This Week In St. Louis: 8/29/16 - 9/4/16


Multicult (Baltimore, MD)
Mike Herr
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Multicult continues to be one of America's most consistent noise rock bands, releasing stellar records at a brisk pace of roughly once a year. The power trio is deceptively simple, firing off strong bass leads atop angular guitar riffs. The drums offer a rhythmic bedrock yet contain catchy melodies of their own, leading to otherwise complex pieces that sound simple to the naked ear. 


Eel (Toronto, Canada)
Wow Wow Gold
Jaded Evil Lambs
@ Flop House
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+

Eel dips into the psychedelic aether with otherworldly ambient work that ranges from subtle and disparate to booming, boisterous pieces. He is no stranger to punk or power-violence either, as evidenced by a collaboration with Plack Blague (a stand-out from this year's Pu Fest). The local lineup offers a quick primer on active noise and sideways pop in St. Louis. 

3 of 5
I Could Sleep In the Clouds
Jr. Clooney
Fragile Farm
John Beabout
Musth Bardo

Mother Meat
@ Milque Toast Bar / 2212 S. Jefferson Ave.
3 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Eight acts come together to raise funds for Milquetoast's program "Salad Days," which aims to feed anyone in need of food anywhere and at any time. Stephen Houldsworth will emcee the event and offer spoken word between sets. Note that the show starts early in the afternoon at 3 p.m. 

Livin' Thing (Urbana, IL)
Prom Nite (Toronto, Canada)
Mirror Mirror
Glowing One
@ San Loo / 3211 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7

This is a straight-up punk rock show headed off by Urbana's Livin' Thing, who offers schizophrenic songs rife with sinewy riffs. Sometimes when a band plays this tight people can be turned off by its relative cleanliness, but Livin' Thing pulls off its hooks with little to no snobbery -- occasional drum solo be damned. 


Shut In (last show)
Work (Milwaukee, WI)
Skin Tags
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / 21+

Chris Bacott's brainchild Shut In has been slinging grunge rock worship as an unsung hero of St. Louis for six or so years. Milwaukee's Work joins Shut In to celebrate (or maybe lament) the band's relatively long life as a muscular guitar force in south city. 

Nora-Fest CD Release Show feat.:
The Lion's Daughter
Alan Smithee
The Wilderness
+many more
@ Fubar / 3108 Locust St.
5 p.m. / $10

Another mixed-bill for a good cause: Proceeds from the Nora-Fest CD Release Show go to benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis in memory of Nora, the Encapsulated Studios mascot (and dog). The CD itself offers 25 covers by 25 different St. Louis bands, with a few standouts being Path of Might covering the Jesus Lizard and the Gorge covering Dazzling Killmen. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including Guitar Wolf at the Firebird on Tuesday, a night of improvised trios at KDHX's stage on Friday and Midwest Synthfest at the Crack Fox on Saturday.

Wrong Division Playlist 8/26/16

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11PM to 1AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Lightning Bolt “Planet of The Wolves” from I Love Guitar Wolf Very Much
Multicult “Jaws” from Variable Impulse
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Horse Lords “Truthers” from Interventions
Crown Larks “The Timebound Bloos” from Blood Dancer
Ava Mendoza “Quit Your Unnatural Ways” from Unnatural Ways
Baklavaa “Candy Cane” from Dane On
Bib “Pseudo Punk” from Pop
Civic Progress “Quietly Guy” from Live At KDHX
Nature Boys “Comin To Get” from new TAPE
Shitstorm “Writing On the Bathroom Wall” from From the Depths of Shangri-la
Daisy Chains “again” from Above Board - EP
Idle Bloom “Fare Fumo” from Some Paranoia - EP
Strong Force “Cresc” from Yous
Zak Marmalefsky “Sam” from Little Plant
Dracla “dogs” from Dracla
Goat “New Games” from New Games
Jessica Pavone “Walking” from Walking, Sleeping, Breathing
Flux Bikes/Sueñolas “Cycling Loops A” from Flux Bikes/Sueñolas
Golden Donna “Hider (In The House)” from Gloaming Thirst
Plack Blague “Boyz Club” from Leather Band
DROSE “The Unraveling” from Boy Man Machine
The Body and Full of Hell “One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache” from One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

