TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Monster Sized Evil Lambs
@ The Way Out Club / 2525 South Jefferson Avenue
9 p.m. / 21+ / $5
Boar's approach is deceptively simple. The Iowa sound artist hails from the heyday of noise where many performers merely ran a mic through guitar pedals and supplemented the aural aggression with screaming and nihilistic posturing. Boar is less of a call-back or snapshot of that time and more of a natural evolution, moving between warped static and warbling low tones to incite emotion. The full lineup features a one-time collaborative piece by David Bell of Jaded Evil Lambs and Rusty Anderson of Monster-Sized Monster.
Rik & the Pigs head off a Lumpy Recs showcase with Ruz, Mala Leche and Lumpy himself at CBGB.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Relevant Hairstyles (IL)
@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Relevant Hairstyles has been a long-running side-project from the same collective of musicians behind Cave and many others. As far as the internet is concerned, the band is virtually non-existent so there's little to go on, but the Funs and Hoonbag Moonswag are both worth the price of admission alone. That said, arrive on time and be sure to catch the local support.
@ Bonerville / Ask Somebody
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
You might not have the cash to travel to OKC for Everything Is Not OK, the punk fest that filters many killer bands on their way to Austin for SXSW, so consider this show a solid consolation. Think of it as a hardcore palette cleanser, with Slav and Wrung both bringing their own stark brands of heavy, heady guitar driven songs to St. Louis' favorite basement.
Chris Smentowski of Brain Transplant hosts a full night of experimental music at the Tavern of Fine Arts with Thomas Sutter, Nathan Cook, Ajay Khanna, Tracy Andreotti, Dave Stone, Jeremy Melsha and Jeremy Kannapell (aka Ghost Ice).
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Octarrarium Opening Reception
featuring Kevin Harris and Chad Eivins
@ Regional Arts Commission / 6128 Delmar Boulevard
5:30 p.m. / free / all ages
This is less of a traditional concert and more of an installation, but the recommendation still stands -- Chad Eivins (aka Chizmo.TV) has done amazing work inside the St. Louis music community for more than a decade and for this collaboration, he works with accomplished sound artist and visual mastermind Kevin Harris to create an interactive space inside the Regional Arts Commission building. There will be live music performances later in the month, but consider the opening night for a first look at this intense audio-visual experience.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Although Gymshorts is good at deconstructing all the tiny moving parts that make a solid garage rock song, it ultimately crafts a set with a familiar vibe. The distinct tone comes from the band's fearlessness in applying noisier and dissonant parts inside a very solid and straight-ahead structure. There's restraint in all the right places and a tendency to let loose in short, calculated bursts.
Portland's Mope Grooves blends comedy with lo-fi garage rock at Foam alongside Kenshiro's, BBQ Boys and Stone Hen.