This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 2 - 7, 2018

TUE. JAN. 2


@ Kismet | 8pm | all ages
-Venereal Crush (Dubuque, IA)
-Dane Rousay (San Antonio, TX)
-Bob Bucko Jr. (Dubuque, IA)
-Ghost Ice/Larva duo

Led by Iowa city native Bob Bucko Jr., Venereal Crush incorporates dark and ambient drone with a light injection of free jazz. The group makes noise with considerable heft, playing with a wide dynamic range to express its harrowing vibe. Percussionist Dane Rousay comes from southern Texas to join with St. Louis' own Drew Gowran and Alex Cunningham for a kinetic set of strings and skins.

WED. JAN. 3


@ Blank Space | 9pm | $7
-The Body (Portland, OR)
-Bates
-Ra Child
-Dave Stone

What might be the most inventive doom band in America, the Body offers a gas-powered approach to gritty and guttural songs. The group uses volume to great effect with a level that permeates the skin and forces those in attendance to physically feel the sound. While the records relate the aesthetic to great effect, the live show should be seen as an installation or performance art.

FRI. JAN. 5


@ The Sinkhole | 8pm
-Decisions (NY)
-The Stranger
-Maximum Effort

Songs like "RICH PUNX ON COKE" sum up Decisions' vibe with a sarcastic outlook on the darker side of punk while offering up sleek, angular songs. The band plays like a well-oiled machine, churning out solid and catchy hooks with a seamless and high level of execution. St. Louis' the Stranger matches Decisions turn for turn, banging out a hard-edged but just as hooky set of riffs.

SAT. JAN. 6


@ The Nest | 9:30pm | $7 | all ages
-Bugg (Bloomington, IN)
-Glued
-Sundowning

Bugg might be credited for "alt-rock revivalism" by the heads over at Noisey, but the Bloomington crew carries that torch without the intention (or pretension) to do so. Stout melodic leads cut clearly through a wall of fuzz moved along by propulsive drums. Glued and Sundowning split duties on local support, making for a cohesive and solid block of indie oddities and rock.

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