This Week In St. Louis: 8/22/16 - 8/28/16


I.G.M. (DC)
Lugweight (NY)
Jake Leech
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

I.G.M. does not offer a structured noise by any means, but the resulting sound still feels calculated and careful. Lugweight brings an equally as thoughtful approach, making for an overall stacked night of experimental music via the east coast. Jake Leech performs a rare ambient set to contrast his more recent DJ and dance-based outings while Nebumeister is the latest St. Louis noise duo with members of Kenshiro's


Calvin Johnson's Selector Dub Narcotic (WA)
Dubb Nubb
My Bloody Underwear
Jane Wave + Fragile Farm
@ Bolozone
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The founder of K Records, the legendary Calvin Johnson, will perform in Bolozone's dusty backroom. This contrasts his past two visits to St. Louis at the Luminary and the now-shuttered storefront of Apop Records. The local lineup is reason enough to attend with a collaborative set between Fragile Farm and Jane Wave (Rip Rap, Swear Beam). My Bloody Underwear offers up sideways indie rock and the charming folk ballads of Dubb Nubb round out the night.

Anybody But the Cops (MI)
The Conformists
Babe Lords
Musth Bardo
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Anybody But the Cops offers a crash course in math rock that clashes with punk. Every song punches hard with considerable weight, and luckily a few stray hooks cut through the band's busy veneer. The Conformists and Babe Lords offer up two very different sounds yet fit with ABtC seamlessly -- a credit to the show's versatile lineup.


Pü F3st feat.:
Horse Lords (MD)
The Body (OR)
Bib (NE)
Plack Blague (NE)
Crown Larks (Chicago, IL)
Unnatural Ways (NY)
+many more
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
2 p.m. / $20-$30 / all ages

The third annual Pü F3st offers two (technically three if you count the free kick-off show on Friday at Blank Space) full days of punk, experimental and every weirdo sub-genre in-between. We can't recommend this fest enough, especially with bands such as Horse Lords and Imelda Marcos filling out the bill. With hyped up acts, lesser-knowns and one-time collaborative sets, this event offers a true subversive and alternative taste of underground music from throughout the US.

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including a Tuesday night of electronic music at Blank Space. On Thursday, check out the next edition of experimental series, Bruxism, at the Schlafly Tap Room or head to Kismet for an intimate evening of interesting instrumentation.

Wrong Division Playlist 8/18/16

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11PM to 1AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Telomere Repair “Bang You” from Telomere Repair
GUERILLA TOSS “Eraser Stargazer Forever (Live)” from Live in Nashville
Demon Lover “(Do the) Suicide Kit” from Moody Future
Hylidae “stress” from Hylidae
No Thanks “EX” from Position
Kenshiro's “i need you” from Grownup Music
Anybody But The Cops “Heather's Favorite Puking Spot” from The Shape of Punk To-Go
Drew Gowran “Vitality” from VITALITY
Drew Gowran “Moon Dancer” from VITALITY
Sex Funeral “...and Out” from Your Heaven Sucks
Gang Gang Dance “Glory in Itself/Egyptian” from God's Money
Pocahaunted “touch you” from Make It Real
Palberta “deja vu” from Special Worship
Palberta “Store” from Special Worship
The Ex + Tom Cora “Total Preparation” from Scrabbling At The Lock
You Fantastic! “MONOBLUES (I, II)” from Homesickness
The Sediment Club “B and the electric kill” from Kicked Back Into The Crypt
New England Patriots “What About The Wild” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Skimask “Slap Me Silly” from Cute Mutant
The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower “SLC Hunks” from Love In the Fascist Brothel
Tarngo “Trenton” from Horman
Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman “Compute” from Song X
PRE “Not Necessary” from Hope Freaks
Made in Mexico “black rabbit” from Zodiac Zoo
Colossamite “The Down Sound” from All Lingo's Clamor - EP
Timeghost “Intrusion” from Cellular
Man At Arms “Munitions” from The Lake Effect
Nick Millevoi “Bruxer” from Black Figure of a Bird - EP
CCDS (Death Squad) “Phantom Of Krankor” from Death Rides The Moonbeams!
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Noxagt “Wall's End” from Noxagt

