This Week In St. Louis 5/23/16 - 5/29/16


Pleasure Leftists (Cleveland, OH)
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists makes gloomy post-punk that is reminiscent of early punk -- the kind that lives down a dark, damp tunnel. Heavy on the downbeat, the drums keep melodic chords on a strict tempo as the vocals absolutely howl over the band with commanding tone. This is Veil's first show with a new dude behind the drums: Matt of Q.


Sex Problem (MN)
Validation (Seattle, WA)
Intrepid Hearts (Minneapolis, MN)
The Bubbleheads
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Sex Problem's rough-edged no-wave recalls bands like PRE, Supersonic Piss, Cacaw or the more straight-forward sections from AIDS Wolf. The high-tempo keeps the riffs feeling urgent while the more textural approach to guitar blends in with tried-and-true melodies. The bill comes stacked high: Validation brings its mid-tempo hardcore from Seattle while Intrepid Hearts plays upbeat punk rock.


Royal Brat (MN)
Cult Boy (Columbia, MO)
Little Big Bangs
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
5 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Royal Brat squirms its distinctly snotty sound into grungy garage-rock. Loose guitar wreaks havoc over a minimalist rhythm section, and the vocals take center stage to guide the band along a path of pop-drenched goodness -- headbangers that don't bang too hard. Note: This is an early show. Stick around Foam for an evening of post-rock featuring New Jersey's A Film in Color.

Sissy Spacek
Eli Keszler
Marissa Anderson
Demon Lover
Ghost Ice
Kevin Harris and Alex Cunningham
@ William A. Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
9:30 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

A noisy endurance test of the nth degree invades psychic airwaves on the riverfront. Otherwise known as KanFest 2016, Jeremy Kannapell of Ghost Ice combines some of his best show booking in the last 12 months for a three-stage takeover of the Kerr featuring a pulverizing lineup of power-violence, avant-garde, alien dance music and experimental hip-hop.


Radiator Greys (DC)
Cloning (PA)
Smallpox Champion
Killer Tan
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

This is a classic St. Louis experimental gig featuring ex-pat Josh Levi, who leads the pack with a dark and brooding deconstruction of industrial music via Radiator Greys. Hopefully this marks a stride for Raglani, who we would typically preface by saying "a rare show by," yet this is one of many in recent memory. Nick Goldschmidt (of Posture and others) sets down the guitar for Smallpox Champion -- his leaner yet more subversive work that applies synth and other sounds for a dense, live collage. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including Dubb Nubb's birthday bash, a a Wash U house show, an evening of garage-punk at Zambo's and the latest edition of Bruxism.