This Week In St. Louis: Aug. 20 - 26, 2018

WED. AUG. 22


@ RKDE
-Bach Tang (Minneapolis, MN)
-Big Bo Peep
-Pineapple RNR
-Sex Bam Bam

Bach Tang makes loose, hooky post-punk with tongues planted firmly in cheek. It's not often that two bands play their first ever sets at the same show, but Big Bo Peep and Sex Bam Bam will both make their debut on this night. Pineapple RNR is the obvious icing on this cake. 

FRI. AUG. 24


@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Grün Wasser (Chicago, IL)
-Sea Priestess
-Databank

The Chicago duo of Grun Wasser embodies a goth vibe with a flexible, intangible set of synth hymns headed by harrowing vocal leads. With a core of swampy synth lines, the overall feel is very weighty without relying on the use of volume or extreme contrast. 

SAT. AUG. 25


@ RKDE
9:30pm | all ages
-Slüsk (Columbia, MO)
-Acid Leather (Columbia, MO)
-Lumpy and the Dumpers
-Unspeakable

Slusk hits every item on whatever checklist might exist for a good hardcore band. Sharp no-frills drumming, dark chords and a gritty voice all make for a blood-boiling set of songs. Lumpy and the Dumpers don't play as often as they used to and they might actually be the least heavy band on the show. More than enough reasons to go. 

SUN. AUG. 26


@ El Lenador | 9pm
-Sissy Spacek (Los Angeles, CA)
-Ghost Ice
-Toto
-Ulrike

For the most part, Sissy Spacek is a pulverizing powerviolence duo that makes use of electronics in its quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it songs. The chaos is controlled by one John Wiese who, not only a year ago, came to St. Louis to head an large improvisational ensemble. Toto, formerly known as DJ Dog Dick, lends a party vibe with, you probably guessed from the name, a DJ set. 

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