This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 31, 2018 - Feb 6, 2019

MON. DEC. 31


@ Foam | 8pm | $25/$30
NYE Beach Goth Luau:
-Dracla

So St. Louis' resident vampire is doing a very high-end New Year's Eve dinner party with promise of beach-side shenanigans -- an opportunity for denizens of the night to have their "fun in the sun" minus the sun part. Arriving on time at 8 will net you the option for a dinner with food from Plantain Girl, but anyone can show up after 9 for the Luau and live music. 

THU. JAN. 3


@ Foam | 9pm | donation$
-Steven Senger (Springfield, MO)
-Faulter (Srpingfield, MO)
-Clodpoll
-Grocer

Springfield native Steven Senger lays bare, sordid riffs on a dark bed of synth and simple beats. The fusion of guitar with an electronic backbone makes for a rock solid pairing of textures. And that choice of instrumentation allows Senger a great deal of nuance, making for songs that feel airy and immediate. 

FRI. JAN. 4


@ Foam | 9pm | $5-$7 | all ages
-The Resource Network (Indianapolis, IN)
-Big Hog (Indianapolis, IN)
-Mom

Not afraid to inject a bouncy garage vibe into an infectiously catchy brand of punk, the Resource Network makes songs that feel impossibly dense. But the result here is instantly accessible, as the shred and gnar are wound into an overall taut sound. Tourmates Big Hog rush through angular riffs at mach speed, occasionally slamming on the breaks so they can make solid hardcore out of the resulting peel out. 

SAT. JAN. 5


@ Flood Plain | 8pm
Analog Revenge III:
-Rich O' Donnell
-Mike Murphy
-Kevin Harris
-Josh Kahl

The latest in the HEARDing Cats Collective "Analog Revenge" shows offers up St. Louis' foremost purveyors of the analog synth in the narrow confines of the Flood Plain art gallery. Expect an intimate performance of experimental electronic music by a crew of players that have more than 100 combined years of experience doing so. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Dec. 27, 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.

Trauma Harness “Avalanche” from Snow Warning
Sloopy McCoy “Just a Charade” from Tremor And Slip
Period Bomb “222” from Lost and Found
Parlor Walls “Low Vulture” from EXO
The Dreebs “My Killer” from Forest of a Crew
The Sediment Club “The Payoff” from Stucco Thieves
Lithics “Boyce” from Mating Surfaces
Landowner “Moving Again” from Blatant
Wimps “Garbage People” from Garbage People
Negative Scanner “Nose Picker” from Nose Picker
Royal Brat “Full Tilt Duster” from Eyesore
No Thanks “Jackhammer” from The Trial
Waterproof “If You Wanna” from In Cod We Trust
Pineapple RNR “All Day” from Demo
Warm Bodies “I'm a Dog” from Warm Bodies
Gumming “Lockjaw” from Human Values
Dead Tenants “Reset” from Lp II
ГШ (Glintshake) “Только для вас” from Польза
Mock Identity “See Me” from Paradise
The Ex “New Blank Document” from 27 Passports
Guerilla Toss “Meteorological” from Twisted Crystal
Wume “Ravel” from Towards the Shadow
Palm “Dog Milk” from Rock Island
Ovlov “Tru Punk” from TRU
Little Big Bangs “Saccharine” from I Like It Here
Marbled Eye “Laughing Sound” from Leisure
Protomartyr, Kelley Deal “You Always Win” from Consolation
Waveless “Eight Belles” from As One More Folded Paper Crane
Drahla “Faux Text” from A Compact Cassette
Van Buren “Black on Black” from Flameless Forge

This Week In St. Louis: Dec. 24 - 30, 2018

THU. DEC. 27


@ Schlafly Tap Room | 9pm | free | all ages
Bruxism #36:
-Jane Wave
-Andreotti, Claude, Smentowski, Sutter
-Bret Schneider

This show polishes off another successful year of Bruxism, a monthly concert series curated by Nathan Cook (also known as NNN Cook) of the Close/Far Collective. And who better to ring in 2019 than an ensemble featuring members of Brain Transplant, Regicide Bureau, cellist Tracy Andreotti and percussionist Henry Claude? Jane Wave is new to the series but is no stranger to St. Louis with a singular approach to songwriting that feels both ethereal and otherworldly. This is all set to take place alongside video projections by Jim Z. McGowin, and the first ten people to arrive to this FREE show will receive an original 16x20 painting by Thomas Sutter.

