This Week In St. Louis: Aug. 7 - 13, 2017


@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Dasher (Bloomington, IN)
-Pineapple RnR

Dasher bolts through its manic brand of punk with subtle psych leanings. The songs feel fierce yet run at a steady pace with just enough space for its tense riffing. Pineapple RnR is the latest export from the Lumpy set and Sundowning performs with a guest drummer for this show. 


@ CBGB | 9pm | donation$ | 21+
-Brother Gruesome (Oklahoma City, OK)
-Animal City (Chicago, IL)
-The Emotron (TX)
-Zak Marmalefsky
-Little Big Bangs

Oklahoma City's Brother Gruesome injects hints of blues and folk into its otherwise unhinged rock. Blackened riffs feel heavy without leaning on the crutch of high volume, which highlights the duo's biggest strength: songwriting. Legendary performance artist Emotron joins Brother Gruesome on tour while Animal City passes through on the same day to make for an all-around massive show. 

@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel (Atlanta, GA)
-Mondo Rip

It's rare that a group's sound is so perfectly summed up by its name, but the duo of Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (lap steel) prefers to keep its aesthetic fairly straight-forward, allowing the product to speak for itself. The renowned local duo of Kevin Harris and Alex Cunningham round out this show by melting together modular synthesizer and violin. 


@ Blank Space | 9pm | $5
-Blank Thomas (tape release)
-Nadir Smith
-Larva Lu

Sound artist Blake Butler might be just as known for his video projections as his primary music endeavor, Blank Thomas. His pieces incorporate glitch and fast-moving melodies with an emphasis on texture and subtle stereo panning. He creates an audibly smooth aesthetic by rounding out the edges of parts that should cut right through yet land softly on the ear. This concept is given shape on his latest release through Grownup Music.

THU. AUG. 10

@ Upstairs Lounge | 9:30pm | $5
-Hylidae (farewell show)
-Trauma Harness
-DJs 18&Counting + Urlike

This is a farewell show but not in the way you might think. The brain behind Hylidae, Jon Burkhart, is moving to Canada, and this party at Upstairs Lounge is a send-off densely packed with some of St. Louis' strangest synth workers -- plus a special appearance by Grain.

FRI. AUG. 11

@ The Nest | 8pm | all ages
-Drool (Chicago, IL)
-It's Me: Ross (Columbia, MO)
-Little Big Bangs

Chicago's Drool is equal parts noise and punk with its bizarre riffing drowned in delay and feedback. The songs are catchy enough and rip with considerable pace, but the overall vibe here feels wobbly and unnerving. St. Louis' Persh predates Shady Bug, Glued and Bald but features members from all three bands, making for a cracked cauldron of shoegaze-tinged rock.

SAT. AUG. 12

@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Tunic (Winnipeg)
-Coca-Cola Death Squad
-Fragile Farm

With a set of cutting noise-rock songs, Tunic recalls groups such as Drive Like Jehu and Unwound but not enough to feel derivative. By weaving between deceptively simple and altogether dense sections, the Winnipeg trio offers a varied range without relying on any one aesthetic. The whole lineup is a scattered selection of odd-leaning groups who aren't beholden to any one specific genre. 

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