This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2017

MON., JAN. 30

@ Foam | 9pm | donation$ | all ages
NARAL benefit:
-The Vanilla Beans
-A Leaf In the Street

First booked as a "back pattin'" show of friends and friends' bands, this event was changed in light of Trump's executive order to stop federal funding of international organizations that perform abortions or provide abortion information. Read more about the order here, and if you can't attend the event but want to donate, visit NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri's website


@ CBGB | 9pm | donation$ | 21+
-Dumb Vision (Madison, WI)
-The Goes
-Skin Tags

Dumb Vision's frills-free garage rock applies plenty of fuzz to mask its melodic tendencies. Get past the musical smoke and mirrors for pop gems and solid songwriting. The Goes bring a blend of goth punk and new wave, brought to you by members of Willis and Nos Bos. 


@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $5
-Leggy (OH)
-T-Rextasy (NY)
-Mirror Mirror
-Babe Lords

There is a common thread that links the four bands on this show: All sit on the sliding scale of punk between pop and rock. Both touring acts bring heavy hooks with strong vocal leads -- qualities that have garnered hype in music media and DIY circles alike.

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 26, 2017

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

The Stranger “Stranger With My Face” from The Stranger
Dasher “Soviet” from Soviet
The Funs “Cross Kisser” from My Survival
Western Medication “Goes Around” from Goes Around
Persh “Panel House” from Panel House
Glowing One “Done” from Glowing One
Black Marble “Iron Lung” from It's Immaterial
Hands and Feet “Byrd Watcher feat. Sunyatta McDermott” from Hands and Feet
The Vanilla Beans “Starry” from Wavey
Dumb Vision “Dumb Vision” from Dumb Vision
Kenshiro's “I Need You” from Grownup Music
Leggy “Kick the Habit” from Leggy
Gang Of Four “Anthrax” from Entertainment!
Tomzack “Montag” from Fur Ihn Gab Es Nirgends Ein Grab Mit Blumen
Gaffa “Burn City Burn” from Hundred Reasons to Kiss the Ground
Tortoise “speakeasy” from Standards
Alex Barnett “Antarctica” from Fielded/Alex Barnett Split
The VSS “Nervous Circuits” from Nervous Circuits
Gang Gang Dance “God's Money II” from God's Money
Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman “Compute” from Song X
Battles “The Yabba” from La Di Da Di
Ga'an “Living Tribunal” from Ga'An
Raglani “The Exploded View” from Real Colors of the Physical World
Horse Lords “Encounter I / Transfinite Flow” from Interventions

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 23 - 29, 2017

THU. JAN. 26

@ Mekong | 9pm | $7 | all ages
-Max Eilbacher (Baltimore, MD)
-Headband (Baltimore, MD)
-Grain+Jer Kan
-DJ Swan

Maybe known best for his role as bassist of Baltimore's Horse Lords, Max Eilbacher filters noisy glitch into jagged beats. His solo endeavor lays somewhere between deconstructed dance songs and spacey tones. Jeremy Kannapell aka Ghost Ice collaborates with Grain (Bela Kanak of Willis) for a one-time performance. 

FRI. JAN. 27

@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $7
-Dasher (Bloomington, IN)
-The Funs
-The Stranger

Bloomington's Dasher keeps its strong melody hidden under a blanket of static and hum, masking otherwise indie leanings with a heavy penchant for noise. Expect some subgenre of midwestern rock-somethings in three distinct shades. 

SAT. JAN. 28

@ The Luminary | 9pm | $10-$15 | all ages
HEARding Cats Collective presents:
-Kevin Harris
-Rich O'Donnell
-Dr. Mabuse

We've seen similar lineups from the HEARding Cats Collective before, yet this trio has consistently offered inventive shows that range from underwater performances to immersive audiovisual realms. Dubbed "Analog Revenge," this night promises three perspectives on modular and analog synthesizer. 

