This Week In St. Louis 11/30/15 - 12/6/15


Platinum Boys (Milwaukee, WI)
Little Big Bangs
Heel Turn
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

Platinum Boys have distilled rock and roll down to its purest, most raucous form. No frills or shoegaze vibes to be had -- just hooks that cut deep and keep digging. Little Big Bangs is fresh off the release of its new LP Star Power, so if you missed that killer Brainstems/Black Panties/LBB triple release show a few weeks back, grab the new wax here before it disappears. 


Black Monuments (MI)
Modern Convenience (TN)
Cave Lizard
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Blackened synth-punk is burnt to a crisp with Grand Rapids' Black Monuments. Low, warbling tones permeate glooming songs that are propelled with a sharp, punchy rhythm section. Catch a preview of the band's latest record over at bandcamp and check out the debut EP from 2014 while you're over there. 

Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #3 feat.:
Beauty Pageant
Mussy Cluves
Johnnie In Jeans
Full Clips Emptied
David Bell + Joe Hess
@ The Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

While experimental music series in St. louis are nothing new (Bruxism, NOiSE, Undercurrent), Way Out Weirdo Wednesday is a call back to shows from more than a decade ago when the Way Out Club would host noise acts and bands from the Skingraft catalog on the regular. This night features Full Clips Emptied, the sample-based mashup act from Columbia-native Jake Murta, known for his work in Please Men, Plea Semen in the early and mid-2000s. 


New Music Circle presents:
Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman
@ the Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman have been performing together for the better part of 15 years, combining whirling tones of bowed strings and keys to build pensive pieces that play on tension and cacophonous release. Both are accomplished improvisers in the New York scene, working with the likes of John Zorn, Ikue Mori and other jazz and no-wave legends alike. If you can't make the show on Friday, consider going to Jackson Pianos on Olive the night before at 6:30 for a free performance and artist Q&A. 

The Chads (AR)
Nectar (IL)
Swear Beam
Baby Baby Dance with Me
@ the Livery / 3227 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / 21+

Watch your head. Gear will be stacked floor to ceiling as five bands cram into the tiny space underneath the Livery's barroom. This is a shoegazey-punk mixer spiked with surf rock via Arkansas' The Chads. Come for the cheap beer, stay for the fake vampire-teeth. 

Drummers Only feat.:
Louis Wall (of Wall//Marble Duo)
Scott Alexander (of Dave Stone Free Jazz Unit)
Shelly Koesterer (of Skin Tags)
+many more
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

16 drummers will set up around the inner perimeter of the Luminary, performing rapid-fire sets from 8 to 11:30. Each performer is playing in a self-contained set-up with little restrictions (sets have to include percussion of some sort and be performed solo). Think of it as a live installation that lasts for one night only, including drummers of various styles and backgrounds. All proceeds go to the International Institute, who is doing great work assisting Syrian refugees in St. Louis. 


Ultraviolents (album release)
Blight Future
3 of 5
Powerline Sneakers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / all ages

The Ultraviolents lives in that space that feels too busy for so-called "punk rock" but not complex enough to be prog. But the power trio still brings in elements of both, crafting dense songs that jerk and twist around dissonant riffs, landing on solid melody before boosting off into some noisy breakdown. The band rarely plays, mostly due to its members other, busier bands: Van Buren, Mariner, DinoFight! and the recently reformed Red Squad among others. This release is the band's first in roughly 7 years. 

Wrong Division Playlist 11/27/2015

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.

Hands and Feet “Hello Hello” from Hello, Hello....
Radradriot “c.a.r.e.” from Split with Headcold
The Tennis Lesson “Skirts” from Quality Minutes
Phantom Head “Wrath of the Fetish” from Let the Miracles Begin
Mystic Inane “Grease Inna Hair” from Ode to Joy
Modern Convenience “Gaga” from Fuck With Fire
Black Monuments “Repeated Rejection” from Black Monuments EP
High Castle “Swamp Thing” from Spirit Of The West
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
The Brainstems “Keep It Together” from No Place Else
Brainiac “I Am A Cracked Machine” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Xaddax “Lives On Nerves” from Counterclockwork
Colossamite “The Hot House” from Economy of Motion
Big Black “The Model” from The Model
Double Dagger “Luxury Condos for the Poor” from Sophisticated Urban Living
Fischessen “Kittner” from K√∂der
Deerhoof “Desaparecere” from 99% Upset Feeling
Eula “I Collapse” from Wool Sucking
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from YT//ST
This is My Condition and Dan Kozak “This Mission Pt. 1” from This Mission
Eunuch “Endless Drone Strike” from Castration
The Adversary Workers “Young Goodman Brown” from Glenndonia EP
Dazzling Killmen “Medicine Me” from Dazzling Killmen 7"
Telomere Repair “Evolution is a Fact” from Telomere Repair
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
Imelda Marcos “Strawberry Stirrups” from Isa
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas
Upsilon Acrux “Oaxaca” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Collections of Colonies of Bees “fun” from Customer
Passe Montagne “Dactiloca” from Long Play

This Week in St. Louis 11/23/15 - 11/29/15


Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Faultfinder (Kansas City, MO)
Jailbus (Iowa City, IA)
Lumpy & the Dumpers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Phantom Head fires off sludgy noise rock with nasty chords and sinewy, feedback-laden riffs. Like its genre namesake, there are horribly catchy hooks here, you just have to wade through the muck. And the muck is fucking delicious. Faultfinder has been hitting St. Louis for years with its brooding anti-punk. Every song is a slow burn that leaves permanent brain damage. 


Quief Quota (reunion show)
Eric Hall
Zak M.
Sugar Rags
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

While the band started as an indie-rock offshoot of Skarekrau Radio, Quief Quota carved an identity for its candy coated songs with a gooey, sex-crazed center. Newcomer Sugar Rags opens the show along with a special organ set by Zak M and whatever the hell Eric Hall ends up churning out. A five-buck bargain on Thanksgiving-eve at the Firebird. 

Kevin Harris
Smallpox Champion
DJs Ghost Ice + Radiator Greys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

There is some joke about "boys bringing the noise," but I'm too lazy to write it. Kevin Harris is a proven (modular synth) stud who often brings intense, reactionary visuals to go with his mind-melting electronics. Trancers brings a cyclical, meditative sound that builds in loops before merging into solid, unyielding melodies. Nicholas Goldschmidt, known for his guitar in Posture, Burners and his newest project Drag, has a harsh, synth-based alter-ego in Smallpox Champion. 


Radradriot (Little Rock, AR)
Headcold (Conway, AR)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This guitar/drum duo isn't so much concerned with the inner-workings of an infectious pop song, but it seems to pull off solid hooks with little effort. This is a pizza party of rock 'n roll with chill vibes -- whatever that means. The video above shows the band playing in a laundromat while people creep around in the background, just trying to go about their night. 

There are a few solid, all-local shows on this night with Hell Night releasing its new EP at the Firebird and the sorely underrated Tennis Lesson performing for free at the Tap Room.


Bruxism No. 12 feat.
Mike Pitts
desoeuvre bruit
Complainer (noise set)
DJ Grey Shell

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
This show celebrates two full years of Bruxism at Foam. What started as a collaboration between Apop and Nathan Cook's Close/Far label, Bruxism is loosely defined as the "involuntary gnashing of one's teeth" and that's about what you get from these shows, musically. The five buck door price nets you a brand new cassette tape from Close/Far, the contents of which have not been revealed. This show is also the final Bruxism event at Foam, as the bi-monthly series moves to Schlafly Tap Room for 2016. 


Johnny Young (Chicago, IL)
Jaded Evil Lambs
American Merlin
Hess/Cunningham Duo
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This is another noise show on a full week of similar offerings, but this night might provide the biggest range of sound from harsh to calm and melodic. Chicago-native Johnny Young wrecks havoc on the six-string, offering a soothing drone under riffs that spin, bend and contort, keeping in constant motion. Jaded Evil Lambs is the moniker of one David Bell, known for the best noise-based podcast to come out of the greater St. Louis region, Paradoxal Pterodactyl. 

Wrong Division Playlist 11/20/2015

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 Brainstems “Stallioning” from No Place Else
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Black Panties “Future” from Future
Laika “King of the Three Foot Isle” from Songs for the Dead Vol. 4
Anodes “Losing” from Split 12" w/ Laika
Loosejaw “On On-Call” from live demo
Phantom Head “Ace of Wands” from South of Heaven
Faultfinder “Double Dare” from 2013 Demo
Jailbus “Deep Fry” from *Honk* *Honk* tour tape
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Die Monitr Batss “White Shock” from Girls of War
Trauma Harness “Paranoid Missiles” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Solid Attitude “No Sax” from Lumpy Records Halloween Cassingle
Muscle Brain “Will” from Purgatore
Sweep the Leg Johnny “The Fine Wrinkles; We Have All of Them” from Sto Cazzo!
Blame Game “Rope's Whim” from Honey and Salt
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Caddywhompus “The Weight” from The Weight
Chamomile “Astro Smasher” from Chamomile
Quietly “A Very Bad Man” from Unfortunate Sound
Dazzling Killmen “Staring Contest” from Face of Collapse
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Melt-Banana “Spathic!!” from Charlie
Lightning Bolt “13 Monsters” from Ride the Skies
Nicoffeine “Ando Guerillo” from AU REVOIR GOLDEN AIR
Made in Mexico “Clockwork” from Zodiac Zoo
Running “OoOo OoOo OoOoOoO” from Vaguely Ethnic
Devo “Mongoloid” from Are We Not Men?

