This Week In St. Louis: Jul. 30 - Aug. 5, 2018


@ CBGB | 9pm | $7
-Negative Scanner (Chicago, IL)
-Trauma Harness

The gritty post-punk of Negative Scanner feels dark with a faint glimmer of poppy flair. The band's hooky riffs are played with a quick pace, running their course before getting too repetitive. Its latest record, Nose Picker, is a short and succinct collection that strikes a rare balance of accessibility and subversive songwriting. 


@ Foam | 8:30pm | $5-$7
-Pope (New Orleans, LA)
-Lawn (New Orleans, LA)
-Ronnie Rogers and the Sunshine Babies
-Paper Ceilings

Pope magnifies strong, frills-free melodies with a full-bodied sound. Consider the high volume here to be just as important to the songs as the structure, which is simple yet effective. It's the kind of indie rock that comes with considerable heft, placing the band firmly in grunge territory.

@ Way Out Club | 9pm | $5 | 21+
-Pistole (Hamburg, Germany)
-Windbreaker (Chicago, IL)
-Griddquid (San Marcos, TX)
-Wax Fruit

St. Louis' dynamic synth duo Wax Fruit supports three like-minded touring acts from around the world. Of special note is Windbreaker, who makes use of sequencers and live drums to build a dystopian dance club vibe. Germany's Pistole sounds like a caffeinated kid raised on the Sega Genesis soundchip and little else. 


@ Foam | 8pm | $8/$10 | all ages
-T-Rextasy (NY)
-Blacker Face (Chicago, IL)
-Camp Counselor

The New York rockers in T-Rextasy make use of melodic layers to build density within its twee pop sound. And that kind of strong backline is used to great effect, helping to blend the many bright riffs with charming group vocals. Tourmates in Blacker Face genuinely sound like no one else with fractured funk, punk and post-apocalyptic cabaret. 

These are just some highlights. See the side bar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jul. 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.

Isabel Rex “Cica (​^​・ω・​^​)” from Cow
Pope “Feels Like Home” from True Talent Champion
A Leaf In the Street “New Me Knew You” from You Read Me?
Wax Fruit “Done Before” from Done Before
Kudzu “No Backbone” from Defeated
Trauma Harness “E Burst” from Tried My Hardest
Negative Scanner “Nose Picker” from Nose Picker
Dracla “Dogs” from Dracla
Zevious “Smear Campaign” from Lowlands
Parlor Walls “Play Opposites” from Opposites
High Castle “Super Gu” from Spirit Of The West
Blacker Face “Nick @ Nite” from Think Piece
Lithics “Excuse Generator” from Mating Surfaces
Devo “Too Much Paranoias” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Devo “Space Junk” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Yellow Magic Orchestra “Day tripper” from Solid State Survivor
M. Crook + Oxherding “Auxvasse” from Soft Moon
Sloopy McCoy “Dying On the Vine” from From This Beer Forward
Sex Bam Bam “Janet” from Demo
Jane Wave “Ashes” from Casual Glow
Drahla “Faux Text” from A Compact Cassette
Table Sugar “Baba Yaga” from Collected Acknowledgements
Wimps “Garbage People” from Garbage People
The World “Managerial Material” from Managerial Material
This Heat “S.P.Q.R.” from Deceit
Gel Set “Puercos” from Body Copy
Gang Gang Dance “Snake Dub” from Kazuashita
Tortoise “Prepare Your Coffin” from Beacons of Ancestorship
Dane Rousay “a voice” from an inevitable solution (to)

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

MON. JUL. 23

@ Way Out Club | 9pm | 21+
-Blank Thomas (album release)
-Whsky Janetor
-Nadir Smith

This show kicks off a tour through the Midwest for both Nadir Smith and Blank Thomas -- join the latter as he celebrates the release of Hoops Unlimited 3. A full night of sidewinding electronic music comes all chopped and screwed. 18andCounting caps off the night with a medium rare solo set. 

WED. JUL. 25

@ RKDE | 9pm | $5-$10
-Muscle Brain (Denver, CO)
-The Conformists
-Van Buren
-Skin Tags

St. Louis ex-pats Jordan Knecht and Jim Fitzpatrick return from their recent homebase of Denver, Colorado to deliver a set that's on a different trajectory than their typically mangled post-rock. The Conformists play their first local show since touring Spain and the heavy-hitters in Van Buren round out a lineup that wouldn't seem out of place in south city ten years ago. 

