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.