This Week In St. Louis 9/26/16 - 10/2/16


Buck Gooter (Harrisonburg, VA)
Animal Lover (Minneapolis, MN)
Phantom Head (Kansas City, MO)
Trauma Harness

@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson

9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
In passing, I've heard Buck Gooter described as "this dude in his 60s, playing this crazy noise rock." These are harsh and biting songs via metallic guitar and a stabbing drum machine. Kansas City's Phantom Head combines dark, stringent punk in mostly half-time with snarky vocals and an overall noisy vibe, while Animal Lover sates the Shellac-obsessed with amps loud enough to crack asphalt. Trauma Harness opens in the back room -- check its new release right here.


The World (Oakland, CA)
Warm Bodies (Kansas City, MO)
The Stranger
The Wad
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages
The World and Warm Bodies' recent dual live tape is a match made in MRR punk heaven. The World errs more on the side of sax-laden no-wave, yet its songs carry an optimistic and upbeat party-vibe. Be first in line to catch the Wad, another new band a la south city.

Cyrus Pireh (Duluth, MN)
Beauty Pageant
Mike Herr
The Goes
9 p.m. / 21+
Cyrus Pireh merges complex loops of harsh guitar with modular synthesizer in pieces that slowly unfold to reveal disparate melodies. The video above is decidedly lo-fi, yet it provides a preview of his singular approach that is absolutely dense but still wholly accessible.


Public Memory (NY)
9 p.m. / all ages
On its latest release on 4AD, Merchandise displays a gloomy shoegaze layered with huge, vibrant drumming and an uncanny sense of melody. Riffs feel as if they're being pulled down from outer space yet retain a semblance of structure inside the tight rhythm section. Hot off the release of his latest self-titled album and a recent tour, Hylidae opens the show.


New Music Circle presents:
Kris Davis and Craig Taborn duo
7 p.m. / $10-$20
Accomplished improviser and renowned pianist Kris Davis just released an album titled Duopoly. On this recording, Davis performs in duos with eight different artists making one composed song and one improvised piece each. One of these duos is with performer Craig Taborn, and this event is your shot at seeing the two live -- a stellar kick-off for New Music Circle's 2016-2017 season.

Typesetter (Chicago, IL)
The Hurt Ensemble (RI)
Early Worm
9 p.m. / $5-$7 / all ages
Chicago's Typesetter blends shoegazing songs with the volume and intense approach of a post-hardcore band. Every little part feels magnified with little to no restraint. Staghorn provides local support with its slow-burning, post-apocalyptic, post-rock songs featuring new drummer, Max Sandza.


Flamingo (Berlin/Denmark)
Thumpy Sticky
Eric Hall
Gaslight hosts a free-jazz event featuring players from Berlin and Denmark in the trio Flamingo. Thumpy Sticky offers the quartet of Drew Gowran, J.J. Hamon, Chris Powers and Dave Stone. Eric Hall will perform a solo electronic set to open the evening.

See the calendar side bar for more shows happening this week including the next edition of Bruxism, Terror Pigeon at Chill Dawg Cove, GCADD Exhibition 7 in Granite City, Tory Starbuck at Mangia Italiano and Jack Wright at Foam with Ghost Ice and others.