This Week in St. Louis 11/16/15 - 11/22/15


Beta Boys (Kansas City, MO)
Lysol (Seattle, WA)
Soda Boys
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

If you're afraid of ruining that cool black tee but still want to look punk as fuck, this band will eat those sleeves clean off. The barely-Tumblr-famous Beta Boys brings stripped down punk rock with a snotty vibe. Hate everything and everyone -- even yourself? Great, now do it in the good company of others. This is allegedly Burners' last show, a case of sudden infant death syndrome for the young punk band. 


Anybody But the Cops (MI)
Guppy (MI)
Trauma Harness
Double God

@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Anybody But the Cops has been under strict lock-and-key in the DIY scene of Kalamazoo (birth-place of the ever prolific but now New York-based label Already Dead). ABtC comes drunk on Fugazi riffs with heady beats and a schizophrenic mish-mash of subgenres. Trauma Harness is a beloved trio of post-punk hometown heroes and Double God invites audience participation by asking people to punch them in the face (for real). 


The Brainstems (album release)
Little Big Bangs (album release)
Black Panties (ep release)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Two 12" records are being released on the same night by two of south city's busiest and most beloved. Little Big Bangs and Brainstems both share common ground in their odd psych-tinged punk. While the Brainstems employs more ass-shaking and locked grooves, Little Big Bangs tears through melodic indie-rock with a sordid style that feels like each member is playing with something to prove. Bring extra cash for all that wax. 


Anodes (split release)
Laika (split release)
Path of Might
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

This split has been a long time coming and it finally sees release at this show. Anodes suffocates with its relentless riffing, only letting up to make space for ear-shattering screaming. Laika is similar but darker, bringing a post-post-hardcore all blackened and burnt. 

Stephen Houldsworth Photo Exhibit: 12 Drummers
@ Box / 3350 Ohio Ave.
6:30 p.m. / free 
Stephen Houldsworth and his husband Graham Matthews have been stalwarts of the local music scene for several years. Through their Youtube video channel (which documents a huge range of musical acts throughout the city) and Stephen's photo stream on Facebook, the couple keeps tabs on lesser-known bands and hyped acts alike. On this night, Stephen shares a special selection of photos featuring local drummers performing shirtless. The exhibit will be accompanied by live performances from CCDS - Death Squad, Sean Ballard and Drew Gowran. 

Wrong Division Playlist 11/13/2015

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.

Free Pizza “Net Babes” from Net Babes
Boreal Hills “Lyfe” from Golden KRAL
The Funs “Don't Let Go” from My Survival
Mirror Fears “Break” from RE//THINK
Night Grinder “Quartz Aorta” from Immediate Content
Catholic Guilt “Smoke This You Future Fucks” from Smoke This You Future Fucks
Lysol “Ill” from Demo
Beta Boys “Worst House” from Demo
Burners “Soft Crime” from Demo
Ahleuchatistas “Sundowning” from Arrebato
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Nicoffeine “MILF & Honey” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Tarngo “Cousineau” from Horman
GUERILLA TOSS “pink elephant” from Gay Disco - EP
New England Patriots “Like a Rope” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Neptune “Purple Sleep” from Gong Lake
Mayor Daley “Plastic Light” from Sand Bath
The Sediment Club “A Scary Part of Life (Tek)” from Psychosymplastic
Aids Wolf “Gnarly Tooth” from Cities of Glass
Melkbelly “Scrupulous” from Pennsylvania - EP
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Noxagt “Histrionix” from Noxagt
Athletic Automaton “DEATH ON AN ESCALATOR” from Athletic Automaton / Made In Mexico Split
Stillsuit “The "Military"” from Stillsuit
Stillsuit “telephone” from Stillsuit
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter

This Week In St. Louis 11/9/15 - 11/15/15


Olivia Block (Chicago, IL)
Circuit Des Yeux (IN)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$15 / all ages

Olivia Block specializes in found sound and collage noise with busy post-processing that gradually morphs in real-time. Her performances tend to be disorienting -- a challenge to the senses with a huge payoff. Circuit Des Yeux is the creeping synth-laden songs of one Haley Fohr, who just released a brand new record, In Plain Speech, on Thrill Jockey earlier this year. 

Negative Approach (Detroit, MI)
Child Bite (Detroit, MI)
Everything Went Black
@ Fubar / 3108 Locust St.
7 p.m. / $12-$15 / all ages

Negative Approach is legendary Detroit hardcore that needs little introduction. At this point, most people have their mind made up about the band, so think of this as a simple P.S.A. They're coming to town with Child Bite and two of St. Louis' best and busiest bands in the genre are opening. 


