TUE. OCT. 10
@ RKDE | 9:30pm | $7
-Fotocrime (Louisville, KY)
Fotocrime makes estranged, four-on-the-floor chunks of gloomy post-punk. The vocals here float over top, leaving just enough space for sparse melodies to take the lead. St. Louis' own Trauma Harness and Sundowning round out the show with wiry riffs pushed through a thin veneer of punk.
THU. OCT. 12
@ 2720 Cherokee | 9pm | $7
-Sweet Knives (Memphis, TN)
True to the hype, Sweet Knives makes a mass of gnar that grows with each blast of feedback. The songs here do cover familiar ground (being rock and roll and all) but the twists and turns the guitars take along the way set the sound apart.
FRI. OCT. 13
@ Flop House | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Deux Plex (tape release)
-Crim Dolla Cray
Featuring Milena Kanak (of Willis), the duo of Deux Plex approaches its wavey set of songs with sharp, repetitive beats and a lush interweaving of synth and vocals. From sparse and airy sections to walls of warbling hum, Deux Plex's general vibe is as expansive as it is pointed and deliberate. Following up albums from Blank Thomas and John Beabout, local label Grownup Music releases this new tape and continues its mission to share some of St. Louis' most subversive acts.
SUN. OCT. 15
@ Pizza Head | 1pm | free | all ages
Another Pizza Head matinee offers newish South City bands in Tube Socks and Nibiru (featuring Mark Plant and Ben Osborne of Times Beach). Mom shows the sleazy side of rock and roll with lyrics like "do you wanna bam-bam?" over tight riffing and tom-heavy drumming.
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