This Week In St. Louis: Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2017

MON. SEP. 25

@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-C.J. Boyd (TX)
-Mother Bear

Using his bass as a conduit, improviser CJ Boyd speaks both in drones and furious, frenetic playing. His perspective is one of a vagabond, perpetually on tour and traveling with no base or fixed location for his sound. Sarah Wahoff's Mother Bear offers a mosaic of stitched melodies, pressed and pulled for somewhat easy consumption.  

TUE. SEP. 26

@ Dugan House | 9pm | all ages
-Rays (Oakland, CA)
-Natural Man Band (Kansas City, MO)
-Pineapple RnR
-Skin Tags

Oakland's Rays may be punk in execution, but the songcraft feels pop sensible enough to dig its hooks in deep. Tourmate Natural Man & the Flamin' Hot Band shares members with Warm Bodies, as heard in its penchant for driving good time rock and roll into the ground and the through the roof of the nearest nuclear fallout shelter. 

WED. SEP. 27

@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Alex Cunningham (cd release)
-Musth Bardo
-Blank Thomas
-DJ Michael Williams

In less than four years, Alex Cunningham has become a figurehead in the city's noise and experimental scene for his work as a violinist, collaborator and visual artist. What first appears to be a frenzied performance of strings slowly starts to feel methodical and altogether natural. His latest release is a single 25-minute piece that weaves between arranged and improvised sections, making for a tense emotional arc that ultimately repays the listener for their time.

THU. SEP. 28

@ Blank Space | 9pm | $7-$10
-Foster Care (NY)
-Golden Pelicans (FL)
-The Peacers (Chicago, IL)
-The Funs

Both Golden Pelicans and Foster Care might be 2017's leading exports of the Total Punk label, who locals might know for putting out Rik & the Pigs and St. Louis' own Black Panties. The bands share a middleground built atop classic rock and roll drowned by static and feedback in equal measure. With a record out on Drag City, the Peacers slam the brakes on for a slow burn of fuzz and disparate crooning heard from the other end of a long, long tunnel.  

FRI. SEP. 29

@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $7 | all ages
-Witch Jail (Kansas City, MO)
-Weeping Icon (NY)

Brooklyn's Weeping Icon plays a noisy, sordid style of post-punk that creates palpable depth through layered vocals and darkly-leaning guitar leads. Between Mom and GNAT, the local lineup offers two of St. Louis' stronger punk bands to crop up in the last year. 

SAT. SEP. 30

@ The Nest | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Peaer (Brooklyn, NY)
-Sinai Vessel
-Shady Bug
-I Could Sleep In the Clouds

With songwriter Peter Katz at the helm, Peaer wraps otherwise innocuous indie rock in a dark, warbling shroud. The songs vibrate along, seemingly pushed forward by sharp, pointed percussion which adds depth without distraction. While shows at the Nest have been rare in recent months, this night offers a return to form with a lineup of closely knit bands.  


@ Flop House | 3pm
Grownup Music Anniversary:
-NNN Cook
-Crim Dolla Cray
-Nadir Smith

In the last 12 months, the brains behind subversive rock outfit Kenshiro's have worked out a brand of carefully curated shows and cassette releases under the name Grownup Music in hopes of promoting both a musically and socially diverse community with emphasis on quality over quantity. It's fitting that, for a year one anniversary, the collective hosts a party with DJs rather than a bloated day of bands.

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