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. 

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