TUE. JUL. 4
@ 2222 | 9pm | $7-$10 | all ages
Grownup Music presents:
-T.J. Borden/Kyle Motl Duo (CA)
-Selfie Queen (CA)
-Coca Cola Death Squad
San Diego export T.J. Borden approaches the cello in a dark and manic fashion and these qualities are only amplified when he works with longtime collaborator Kyle Motl. Coca Cola Death Squad, otherwise known as CCDS, might have more traction outside of St. Louis than in due to the duo's constant touring. Come here for a different kind of explosion on the 4th.
WED. JUL. 5
@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-The Deadly Vipers (Detroit, MI)
Detroit's Deadly Vipers makes a brooding kind of rock and roll that veers on the edge of surf and hot rod riffing. The songs here weave between raucous guitar squalor and more subdued verses, giving the vocals space to sail overhead in haunting fashion. South city's amorphous pop icon Jane Wave rounds out the local lineup with newcomers Mom.
FRI. JUL. 7
@ Chill Dog Cove | 10pm | $7 | all ages
-Royal Brat (Minneapolis, MN)
Few groups can be summed up by their name alone, but Royal Brat fits with the bill with snotty vocals and a punk foundation that feels just a bit more sculpted. Their sneering set of songs leaves a salty taste, which should pair well alongside Shady Bug, one of St. Louis' sweeter bands. Members of the Wad, Lumpy and more star in Pineapple RNR, yet another new band that rips.
SAT. JUL. 8
@ Schlafly Tap Room| 9pm | free | all ages
-Nonzoo (Chicago, IL)
-Imelda Marcos (Chicago, IL)
It's hard not to compare Nonzoo with Guerilla Toss, as both bands seem to share a propensity for dancey no-wave and skronk. The similarities end there though, since Nonzoo leans on busier bass leads and fierce, thrashy percussion. Imelda Marcos might identify as some brand of math rock, but the duo approaches loops and scatterbrained song structures with an unnerving aesthetic, free of needless shredding or flashy drum parts. Both Chicago bands have new tapes out on Already Dead and Sooper, respectively.
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