Wrong Division Playlist: Dec. 20, 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 Le Demo: Casual Glow
Shux “Wolfman's Eyeballs” from Demo
Mom “I'm Picky” from MOM
Kids “People” from 7 Nation Army
Die Monitr Batss “Heatersss” from Girls of War
The Dreebs “De Beers” from Forest of a Crew
The USA Is a Monster “Poison Plant” from Wohaw
Nü Sensae “Whispering Rule” from Sundowning
Drive Like Jehu “Bullet Train to Vegas” from Bullet Train to Vegas/Hand Over Fist
Telomere Repair “The Blind Can Steer Straight” from Telomere Repair
The VSS “No Hands” from 25:37
Drool “Civics II Honors” from Drool II
Smother Party “Whiskey Sheen” from Casa Limon
Weakwick “Curl” from Whistle Along
The Channels “See No Reason” from Double Negative
Shimmer “High Gloss” from Shimmer
Dog “Ninth Gate to Deep Reservoir” from Trash Temple
Anwar Sadat “Ersatz Living” from Ersatz Living
Muscle Brain “Friend of America” from Purgatore
Dead Tenants “Asterisk” from LP II
Imelda Marcos “Tip of The Tongue Taking a Trip” from Dalawa
Goat “On Fire” from Rhythm & Sound
Sneaks “Tough Luck” from Gymnastics
Old Table “Dancin' In Hell” from Save the Environment
No One and the Somebodies “Numbers” from Numbers
Palberta “Roach Goin' Down” from Roach Goin' Down
Cheer-Accident “The Autumn Wind Is a Pirate” from Introducing Lemon
Glued “Travis” from Insides
Wume “Ravel” from Towards the Shadow

This Week In St. Louis: Dec. 17 - 23, 2018

MON. DEC. 17


@ Foam | 8:30pm
-Paddlefish (Chicago, IL)
-Kids
-Cricketfish
-Fragile Farm

Although the show has two bands with "fish" in them, the music here is stripped-down gimmick-free indie with sidewinding songs. The local lineup is fresh-faced too, with Kids having started in 2018 and Fragile Farm recently expanding to a full band lineup -- a solid starter to a week long pre-game of the impending holidays. 

THU. DEC. 20


@ Atomic Cowboy | 9pm | $10 | 21+
-Container (RI)
-John Wiese+Ghost Ice duo
-18andCounting/Bobo/Hylidae
-DJ Crim Dolla Cray
+Chizmo.tv

Atomic Cowboy might seem like an odd fit for Container's post-industrial dance music. but between the Providence, Rhode Island producer, a rare 18andCounting-led trio, Chicago composer John Wiese and the DJ on hand, the extra oomph of the house system will be used to full effect. Any excuse to move your body in the winter time, right? Container provides more than enough reasons with years of records (all anonymously named "LP") and performances. 

FRI. DEC. 21


@ CBGB | 9pm
NARAL & Gateway Women's Access Fund benefit:
-Mom
-Shux
-Newt Patrol

This benefit show is a change of pace with three punk acts who all tear through short sets -- but the real draw here are the charities. This three band power run goes down in support of NARAL & Gateway Women's Access Fund, and the Facebook event for this show straight-up says "Celebrate the holidays and FUND ABORTION!"

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Dec. 13, 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.

The Funs “Enemy” from Alienated
Nibiru “Perpetual Motion Machine” from Perpetual Motion Machine
Heaven Honey “Oh Well” from Head Case
Yonsei “Float” from Heavy Rips
Sonny Falls “Down in That Dark” from Some Kind of Spectre
Paddlefish “Cinecyde” from Spill Me!
Kids “The Heat” from 7 Nation Army
Container “Drain” from LP
Operator Music Band “Realistic Saturation” from Coördination
Public Practice “Bad Girl(s)” from Distance Is A Mirror
Pleather “весна” from Pleather
Flasher “Pressure” from Constant Image
Shake The Baby Til the Love Comes Out “Mine Is Viscera” from In A Pretty Suit
Marbled Eye “Curtain” from Leisure
Protomartyr “The Chuckler” from Relatives in Descent
Trauma Harness “Coffin Flume” from The Slab That Seals My Bones
Medical Tourists “Medical Tourist” from Medical Tourists
Logic System “Domino Dance” from Logic
No Thanks “Mara” from No Thanks
Constant Insult “Constant Insult” from Constant Insult
Deerhoof “The Perfect Me” from 99% Upset Feeling
Lithics “Lizard” from Borrowed Floors
Lair “Bojangles Out of Orbit” from Test
Melt-Banana “The Hive” from Fetch
The Bug “Buzz” from What's Buggin' You?
Sicbay “Berthode” from The Firelit S'coughs
Multicult “Hermano” from Spaces Tangled
Animal Lover “Guilt” from Guilt
Behavior “Topanga Keepsake” from Bitter Bitter
Uranium Club “Who Made the Man?” from All of Them Naturals
Warm Bodies “Charmer” from Burnin' Orange
Natural Man & The Flamin' Hot Band “Be Stiff!” from Mutants 4 Nuclear Waste
Nail Polish “Selected Comments” from Authentic Living
Marnie Stern “Her Confidence” from Marnie Stern

This Week In St. Louis: Dec. 10 - 16, 2018

THU. DEC. 13


@ El Lenador | 9pm
-Thin Lips (Philadelphia, PA)
-Smidley
-Shux

Thin Lips' pop-sensible punk is relentlessly upbeat, driven by taut bass moving smoothly below loose-fitting riffs. Melodic, full-bodied vocals throw a glossy sheen over everything, making for an energetic and endlessly positive set of songs. With members of Foxing in tow, Smidley makes a rare appearance in its own hometown. 

