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!