This Week In St. Louis: 8/15/16 - 8/21/16


Lily Konigsberg (NY)
Milk Vetch
Beauty Pageant
Fragile Farm
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Lily Konigsberg (of New York no-wave outfit Palberta) plays her solo odd-pop jammers in the narrow hallway of CBGB. Opening acts range from puppeteers to noise cults. Milk Vetch brings the latest songs from Lucy (of Little Big Bangs) and Zak Marmalefsky.


Spray Paint (Austin, TX)
The Rebel (Scotland)
Old Scratch's Burnpile
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $8

Austin's Spray Paint might be one of the weirdest working bands in punk right now. Askew riffs bleed over solid half-time beats that mostly stay on the straight and narrow. The lyrics wax lackadaisical through sarcastic group vocals and yet the formula feels fresh no matter how many times the band applies it throughout several records. An excerpt written by Sarah Trone describes Spray Paint's tour mate the Rebel in better words: 
Ben Wallers started the "Country Teasers" in the mid '90s, going on to release ten or so brilliant LPs while prodding their audience with satirical, sometimes offensive opinions written from first-person standpoints, taunting the listener to question their beliefs. From the ashes of the Teasers, Ben Wallers emerged as "The Rebel," having released some thirty albums since 2004. Obliged to travel so far from home in England, with guitar and Yamaha PSS 50, he's come to St. Louis to engage in frank discussions regarding the shriveling state of world power, the inevitable death of the patriarchy and the improbability of the American dream. Read the full Q&A at

Sex Funeral (Dubuque, IA)
Fragile Farm
Kevin Harris + Alex Cunningham
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Bob Bucko Jr. returns from Iowa with yet another immersive project. This time, guitar-driven malleable metal is hammered into free-form rock over the span of long, pensive pieces. The combo of Alex Cunningham and Kevin Harris typically provides literal violin shredding through modular synthesizer for a brain-squeezing blend of strings and frantic tones -- the real world sound of a sentient robot losing its mind. 

No Thanks (NE)
Nuclear Moms (OH)
Mirror Mirror
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

No Thanks offers rock songs led astray by hardcore leanings and a focus on civil action. The lyrics here feel as vital as the riffs underneath, which are easy to grasp and hold onto. Both Mirror Mirror and Bubbleheads are two of St. Louis' best bands to crop up in the last year, and both have already refined their sound through countless shows. 


Drew Gowran (tape release)
Alberto Patino
Dave Stone

Jaded Evil Lambs
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

Drew Gowran has led the recent movement of solo-percussion performances in St. Louis with his louder-than-life approach that blends ripping rock drumming with a vicious take on jazz beats. There's an underlying groove to his gesticulations, speaking to a style that is less avant-garde and more universally relatable, despite its first impressions. 

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the next edition of NOiSETTE at Foam on Tuesday and a couple of fests on Saturday: the Whiskey War Festival and a Big Muddy Records summer picnic.