@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $7
-Western Medication (Nashville, TN)
-Glowing One

Western Medication makes slow-burning shoegaze jams that unpeel in real time, revealing a crosshatch of subdued riffing. A strong local lineup opens the show, offering similarly meditative rock for an all around indie-focused bill. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 19, 2017

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

Pink and Brown “Black Pearl” from Shame Fantasy II
Skimask “Tempurpedic Mattress” from Cute Mutant
Shitstorm “Evil” from From the Depths of Shangri-la
Made in Mexico “Yes we can” from Guerillaton
The Ex + Tom Cora “The Flute's Tale” from Scrabbling At The Lock
Neptune “Yellow river” from Gong Lake
Goat “Hexman” from New Games
CCDS (Death Squad) “322” from Death Rides The Moonbeams!
Daniel Francis Doyle “Pitching Arm” from Who Are Your Customers
Multicult “Repeating Decimal” from Position Release
Shellac “canada” from Terraform
XDS “earthquake” from Forest Field
Pterodactyl “Chx Bx” from Pterodactyl
Britches “Blue Ruin” from Demonstration
Rroselicoeur “The Dark Side of Johan L.” from Drachenhohle
Muscle Brain “Friend of America” from Purgatore
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Nordic Walking” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 3
Curt Oren “Is Anyone” from Curt Oren
Man Man “Young Einstein On the Beach” from Six Demon Bag
Chevreuil “Cannibal Lover” from Capoeira
Old Man Lady Luck “no 1” from Old Man Lady Luck
Vernacular String Trio “Parlance” from Parlance
Bloarzeyd “newnewnewnewnewsong” from The Shape of Noise to Come Vol.01
Boredoms “Super Going” from Super Ae
Ugh, God “Re-Ejected” from Deep, Dark, Mysterious and Serious

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 16 - 22, 2017

FRI., JAN. 20

@ Joe's Cafe | 8pm | $10-$20
New Music Circle presents:
-Iva Bittova (Czech Republic)
-Hamid Drake (Chicago, IL)

The first New Music Circle event of 2017 offers world-renowned percussionist Hamid Drake, whose body of work features collaborations with Peter Brotzmann, Pharaoh Sanders, William Parker and Michael Zerang among many more. On this night, he performs alongside violinist Iva Bittova, who accompanies strings with vocal work that reminisces East European music. 

@ The Sinkhole | 8:30pm | $5-$10
Benefit for Latinos en Axión:
-Trauma Harness
-Newt Patrol

This anti-inauguration show offers a mix of St. Louis bands in benefit of Latinos en Axión. The organization's mission statement: "We are a grassroots organization created by and for Latino Immigrants and their families. We seek to promote individual transformation as well as build engagement in our work for social and economic justice."

SAT. JAN. 21

@ Beatnik Bob's | 8pm | all ages
-Zak M

Remember Cranky Yellow? The spirit of the now-defunct storefront and venue on Cherokee Street has moved into the City Museum via Beatnik Bob's. Zak M will bring his baritone voice backed up by busy fingerstyle guitar to the freshly decorated space for a longform solo performance. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 12, 2017

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

Ultraviolents” from Everything Sucks and I Wanna Die
Pigeon “I Wanna Be Your Homophobe” from Windows and Orphans
Kenshiro's “She Wants the D” from Grownup Music
ICE fka Black James “Cut 2 See” from I'm A Miracle
Mirror Mirror “Promises” from Extra Credit
Catholic Guilt “Tongue 'n Groove” from Beyond Pleasuredome
Sediment Club “Band the Electric Kill” from Guerilla Toss/Sediment Club Split
Mount Shasta “Walkathon” from Put The Creep On
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule “We Are All Bob Marley” from Colonial Donuts
Cellular Chaos “It Kills Myself” from Diamond Teeth Clenched
Eula “Noose” from Wool Sucking
Gang Of Four “Anthrax” from Entertainment!
Lair “Sleeper Agent Man” from Test
The USA Is a Monster “Clay People” from Wohaw
Brise-Glace “Host of Latecomers” from when in Vanitas...
Yukon “Mt. Pleasant” from Mortar
Many Arms “extraction” from Missing Time
Timeghost “On Airs, Waters, & Places” from Cellular
Horse Lords “Bending to the Lash” from Interventions
Upsilon Acrux “Oaxaca” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Vernacular String Trio “Parlance” from Parlance
Imelda Marcos “Dresses the Colors of Crayons” from Isa
Imelda Marcos “Painting Of Skeletal Goats Grinding Their Teeth Across The Sky” from Dalawa
Yoshida Tatsuya Imahori Tsuneo “Lines” from Dots
Battles “Hi / Lo” from EP C / B EP

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 9 - 15, 2017

TUES., JAN. 10

@ Foam | 9pm | $5-$7 | all ages
-The Guests (Philadelphia, PA)
-Strange Passage (Boston, MA)
-Trauma Harness

The Guest provides a melodic brand of gloomy post-punk with percussive basslines and smooth transitions. Not to be upstaged on its own home turf, Trauma Harness brings a similar vibe with a slightly more manic style of songwriting. 