Video (Denton, TX)
Black Panties
Cal & the Calories
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+

Lumpy Recs illuminati open for Denton's Video, who includes members of Radioactivity, Bad Sports and others. The band is signed to Third Man Records now (yeah, Jack White's label), but that doesn't seem to have taken any of the grit or gravel out of its total punk rock.

Bod (Minneapolis, MN)
Dana T (IA)
T.A.F.K.A Biggiestardust
Fragile Janet
Slave Cable
DJ Larva Lu

@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Grace Smith is leaving St. Louis again. As in, moving. This night is the last that the woman behind Janet will bewilder you and everyone else just "trying to have a good time" (at least until she moves back). This show is a weird, noisy send-off headed by Minneapolis' garage-punkers Bod. 


Free Pizza (Boston, MA)
Tubby Tom
The Vanilla Beans
Boreal Hills
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Remember when you joked around about naming your band "Free Pizza" but never got around to it? These guys did, and judging by the video above, they write songs that sound like its namesake. Do these guys know about provel? Probably not, so go fuck them up with our fake cheese. 

Night Grinder (Denver, CO)
Mirror Fears (Denver, CO)
Catholic Guilt
Monster Sized Monster
Fragile Farm
DJ Paradoxal Pterodactyl

@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Brad Schumacher a.k.a. The Night Grinder lived in St. Louis for many years as a sort of buried treasure. It's not that he didn't play shows, but with other older, more renowned names in town doing noise and free-improv, Schumacher never enjoyed much hype. And really, that's to the detriment of everyone in town -- he was one of St. Louis' most innovative and articulate noise artists and now he's back for one night. 

This Week In St. Louis 11/2/15 - 11/8/15


Blight Future
Path of Might
Van Buren
@ Dugan Haus
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

At one point, Temple from Wisconsin was on this show but the band had to cancel their tour, so the locals decided to just have a show anyway. Free, BYOB and at a house in Tower Grove South. Hit the link for an address/directions. Half of Blight Future just finished their Rage Against The Machine cover set, so maybe they'll break out "Killing In The Name Of" or that one song that was on the Matrix. Probably not, though.


The Funs
Trauma Harness
The Bubbleheads
@ Bonerville
10 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Funs have been on tour for a solid month slinging their new double LP, and this show is a proper homecoming with Trauma Harness and the newish kids on the block, the Bubbleheads. Drag, the latest project from Nick Goldschmidt (Posture, Smallpox Champion, Burners) opens the show. 


Way Out Wednesday #2 feat.:
Whsky Janetor
Dave Stone
Brandywine River
David Bell + Joe Hess

@ Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Way Out Wednesday is a new monthly experimental music series by David Bell, the proprietor of the Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast. The Way Out Club was a hotbed for weirder bands roughly 15 years ago, and this recurring show plans to build on that legacy. This month's edition sees the leading ladies of weird, Whsky Janetor, along with saxophone legend Dave Stone and more.


Ahleuchatistas (NC)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Ahleuchatistas have been hitting St. Louis for more than a decade, but it's only in the past year that people have really started to take notice. Through its early days as a heavy, spazzed-out math trio to its current duo of guitar and drums, the band has undergone several changes but always maintained a distinct style, owing to founding member Shane Perlowin. The video above is a pretty good measuring stick of what's to come. 


New Music Circle presents:
Charlemagne Palestine
@ Pulitzer Arts Foundation / 3716 Washington Blvd.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

From New Music Circle's promotion of the show: A 1970s contemporary of Terry Riley and Steve Reich, spontaneous-composer and multi-instrumentalist Charlemagne Palestine has developed a unique, highly eclectic style of his own, based upon broad sonorities and effects. For Palestine, who also has a strong background in the visual arts, including film (his works have been shown at MoMA and the 2014 Whitney Biennial), the performance space, itself, has become a critically important element of his presentations, and this should be evident at both St. Louis events. 

Whether you can or can't make the first show, consider the second performance taking place Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (812 Soulard Street). A church organ set with an actual organ in an actual church


Mouth Reader (Murfreesboro, TN)
Outside World (New York City, NY)
Maximum Effort
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
7 p.m. / $7 / all ages

With warbling vocals and a straight-ahead rhythm section, Mouth Reader teeters on the edge of shoegaze and straight-up punk by bringing an enormous tone and wrapping it locked beats. The songs are short and succinct but stay around long enough to get stuck to your skill. The local lineup is just as jammin', as Shitstorm and Max Eff are two of St. Louis' most reliable bands in the punk set. Don't be a cheapskate, $7 is a real bargain. Show starts early 7, don't mess up.