TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC)
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.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
The Heads Are Zeroes (MD)
The Aluminum Sasquatch Trio
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
The Heads Are Zeros takes a fierce, power-violent approach to deafening songs filled with grime and mucous. St. Louis' own Exitbag is equally as powerful, bringing the kind of bass guitar and drum gesticulations that wouldn't be out of place in the LOAD Records catalog.
A couple other options Thursday evening include the electronic compositions of NNA Tapes' Nerftoss at the Mall and a free rock show at Tap Room featuring Shitstorm and more.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
Hikes (Austin, TX)
@ Bottom Bunk / 3655 California Ave.
9 p.m. / donations$ / 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.:
@ 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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
Protomartyr (Detroit, MI)
@ 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.