This Week In St. Louis: June 12 - 18, 2017

TUE. JUN. 13

@ Foam | 9pm | $5-$7 | all ages
-Squelch (Little Rock, AR)
-Natural Velvet (Baltimore, MD)
-Gummy Ache

Squelch bangs its head against the beaten path of searing, lo-fi punk. There's no attempt at reinventing the wheel here -- the band opts to set it on fire and send it tumbling down a rocky hill. Gummy Ache is a new outfit from members of Sundowning and Glued.

WED. JUN. 14

Wed. Jun. 14 @ El Lenador
9pm | $5
-Dane Rousay (San Antonio, TX)
-Blank Thomas
-Mister Ben

San Antonio-native Dane Rousay seems to be in a constant state of touring, hitting St. Louis with a nuanced set of solo percussion. The nomadic drummer doesn't insult the audience with loud, flashy soloing but instead opts to tell a story with a set that flows from quiet and pensive pieces to dense flourishes of sound. 

THU. JUN. 15

@ Kismet | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Hidden Ritual (TX)
-Trauma Harness

What makes Hidden Ritual so distinct is its subtle injection of psychedelic riffs inside otherwise surfy songs, which results in a strange vibe that feels dark yet disconnected. Fresh off recording for a new LP, Trauma Harness brings its sculpted post-punk alongside Concentrator and Seashine, two relatively new favorites that have popped up in the last year. 

FRI. JUN. 16

@ CBGB | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Alouette (Chicago, IL)
-Jane Wave

Chicago duo Alouette offers stripped down grunge with a hard grip on fuzz and static. Its songs harness a chaotic guitar tone where melodies leak out from under a wall of noise. Jane Wave appears in whatever form Sam Pounders opts for on this night and Sundowning rounds out the show with a tempered take on shoegaze. 

FRI. JUN 16-SAT. JUN. 17

@ The Grove | $15
Riverfront Times Music Showcase:
-Little Big Bangs
-Trauma Harness
-The Stranger

More than 100 bands are crammed into 9 venues on a small strip of Manchester for twelve straight hours of rapid-fire sets. $15 comes out to less than 15 cents an act, but this show is worth the price alone just to see the spectacle of so many bands in one place. Check out the full lineup at

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