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!

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