This Week In St. Louis 7/11/16 - 7/17/16


Sneaks (Baltimore, MD)
Dylijens (Baltimore, MD)
Demon Lover
Eric Donte
Fluke Nukes

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / all ages

Sneaks from Baltimore leads a stacked bill of 6 acts with sideways pop songs that make use of live bass guitar and a drum machine. Beats alternate between straight-forward punk and buoyant rhythms conducted with commanding vocals. 

While you're in the neighborhood, consider catching the psych-garage sounds of Max Pain and the Groovies, Beach Bodies and Cave Lizard at Foam.


David Liebe Hart (IL)
The Three-Brained Robot (Greensboro, NC)
@ 2720 Cherokee
7 p.m. / $10-$12 / all ages

"Salame!" While it's not entirely clear what Hart plans to do with his time in St. Louis (he's been known to front a punk band or perform electronic songs), expect the kind of on-stage banter and antics seen on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out!, with Dr. Steve Brule.

For a completely different dynamic spectacle, head over to Blank Space to catch a live ritual performance by artist Lucien Shapiro, along with musical performances by Eric Hall, Marauder Unit and more.


The Noids (Denton, TX)
Bottomfeeders (New Orleans, LA)
No Aloha
Art School
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Denton's Noids satisfies every item on the hardcore purist's checklist but still manages to edge in oddball quirks. Fresh off the release of Hits, newbies Art School opens the show with loose, punk-tinged songs fueled by dual vocalists. 

Also on Wednesday, check out a stellar line-up of danceable all-stars at Blank Space to benefit Ferguson prisoners. For art rock and beyond, look into Space Camp and more at Kismet.

On Thursday, see some up and coming local acts for free at the Schlafly Tap Room including our favorite new dark-surf destroyers, Malady, as well as a new band on the scene featuring members of Posture: Glowing One.


Lavender Country (Seattle, WA)
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / $10|$12

Lavender Country formed in 1972 and released the first known gay country album the next year. Although the band itself was only active until 1976, its critical acclaim and brave statement earned a cult following. The group reformed in 2014 and has performed sporadically since. This is the band's first appearance in St. Louis -- with a backing band made up of local music stalwarts, at that.

Also on Friday, catch the hardcore of Detroit's Freedom at Foam or a house show featuring the pop punk of Garner, Iowa's Giving Up.


Tatsuya Nakatani (PA)
Derek and Silvia Dadian-Smith
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $8-$10 / all ages

After several years of touring on the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, this will be Nakatani's first solo performance in St. Louis in quite some time. When interviewed, he is quick to dash the notion that his approach is Japanese or traditional in any way -- look to this show for a radical and experimental night of drums and percussion. 

Muscle Brain (Denver, CO)
The Conformists
Van Buren
Skin Tags
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

St. Louis ex-pats Jordan Knecht and Jim Fitzpatrick performed in a number of noisy punk and no-wave projects over the years. After each member relocated to Denver, they picked up where they left off with Muscle Brain in 2009. Get a double dose of the Conformists on this night and the next day, when the band will celebrate its new album Divorce with an in-store performance at Vintage Vinyl. Read more about that here.

Lots more great Saturday-night shows abound including a benefit for the victims of Orlando at the St. Louis Workers' Education Society featuring Blight Future, Persh and more. Also on deck: White Lung at the Firebird and the improvisational trio of Thumpy Sticky at Gaslight.


Toupee (Chicago, IL)
Youngest Children (Lawrence, KS)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

Chicago's Toupee performed one of the best dark-horse shows of the summer in 2015, and the band returns during the humid dog days to play its bizarre songs that land somewhere between psychedelia and noise rock.