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.