This Week In St. Louis 1/4/16 - 1/10/16

MONDAY, JANUARY 4

Dog (NY)
Tubby Tom
Slave Cable
Mangina
Brain Transplant
@ Livery Company / 3211 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Dog's punk is propelled by noisy riffs and shrill, emboldened vocals atop stuttering beats. Sure, this crosses off every item in the no-wave checklist, but the overall feel is quick and driving. The local lineup is made up of new projects from members of Willis, Animal Teeth and Whsky Janetor.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5

Venereal Crush (IA)
NNN Cook
Vernacular String Trio
Kingston Family Singers
DJ Grant Nikseresht
@ Kismet Creative Center / 3409 Iowa St. 
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Yet another fine export of Iowa-native Bob Bucko Jr., Venereal Crush approaches the drone genre by taking the style's idioms and painting everything black. Apply another layer of black and you get the idea. NNN Cook shirks expectations at every show so describing him is typically a disservice, but the Vernacular String Trio offers a consistent and harsh realm of frantic strings and sonic bellyaches. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6

Burp! (PA)
Laffing Gas (IN)
Fine Young Casuals (IN)
The Warden
@ Bonerville / Ask Somebody
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages
More gross hardcore with a banal band name. And I mean that in the best way possible. Scoop that slurry into your ear and shake your brains into mush. Burp! keeps building that punk hype, and will hop on tour with Crazy Spirit and Urochromes later this month. Come see the band before Pitchfork does an interview in HIGH DEFINITION. 

For lighter fare, see the Vanilla Beans and others open for Single Player over at Foam. Expect it to be at least 75% more chill than the Bonerville show. 

Paradoxal Pterodactyl continues its monthly series of shows at the Way Out Club with Way Out Weirdo #4, featuring Patrick Weston, Alex Cunningham and more. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7

Pierre (MN)
Staghorn
Double God
Family Medicine
@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Pierre brings punk with a sing-songy pop edge, which is an odd fit for a show with the darker, more brooding Staghorn. Double God is its own genre of nihilistic rock, and this night doubles as a tour kick-off show for the duo made up of members from Jr. Clooney and Fragile Farm. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

Blizzard Babies (IL)
Drag
Sunday Candy
Skin Tags
@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Blizzard Babies takes the simple yet effective approach, landing somewhere between indie rock and shoegaze with a subtle use of noisy additions. Everything is very hook-y, especially the vocals, but there's a sense of heft within each song's many layers. If you dig what you hear of Blizzard Babies, Drag should be your bag, too -- it's the latest offering from members of Posture, Life Like and the Lemons

Heavy Anchor hosts a cacophonous night of post-rock by way of Forteana, Key Grip and others.