This Week In St. Louis 5/9/16 - 5/15/16


Mike Herr
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

The lust for surf sludge is real. Malady is the new digs from Ryan Macias (of Little Big Bangs) and other south city heads, pushing a damn-near goth form of slow burning post-punk. For the new crop, Malady leads the charge as some kind of sordid, silhouetted figure covered in cobwebs. Highly recommended show here, if not for Malady, then for the solo drum performance by Mike Herr. 

Tortoise plays the Ready Room with opener Chris Brokaw.


Pile (MA)
Little Big Bangs
Boreal Hills
Sunday Candy
@ Dugan Haus
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Pile is one of those rare alternative-rock bands that really takes the "alt" prefix to heart, injecting dissonance and a steady dosage of feedback into songs that still feel widely relatable. The Boston band is part of the same close-knit scene that pumped out many hyped bands such as Guerilla Toss, New England Patriots and more. If you're privy to Exploding In Sound, this show should satisfy with a local lineup of bands that would all easily fit on the East Coast label's roster. 


Useless Eaters (San Francisco, CA)
Wet Ones (Kansas City, MO)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Shoegazing punk gets broken up by the not-quite dance, not-quite avant-garde electronics of Hylidae. The mixed show bridges the gap between synths and short, snotty songs over a river of reverb. Catch Useless Eaters before they start playing rooms ten times the size for four times the asking price. 

Dracla sucks the blood out of Schlafly Tap Room for a free show.


The World (CA)
Sunday Candy
Mike Herr

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / 21+

Loose no-wave mingles with upbeat vibes for the World and its infectious riffs played ad nauseam. The Cali group grinds out solid songs with an otherwise familiar structure, but the interplay between the warbling horns and scratchy guitar makes for catchy earworms. Mike Herr continues his local tour de drums -- not to be missed. 

Muuy Biien (Atlanta, GA)
@ The Demo / 4191 Manchester Ave.
8 p.m. / $10

The sass is thick enough to cut with Muuy Biien, who recalls a dancier side of post-hardcore via mid-90s rippers like Antioch Arrow and Clikatat Ikatowi (or anything from the SoCal Gravity Records label, really). Despite its shiny veneer, the songs here hide a mean spirit. The Ultraviolents and Mariner share one of the most solid (and underrated) drummers in this city, and Concentrator rounds out the local lineup with its spaced-out shoegaze. 

Alarm Will Sound performs with Eric Hall and 18andCounting at Mad Art Gallery.

The band with the best name, Who and the Fucks, plays Foam.


The Deadly Vipers (Detroit, MI)
Kenshiro's (album release)
The Maness Brothers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Detroit's Deadly Vipers takes an especially dense approach to hard-edged rock. Wade through the fuzz for catchy hooks or just take the whole aesthetic in for what it is. Kenshiro's marks its third year as a band with a brand-new album, planting its feet as the best rock outfit in St. Louis to reference classic '80s anime in its name. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week!