This Week In St. Louis 3/1/16 - 3/6/16


Acrylics (CA)
Brain Transplant
Catholic Guilt

@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Avenue

11 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Santa Rosa's Acrylics just dropped its self-titled tape -- a six-song gauntlet that revels in frantic riffs and general dischord. Part of the charm here lies with the band's take on standard hardcore stylings with a genuinely dark approach. Acrylics trades in thick-headed hyper masculine parts for sloppy, sewer-borne chords that offer a more disturbing vibe overall. The local lineup reflects the touring act's mish-mash of influences, ranging from punk to straight-up harsh noise.


Way Out Weirdo Wednesday #5 feat.:
Stone Hen
3 of 5
Zagk Gibbons
Joe Stein

@ Way Out Club / 2525 South Jefferson Avenue

9 p.m. / free / 21+
Way Out Weirdo Wednesday has become a reliable spot to see an actual variety show of noisy miscreants and musical miscellany at the top of every month. The fifth edition brings together solo pop-rocker Zagk Gibbons with fierce rapper Haiku. Chiptunes, psychedelic garbage rock and minimalist improvisations coalesce for a solid three-hour block that costs precisely zero dollars. Hump day for the bizarre and inane.


The Brainstems
Soda Boys

@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee Street

9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
While the lineup looks like a solid list of south city's left-of-center rock bands, this show offers something a little more immersive. This night is technically the latest in the Luminary's LAB sessions, which works with local artists to help transform the space into the innards of a band's collective skull. This night is meant to reflect the vibe felt in Hamburg, Germany's Star-Club, which operated from 1969 to 1987, hosting several rock legends from throughout the world. The Brainstems will perform two sets -- a cover set that reflects the band's early influences and a more uniform string of original songs. 

2929 South Jefferson is hosting "Berned in STL," an event with several bands including the Bubbleheads, LifeWithout among many others in support of Bernie Sanders and his run for the presidency of the United States. 


Heavy Horse (Last Show)
Path of Might

@ Dugan Haus / Ask Somebody

8 p.m. / free / all ages
Heavy Horse offers a distilled style of post-hardcore that reminisces the best qualities of "screamo" before the genre became a Hot Topic buzz word. If you've ever held a love for harsh, guttural screams over melodic riffs warped through static, buzz and the calming hum of constant feedback, then this show is a must-see. The style has imitators abound, but few bands have taken the sound in such a genuine direction. Heavy Horse will be missed -- consider this your last warning.

Taboo (ME)
Biggie Stardust
Catholic Guilt
DJ Coppertone

@ William A. Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon Street

10 p.m. / $8-$10 / all ages
Taboo drapes dramatic spoken word over a murky no-wave backdrop. The result is an enigmatic squalor that feels more occultist than rock, invoking more than just a cross-armed, head-bob. While all that might seem a little pretentious, Taboo executes while giving absolutely zero shit, managing to present its meticulously crafted mess in a way that feels more punk than punk. Few bands live in this mysterious middle ground of music, but Taboo does so while embracing all these bumps and bruises and tiny imperfections -- and uses those rough edges to its advantage.

The Spektral Quartet performs an early show at 7 p.m. at the 560 Music Center, hosted by New Music Circle.