This Week In St. Louis: Nov. 13 - 19, 2017

WED. NOV. 15

@ El Lenador | 8pm | $5-$8
-Roughhousing (Ottawa, Ontario)
-Dave Stone/Larva/Ghost Ice trio

As Roughhousing, the trio of Jack Wright, Evan Lipson and Zach Darrup make a guttural brand of free improvisation that works in frequent bursts of energy with a startling dynamic range. The dream team of Ghost Ice, Larva and Dave Stone represent St. Louis with what's sure to be a powerful one-time performance. A can't miss for fans of free jazz, noise and experimental music in general. 

THU. NOV. 16

@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Thollem (NM)
-Mother Bear
-Aiko Tsuchida & Eric Hall duo

This is another stand out in a week packed with solid experimental shows as legendary improviser Thollem McDonas comes to St. Louis to share composed works. There's a lot of crossover in his free-improv work and his distinct approach to songcraft. Come see the songwriter side of a luminous and multi-faceted performer.

SAT. NOV. 18

@ The Heavy Anchor | 8:30pm | $7 | 21+
Benefit for Planned Parenthood:
-Syna So Pro
-The Pat Sajak Assassins
-The Goes
-DJ Vinca Minor

Multi-instrumentalist Syrhea Conaway builds syncopated layers of rhythm and melody with her voice at the fore. Both her solo endeavor, Syna So Pro, and her full band, Pat Sajak Assassins, lead a solid night of locals in support of Planned Parenthood. 

@ The Sinkhole | 8pm | free | all ages
-Shitstorm (tape release)
-The Vahnevants (Des Moines, IA)
-Goldblums (Des Moines, IA)
-The Death
-Maximum Effort

In the last four or so years, Shitstorm has gone from Matt Stuttler and a tape deck to a full-on rock and roll institution in St. Louis. This night celebrates the band's new tape in its native habitat of the Sinkhole (of which Stuttler and his wife own). Two Des Moines, IA rippers in The Vahnevants and Goldblums make for a well-rounded rock show. 

SUN. NOV. 19

@ Foam | 7:30pm | all ages
-Yautja (Nashville, TX)
-Pyrrhon (NY)
-Van Buren

Featuring Tyler Coburn of Gnarwhal, Nashville's Yautja makes pulverizing songs that border on grind without shedding solid songwriting. The leads here are bolstered by beats with a polyrhythmic rip. Punchy bass riffing glues this power trio's densely packed sound into a well-oiled, cohesive unit. A mesmerizing and hypnotizing set of songs ensues. 

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