This Week In St. Louis 3/28/16 - 4/3/16


Jefferson Street Parade Band (IN)
Sunday Candy
Khaled Hussein
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

True to its name, the Jefferson Street Parade Band is a marching band that lifts West African beats and the bombast of New Orleans jazz to craft a strong street-level aesthetic while retaining grit and musicality. The band swings and bounces through a range of tasteful call backs with deep drums and a solid section of blasting horns. Fresh off the release of the Texas Room's Non-Fiction compilation, Iraqi-singer Khaled Hussein will also perform collaborative pieces with Louis Wall. 


Sheer Mag (PA)
Laffing Gas (IN)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Who cares about SXSW? Pitchfork Media? If you do, then Sheer Mag is a familiar name already. Hailed as saviors of rock while being closely guarded by punk scenes across the country, this is a band that might be forced to play the likes of the Firebird or Ready Room next time they hit St. Louis. Think riffs for days with a singer who nails the raw approach to singing while staying subdued enough to actually harmonize -- Sheer Mag fits the bill for people who grew up with nothing to watch but Woodstock bootlegs on VHS. 

Jon Mueller
Alex Barnett
Ghost Ice
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

The duo of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner carves out warped figures of drone with a careful approach to sound art. While the live pieces bring considerable breadth, the use of keys, voice and guitar is nuanced enough to prevent sets from feeling lengthy or overwrought. Chicago-native Alex Barnett crafts the nearest neighbor to vintage science-fiction soundtracks through a stack of synthesizers which he wreaks absolute havoc on. Known for his work as the drummer in Collections of Colonies of Bees (and most recently, Death Blues), percussionist Jon Mueller offers a fierce, singular style behind the set that feels sharp and biting. This whole night is inundated with some of the strongest performers in experimental music today, owing up to the $12 asking price, despite Foam's usual $5 -- don't let the extra dollars deter you. 


Bruxism #15 feat.:
Jeff Kolar
Vernacular String Trio
The Brothers Clapp

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

The latest in Nathan Cook's BRUXISM concert series offers the legendary Jeff Kolar, whose work spans across several countries, including Austria, Germany and Denmark. The Chicago sound artist offers a distinct take on remixing and live sound collage, but his style is punctuated by an underlying tendency for harsh noise. The Vernacular String Trio brings Joshua Weinstein (of All Soul, No Borders on KDHX), Tracy Andreotti (of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis) and violinist Alex Cunningham together for a frantic gnashing of strings that invokes panic and unrest.

Sneaky Creeps from KC brings its "cow-shit punk" to San Loo with support by Little Big Bangs and more. 

Greyscale plays Blank Space with Family Medicine, LifeWithout and more.


Selena Cross (LA)
Kiran Arora (LA)
St. Louis Laptop Ensemble

NNN Cook
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / all ages

Remember Sissisters from LA? Selena Cross is the newest name from the same camp and while little media exists for the group online, checking out Sissisters gives a good indication of the fierce wall of noise to come. The real oddity on this night is the St. Louis Laptop Ensemble which offers many of the city's longest running experimental artists in one room, generating sound via, you guessed it, laptop computers. Check out this list of "band" members: Chris Smentowski, Ajay Khanna, Dave Stone, Ghost Ice, Jeremy Melsha, Kevin Harris and Chad Hickman. 


Benefit show for David Feldmann feat.:
Summer Twins (CA)
The Daddyo's (OK)
Trauma Harness
The Vanilla Beans
Little Big Bangs
+many more
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $5-$10 / all ages

Besides being a benefit for David Feldmann (close friend of many in the music scene -- recently diagnosed with cancer), the lineup reads more like a festival crossing south city punk, odd pop and noise. With Summer Twins and the Daddyo's coming from California and Oklahoma (respectively), the show is sure to harsh mellows, you know, in the best way. 

Watch Beauty Pageant and others ruin the night of unsuspecting bar-goers over at the Heavy Anchor.


Mean Girls (Austin, TX)
Dog Hips
Double God
@ Dugan Haus
7:45 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Self-proclaimed queercore is political enough, but Austin's Mean Girls offers substantial songs behind its statements. Dog Hips (featuring members of other new band, Sunday Candy) plays its first show while Double God offers its second with new dual-singers, John Beabout and Chelsi Webster.