WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
Journalism (Brooklyn, NY)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ 3719 S. Jefferson
Something or someone called "MALL*LIFE" presents this blender packed with STL hip-hop and hardcore in support of Brooklyn's Journalism. The band's riffs are polished and shine with an indie sheen, offering succinct songs that teeter between straight up pop and slightly more roughnecked fare. The Domino Effect wraps up the stacked bill with a late-late night after party at the same spot.
4:20 never dies: Shitstorm plays CBGB with Bubbleheads, Dracla and more.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
La Urss (Spain)
CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / 21+
The Spanish Trauma Harness plays with the original Trauma Harness... err the American La Urss opens for the real deal. Just hit the bandcamp above, plug your ears and take the post-punk vibes in through your pores.
@ Joe's Cafe / 6010 Kingsbury Ave.
8 p.m. / $15-$20 / all ages
Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph offer a luminous percussive duo that combines frenetic free-jazz with a more primal African approach, making for a drum mesh that emits an impassioned yet elegant vibe. One player takes to the set with a hand drum style while the other plays hand drums with a set approach. The two have worked with many ensembles in the past, but this is the artists' first tour as a duet in more than 40 years of playing together. Joshua Abrams (of Natural Information Society) and saxophonist Ernest Dawkins have joined the show -- a major addition for an event that was already highly anticipated in a year that's already been full of legendary avant-garde and free-improv performances.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Nice Guys (Boston, MA)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Nice Guys manages to make a menacing garage rock that piles pop-sensible riffs atop clambering noise set to mid-tempo by a rhythm section that stays in-the-pocket. Parts project like vomit with little in the way of breathing room, which makes the band feel especially unrelenting inside a genre that typically leans on the spacey, lackadaisical aesthetic.
Indiana's Stella heads off a solid lineup with Sunday Candy, the Jockstraps and more over at Kismet.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / free / 21+
After six or so months in hibernation, the Conformists have completed another full-length record with Steve Albini (yet to be released) and will return on this night with noisy pop freakouts in Demon Lover and grunge scumlords Shut In. Yet another all local jammer that makes you appreciate the weirdo rock scene simmering underneath the more hyped bands in town.
Speaking of all local jammers, Fragile Farm, Cunningham/Kingston Duo and the Brothers Clapp play over at Kismet.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
St. Louis Earth Day feat.:
The Vanilla Beans
@ The Muny Grounds in Forest Park
10 a.m. / free / all ages
The Funs play an Earth Day event that is sure to be packed with 40-something dads from the county that respond with "I remember when music used to be GOOD." If anything, this is well worth the bike ride over to Forest Park to see bands who typically do their work in south city on a big stage at a very public event.