@ Old Rock House | 8pm | $18/$20 | all ages
Art of Live Festival:
-Tortoise (Chicago, IL)

Veterans of the Chicago jazz and avant-garde scenes coalesce in Tortoise, a decades-old collective whose sounds range from dub-esque jams to video-gamey songs with heavy kraut-rock leanings. 

@ San Loo | 8pm | $5
16th Annual XRII:
-Skarekrau Radio
-Satan's God

300 spankings are in order for the founder of Pancake Productions: Googolplexia (aka Rob Severson) celebrates his 300th show with resident no-wave cult Skarekrau Radio and a rare performance by the reclusive Satan's God. 

SUN. JAN. 15

@ The Nest | 8pm | $5 | all ages
-Night Pits (IA)
-Mirror Mirror
-Shady Bug
-Isabel Rex
-Dick Wolf

Night Pits' party punk offers up a nostalgic pill filled with the powder of early emo and '90s pop rock. Mirror Mirror and the brand-new Shady Bug round out a solid local lineup that gives reason enough to make the show. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 6, 2017

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

Trauma Harness “Last Action Hero” from Trauma Harness/Bunnygrunt split
The Guests “Sick Of It All” from Red Scare '15
Good Doom “Put Your Sweater On” from Hug
Two Keys Ensemble “Fight On Kingshighway” from (45)
The Star Death “Song to Save You” from Feministica
Running “Totally Fired” from Frizzled - Single
Tunic “Bend” from Tunic/Conduct Split 7
The Fordists “Post Structuralist Goes to Washington” from The Fordists 7"
Lava “Newsprint” from Lava
Colossamite “My Driving Hand” from All Lingo's Clamor - EP
Benard “Medieval Kinevel” from Split with Worn In Red
Googolplexia “Pancake Pieces” from Pancake Pieces
Tortoise “Reservoir Sheets” from lonesome sound
Tortoise “Seneca” from Standards
Gay Beast “We Keep Our Victims Ready” from Charm
Dead Rider “The Unnatural Act” from Chills On Glass
Microwaves “R.V.I.S.” from Beholder E.P.
Diet Cokeheads “Jons” from Oral
Xbxrx “Center Where Sight” from Wars
Don Vito “Jean-Luc Cora” from A Collection of Songs from Sold-Out Records
Don Vito “Banana” from A Collection of Songs from Sold-Out Records
Don Vito “webb 2.0” from A Collection of Songs from Sold-Out Records
Aids Wolf “Gnarly Tooth” from Cities of Glass
Melt-Banana “Pain in Ash” from Young Widows/Melt Banana 7"
Anybody But The Cops “Ronnie James Deodurant” from The Shape of Punk To-Go
Yoshida Tatsuya Imahori Tsuneo “Shapes” from Dots
Ahleuchatistas “A Little Effort Goes Away” from Location Location
Smother Party “Whiskey Sheen” from Casa Limon

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 2 - 8, 2017


@ Kismet | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Venereal Crush (Dubuque, IA)
-Tracy Andreotti+Dave Stone duo
-Alex Cunningham

Dubuque sound artist Bob Bucko Jr. brings his multiform ensemble to Kismet Creative Center with a local lineup that features the rare duo of cellist Tracy Andreotti and saxophonist Dave Stone and Alex Cunningham performing solo pieces on violin.


@ Schlafly Tap Room | 9pm | free | all ages
-Vernacular String Trio
-Toni Saputo

A night of improvisations, compositions and experimental pieces that fall somewhere between. Expect strings (as made evident by Vernacular STRING Trio), keys and percussion for a free event at one of St. Louis' most consistent music venues. 


@ CBGB | 8pm | donation$ | 21+
Benefit Show for Doctors Without Borders:
-The Mercs
-Traveling Sound Machine
-Pirate Signal
-The Vigilettes

The narrow confines of CBGB provide the right kind of tunnel vision for frills-free rock and roll. Hopefully you're still feeling the season of giving after the recent glut of holiday benefit shows. 


@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $5-$7
-Falling (Minneapolis, MN)
-Good Doom (Minneapolis, MN)
-Royal Vessels
-Cold Rooms

For the last year or two, Minneapolis' chief export has been solid bands who quickly garner national hype of varying degrees and the same holds true for Falling. Good Doom's wiry, melodic shoegaze tampers with the typical formula of thick, reverbed-out guitars to offer a more nuanced palate with its songs. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!