Wrong Division Playlist 8/11/16

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11PM to 1AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Lily Konigsberg “She Doesn't Have A Good Brain” from She Doesn't Have A Good Brain
Hylidae “NTHE” from Intransitve
Protomartyr “Why Does It Shake?” from The Agent Intellect
Tone Rodent “May Day” from Tone Rodent/Kisser Split 7"
Veil “into the Deep” from Into the Deep
Spray Paint “Bogans” from Bogans and Hoons - EP
The Rebel “Please Ban Music” from Exciting New Venue For Soccer and Execution of Women
Melvins “Youth of America” from Melvins - EP
Devo “Praying Hands” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
God Is My Co-Pilot “Menarche” from Get Busy
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
Nü Sensae “swim” from Sundowning
Zach Hill and Nick Reinhardt “OOZE (Excerpt)” from Live At KDHX 4-20-10
Upsilon Acrux “In-a-Gadda-Devito” from Live At KDHX 6-13-09
Zevious “Inciting” from Live At KDHX 3-11-10
Cave “Made In Malaysia” from Live At KDHX 6-10-09
Britches “You Sir: "Purr or Not to Purr"” from Live at KDHX 11-2-10
Microwaves “Your Last Nerve” from Live at KDHX 4-18-14
The Stnnng “Texas Disco” from Live At KDHX 3-30-11
Cheer-Accident “Camp O' Physique” from Live At KDHX 4-23-10
The Conformists “Swim Home” from Live At KDHX 2-17-10
Female Demand “Paint My Brains With Your House” from Live at KDHX 6-26-10
Caddywhompus “Guilt” from Live At KDHX 6-26-10
Gnarwhal “In the Junk Sick Morning” from Live at KDHX 2-19-11

This Week In St. Louis 8/9/16 - 8/14/16


Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC)
John Tamm-Buckle
DJ Cure For Pain
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Last time Tashi Dorji came to St. Louis, he made Jeremy Kannapell's living room feel like an underground bunker, safe from a nuclear war up above. His approach to guitar is peerless, ranging from quiet, more meditative trances to bustling and mind-numbing fretwork. 

Also on Tuesday, three new local collaborations and solo projects (featuring members of Demonlover, Catholic Guilt and more) take over CBGB.


The Heads Are Zeroes (MD)
The Aluminum Sasquatch Trio

@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Heads Are Zeros takes a fierce, power-violent approach to deafening songs filled with grime and mucous. St. Louis' own Exitbag is equally as powerful, bringing the kind of bass guitar and drum gesticulations that wouldn't be out of place in the LOAD Records catalog. 

A couple other options Thursday evening include the electronic compositions of NNA Tapes' Nerftoss at the Mall and a free rock show at Tap Room featuring Shitstorm and more.


Hikes (Austin, TX)
Jr. Clooney
Lobby Boxer
@ Bottom Bunk / 3655 California Ave.
9 p.m. / donations$ / all ages

At first glance, Hikes sounds smooth jazz-esque, yet the band hides a fierce underbelly that slowly sees the light of day if one listens for long enough. This show is the first of many for both Austin's Hikes and St. Louis' own Staghorn, who will embark on a tour following this night.

Pü F3st Benefit feat.:
18andCounting/Hylidae/BoBo Trio
Cory Sever
@ Lemp Brewery / 3500 Lemp Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$

This Pü F3st Benefit comes by way of Weird Culture and Living Collective for an event that offers visual art, live music, a bake sale and a public screening of The Craft. No joke. Experimental everything for a full night that starts late and ends later. 


Protomartyr (Detroit, MI)
Tone Rodent
@ Off Broadway / 3509 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $12-$14 / all ages

Protomartyr's gloomy aesthetic permeates every last bit of its set, making for a dark merging of shoegaze and post-punk. The songs catch fire fast yet burn at a slower rate than most, giving ample room for each layered section to breathe and be heard.

Ancestral Duo (DC)
Vernacular String Trio
@ Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
9 p.m. / $8-$10 / all ages

Yet another blockbuster booked at the Kerr Foundation, this night offers up DC's luminous Ancestral Duo, who, as you can tell by the video above, bring a deeply spiritual set through dense, meditative noise. This is also the inaugural live set of one Oxherding, aka Fitz Hartwig, so arrive on time for the full, ambient experience. 

For some free, lighthearted fun on SUNDAY afternoon, check out this free Ritz Park fest featuring the Pat Sajak Assassins, the Vanilla Beans and more.