THU. JUL. 26

@ Kismet | 9pm | $5-$7
-Kee Avil (Montreal)
-JoAnn McNeil

Kee Avil's haunting loops build into a sonorous sculpture of post-apocalyptic hymns. From solitary songs to layered improvisations featuring many musicians, Kee Avil's sound can range from sparse and stark to dense and enveloping. Formerly of Yowie and Grand Ulena, St. Louis guitarist Chris Trull joins violinist Alex Cunningham for a rare string duo that's sure to impress. 

SUN. JUL. 29

-Kudzu (Springfield, MO)
-Modal Zork (Portland, OR)
-Wax Fruit

Hidden away in middle Missouri, Kudzu is a conjoined duo of shoegazing guitar and dark industrial synth. These two primary sounds bleed together for a warm and a melodic squalor that has more in common with post-punk than the sum of its parts. Modal Zork is a sea-faring pop anomaly that feels born of the Gak-drinking generation of '90s. 

These are just some highlights. See the side bar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jul. 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.
This week's episode features special guest Lucy of Little Big Bangs.

The Conformists “Swim Home” from None Hundred
Muscle Brain “Friend of America” from Purgatore
Stella “Pattern Reset” from Career Suicide
Daniel Francis Doyle “How Can You Work” from Already Dead Sampler 2012
Drilling For Blasting “Fake” from Fake
Topomaka “Roam” from Roam
Blank Thomas “Nothin but Nylon” from Hoops Unlimited 2
Nebulosa “Insufficient” from Insufficient Swear, Stupid Sage
Jane Wave “I Moved” from Casual Glow
Glued “Travis” from Insides
Mom “Revenge Is Ours” from MOM
Little Big Bangs “Do-Gooder” from I Like It Here
Little Big Bangs “Pissing Match” from I Like It Here
Littie Big Bangs “Stealing” from I Like It Here
Little Big Bangs “Saccharine” from I Like It Here
Little Big Bangs “Final Talk” from I Like It Here
(Was Not Was) “Dad I'm In Jail” from What Up, Dog?
Hum “Isle of the Cheetah” from Downward Is Heavenward
Little Big Bangs “False Face” from I Like It Here
Little Big Bangs “Summer Slips Away” from I Like It Here
Crass “Poison In A Pretty Pill” from Penis Envy
Pixies “Alec Eiffel” from Pixies
Sebadoh “Rebound” from Bakesale
B-52s “Deep Sleep” from Deep Sleep
Little Big Bangs “Painter” from I Like It Here
Man the Manipulator “Shape Shifting Demi Girl” from Man the Manipulator

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

MON. JUL. 16

@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-Period Bomb (Miami, FL)
-HWY! (Los Angeles, CA)
-Killakee Kat (Kansas City, MO)

The noise rockers in Period Bomb join a tight three band bill with LAs party-rocking HWY! and the KC-based hardcore outfit Killakee Kat. The hometown heroes in Waterproof glue the show together with its infectious post-punk. 

TUE. JUL. 17

@ Foam | 9:30pm | $7
-Peace Talks (Pittsburgh, PA)
-SLIP (Pittsburgh, PA)
-Newt Patrol

Peace Talks' fast and frantic songs are supported by a thick underbelly of bass riffing. From ideas to execution, everything here feels very tightly wound. The band does have gloomy undertones, but that doesn't take away from the high-energy vibe throughout the set. 

WED. JUL. 18

@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-Royal Brat (MN)

Royal Brat brings a buoyant kind of punk that bounces between sarcastic and snotty. Catchy choruses and a penchant for driving repetition cements the band's pop-sensible sound while taking leaps and bounds over the pitfalls of being totally accessible. Shux and Kiki play the first of two shows that take place in the same venue, two days in a row. 

THU. JUL. 19

@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-Mentira (Kansas City, MO)
-Mirror Mirror

Mentira's approach to mid-tempo hardcore is darkened, even burnt to a crisp. It's a sound that seems almost indigenous to Kansas City. St. Louis power trio Mirror Mirror returns after a lengthy hiatus for a short summer tour -- and this is the kick-off. 