FRI. DEC. 14


@ Foam | 8:30pm
-Heaven Honey (Bloomington, IN)
-Nibiru
-Camp Counselor
-Nicole Grace

Heaven Honey's jangly indie-pop is well worth the price of admission all on its own, but the local lineup will be just as much, if not more, of a draw. Nibiru has its first show with a drum machine taking place of a flesh and blood drummer. Camp Counselor has dabbled with a backing band in the past, but this will be their first night with a bass player to round out this lush approach to bedroom pop.

SAT. DEC. 15


@ Livery Company | 6pm
Stagfest II:
-Fond Han
-Tonina
-18andCounting
-The Donald Woodhard, Inc.
-Nick J Gusman

What doubles as a birthday show of sorts for local sound person and promoter Ryne Schleicher, Stagfest II digs into the deep well of St. Louis music to offer a lineup that's dynamic and diverse. From recent New Jersey-transplant Fond Han to 18andCounting (who's fresh off one of the best parties of the year), this event opts to end 2018 with a wild night all to benefit the ACLU. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Dec. 6, 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.

Monobody “Raytracing” from Raytracing
18andCounting &TheOnlyEnsemble “Rings To Your Saturn” from Animal Skins
M. Crook + Oxherding “Soft Moon” from Soft Moon
Alex Cunningham “Accepting Your Countless Failures” from Fiddle
The Dreebs “My Killer” from Forest of a Crew
Parlor Walls “Low Vulture” from Exo
Wume “Ravel” from Towards the Shadow
Guerilla Toss “Meteorological” from Twisted Crystal
Golden Oriole “The Trilithon” from Golden Oriole
Arrington De Dionyso “Mani Malaikat” from Malaikat Dan Singa
Behavior “Topanga Keepsake” from Bitter Bitter
Lithics “Thing In Your Eye” from Borrowed Floors
Die Monitr Batss “White Shock” from Girls of War
Weakwick “Bat the Knife” from Whistle Along
Brise-Glace “Host of Latecomers” from when in Vanitas...
Arab On Radar “Attack on Tijiuana” from Queen Hygiene II 
Cellular Chaos “Gaslight” from Dirty Girl
The Flying Luttenbachers “Lkringg Number One” from Systems Emerge...
Ahleuchatistas “Unfolding” from What You Will
Clean Girls “The Blade” from Clean Girls // Jail Solidarity Split
Jail Solidarity “Chlorine” from Clean Girls // Jail Solidarity Split
Cacaw “Conquering The Green Dragon” from Bat Skin Robes
Toupee “Gramma In the Slamma” from Leg Toucher
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania 
Gold Dime “Easy” from Nerves
Fond Han “Spine” from Wronked
Goat “New Games” from New Games

This Week In St. Louis: Dec. 3 - 9, 2018

TUE. DEC. 4


@ Kerr Foundation | 9pm | $5-$10
-Cube (Oakland, CA)
-Ra Child
-Ethiks' Mind
-Shux

With the bitter cold moving in, it can be hard to find the motivation to venture outside your house, but a show like this is a can't-miss event with the diverse mix of rap, punk and electronic -- even if the acts very loosely fit those terms. The multi-tiered Kerr Foundation is just as much part of the show as the wide range of performing artists. 

THU. DEC. 6


@ Foam | 9pm | $8 | all ages
-Stove (NY)
-Maneka (NY)
-Glued
-Complainer

Stove's melodic rock has all the heavy lifting of a grunge outfit with shimmery, melodic riffs that put the band's grand gestures into context. Propulsive drumming drives a thick mesh of guitars that seamlessly bleed into one another, making for a set of songs that can feel both compact and massive. Maneka walks a tight-rope of indie and experimental rock, using familiar tools to craft an otherwise alien sound. 

SAT. DEC. 8


@ El Lenador | 7:30pm | $5-$7
-Monobody (Chicago, IL)
-Holy Posers
-Lobby Boxer
-Jr. Clooney

Monobody seems to subvert itself on a constant basis, using sharp staccato breaks between bouts of polyrhythmic madness to build a sense of density. The musicianship is top notch here, even coming off as relentless in the band's more intense sections. Monobody's injection of jazz into post-rock is an approach shared by St. Louis' own Jr. Clooney, who rounds out the show alongside Holy Posers and the brain-bending Lobby Boxer. 

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