the band's strict punk beats, making for songs that are actually infectious. As in, this stuff is catchy enough to grab hold of your brain waves and never let go while still being an odd perversion of an otherwise old and beaten style. Burners is on that weekly rotation, so go catch 'em now before they stop playing out so much. 

Bruxism #11 feat.:
Another Pink World
David Burnett

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Once again, Nathan Cook is back with his bi-monthly classic. Arrive on time and with the suggested $5 door price to receive a free goody, courtesy of his Close/Far Recordings label. Okendo is the solo effort of one J.J. Hamon, known for his work in Demon Lover, Magic City and many others. People might recognize Dave Burnett as the bearded man behind the synth in noise-cult Beauty Pageant. 

This Week in St. Louis 9/16/15 - 9/20/15


Breakdancing Ronald Reagan (TX)
Solypsis(Denver, CO)
Gasmaskhorse (Chicago, IL)
Sister/Brother (Chicago, IL)
@ Art Bar / 2732 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation$

Art Bar isn't exactly known for its noise shows (or any experimental show for that matter), but that's all the more reason to see four touring acts on what's essentially a free show (but bring donations). Breakdancing Ronald Reagan played in town only a few months ago, but that was at a house show deep in south city. This night really couldn't be any more accessible -- except for the the music, that is.


Jacob Wick (Mexico City)
Ghost Ice + Alex Cunningham
Brain Transplant
DJ Grant Nikseresht
@ Kismet Creative Center / 3409 Iowa
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Jacob Wick bends the horn to his will, warping tones in an otherworldly way. His sense of tension provides the kind of push and pull that keeps people engaged with the kind of brevity otherwise reserved for a punk or hardcore player. His take on avant-garde horn will muddle your senses, but only if the duo of Ghost Ice and Alex Cunningham doesn't get to them first. 


Bonus Beast (Oakland, CA)
Cruel Work
Marble//Wall Duo
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

By taking an industrial slant, Bonus Beast makes a cold, harsh noise that delves into danceable cuts riddled with simple melodies. Via keys, he layers the proceedings with sharp tones and basic beats, building complex variations in real time while maintaining a mostly dark and gothic aesthetic. This is the first performance of new string/percussion two piece Marble//Wall Duo. 

HEARding Cats Collective presents:
Andrea Centazzo (Los Angeles, CA)
@ Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 N. Grand Blvd.
7:30 p.m. / $10-$15 / all ages

Revered by drummers worldwide, Centazzo brings his innovative take on melodic percussion to an intimate venue at the Kranzberg. This show is must for fans of drumming in general, as gamelan, tom-tom and set playing will be on display. Centazzo shows a keen understanding of texture and expresses a duality of rhythm and melody through years of experience and performance. 

Wrong Division Playlist 9/11/2015 (Tu Fest Preview)

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Burners “Soft Crime” from Demo
Swear Beam “Days” from Swear Beam
Veil “Faults” from Demo
The Brainstems “L.U.V.” from Styrofoam
Sediment Club “R Radio Raheem” from Psychosymplastic
Anwar Sadat “Rotted Out” from Obedience
Muscle Brain “Will” from Purgatore
Waveless “Dark Day” from Spirit Island
Times Beach “Coral” from Raw Pop
Military Police “Under Your Shoe” from The End of...
Hylidae “Nthe” from Intransitive
18andCounting “Eviction Trash” from LoFi Cherokee Version
Catholic Guilt “Side B” from BP
Medical Tourists “Medical Tourist” from Medical Tourists
Tropical Trash “Fat Kid's Wig” from UFO ROT
Lord Green “Higher Than God” from Higher Than God
Glassing “Memorial” from 7"
Oozing Wound “Welcome to the Spaceship, Motherfucker” from Retrash
American Hate “Cold Hands, Beating Heart” from Dead Squeeze
Solid Attitude “No Sax” from Halloween Cassingle
Running “This Is A You Problem” from Vaguely Ethnic
Fake Surfers “Drug Abuse” from Fake Surfers
No Thanks “Mara” from Tufest Compilation
Bad Future “Golden Age” from Live on Sonic Reducer KEXP
Mac Blackout Band “City Lights” from City Lights
Hurt Feelings “3” from Police Story
Hurricanes of Love “Warning From A Demon” from Holy Sky
Rick Steves “Trippin Off Me” from Unreleased
Skarekrauradio “Waste Size” from Coital Mass of the Kuu Poo

This Week in St. Louis 9/7/15 - 9/13/15


Utah Jazz (Buffalo, New York)
Ski Mask (Columbia, MO)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
The Bubbleheads
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

The disturbing trend of bands using sports team names continues with Utah Jazz, a cutting rock outfit that somehow squeezes weird, dissonant riffs inside tense, straight-ahead songs. The full lineup runs the gamut from heady hardcore to nasty, visceral punk. Fist pump into rusty ducts, baptize in slime.


Henrietta (FL)
Choir Vandals
Jr. Clooney
Blackwater 64
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Henrietta dresses up its indie rock songs in the kind of complex layers fit for a chamber-pop group, but the beats here are heavy-handed, bringing a considerable weight to the overall sound. The local support is three bands strong with recent Florida transplants Staghorn and the math-rock minded Jr. Clooney. The show is roughly one dollar an act, which seems to be a solid theme lately.


