This Week In St. Louis: Oct. 1 - 7, 2018


@ RKDE | 9:30pm | $7
-Exek (Melbourne, Australia)
-Sick Thoughts (Finland)
-Trampoline Team (New Orleans, LA)

Exek effectively stretches its post-punk over a creeping core that incorporates feedback and the occasional horn. The closest comparison one could maybe make is This Heat without the prog-rock parts, but even then Exek eschews expectations. There's little reason to miss a show this stacked with NOLA's Trampoline Team and Sick Thoughts coming all the way from Finland -- on a Monday, no less.


@ RKDE | 9pm | $7
-The World (Oakland, CA)
-Daikaiju (Huntsville, AL)
-The Funs
-DJ Hanime

While St. Louis' own Waterproof will be calling it quits after tonight, there's really not a better show to go out on. Daikaiju's frenetic riffs intertwine and wrap around an amorphous rhythm section, making for a set of unrelenting shred. Those looking for something a little looser fit and danceable can rely on The World, a west coast outfit that blends subtle hints of no-wave into a head-bobbing brand of light post-punk. 


@ CBGB | 9pm
-Teton (Portland, OR)
-Orion (Sydney, Australia)
-The Crenshaw (Portland, OR)
-Frankie Valet

This stacked show led by Australian post-punkers Orion offers five distinct sets and a wide spectrum of sound. The Portland crew in Teton returns to St. Louis alongside the Crenshaw, a loopy solo act by the band's bassist. Both bands exhibit a pitch black approach to indie rock with powerful vocals heading the charge. 


@ Foam | 9pm | $7 | all ages
-ONO (Chicago, IL)
-Mourning A BLKstar (Cleveland, OH)
-JoAnn McNeil
-Heavy Pauses

ONO is the kind of band that's hard to describe, and the video above will do more for you than words ever will, but here's a little bit of a background for you: The band's leader served as a young sailor in the Navy during the Vietnam War and only a few short years later did he form ONO alongside other musicians in Chicago. Their first show was opening for Naked Raygun, they collaborated with Pere Ubu among many others and then... they vanished for roughly 20 years. Now, they're back at it and better than ever with a shapeshifting backing band. But really, just watch the video to see what you're getting yourself into. 


@ Blueberry Hill | 8pm | $10-$14 | all ages
-The Spirit of the Beehive (Philadelphia, PA)
-Pile (Boston, MA)
-Shady Bug

There are few bands who define what American rock music is in 2018 better than Pile and Spirit of the Beehive. These exports of an indie-underground that stayed dormant for the better part of a decade have, in a way, broken out for a bigger and wider audience. While Spirit of the Beehive takes a more subtle approach, laying down is songs atop a soft and fuzzy bed of guitars, Pile is directly heavy and deceptively heady. 

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