This Week in St. Louis 4/25/16 - 5/1/16


New Music Circle presents:
Vernacular String Trio
Chris Smentowski

@ Central Library / 1301 Olive St.
7 p.m. / free / all ages

The final night in New Music Circle's 2015/2016 season provides improvised film scores by a varied lineup of experimental artists based in St. Louis. From 18andCounting's electronic approach to the acoustic assault of Vernacular String Trio, this show offers a range of harsh and ambient work alike, headed off by one of the city's longest active self-proclaimed noise artists, Chris Smentowski of Brain Transplant. The cost of admission is a far cry from the $10/$20 ticket price that shows like this would typical garner (and be justified in doing so). 


Death Index (FL)
Trauma Harness
Sunday Candy
The Bubbleheads
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 pm. / $7 / all ages

Slurred speech creeps up from underneath fuzz-laden chords and a punchy underbelly of solid straight-ahead beats. The songs here generate a nihilist vibe that feels, at times, at odds with Death Index's precise punk. Trauma Harness shares a deceptive level of complexity with the Florida band, pushing out a layered post-punk of the highest order. 


Naan Violence (Atlanta, GA)
Mother Meat
Mister Ben
Fragile Farm
Zak M
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
8:30 p.m. / 21+

At the risk of sounding like "hippie shit" (a term coined by some leather jacket somewhere), Naan Violence takes an unhinged approach to what could otherwise be called "World" music. His performances are mostly open-ended, teetering between improvisation and stricter songs. The palate here is dense and the local lineup backs up the Atlanta-native with noise, folk and progressive rock. 

Lard Boys (Minneapolis, MN)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Mike Herr
@ The Night Owl / 3177 S. Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / $5-$7 /all ages

A solo percussion piece by Mike Herr opens up the goddamned punk show with Lard Boys and Lumpy and the Dumpers on each side of the same slimy coin. The Night Owl is brave for taking this one on -- or maybe the new spot is testing the waters for future shows. Note that this starts late, so the next event is an option, too:

Bruxism reprises its monthly concert series with the release of the Rhizomatic Vol. 4 cassette tape alongside a killer lineup at Schlafly Tap Room


Western Medication (Nashville, TN)
Bridled Spells

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Western Medication takes the edge off of noisy indie-rock while maintaining a softer style that cuts just deep enough. Bridled Spells and Persh alike are both from the recent crop of fresh St. Louis bands that merge a pop-sensible approach with darker riffs. A solid if approachable show for the broader set that hides a seedy underbelly. 

The final show inside Octarrarium at the Regional Arts Commission features performances from Rich O'Donnell and Chad Eivins


Slimy Member (TX)
Nos Bos
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Slimy Member lives up to its namesake by taking a more spacey approach to its vocals, leaving the impression of its half-tempo hardcore feeding back in an echo chamber. Dracla and Nos Bos are appropriately grimy, with the former bringing a chiseled form of early metal.

For a slightly lighter alternative, Mad Doctors plays Foam with a solid local lineup.