Wrong Division Playlist 8/4/2016

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11PM to 1AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Shaved Women “Circles” from Shaved Women
Mala Leche “Pantallas” from Demo
La Misma “Martiz E Vidro” from Kanizadi
Pryss “Pussy Worship” from I Fear No Man
Swear Beam “Days” from Swear Beam
Shitstorm “Writing On the Bathroom Wall” from From the Depths of Shangri-la
Andy Human and the Reptoids “Negative Balance” from Ah & the Reps Tour Tape '16
Mirror Mirror “Promises” from Demo
CCDS (Death Squad) “Shapeshifter/Devastator” from Death Rides The Moonbeams!
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Modern Convenience “Gaga” from Fuck With Fire
Trauma Harness “Archipelago” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Naked Raygun “Treason” from Understand?
John Carpenter “Assault On Precinct 13 - Main Title” from Assault on Precinct 13 (the Original Motion Picture Score)
A Flock Of Seagulls “Space Age Love Song” from The Best of A Flock of Seagulls
Terry “8 Girls” from 8 Girls
Chook Race “Dentists” from About Time
AUSMUTEANTS “Tinnitus” from Amusements
Egg Chef “Red Spider Queen” from Live at KDHX
Stiff Kittens “Megasilmax” from Wendigo Soundtracks
Max Load “Wishing Machine” from Max Load
Medical Tourists “Population Density” from Medical Tourists
Welders “Baby Don't Go” from Baby Don't Go
Village People “Food Fight” from Renaissance
Ramones “I Just Want To Have Something To Do” from Road To Ruin
When in Rome “The Promise” from When in Rome
Strawberry Switchblade “Since Yesterday” from Strawberry Switchblade
Flipper “Sex Bomb Baby” from Public Flipper Limited
Ramones “Something to believe in” from Animal Boy
Ray Parker Jr “Ghostbusters (Theme Song)” from Ghostbusters

This Week In St. Louis 8/1/16 - 8/7/16


Drool (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Chicago's Drool pushes Brainiac-esque noise-punk through a fuzzed-out filter. The songs are mostly on the shorter side but offer a metric-ton of heavy riffs and gloomy chords. The most tried-and-true of St. Louis (Little Big Bangs) mingles with the relatively new Glued, featuring members of Persh, Fragile Farm and Blight Future. 

Also on Monday, Cleveland hardcore punks Vanilla Poppers play in Bolozone's basement with local newcomers, the Stranger, and more.


Royal Brat (Minneapolis, MN)
Kitten Forever (Minneapolis, MN)
Jefferson St. Parade Band (Bloomington, IN)
Babe Lords
Mother Meat
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages

The punk invasion from the north persists as Minneapolis continues to leak its killer bands all over St. Louis venues. Royal Brat, like its name implies, delivers snotty yet refined punk rock with a heaping helping of catchy hooks. The show is a hodge-podge of genres that share a few common strands of musical DNA. 

Additional options include the garage-y rock of Little Rock's Bad Boyfriends at CB's and the next installment of Way Out Weirdo Wednesday.


La Misma (NY)
Pryss (Springfield, IL)
Mala Leche
Swear Beam
@ Bonerville
9:30 p.m. / $7 / all ages

With vocals in Portuguese underscored by punk bedrock, New York's La Misma plays powerful, discordant songs that never wear out their welcome. The band is joined by Springfield's Pryss, who has a similar unrelenting approach but often runs its riffs in half-time. Swear Beam is fresh off a run of release shows for its new record, out now on Maximum Pelt. 

More picks include a double header of Andy Human and the Reptoids + an all-locals Pü F3st benefit at Foam. Alternatively, opt for an evening with FarFetched at the Pulitzer.


Drummers Only Benefit for QTPOC STL feat.:
Shelly Koesterer
Jesse Vendegna
Amber Kogut
Cameron Rogers
+many more

@ 2720 Cherokee
8 p.m. / $7-$10 / all ages

Drummers Only is a multi-drummer installation that features percussionists stationed around the inner perimeter of a venue. Once the show begins, solos, duos and trios will play short sets in quick succession. QTPOC STL (Queer and Trans People of Color in St. Louis) will have a heavy presence with speakers throughout the night. 

Around the corner, you can catch the soundscapes of Dugout Canoe and more at Kismet.