This Week In St. Louis: Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, 2018

MON. FEB. 26

@ Kerr Foundation | 8pm | $7-$10
-Bitchin Bajas (Chicago, IL)
-Nadir Smith
-The Funs

The brainchild of Cooper Crain (Cave, Warhammer 48K), Bitchin Bajas offers up an electro-acoustic abyss of circular synth and a wild, textural crosshatch of noise. One of St. Louis' straight-up coolest spaces hosts a night of prime exploratory music ranging from the rock-rooted Funs to the sample-based Nadir Smith. 


@ The B Side | 7pm
-Body Pressure (Austin, TX)

St. Louis' most recent post-punk export in Waterproof backs up a tight two-band bill featuring the pulverizing hardcore of Body Pressure. The songs rarely relent, pushing a wall of low, guttural hum shaped by a strict and sharp rhythm section. The guitar is gripped by gnar and molded into harsh, memorable leads. 


@ GCADD | 9pm
Benefit for Arch City Defenders:
-Sea Priestess (tape release)
-Wax Fruit
-DJ Crim Dolla Cray
-DJ Ghost Ice

Coming off the release of a board game by his other endeavor Catholic Guilt, KDHX DJ Swan fronts the amorphous Sea Priestess, a pile of sonic oddities given a danceable shape. The recently released music video (above) offers an intimate look at the project and should be seen as both a promise and warning of the weirdness to come. 

@ Way Out Club | 8pm | $5-$7
-Hundredmillionthousand (Canada)
-Hands and Feet
-Ali Naeini
-Eric Hall

Capping off a week of wondrous electronic acts comes the immeasurable Hundredmillionthousand, who takes a distinct approach to carefully stacking moving layers of melody. Pieces are peeled and reset in real time, resulting in a rhythmic rip that is undeniably buoyant. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Feb. 23, 2018

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Låda “Små Gren” from Låda
The Funs “On the Water” from Is A Cult
Bitchin Bajas “Circles On Circles” from Bajas Fresh
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe “Heart Of Sogguth” from Kulthan
Mike Herr “Glyphs Along the Roadside” from Continual Debrief
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Waveless “My Apathy” from Spirit Island
Terrible Truths “Sink Or Swim” from Terrible Truths
Sicbay “Matamoros” from The Firelit S'coughs
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Surfers Around the Fountain” from Jealousy Mountain Duo
Palm “Crank” from Palm - Audiotree Live
Sneaks “Look Like That” from It's a Myth
18andCounting & TheOnlyEnsemble “Rings To Your Saturn” from Animal Skins
Deerhoof “Kokoye” from Mountain Moves
Nail Polish “Selected Comments” from Authentic Living
Lithics “Lizard” from Borrowed Floors
Pallas “Cast a Lion Cured a Crow” from Pallas
Blue Smiley “Dark” from Return
Trauma Harness “Echolocation” from Pain, Death, Defeat & Revival
Don Gero “Fire Ball I” from Wizarding
Devo “Mongoloid” from Q: Are We Not Men?
The Bug “Buzz” from What's Buggin' You?
Nü Sensae “Whispering Rule” from Sundowning
Dream Probe “Demonios” from Demo II
La Misma “Kanizadi” from Kanizadi
Marbled Eye “Objects” from EP

Wrong Division Playlist: Feb. 15, 2018

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Pallas “Cast a Lion Cured a Crow” from Pallas 12"
Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa “Benbelo” from Are Euphoria
Parlor Walls “Crime Engine Failure” from Opposites
Catholic Guilt “Pink Out” from Beyond Pleasuredome
Vernacular String Trio “Parlance” from Parlance
Jane Wave “All Dust” from Plastic Peridot
Giving Up “Big Muscles” from Garner Cardinals
Topomaka “Throw a Line” from Roam
Datenight “Too good” from Datenight / Spodee Boy Split 7"
PRE “Why Be Wives” from Hope Freaks
High Castle “Super Gu” from Spirit Of The West
Tunic “Eye Contact” from Boss
Animal Lover “Waterparks of America” from Stay Alive
Deerhoof “This Magnificent Bird Will Rise” from Reveille
Forget The Times “Marion Morrison” from Soul Music
The Fordists “Without a Watch” from Watch You
Melkbelly “Middle Of” from Nothing Valley
Mint “Laugh Alone” from Demo
Toupee “Glitter Roach” from Leg Toucher
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from Yt // St
Night Grinder “Street Justice, Pt. IV” from Immediate Content
Horse Lords “Bending At The Lash” from Interventions
Passe Montagne “Song and Dance” from Long Play
Colossamite “For the Sake of Structure” from All Lingo's Clamor
Xaddax “Ripper” from Ripper / Mr. Deer
My Name Is Rar-Rar “Hounds” from Ripper / Mr. Deer
Tarngo “Semper Augustus” from Horman

This Week In St. Louis: Feb. 12 - 18, 2018

WED. FEB. 14

El Lenador | 7:30pm | $5
-Bad History Month (Boston, MA)
-Longface (Chicago, IL)
-Daytime Television
-Nicole Grace
-DJ nebulosa

What first feels like a minimalist take on songwriting unfolds into a disparate and sonorous soundscape rife with regret, self-loathing and ultimately redemption. The man behind Boston's Bad History Month is an absolute wordsmith, and he paints multitudes with solemn strokes of a six-string. Julio Prato wears his DJ hat as nebulosa to glue together this alternative to Valentine's Day on Cherokee Street.