FRI. JUL. 20

@ CBGB | 9pm | $5
-Stella (OH)
-Dirt Trio

Forget minimalism -- Stella opts to fit in as much sound as possible. The band backs up its stringy no-wave with a wall of static and hum, making for a full-on sensory overload. Featuring members of Pineapple RNR, nebulosa and more, the newcomers in Kids close out the night with their second show to date. 

SAT. JUL. 21

@ El Lenador | 8pm
-Little Big Bangs (album release)
-Adderall (Asheville, NC)
-Jane Wave

With solid songwriting at its core, Little Big Bangs opts to distort and disrupt by pushing its songs through the thick and noisy mesh of grunge rock. Less of a callback than a continuation, the band's new album I Like It Here is full of songs that make you feel nostalgic for something that hasn't happened yet. The hardcore heavies in Adderall were just added to the show, bringing local favorites Mom in tow. 

SUN. JUL. 22

RKDE | 9pm | $7
-Daniel Francis Doyle (Austin, TX)

Austin legend Daniel Francis Doyle has been known to perform clean cut indie rock gems with a full band or noisy loop-based songs as a solo artist. On this show, he opts to do the latter by employing a kind of musical smoke and mirrors to craft layered songs on stage in real time. 

These are just some suggestions. See the side bar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jul. 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.

Jane Wave “Brute Fury/Visitor” from Brute Fury/Visitor
Protoculture “Dual Colony” from ProtoDump
Killakee Kat “Isolator” from Katz Are Back In Town
Dentist “Control Freaky” from Whole Hand In Your Mouth
Mentira “Humano” from Demo
Period Bomb “Macho Bird” from Bleeders/Period Bomb Blood Spill Split
Bathroom Laws “Moi Void” from Pyss In Peace
Royal Brat “Full Tilt Disaster” from Eyesore
Mirror Mirror “Promises” from Extra Credit
Shux “Not a Not Nazi” from Demo
Media Jeweler “Motivate” from 1-800-SUCCEED
Sewingneedle “234” from User Error
IE “Amulet” from Pome
Double Dagger “The Mirror” from 333
Clikatat Ikatowi “The Trials and Tribulations of Diana Smith” from River of Souls
Lithics “Burn On Burn” from Borrowed Floors
Black Eyes “Cough Cough/Eternal Life” from Cough
Dane Rousay “A Disruption” from An Inevitable Solution (tTo)
Melkbelly “R.O.R.O.B” from Nothing Valley
Delia Rainey Excerpt from The Blue and Red Gummy Worm
Curt Oren “Moab” from For Sam, Forever Ago
Waveless “Eight Belles” from As One More Folded Paper Crane
Star Club “Nightmare” from Sixth Avenue Motel
Control Top “Type A” from Type A
Collate “Phone Call” from Material Inspection
The Ex “New Blank Document” from 27 Passports
The Dreebs “QAC” from Forest of a Crew
Horse Lords “Time Slip” from Interventions
Ahleuchatistas “Rincon Pio Sound” from Arrebato
Ora Iso “Ora Iso” from Bathcat

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

TUE. JUL. 10

@ Way Out Club | 9pm | $7
-Forced Into Femininity (Chicago, IL)
-Tender Sitaution
-Beauty Pageant
-DJ Ghost Ice

Ranging from droney inanity to an energetic outburst of Dada-esque dance songs, Forced Into Femininity is a longstanding institution of avant performance art from Chicago. The combo of St. Louis' own Janet and Beauty Pageant serves as a palate cleanser for what's to come. 

WED. JUL. 11

@ Foam | 9pm | $5-$7
-Cheetah Print (Seattle, WA)
-Banana Clips
-Ace of Spit

A mutation coming from members of the Kid Chrome Band, DPCLB serves up a sidewinder of no-wave and stringent sax-infested punk. There's a sunglasses-at-night style of rock and roll inside the songs, leading to a strange brew of sounds that coalesces into one distinct vibe. First show for local newcomers Ace of Spit. 

SAT. JUL. 14

@ Bolozone | 8pm | $5-$7
-Beggar (Milwaukee, WI)
-Big Huge (NY)
-Body Leash

Beggar brings guttural hardcore with a stabbing set of songs that weave between hyper-fast powerviolence and mid-tempo hooks. St. Louis' own one-man harbinger of noise and spastic drumming, Body Leash, performs alongside the kind of punk band that makes you grind your teeth at night, Dentist. 

