Way Out Weirdo Wednesday feat.:
Deacon Bill (Brookyln, NY)
Mister Ben/David Bell Duo
@ The Way Out Club / 2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $5 / 21+
This show is the best proof-of-concept for David Bell's Way Out Weirdo Wednesday series to date: Modular synthesizer, dual drumming and power-violence all coalesce for a show where genre hopping and splicing have become the norm. In the interest of working with the Catacky/Willis/Mangina show over at Lemp Brewery, this will start late so the select few who might actually like to show hop have the option to do so.
THURSDAY, JULY 7
Sunshine Ward (Boston, MA)
7 p.m. / $6 / all ages
Classic hardcore by way of Boston is complimented by local contemporaries for a sharp three band bill that is oddly listed as an early show (the Facebook event says that this starts at 7?). Not sure how accurate THAT is, but you might want to arrive on time since these shows run on a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" format.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
Bleeding Gums (Chicago, IL)
Cohete (Chicago, IL)
9 p.m. | donation$ | all ages
Two Chicago bands weave together the typical labels of "garage," "punk," and "hardcore" for a messy, perverse hybrid. Strong riffs sit at the center of Bleeding Gums, who immediately followed up its debut demo in late 2015 with a full-length release only months later. This hopefully marks the start of a new, prolific punk franchise by way of the Windy City.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
The Demo's farewell show feat.:
Everything Went Black
Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals
@ The Demo / 4191 Manchester Ave.
6 p.m. / free
The Demo is dead; Long live the Demo. After a rocky start in the building that would eventually become the Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, the Demo had a tenuous and very public struggle with its neighbors in the Grove. After coming out on top, owner Brandon Cavanagh worked to expand the space's reach to a diverse set of audiences and performers alike, becoming a destination on Manchester for several stellar shows over the past few years. After this night, the venue will transition into space that specializes in craft beer, sans any live music of any kind.
Brother Gruesome (Oklahoma City, OK)
The Christmas Bride (Chicago, IL)
Pudge (New Orleans, LA)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
The fresh faces in Art School join with Fragile Farm to support three solid touring acts from three separate cities. Brothers Gruesome is no stranger to St. Louis though -- after several shows in town and a split with Little Big Bangs, the band could practically call the river city its second home. Pudge might be the least hyped band on the show, but it's the one we're most excited about.
See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including a cat-themed puppet show from the east coast on Wednesday and two stacked Friday-night line-ups: Chain and the Gang and the Black Lips at the Firebird as well as the metal influenced stylings of Ethicist and more at Kismet.