MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Platinum Boys (Milwaukee, WI)
Little Big Bangs
@ 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.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Black Monuments (MI)
Modern Convenience (TN)
@ 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.:
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.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
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)
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)
@ 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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
Ultraviolents (album release)
3 of 5
@ 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.