This Week In St. Louis 6/20/16 - 6/26/16


Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk
Hess/Cunningham Duo
@ The Co-Op
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The crew involved at WashU's student-run radio station KWUR are booking DIY shows at a new space, and while this isn't the first, the lineup is endemic of the booking that is to come. BBDDM are a wandering vagrant crew that spews bleached pop with a seedy underbelly of noise. Don't believe the rumors, Dracla is real. 

Pope (New Orleans, LA)
Tedd Connexion
@ The Nest
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Revel in Clinton-years grunge with a slightly sordid offering by New Orleans outfit Pope. If the recordings give any indication, the band's live approach will be riddled with plenty of static and hum, you know, to help those clever hooks go down nice and smooth. For a more rough concoction of indie rock, sample Glued. 


Whiskey War Fest BBQ feat.:
Calliope (Milwaukee, WI)
The Maness Brothers
Cave Lizard
@ San Loo / 3211 Cherokee St.
1 p.m.

Well, someone somewhere made an anime music video of the band headlining this year's Whiskey War Fest BBQ, a fundraising event to benefit the larger festival put on by the Maness Brothers year after year. Expect barrel-aged blues rock and other indie-something flavors for an all-day mini-fest on Cherokee Street. 

Alaska (Las Vegas, NV)
Rhone (Chicago, IL)
Bike Path
@ Bottom Bunk / 3655 California Ave.
8 p.m. / donation$ / all ages
This is what we want to see: more house shows, more variety. Both touring acts spin some kind of post-hardcore hybrid while the local lineup offers gloomy post-rock, emo-induced punk and melodic rock. We imagine all five bands fit in the center of some Venn-diagram of quality, guitar-driven composition. Arrive on time to get however-much-you-decide-to-pay's worth. 


Swells (Denver, CO)
The Dorms (Denver, CO)
Blight Future
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
8:30 p.m. / all ages

Swells heads off an exhaustive showing of intense bands in rapid-fire fashion. Kismet is becoming one of south city's most solid and consistent venues with its record store-meets-curio-shoppe vibe that might seem too small for the kind of shows that have been going down there lately. Clearing out the floor and moving a few couches makes ample space for the wall of noisy post-rock that Denver's Swells provides. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the latest editions of NOiSETTE and Bruxism on Thursday. Tower Grove Pride and a Pu Fest benefit take over Ritz Park and CBGB, respectively, on Saturday. All of the above are free!