WED. FEB. 14
El Lenador | 7:30pm | $5
-Bad History Month (Boston, MA)
-Longface (Chicago, IL)
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)
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 www.stlmetrotrans.com.
THU. FEB. 15
@ CBGB | 9pm | $5-$7 | 21+
-Mint (Philadelphia, PA)
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)
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)
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.
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