This Week In St. Louis 12/28/15 - 1/3/16


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Scotty Starlite
DJ Boogieman

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / free / 18+

Hylidae heads a synth-laden show at Blank Space that features electronic artists along with DJ spins. Legal options for the 18-20 set are typically limited on this night (and usually come with a high price tag), but this is free, making it the best cheap date with actual dance music. 

Smear (TX)
Gush (Springfield, IL)
The Warden
@ Bonerville
8:30 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Texas' Smear wrecks tough hardcore songs with overclocked riffs and scattershot drums. Gush is femme-fronted punk that teeters on no-wave with disparate beats that are barely danceable but loud and mean all the same. BYOB stands for bring your own brains. Don't be stupid. 

Radiator Greys
V Manuscript (Providence, RI)
Valise (Providence, RI)
Trust Image (NY)
Die Reihe (NY)
Farewell My Concubine (NY)
Ben Kudler (NY)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

The prodigal son(s) return(s). Josh Levi's moniker Radiator Greys has been a force in the D.C. scene since his move from St. Louis. Industrial sounds align for a controlled chaos of tape loops, samples and pitch-perfect feedback. Peeling back the noise reveals a harsh progression with stabbing, shrill peaks and low, warbing tones. Die Reihe, otherwise known as Jack Callahan, takes a more minimalist approach, as he's been known to embrace space over pushing the loudest sound possible. In this way, each choice carries an audible weight -- be it delicate or crushing. The full lineup reads like a list of headliners for a noise fest based on the East Coast, only it's happening in your backyard on Cherokee Street. 


The Brainstems
Sole Loan
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Willis dares you to like their songs while the Brainstems blindside with endless hooks. Sole Loan rounds out a three-band power bill to head off the New Year. Free is free, but this show deserves your attention at the very least. 

Blight Future
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
This show was once booked at the Heavy Anchor but has been moved to the Firebird to allow for all ages to attend. The lineup is solid, but the big draw here is the cause: All the proceeds collected at the door go to benefit a refugee family. And there is a message embedded in attending a concert like this: There are people in St. Louis who welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms.