This Week In St. Louis: Apr. 30 - May 6, 2018


@ Foam | 9pm | all ages
-Golden Oriole (Norway)
-Flesh Narc (Austin, TX)
-Kingston Family Singers

Golden Oriole invokes a trance-like state through the use of stilted syncopation and repetition that recalls kraut rock. The Norway outfit features former members of Staer, a more metal-leaning group that used the same distinct rhythmic rip. While it sounds like hyperbole, this drummer is one of our favorites that we've ever seen live -- no video or recording does him justice. Tourmates Flesh Narc sling noxious no-wave while St. Louis' own Alex Cunningham joins two out-of-towners for a trio to close out the show. 

@ Kerr Foundation | 9:30pm | $5
-Gel Set (Los Angeles, CA)
-Twins (Atlanta, GA)
-Pineapple RNR
-DJ Urlike

Kerr Foundation hosts a burner to foreshadow summer with Gel Set and Twins both pushing pointillist dance music that ranges from pop-sensible to heady and heavy. Pineapple RNR makes a break in the lineup with a bouncy brand of post-punk with sharp claws. The hooks dig deep. 


@ Cherokee Street | 11am | free | all ages
Cinco De Mayo:
-Brendan Wells' Plant Music (MN)
-Cherry Death (OK)
-Jane Wave
-Trauma Harness
+many more

Cherokee Street's Cinco De Mayo celebration has a full range of genres split between three distinct stages. Among them is a more punk-inspired lineup that reads like a solid show you might see at Bonerville or CBGB on a Saturday night. Every act is a stand-out, so we suggest camping out for the day where you'll be hit with live music coming from all sides. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Apr. 26, 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.

Pineapple RNR “Contradiction” from Demo
Shux “No No Tony” from Demo
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads “You Wanna Die” from S/T
G.N.A.T. “I.d.o.l.s.” from D.e.m.o.
Roman Gabriel Todd “Born Again Without a Brain Again” from Darkness Upon...
Waterproof “If You Wanna” from In Cod We Trust
Goody Gel “Typical” from Typical
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
The Funs “Suncoat” from Is A Cult
Mark Tester “Upward” from Live Times 1
Wax Fruit “Done Before” from Done Before
Mood Altar “Silent Stone” from Bobby Tape
Toupee “Mommy Is a Mummy” from Leg Toucher
Skimask “Tempurpedic Mattress” from Cute Mutant
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “Closet Athlete” from Peaced
Made in Mexico “Ultraviolet Arms” from Zodiac Zoo
Multicult “Landfill” from Position Remote
Chevreuil “Solier Superieur” from Capoeira
Dead Rider “Mother's Meat” from The Raw Dents
Motherbear “Indigo” from Wake
Altamira “II” from Altamira
Mother Meat “Gooey and Amorphous” from Gondwana
KTB “Shut Me Out” from KTB II
Pill “Afraid Of the Mirror” from Aggressive Advertising EP
Lié “Casual Embrace” from Consent
Phantom Head “Psychic Dictators” from Psychic Dictators
Eula “Noose” from Wool Sucking
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 5: 2nd Movement” from Symphony No. 5
Britches “Blue Ruin” from Demonstration
Nicoffeine “Bread & Bitter” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer

This Week In St. Louis: Apr. 23 - 29, 2018

THU. APR. 26

@ HOEL | 9pm | $5
-Preening (Oakland, CA)
-Pineapple RNR
-Sea Priestess

Preening's brand of weird-wave takes a lopsided approach to danceable punk. The whole sound would feel deconstructed if not for a solid backbone consisting of closely knit drums and bass. The riffs here are a catch-all that range from heavy to heady, making for a sound that's definitely wobbly but ultimately accessible. 

FRI. APR. 27

@ Bonerville | 8pm | $10
-Hank Wood and the Hammerheads (NY)
-Unforgiven 5 (Kansas City, MO)
-DJ Dan Ohm

"Someone and the somethings" jokes aside, Hank Wood offers a menacing undercurrent that runs below its hot-wired rock and roll. Crass and snotty vocals punctuate a blistering set of songs that offer little in the way of dynamic range -- everything is played to the utmost, at all times. 

SAT. APR. 28

@ CBGB | 9pm | $5 | 21+
-Goody Gel (Chicago, IL)
-Future Nuns (Columbus, OH)
-Little Big Bangs
-Fragile Farm

Featuring a member from Chicago outfit Drool, Goody Gel offers an odd and jangly shade of upbeat indie rock. Some kind of alchemy is used to transmute ugly chords into saccharine songs, and Goody Gel's treatment of genre idioms is both strong and consistent. 

@ 2720 basement | 9pm | $7
-Zeta (Venezuela)
-Roman Gabriel Todd (Mobile, Alabama)
-Mother Meat

Hit the video above to see Zeta, a post-everything (rock, hardcore, etc.) band from Venezuela. Not your flavor? Mobile, Alabama's Roman Gabriel Todd offers a mutated set of weird songs that are the stuff of legend. Flaming bass guitars, audience confrontation and a huge backlog of past bands precede this performance artist who has literally crawled from the swamp to the stage. Every band on the show is different from the last -- a truly bizarre night of inanity and variety taking place below 2720. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Apr. 19, 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.

Mom “Macaroni Cowboy” from Mom
The Vanilla Beans “Starry” from Wavey
Nectar “Blinds” from Knocking at the Door
Datenight “Too Good” from Datenight / Spodee Boy
Frankie Valet “Buycycle” from TV Dinner
Bit Brigade “Dungeon” from The Legend of Zelda V2
Nebulosa “Insufficient” from Insufficient Swear, Stupid Sage
Kudzu “No Backbone” from Defeated
Mardou “Information” from K.O.D. Demos
Crime Of Passing “Day In, Day Out” from Dancing Prick
Future Junk “June Bloom” from Knife Hits, Vol. 1
Gang Of Four “Anthrax” from Entertainment!
The VSS “I Cut My Teeth” from 21:51
Running “Why Can't You Be in Running?” from Vaguely Ethnic
Exusamwa “Valley of Diamonds” from Excusez-Moi!
Parlor Walls “Crime Engine Failure” from Opposites
Ex Models “Chrome Panthers” from Chrome Panthers 
New England Patriots “Celebrity” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Palm “Trying” from Shadow Expert 
Collections of Colonies of Bees “Fun” from Customer
Zak M “Frozen” from My Number
Dee Bird “Basketball” from To Live Here One Must Forget Much
Jane Wave “All Dust” from Plastic Peridot
Pineapple RNR “All Day” from All Day/Tenderness
Preening “PO Box” from Greasetrap Frisbee
Nopes “Shedding” from Fun Limbo
Razorbumps “Put 'Em Right To Bed” from The Demo
Palberta “Roach Goin' Down” from Roach Goin' Down
Shearing Pinx “Weirdling” from People
Brainiac “1Nd1an Pok3r” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Brainiac “Pu55yfoot1n'” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Black Pus “Blood Will Run” from Split
The Conformists “Reverse Alchemist” from Divorce
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Satanized “Hope Is The Lack of Information” from Aids Wolf/Satanized

This Week In St. Louis: Apr. 16 - 22, 2018

FRI. APR. 20

@ The Nest | 9pm | $7
-Nectar (Champaign, IL)
-Vanilla Beans
-Jane Wave
-Frankie Valet

Nectar is classic Champaign pop-punk done good by way of a new release through Infinity Cat Records (JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet). Catchy hooks dig deep and stay stuck thanks to vocals that land somewhere between melodic and straight-up smarmy. A sure bet and upbeat gig full of bright songwriting.

SAT. APR. 21

@ Dugan Haus | 9pm | $7-$10
-nebulosa (tape release)
-Lil Smokie
-Deep Shit
-DJ Crim Dolla Cray
-Skin Tags

The owner and proprietor of GrownUp Music, one Julio Prato moonlights as nebulosa (that's all undercase letters on purpose). This St. Louis transplant via Venezuela offers up a terse and minimalist sound informed by eastern European dance music with monotone and innocuous vocals at the fore. 

@ Flood Plain | 9pm | $5
-Kudzu (Springfield, MO)
-Wombglow (Fayetteville, AR)
-Sea Priestess

With post-punk as a starting base, Kudzu pushes toward a dark, more industrial vibe with its treatment of tone and texture. The back beats come off like dense cannon fire while strong vocal leads propel the songs forward. Flood Plain hosts a full night of electronic music that is both experimental and exploratory in equal measure. 

SUN. APR. 22

@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Mardou (Cincinnati, OH)
-Crime of Passing (Cincinnati, OH)

Cincinnati's best post-punk exports are represented between both Mardou and Crime of Passing. While the genre itself is quickly becoming a trend, these two groups precede newcomer bands with their own distinct vibes, ranging from sharp and percussive to cool and lackadaisical. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Apr. 12, 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.

The Stranger “Ripe Grape” from Ripe Grape
Mom “Clam Fam” from Demo
Tramopline Team “I Don't Wanna” from Make It Faster
Enoch Ramone and the Ebola Boys “Bath Salts” from S/T
Nebulosa “Shell” from Shell
Not for You “It Can't See” from Drown
Headroom “Millers Pond” from Head in the Clouds
A Leaf In the Street “Sell Out” from Studies On the "Pocket"
Pallas “Render (Location 13)” from Pallas
Ora Iso “Florida” from Bathcat
Skimask “Re-Apply” from Apes Beneath the Valley of the Dolls
Space Streakings “Kai Kai Scratch” from Space Streakings
Soft Shoulder “Repeat #4 aka Warbled Practice” from Repeat #4...
Die Monitr Batss “White Shock” from Girls of War
Harco “Green” from Influential Noise Band
Times Beach “Dust Miner” from Raw Pop
Daniel Francis Doyle “Old Lives” from We Bet Our Money on You
Lithics “Specs” from Mating Surfaces
Preening “Associated Press” from Greasetrap Frisbee
Mock Identity “Hymn” from Paradise
Royal Brat “Swim” from Eyesore
Constant Insult “Constant Insult” from Constant Insult
Mozart “Miserable Adult” from Nasty
Fitness Womxn “Living Hell” from Living Hell
Bugs and Rats “Love Still Exists” from Get That Fucking Light out of My Face
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Guerilla Toss “The String Game” from GT Ultra
Normal Love “Lend Some Treats” from Survival Tricks
This Heat “Paper Hats” from Deceit
Many Arms “Thoughtscreen” from Missing Time
Multicult “Landfill” from Position Remote
Brise-Glace “Host of Latecomers” from When In Vanitas...
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa “Benbelo” from Are Euphoria

This Week In St. Louis: Apr. 9 - 15, 2018

WED. APR. 11

@ The Nest | 9pm | $5-$7
-Flasher (DC)
-Shady Bug

Flasher's shoegazing songs are cold to the touch, decorated with laid back vocal harmonies that mix into a smooth, milky texture. The overall vibe here is straightforward but never narrow-minded thanks to the subtle weaving of exploratory tones. Waterproof is south city's latest post-punk export while Shady Bug returns to form with its first local show in some time. 

FRI. APR. 13

@ CBGB | 9pm | $7
-Trampoline Team (New Orleans, LA)
-Enoch Ramone (Atlanta, GA)

NOLA's Trampoline Team brings a frantic scraping of strings against a forceful backbeat. This is hardcore that stays true to form while side-stepping the potholes of genre norms. Between Mom and Xenon, St. Louis mirrors the touring acts with an unending supply of snarling punk. 

@ El Lenador | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Beauty Pageant
-Dave Stone Ensemble
-NNN Cook
-Funeral Stripper

No lineup screams classic St. Louis noise like one with Beauty Pageant at the fore. Close/Far Recordings and Bruxism guru Nathan Cook lends a solo set to a strange night of experimental music that ranges from robotic synth songs to otherworldly free jazz. A variety show for deep space aliens and deep sea creatures.

SUN. APR. 15

@ The Nest | 8pm
-Not For You (Chicago, IL)

By blending buoyant indie rock with no-wave squalor, Chicago's Not For You travels into dark, even gothic territory. There's a clandestine vibe here, comparable to other Chicago contemporaries such as Toupee or Drool. Riffs here are unapologetically drenched in reverb, but they work due to solid bass work that keeps a melodic stranglehold on the sound. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Apr. 5, 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.

Shady Bug “Night Creeper” from tbh idk
Flasher “Skim Milk” from Skim Milk
A Deer A Horse “Statue Sea” from Backswimmer
Plack Blague “Electronic Way” from Night Trax
Golden Oriole “The Chrysopoeia of the Trilithon Ass” from Golden Oriole
Tundrastomper “Sweet Baby Boy” from Clean It Up
Blessed “Headache” from ii
Tunic “Disappointment” from Disappointment
Animal Lover “Garage Wolves” from 7"
Animal Lover “Fits of Protein” from Guilt 
Animal Lover “Waterparks of America” from Stay Alive
Lava “Newsprint” from Lava
Benard “Medieval Kinevel” from Split with Worn In Red
Arvid Noe “3D Jesus” from Islington
Ahleuchatistas “Sundowning” from Arrebato
Wume “In Around Midnight” from Wume
Lithics “Excuse Generator” from Mating Surfaces
Hit Bargain “Capitulate” from Potential Maximizer
Bad Breeding “Abandonment” from Abandonment
Melkbelly “R.O.R.O.B.” from Nothing Valley
Toupee “Glitter Roach” from Leg Toucher
Guerrilla Toss “Eraser Stargazer Forever” from Eraser Stargazer
Horse Lords “Truthers” from Interventions
Lair “Sleeper Agent Man” from Test
Yukon “Legsick” from Mortar
Tarngo “Trenton” from Horman

This Week In St. Louis: Apr. 2 - 8, 2018


@ Foam | 8pm | $7
Dismal Niche presents:
-Algiers (Atlanta, GA)
-ONO (Chicago, IL)
-Mourning A BLKstar (Cleveland, OH)
-JoAnn McNeil

Although the warped soul and subtle post-punk of Algiers is the main draw of this show, fans of experimental music shouldn't discount ONO, a standout psych-cult out of Chicago. The show in general is a diverse juggernaut with a left-of-center approach to noise, improvisation and sonorous songwriting. 


@ Foam | 9pm | all ages
-Sojii (Grand Rapids, MI)
-Ape Not Kill Ape (Grand Rapids, MI)
-Man the Manipulator

Sojii seems plucked right out of 1997 -- a band you might see in a jittery black and white music video on MTV2 at 3 a.m. Recorded at Electrical Audio by Steve Albini, the trio's new record is an angular carving of noise rock that feels tight and varied. This show marks the tail end of a month-long tour that has seen the band play with the likes of Shopping, A Deer A Horse and many others. 


@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-Hide (Chicago, IL)
-Larva Lou
-Ra Child

Remember Vantablack? The lab-borne color that scientists claim is the world's blackest black? Hide is the musical equivalent of that with a harsh beat-machine that backs up a dark but not quite "gothic" set of songs. The vocals here sneak a tinge of the human element into an otherwise cold and robotic vibe. 


@ Foam | 9:30pm | all ages
-A Deer A Horse (NY)
-Jr. Clooney
-Fragile Farm

While fitting in the common space between indie and progressive rock, A Deer A Horse hides layers of jazzy drumming underneath a noisy blanket of distorted bass. There's a lot to unfold in the trio's set, which has the kind of shredding that tech heads will be drawn to while still laying down a forceful dirge that is, at first glance, totally accessible. Happy Birthday Starr!

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