@ The Shrub | 8pm | donation$
-Media Jeweler (Los Angeles, CA)
-Sewingneedle (Chicago, IL)
-Kaleb Kirby

A collision of post-punk and indie with a seedy underbelly, Media Jeweler's songs come at you from an odd angle, hitting sharply. While the band doesn't teeter too far in any stylistic direction, the LA outfit does keep a striking balance of wiry riffs and tense, melodic flourishes.

These are just some highlights. See the side bar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Jul. 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.

Little Big Bangs “Saccharine” from I Like It Here
Nibiru “Amputate” from Amputate
Trauma Harness “Ghost of a Flea” from Ghost Of A Flea
Pineapple RNR “Merferd in Bondage” from Pineapple Rik n Roll 
Jane Wave “Plastic Peridot” from Jane Wave
Puzzlehead “Artless” from Artless
Hotline TNT “Are U Faded” from Cool If I Crash
DPCLB “Antibiotics” from Skorpion King Soundtrack
Cheetah Print “Lexicon Devil” from Summer of '18 Tour Tape
Shitstorm “Bathroom Wall” from Tomb
Forced Into Femininity “Yoga Ball” from Erase Your Grave
Cheer-Accident “The Autumn Wind Is a Pirate” from Introducing Lemon
The Fordists “Post Structuralist Goes to Washington” from The Fordists
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule “Christmas on Earth” from Colonial Donuts
This Is My Condition “Walk Away” from Cut Loose
Sea Moss “Single Pole Single Throw” from Ugh
The Social Stomach “Hive Eyes” from Ugh
The Sediment Club “The Payoff” from Stucco Thieves
Lié “Country Boys” from Hounds
Blowdryer “Intent” from Blowdryer
Marbled Eye “Leisure” from Promo Tape 2018
Protomartyr “The Chuckler” from Relatives in Descent
No Thanks “Lurch” from The Trial
Tideland “Braindead on the Interstate” from Asleep in the Graveyard
Shellac “Canada” from Terraform
Battles “FF Bada” from La Di Da Di
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa “Pale Lone Wifi” from Savage Imagination
Neptune “#23” from Improv
Erase Errata “Go To Sleep” from At Crystal Palace
Gay Beast “2 Borgs For Every Borg” from Gay Beast

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


@ RKDE | 9pm | $7-$10
-Big Bite (WA)
-Supercrush (WA)
-Blacksage (NY)
-The Rememberables (DC)
-Sweaters Together (TN)

What was once multiple shows scattered across town has been combined into a single, inclusive night with bands from all over the country. All of the locals agreed to drop off so this could happen -- so consider it a mini-fest and a show of unity in support of music from beyond St. Louis. 


@ Art House | 3pm
-Treasure Shields Redmond
-Drew Gowran
-Basmin Nadra
-Jaded Evil Lambs

In addition to avant garde sets by the likes of Drew Gowran, Squidge and many more, several speakers -- including Joss Barton -- will be on hand to help paint a very different picture of America than you'll see on mainstream TV. No stars and stripes -- only freak flags will be waved here. 


@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-The Zeta (Venezuela/Florida)
-DeeDee Catpiss & the FuzzCoffins (MS)

After playing St. Louis just this past April, the perpetually on-tour Zeta returns on DeeDee Catpiss in tow (who are also 2 months removed from their last show in town). Apparently they all love this city, and if the local lineup is any indication, the feeling is mutual. Post-punk revelers Waterproof open up alongside south city's newest outfit, Kids. 


@ RKDE | 9pm | $8
-Puzzlehead (Vancouver, BC)
-Hotline TNT (MN)
-Jane Wave
-Trauma Harness

Big rock and roll vibes come from up north with Puzzlehead commanding a metallic guitar tone over solid, mid-tempo burners. Minneapolis' Hotline TNT serves up its own brand of infectiously catchy 90s-inspired rock.


@ Vintage Vinyl | 3pm | free | all ages
-Pineapple RnR
-Trauma Harness

A "Lumpy Recs" daytime showcase in the heart of University City. Both bands have new EPs out on the label -- the Trauma Harness one has a cover of a Japanese Dragon Ball Z credits song, no joke. Expect the Blobby Boys to come riding by on the Loop Trolley.

These are just some highlights. See the side bar for more!