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


@ Floodplain | 8pm
-Panicsville (Chicago, IL)
-Brain Transplant

If it hasn't already, legendary Chicago noise outfit Panicsville should be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and while that alone is reason enough to go, the video above (which clocks in at under one minute) should be the last push any fan of noise or electronic music in St. Louis needs. 

@ The Firebird | 7:30pm | $15
-Speedy Ortiz (MA)
-Tera Melos (CA)
-Lobby Boxer

By pulling off quick, wiry riffing inside what would otherwise be a strong showing of pop-sensible rock, Speedy Ortiz molds subtle and proggy songs that connect melodic leads to fierce and technical percussion. Tera Melos is very much that band's inverse, letting pop tendencies bleed into dense math rock songs, 

THU. OCT. 26

@ The Nest | 8pm | all ages
-C.H.E.W. (Chicago, IL)
-Brief Candles (Milwaukee, WI)

By putting up its suffocating wall of hardcore, C.H.E.W. rarely relents with an aggressive aural directive. The band's gnar does lock in long enough to take an angular shape, casting a distinct shadow in contemporary midwestern punk. St. Louis' own Gnat works with a similarly heavy and cast-iron sound, leaning into searing guitar lines and throaty vocals. 

SAT. OCT. 28

@ Schlafly Tap Room | 9pm | free | all ages
-Imelda Marcos (Chicago, IL)
-Moonrace (album release)
-Syna So Pro
-Fragile Farm

The duo in Imelda Marcos commits to a live endurance test of percussive guitar and polyrhythmic drumming, using repetition with nuance to invoke a meditative vibe. The band is technical without coming off tech-y or inane, which is a feat for a sound that feels so densely layered. Syna So Pro and Fragile Farm are both solo, vocally-driven acts who employ use of loops to create winding pieces of odd pop. 

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