Baja and the Blasters (TX)
Soy Babies (TX)
@ Bonerville
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Burners brings together players from Posture, Nos Bos and Q to grind out songs that feel greater than the sum of their parts. Not that the band sounds much like its members' past endeavors, but new punk squalor is always a good thing. Too bad Nos Bos isn't playing though, they could have a solid battle set against Mountain Dew-punks Baja and the Blasters. Soy Babies might be the best band name anyone has ever come up with (dethroning Tree Blood from Minneapolis).

Tü Fest Kickoff Show feat.:
Gymshorts (RI)
Ghost Ice
The Brainstems
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This power run brings short sets by five acts who range from straight-up rock and roll to noise, not to mention the kind of stillborn sounds that sit between the two genres. Gymshorts returns after appearing at last year's Pu Fest, cranking out wiry punk riffs over songs with tons of drive. Ghost Ice kicks off a busy month of (at least) three shows while Veil plays ahead of its upcoming tour. Brainstems are set to release a new record sometime soon, too.


Tü Fest feat.:
Medical Tourists
Fake Surfers (MI)
Times Beach
Muscle Brain
Oozing Wound (Chicago, IL)
+many more
@ 2720 Cherokee
2pm / $20-$30 / all ages
Not to be outdone by last year, the brains behind 2014's Pu Fest have organized yet another weekend of punk meets experimental in a dual stage, rapid-fire set up. The lineup features not only the return of Medical Tourists, but two final shows from Times Beach and Military Police, the brainchilds of one Mark Plant who moved from St. Louis to Chicago last year. Touring acts include two-piece dynamo Ahleuchatistas along with East Coast no-wave demi-gods Sediment Club and more. We can't recommend this show enough. $30 is a bargain.


Bob Bucko Jr. (Dubuque, IA)
Strong Force
Tracy Andreotti + Alex Cunningham
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Bob Bucko Jr. squeezes out deeply personal songs, but his approach to the guitar varies with his mood. For instance, he's as likely to bring a full backing band to build a wall of free-jazz squalor as he is to pull up a chair and command an audience with minimalist songs. With more than 40 releases in the past 5 years alone, "prolific" is an apt descriptor. But that doesn't mean quantity over quality is at play here -- if anything, Bob's output continues to evolve from an already impressive backlog.

Wrong Division Playlist 9/4/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Guapo “Obscure Knowledge I” from Obscure Knowledge
Animal Lover “At the Pool With My Boys” from Guilt
The Wayward “Live In A Vacuum” from Overexposure
Multicult “Jaws” from Variable Impulse
Medical Tourists “Medical Tourists” from Medical Tourists
Devo “Jocko Homo” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Egg Chef “Mystery Ice Cream Flavor” from Egg Chef/These Magnificent Tapeworms Split
Nü Sensae “First Born/Swim” from Sundowning
Shoppers I from Silver Year
Made in Mexico “Monster in Time” from Zodiac Zoo
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise - EP
Marj “Steelworkers Union” from Marj
Glass Teeth “Your Fired” from Notice of Termination
Stove Blow “Chainsaw Haircut” from Stove Blow
Stove Blow “I Thought You Were A Tube” from Stove Blow
Gods on Safari “Track 4” from Suplex Reality
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Black Pus “Police Song” from Primordial Pus
Pygmy Shrews “gimme hidden” from The Egyptian
Black Pus “Ha Ha Havok” from Primordial Pus
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
Multicult “Othello” from Variable Impulse
New England Patriots “Like a Rope” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Lair “Galactic Agent” from Lair
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Ahleuchatistas “Heads Full of Poison” from Heads Full of Poison
Lightning Bolt “Mythmaster” from Fantasy Empire
Metz “The Swimmer” from II

This Week in St. Louis 9/1/15-9/6/15


Hans Predator (Carbondale, IL)
Big Blonde
Mr. Bones
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This is the Shitstorm/Big Blonde tour kick-off show, but it's also the last gig Shitstorm has booked in St. Louis for the next two months or so. Hans Predator is worth the price of admission alone, bringing a tight, surfy rip to loosely-fit garage rock. Sure, you don't want to scuff up Foam's beautiful hardwood floors, but dancing is sort of a given here. Good time rock show. 


Louie Louie (Philadelphia, PA)
Cal and the Calories
The Bubbleheads
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Philly's Louie Louie somehow sound plucked from the early '60s while retaining the hindsight of the past 50 years. Carefully coordinated garage rock comes dashed with doo-wop in a fresh package. Cal and the Calories and the newish Bubbleheads open the show.


Multicult (Baltimore, MD)
Double God
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Baltimore seems to be in a perpetual state of grunge revival. Taking into account DC bands like the Fordists located only an hour away, the whole region is slathered with bands who derive their sound from '90s heavies while taking on nuanced noise rock -- Metz, Roomrunner and Dope Body just to name a few. But Multicult released one of the best records of 2014 with Variable Impulse, and will now play a coffee shop in south city for a measly five bucks. This night is the last in a recent string of noise rock shows that included Tunic and Health Problems. Two newish two-piece bands open the night promptly at 10.