This Week In St. Louis 6/27/16 - 7/4/16


Beta Boys (Kansas City, MO)
Deacons (Kansas City, MO)
The Warden
Fried E.M.
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / all ages

Kansas City is a safe bet for solid, unhinged punk. The scene is inundated with the likes of Beta Boys, who offer snarling songs stuffed with sliding riffs and grinding chords. The band's set offers a constant stream of disheartened lyrics over parts that fire off in proper, rapid-fire fashion. 

Bill Tucker (Chicago, IL)
Kevin Harris
Red Squad
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Bill Tucker used to be a self-confessed "folkie" which could mean any number of things, yet his transition from songwriter to experimental guitarist has been a slow-burn with big pay-offs. Bill's own body buckles under the weight of layered guitar and a dense, melodic approach that leaves room for little else. And that will present a challenge when he collaborates with Red Squad drummer Alberto Patino on this night. The local lineup offers a mix of St. Louis experimental acts along with raw post-rock. 


Warm Bodies (Kansas City, MO)
Livin' Thing (Urbana, IL)
Trauma Harness
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Yet another offering from Kansas City's punk scene, Warm Bodies takes a surgical approach to its sprawling garage rock hybrid, offering more than the expected riff barrage from other bands of this ilk. Songs generally roll along in half-time, giving the breathing room necessary for jangle that might otherwise feel too compressed and rushed. While the band tends to bare sharp teeth, the overall impression here is that songwriting comes first and foremost. 


Lechuguillas (Austin, TX)
The Conformists
Mike Herr
Black Panties
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

Given the band's staunch anti-religious stance and its propensity for the word "fuck," a close look at Lechuguillas' lyric sheet might raise some eyebrows. Extreme sounds beget an extreme message, meant to put off sensitive ears with its profane noise rock that teeters on the edge of metal. The lineup offers punk, solo drumming and post-something (we might get an angry e-mail from the Conformists' record label if we call them "rock"). 


Little Big Bangs
The Vanilla Beans
Double God
@ Under a Bridge
9 p.m. / all ages

This is a show under a bridge. And in the interest of keeping things relatively discrete, people interested in the show should click the above for a Facebook event link and ask the hosts for the whereabouts of said bridge. Minneapolis punk band Fucking will be performing alongside a range of St. Louis bands spanning straight-up punk, pop and noise rock all for a good cause: all donations collected at the event go to the Pulse survivors in Orlando.

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the psychedelic stylings of Spaceface at the Heavy Anchor on Thursday and Path of Might's EP release at the Hobbit Hole on Friday.