This Week In St. Louis 7/18/16 - 7/24/16


Vats (Seattle, WA)
Janet (Little Rock, AR)
Sunday Candy
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Vats is a Seattle crew that keeps itself relatively tight-knit with wiry riffs that run over fuzzed-out, nasty bass and straight-ahead drums. You might recognize the name Janet -- it's the alternate personality of the irreplaceable Grace Smith, who grew up right here in STL. Arrive early to catch a new project featuring members of Posture.


Swear Beam (record release)
Bug Chaser
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / free ($3 minor surcharge) / all ages

Swear Beam pushes a punkish shoegaze where melody is king and every queen is drenched in warm, fuzzy reverb. This is the St. Louis side of dual release shows for Swear Beam's debut self-titled record. Follow the band to Chicago on Friday for the second with Melkbelly, Relevant Hairstyles and more.


Party Static (Dallas, TX)
Harsh Times (Davenport, IA)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Remember that Hard Times article titled, "Oh Boy: This Band Has Two Singers"? Party Static eschews the notion that this is inherently bad with two vocalists that suss it out over danceable noise rock. The sassy tone harkens back to GSL/Hydra Head Records in a big way. 


Lovely Little Girls (Chicago, IL)
Demon Lover
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

To call Lovely Little Girls prog-rock is to sell the band short on its absurdist, dark satire on living in the human body, yet its music recalls Magma or Koenjihyakkei with an audible sarcasm. We're not talking masculine riffage to dull the senses either -- Lovely Little Girls provides a master class in showmanship with a theatrical live performance. Come see the band attempt to cram all 8 of its members onto Foam's (relatively) tiny stage. 


Pinkwash (Philadelphia, PA)
0% (Denmark)
The Monoliths (Denmark)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Pinkwash grinds out two-piece rock'n'roll with mostly half-time snarling riffs and a solid rhythm section that twists bombastic drumming into the perfect backbone. The show features two combined line-ups including a couple of punk projects all the way from Denmark.

Night Grinder (Denver, CO)
Zero Control
John Beabout
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

St. Louis ex-pat Brad Schumacher evolved from an ambient noise artist to a multi-faceted act -- a one-man band that bends the noisy backtrack to his will while shredding atonal riffs over the top. Zero Control is equally as busy with a bedrock of solid beats by Drew Gowran underneath tons of effects and live rapping.


Constant Insult (Minneapolis, MN)
Tunic (Winnipeg, Canada)
Maximum Effort
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5|$7 / all ages

This show features a couple of awesome acts from up north that have graced St. Louis stages over the past year. Constant Insult pushes melodic but heavy-hitting punk with catchy vocals. Tunic is slightly stranger yet still manages to turn out memorable songs amidst its controlled chaos. Check out a brand-new music video from them here.

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including a varied-genre showcase of local music including Jr. Clooney at Lemp Brewery and a Sunday-night house show at Zambo's.