@ Foam | 8pm | $5 | all ages
Benefit for Metro Trans Umbrella Group:
-Transgression (Louisville, KY)
-Pryss (Springfield, IL)
-Chalked Up

With one ear pressed firmly to the pavement, Transgression recycles oppression into aggression with its succinct and ferocious flavor of hardcore. Springfield-native Pryss is St. Louis' strongest satellite of dark and frantic punk. The cause is enough to take notice, but the bands are reason enough to actually go. Donate directly at

THU. FEB. 15

@ CBGB | 9pm | $5-$7 | 21+
-Mint (Philadelphia, PA)
-Fried E/M

Wiry post-punk outfit Mint injects fiery rock riffing inside a sharp and pointed set of songs. The band's general aesthetic feels expansive, as if any sound could come leaking out at any time. The Philly group matches that potential in a passive way, not calling attention to its pure skill and musicianship throughout. St. Louis' own post-punk newbies Waterproof open the gig with their first show. 

@ Foam | 8pm | $7 | all ages
-Melkbelly (Chicago, IL)
-The Funs
-Shady Bug

From the low pounding of the toms to the signature snappy fills heard in Lightning Bolt, Melkbelly amplifies its folk and roots songcraft with an absolutely bonkers rhythm section. The show as a whole gives off the vibe of some Exploding in Sound label showcase at SXSW -- a night of indie bands set up on a slab of rock floating in lava.

SUN. FEB. 18

@ HOEL | 9pm | $5
-Beyond Peace (IA)
-Fried E/M

As one of the first shows at HOEL, this is worth hitting up to see how the building holds up during Q's set. Fried E/M lends local support for the second time this week, so consider this an encore (or an option if you missed them on Thursday). The space is tiny, so ear protection is mandatory. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Feb. 8, 2018

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Arvid Noe “King's Mirror” from Arvid Noe
Stove Blow “I Thought You Were A Tube” from I Thought You Were A Tube EP
Captain Captain “TRAKSTAR” from TRAKSTAR
Pillow Talk “Sorry (I'm)” from Demo
Bob Bucko Jr “No Values (Black Flag)” from 2017 Spring Tour
Glass Teeth “Your Fired” from Notice of Termination
Marj “Prophet Omega” from Marj
333Bababa “Macro” from VACATION - EP
Chris Trull and Danny McClain “Killing Fever” from Digging Out the Switch Again
Sign-Off “Daddyshands” from 10.1 EP
Warhammer 48K “Get Bodacious” from Warhammer 48k
Heavy Medical “Sword Things” from Threats
Harco “green” from Influential Noise Band
Brainiac “Simon Says” from Internationale - EP
Dead Rider “Arranged Marriage To No Toms” from Mother Of Curses
Muscle Brain “will” from Purgatore
New England Patriots “What About The Wild” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Die Monitr Batss “Catholic Guilt (At Night)” from Girls of War
A Deer A Horse “Backswimmer” from Backswimmer - EP
Many Arms “Pathways Through to Space” from Suspended Definition
Multicult “Centroid” from Position Remote
Made in Mexico “Face of the Earth” from Zodiac Zoo
Yoshida Tatsuya Imahori Tsuneo “Mothers” from Dots

Wrong Division Playlist: Feb. 1, 2018

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Brainiac “Go Freaks Go” from Brainiac Internationale
Baus “I Don't Want It” from Idol Minds
Aids Wolf “Letter to Al Johnson” from Clash of the Life-Force Warriors
Xbxrx “Center Where Sight” from Wars
Eula “Orderly” from Wool Sucking
Thy Mighty Contract “Bats in the Dark” from Thy Mighty Contract
Constant Insult “Sir Dog” from Constant Insult 
God Is My Co-Pilot “Menarche” from Get Busy
Mayor Daley “Paul's Pasture” from Sand Bath
Winning “A List of Why Not” from This Is an Ad for Cigarettes
Nü Sensae “Whispering Rule” from Sundowning
Forget The Times “Dead Slint” from Soul Music
Pterodactyl “Astros” from Pterodactyl
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “You've Got Male” from Peaced
Colossamite “Hot house” from Economy of Motion
Colossamite “Mr. Somebody Does Something” from Economy of Motion
Melt-Banana “Sick Zip Everywhere” from Scratch or Stitch
Blame Game “Shining Penderecki” from ANTHOLOGY
Big Bear “Song 17” from Under the Beach
Wong & Minekawa “7000000000 Human Elements” from Are Euphoria
Palm “Trying” from Shadow Expert 
You Fantastic! “Monoblues (I, II)” from Homesickness
Hella “Netgear” from Tripper
Melkbelly “Twin Looking Motherfucker” from Nothing Valley
Cellular Chaos “James Baldwin” from Diamond Teeth Clenched
Lithics “Seven People” from Borrowed Floors
Lightning Bolt “The Metal East” from Fantasy Empire