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.