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.