This Week In St. Louis: Jun. 4 - 10, 2018

TUE. JUN. 5


@ Foam | 8:30pm | $7 | all ages
-Mean Queen (Athens, GA)
-Zeta (Venezuela)
-Family Medicine
-Shark Dad

Mean Queen's lumbering post-rock is a heavy, slow-moving giant delivered with the kind of volume that's meant to penetrate skin. The sound here is to be felt as well as heard -- likewise with Zeta, a Venezuelan crew that spins a set of massive and dramatic songs built through careful melodic layering. A show to harsh your mid-week mellow. 


@ Kismet | 9pm | donation$
-Liz Durette (Baltimore, MD)
-Blank Thomas
-Danielle Taylor Williams
-Zak M

Baltimore's Liz Durette delivers piano music with a sharp spontaneity, counting on electric piano as a weapon of choice. Between the performers on this massively mixed show, harp, guitar and synth can be heard across different approaches to improvisation and songwriting with varying degrees of experience.  

WED. JUN. 6


@ Foam | 9pm | $7 | all ages
-Drekka (Bloomington, IN)
-Zach Rowden (New Haven, Connecticut)
-Alex Cunningham/Alberto Patino

Drekka's warbling ambient work is punctuated by field recordings and tape manipulation. A dark, industrial vibe permeates the sound, offering an almost meditative experience as the set plays on audience expectations and anticipation. The rare duo of Alex Cunningham and Alberto Patino offers a wild crosshatch of strings and skins. 


@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-Gen Pop (Olympia, WA)
-MKii (Olympia, WA)
-Junkbomb (Little Rock, AR)
-Miss Lady
-Pineapple RnR

Gen Pop's searing punk doesn't reinvent the wheel but it does barrel through a swampy and distorted mess of riffs and strung-out vocals. This Olympia crew can bob between quick, Devo-esque bursts and slow, noisy rock. Whatever the speed, there's a frantic feel underneath each song, adding a sense of both depth and urgency. This night also celebrates the release of Pineapple RnR's latest Rik n Roll EP.

FRI. JUN. 8


@ Dugan Haus | 9pm | $5
-Dan English (Brooklyn, NY)
-Fuck Lungs (Chicago/St. Louis)
-Dirt/Suen Duo
-DJ Floodgate
-Mustache Daddy
This show is on Facebook as the "Fuck Lungs Big Fucking Party" and it's just that -- but the music isn't at all an afterthought. Brooklyn-based songwriter Dan English smoothly moves across shaky ground, offering up a subtle kind of pop that's topped with a vocal style ala early post-punk. Mustache Daddy promises a tantalizing performance while DJ Floodgate keeps the vibe moving downstream all night. All this and more bathed in visual projections by Chad Z Hickman of KFS. 

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