This Week In St. Louis: 12/14/15 - 12/20/15

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15


Gnawed (MN)
Velvet Curtain (MN)
Veil
Dave Stone and Kevin Harris
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Gnawed brings oppressive pulses in a way that invokes simple, primal beats while feeling totally alien. This cross-section of harsh noise and stringent structure offers the best of improvised sound inside tight, discernible pockets. St. Louis' Veil is more of a punk band, but its driving songs feel equally stabbing. Modular synthesizer melts with saxophone when Kevin Harris and Dave Stone team for a rare duo performance. 

Strong Force and OkENDO, the solo efforts of Sam Clapp of Brainstems and JJ Hamon of Demonlover respectively, open a show at Foam tonight that also features Wandering Lake from Lawrence, Kansas.  

Kismet offers the last performance of sonic freakout BICYCLEtricycle along with sets by Eric Hall, Berdella and Riftworm out of Denton, Texas. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17


Scuzz (Albany, NY)
The Bubbleheads
Drag

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Here's a band that sounds just like its name. Scuzz is made of straight scuzz in riff form. This is hardcore with shred and a tough, guff vocal style. Shotgun drums fire off with beats whizzing past at top speed. Blink and you'll miss it. 

Fubar has a solid local lineup with Maximum Effort, Hell Night and the Maness Brothers. As if you thought "punk" wasn't "rock" enough. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18


Acid Kat and Freezerburn present:
Slave Cable
Tory Z Starbuck
Dave Stone Ensemble
Biggiestardust
Beauty Pageant

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $1 / all ages

Brace for the new FREEZERBURN zine and help stuff the stockings of your sort of loved ones. Prints will be on sale by Cullen Miller, Yeah Okay and HOW'S TRICKS, and if you're going for the music: Slave Cable features members of Strangulated Beatoffs, Willis and Soda Boys while Tory Z Starbuck performs a solo set. Freezerburn headmaster Mr. Ben leads Beauty Pageant through winding tunnels of no-wave and noise while Dave Stone Ensemble magically turns brain-matter into dust.

Springfield (MO, not IL)'s Gigantic plays at Livery along with Cave Lizard, Boreal Hills and Shrink Ray.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19


Sapat (Louisville, KY)
Red Squad
.e
Van Buren
Buttercup
DinoFight!
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois Ave.
8 p.m. / $7 / 21+

At some point, this was an all-local show and EP release for Buttercup. But Sapat out of Louisville, Kentucky (and CROPPED OUT fest alumnus) joined to round out a solid but pretty scatterbrained lineup of odd pop, punk, metal and prog-somethings. Word is, since Sapat was just added they'll be opening the show at 8 p.m. sharp. Be punctual this time. 

Spandrels from Indianpolis plays at Foam with openers Eric Hall and OkENDO -- sound familiar? Both openers are playing other shows this week, but now you can catch both at once. Travis Bursik performs a solo set to cap off an intense night of electronic music.

Over at Kismet, Chicago's Inheritance performs alongside Slave Cable, Catholic Guilt, Wow Wow Gold and a solo set from John Beabout.