Tonight in St. Louis 10/26/15


Little Big Bangs (record release)
@ Vintage Vinyl / 6610 Delmar Blvd.
6 p.m. / free / all ages

Star Power is the latest from south city outfit Little Big Bangs, who merges heady grunge with early Fugazi-esque leanings. Since its inception, the band has polished its pop songs with acid, and the latest set shows Little Big Bangs more confident than ever in its distinct approach. This show is a free in-store performance at one of St. Louis' best and long-standing record shops. 

NOiSETTE feat.:
Pat Cain (Buffalo, NY)
Martin Freeman (Buffalo, NY)
Beauty Pageant
Dave Stone
Whsky Janetor
Stone Hen
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Buffalo-native Pat Cain blends horn and stringent electronics, taking on harsh texture to build thick walls of noise. His busy style comes by merging the natural sounds of a saxophone with a synthetic blend, and the total control of all these parts throughout is notable. But his sets tend to feel like less of a short, angsty burst and more of an overarching ambiance that tells a story. 

Wrong Division Playlist 10/23/2015

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.

The Pat Sajak Assassins “Yars' Revenge” from Motherboard
Hylidae “Nthe” from Intransitive
Wax Fruit “Done Before” from Wax Fruit
Rip Rap “Hate Myself” from Rip Rap
Little Big Bangs “Bang” from Star Power
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Veil “Hollow City” from Demo
Strangled “Cost of Living” from Body Bag
The Bubbleheads “Principle” from The Bubbletape
Ex-Cult “Midnight Passenger” from Midnight Passenger
Drunkdriver “The Accident” from Drunkdriver
Nicoffeine “Wolf in Bathtub” from AU REVOIR GOLDEN AIR
Nü Sensae “Dust” from Sundowning
This Heat “Paper Hats” from Deceit
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Ahleuchatistas “Future Trauma” from Heads Full of Poison
Ovlov “The Well” from Ovlov
Eula “I Collapse” from Wool Sucking
Daniel Francis Doyle “Old Lives” from We Bet Our Money on You
Bygones “Cold Reading” from Bygones
High In One Eye “Cocaine and Jalapenos” from Neon Orange Walker EP
Times Beach “Coral” from Raw Pop
Brainiac “Simon Says” from Internationale - EP
God Is My Co-Pilot “Menarche” from Get Busy
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
GUERILLA TOSS “Trash Bed” from Gay Disco

Wrong Division Playlist 10/16/2015

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.

Timeghost “Cellular Automata” from Cellular
The VSS “Death Scene” from Nervous Circuits
The VSS “In Miniature” from Nervous Circuits
The Conformists “Quality” from None Hundred
SHORTY “I prefer Nitwit” from Fresh Breath EP
PRE “Not Necessary” from Hope Freaks
Staer “One Million Love Hits” from Daughters
Ugh God “Re-Ejected” from Deep, Dark, Mysterious and Serioues
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Lone Pixel In The Bitmap” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
Tarngo “Cousineau” from Horman
Telomere Repair “The Blind Can Steer Straight” from Telomere Repair
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter
Gay Beast “Multi-Purpose Anti-Form” from Gay Beast 7"
Brise-Glace “2” from when in Vanitas...
Gorge Trio “Roof Halves and Dewdrop Gems” from Open Mouth, O Wisp
Neptune “Blue Glass” from Gong Lake
Britches “Blue Ruin” from Demonstration
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Ahleuchatistas “channel 0” from Location Location
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 5: 1st Movement” from Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding Hypersphere)
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play
Bad News from Houston “Confuse the Ghosts” from In the Valley of the Cloud Builder
XHOHX “politics” from Ahleuchatistas/XHOHX Split
Zevious “Passtime” from Zevious

This Week In St. Louis 10/12/15 - 10/18/15


The Cult of Lip (Minneapolis, MN)
Brilliant Beast (Minneapolis, MN)
The Brainstems
Bridled Spells
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Cult of Lip takes the garden variety garage rock jangle and runs it through a cassette tape, warped with fire and spit on for good measure. The result is a wobbling punk rip that balances out, staying catchy while not compromising its fierce underlying aggression. Bridled Spells is the new digs from Gabe Karabell and company and if history is any indication, the band will kill. 

Russian Tsarlag (FL)
Secret Boyfriend (UK)
Kingston Family Singers
Skin Tags
@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
8 p.m. / $7-$8 / all ages

Florida's Russian Tsarlag is a pop diva from a world where "acquired taste" is an alien concept. Beats seem to meander while dark melodies trail over the top, delivering mostly simple songs that stand on shaky ground. As a long-standing experimental duo (of a man and his dog), the Kingston Family Singers don't sing at all, unless your definition is loose. As in, they scream through use of modular synthesizer and wild post-processors. 


Charlie Megira (Asheville, NC)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
The Brainstems
@ Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
10 p.m.

