MONDAY, AUGUST 1
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
Royal Brat (Minneapolis, MN)
Kitten Forever (Minneapolis, MN)
Jefferson St. Parade Band (Bloomington, IN)
@ 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.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
La Misma (NY)
Pryss (Springfield, IL)
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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Drummers Only Benefit for QTPOC STL feat.:
@ 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.