Charlie Megira and his band take an old form of rock (which feels like the forefather of punk) and wraps it with all the dressings of modern day. In 2015, songs like these feel novel but still just as honest, owing to the band's dedication to consistency both live and on record. The local lineup couldn't be stronger, and will likely incite a sweaty night in Livery's cramped (or cozy) basement. 


Imelda Marcos (Chicago, IL)
The Conformists
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

"Math rock" is a weird term that gets thrown around, and like any genre, it doesn't actually mean anything (except to the people who use it to market themselves). But today, the common conception is that "math" means melodic and needlessly complex. But the first bands to be called "math rock" by music writers of the '90s were names such as Drive Like Jehu, the Jesus Lizard and Shellac. St. Louis' own Dazzling Killmen were an underground favorite, and remained that way, owing to the band's distaste for press and promotion. What does that have to do with Imelda Marcos? That band comes from Chicago's scene, taking a heavier, darker approach to the aforementioned style. Through subtle use of looping, the duo builds songs that weigh a metric ton, all without a wall of amps or huge drums to make up the difference. 

The Conformists take a similar approach, sans looping (or many pedals at all). Original singer Mike Benker recently rejoined the band, helping to rework songs written through the past two years while finishing a few more. This marks the last live show for the band before it records a third studio album with Shellac's Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. 

Wrong Division Playlist 10/9/2015

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.

Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Live on WHPK 88.5FM
Jr. Clooney “Saint of Inner Light” from Jr. Clooney EP
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Lazy “Party City” from Party City 7"
The Bubbleheads “Too Many” from The Bubbletape
Secret Boyfriend “Savage Weekend Theme” from Savage Weekend c-30
Brilliant Beast “Slow Eyes” from Today
Gang Of Four “Damaged Goods” from Entertainment!
Upsilon Acrux “Prelude To Forshadow'n” from Radian Futura
Nicoffeine “Holy Hell of a Himmel” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Ahleuchatistas “Waterboarding” from Location Location
Normal Love “Survival Tricks” from Lend Some Treats
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
Lightning Bolt “Ride the Skies” from Ride the Skies
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Running “Totally Fired” from Running
BIG BEAR “Song 15” from Under the Beach
GUERILLA TOSS “Trash Bed” from Gay Disco
Arvid Noe “Splinter” from Islington
Wayward “Live In a Vacuum” from Overexposure
Cheer-Accident “Salad Dies” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
Space Streakings “Kai Kai Scratch” from Space Streakings
Mount Shasta “Nodule” from Put The Creep On
Stillsuit “The "Military"” from Stillsuit
Stillsuit “telephone” from Stillsuit

This Week in St. Louis 10/5/15 - 10/11/15


Tellavision (Germany)
Invisible Circle (NY)
Zak M
@ Los Punk / 2709 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $5

Tellavision builds loops through electric and acoustic means, blending textures with primal beats. Her voice creeps through the layers, eventually becoming part of the concrete loops. Sections crack and come back together in weird ways, making for odd, fractured dance songs.


Upsilon Acrux (CA)
Nicoffeine (Germany)
@ Schlafy Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Upsilon Acrux came out of the early 00s through the second wave of "math rock," where it crashed bold and melodic riffs into glitched keys and synth. Beats feel frantic but never frenetic, as the composition leaves just enough room for all the moving parts to stretch and compress. The whole affair feels more elastic than stringent, owing to playful interplay between finger-tapped riffs and harsh dischord. With the recent addition of a second drummer, Upsilon Acrux force a breath of fresh air into a band that never felt stale to begin with. These songs are more than ahead of their time, and we're all here to play catch up. 


Lazy (Kansas City, MO)
Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Lazy is KCMO's resident garage rock monstrosity, pushing a Ramones-era punk that manages to harness that same catchy magic. There's an underlying optimism to the band's sunny disposition, which might explain why its songs feel so charming. Out of the garage and into the dive bar. 

Wrong Division Playlist 10/2/2015

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.

The Sediment Club “Whats Inside Ignites Itself” from Psychosymplastic
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania - EP
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
This is My Condition and Dan Kozak “This Mission Pt. 1” from This Mission
Britches “We're Both Ready” from Demonstration
What We Won't See “Guns” from blood covered winter
Heavy Medical “No Brainer” from Threats EP
Hella “Welcome to the Jungle Baby, You're Gonna Live!” from ACOUSTICS
Gnarwhal “reconstructive criticisms” from Duane
L'Ocelle Mare “Porte D'Octobre #6” from Compilation
Rob Funkhouser “Crystalline” from Crystalline
Kuan “l” from Colors
Glenn Branca “Symphony #5: 4th Movement” from Selections from the Symphonies
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Dallas Summer Song” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
YUKON “Consolation Enterprise” from Mortar
Nick Millevoi “Life in Ice” from Black Figure of a Bird - EP
Dazzling Killmen “Bone Fragments” from Face of Collapse
Man At Arms “Who Died and Made You the Voice of Reason?” from Abner Trio & Man At Arms
Multicult “Jaws” from 7"
Animal Lover “Guidence” from 7"
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Nü Sensae “Spit Gifting” from Sundowning