This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 28 - Feb. 3, 2019

WED. JAN. 30

@ The Nest | 9pm | $7
-Eke Buba (Croatia)
-Fried E/M
-People Zoo
-Pineapple RNR

As if a band from Croatia playing a house in south city wasn't enough to get you to brave the cold, Eke Buba's approach to high speed hardcore is completely visceral. People Zoo (Colin from Waterproof and a million other bands) pulls from an impressive backlog of songs that have been collected on the project's massive Bandcamp page.


@ El Lenador | 9pm
-Microgreens (MN)
-Cranky Yellow
-Zak M
-Sloopy McCoy

Microgreens offers up a palette of pastoral synth music with processed vocals at the fore. The trio of locals range from the minimalist punk of Sloopy McCoy to Zak M's singular baritone songs to Cranky Yellow's full on sensory overload of a set -- a cold day in St. Louis made just a little warmer by an exploratory set of audio and visual artists. 

@ Foam | 9pm | $7 | all ages
-Healthy Realism (NY/IL)
-The Conformists

While looking for Healthy Realism online nets little to no info, a few sparse videos of the group show an improvisational powerhouse. St. Louis latest string duo in Apathist lends an opening set to the show, courtesy of Alex Cunningham (Vernacular String Trio) and Chris Trull (Yowie). One band that's not improvised, however, is the Conformists, who take a scalpel to odd compositions informed by noise rock and punk. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 24, 2019

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.

Human Monster “Structural Functionalism” from Demos 2018-2019
Terms “Who Will Save The World From Art” from Terms
The Flying Luttenbachers “Demonic Velocities” from Post Now: Round One - Chicago vs New York
People Zoo “Pick the Ribcage/Bald Idea/Sticker Face” from Dust Silencer
Eke Buba “Braindead” from Rat Bite
Fried E/M “Pleasure OD” from Fried E/M
Pineapple RNR “Rain Cage” from Pineapple Rik n Roll
Exusamwa “Valley of Diamonds” from Excusez-Moi!
Gang Gang Dance “Glory In Itself” from God's Money
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa “7000000000 Human Elements” from Are Euphoria
Pallas “Render (Location 13)” from Pallas
Kudzu “Defeated” from Defeated
Parlor Walls “Neuromancer” from EXO
Sonny Sharrock “Black woman” from Black Woman
Gorge Trio “Open Mouth, O Wisp” from Open Mouth, O Wisp
Roji “Pacific (feat. Colin Webster)” from The Hundred Headed Women
Fluid “Fil-Unmature-Ly” from Demos
PRE “Haircut Tacos” from Hope Freaks
Xbxrx “Center Where Sight” from Wars
Church Clothes “Thoughts and Prayers” from Church Clothes
Flat Worms “Melt the Arms” from The Apparition/Melt the Arms
Health Problems “Lies & Movement” from Winners
Landowner “Moving Again” from Blatant
Guerilla Toss “Trash Bed” from Gay Disco
Skimask “Slap Me Silly” from Cute Mutant
Black Pus “Marauder” from All My Relations
Battles “Race In” from Mirrored
This Heat “S.P.Q.R.” from Deceit
Hella “Kid Life Crisis” from Tripper
Marnie Stern “Her Confidence” from Marnie Stern
Tera Melos “Bite” from X'ed Out
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt “The Secret Engine of History” from Brace Up!
Bangladeafy “Espionage” from Ribboncutter
Microwaves “Robot Monster” from Professional Systems Overload

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 21 - 27, 2019

MON. JAN. 21

@ Kerr Foundation | 8pm | $7-$10
-Hank Wood and the Hammerheads (NY)
-Slusk (Columbia, MO)
-UFO Dictator (tape release)

It's easy to forget that Hank Wood and company have been around for a minute because the band feels so fresh and present. An injection of bluesy riffing inside a hardheaded brand of guttural punk, the New York outfit raises the bar with visceral songs that ooze charisma (and a little self loathing). Uncover the mystery behind UFO Dictator and catch Mom's last show ever. 

THU. JAN. 24

@ The Nest | 9pm | $7
-Shmu (Austin, TX)
-New Holland (New Orleans, LA)
-A Leaf In the Street
-Danielle Taylor

Every facet of Austin's Shmu feels deliberate, from the synth laden layers of melody to the sharp, groove focused drumming. There's a lot to unfold here as the songs carry a density unheard of with bands of this size (a power trio, in this case). Those who like to be overwhelmed with sensory overload will find a lot to love while diving in the depths of Shmu's singular sound. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 17, 2019

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.

Huht “Stranger” from Huht
Todd F Dillon “CURB_pF1” from Curb
Kleb “Luminescent Cog” from Synthesizers and Percussion
Shmu “Lead Me to the Glow” from Lead Me to the Glow
The Funs “Fur Cup” from Alienated
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads “You Wanna Die” from S/T
Mom “Bowzah” from MOM
G.N.A.T. “I.d.o.l.s.” from Demo
Slusk “Cut Away” from Slusk
Xbxrx “Here to Ruin the Party” from Wars
Nonzoo “Great American Trough” from Wazoo
The Channels “See No Reason” from Double Negative
Lightning Bolt “Forcefield” from Ride the Skies
Melkbelly “R.O.R.O.B” from Nothing Valley
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from Yt // St
The Ex “New Blank Document” from 27 Passports
The Spirit Of The Beehive “Hypnic Jerks” from Hypnic Jerks
Bilge Rat “Baby Blue” from Pal
Protomartyr “Same Face In A Different Mirror” from Consolation
Birthing Hips “Audrey” from No Sorry
Wombo “Claire's Lair” from Staring At the Trees
NicFit “Mary” from Demo
Exit Group “Cruel Fog” from Adverse Habitat
Tarngo “Trenton” from Horman
Fischessen “Blu Noise My Love” from Der Tote Winkel
Shimmer “Crystal Listerine” from Shimmer
Lea Bertucci “Patterns for Alto (excerpt)” from Metal Aether
U.S. Maple “Missouri Twist” from Sang Phat Editor
Sarah Davachi “Matins” from Gave In Rest

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 14 - 20, 2019

MON. JAN. 14

@ Flood Plain | 8pm | $5-$7
-Bobb Hatt (OH)
-Janet Xmas
-Ethiks Mind
-Dave Stone
-Alex Cunningham
-Brain Transplant

Using little more than a saxophone, Bobb Hatt is able to bend the vibe of a room to his whims. He has a magnetic presence despite letting loose an often harsh and tense squalor. The local lineup is a long list of St. Louis favorites, making this show a good starting point for 2019 whether you're new to avant garde shows or firmly in the know. 

WED. JAN. 16

@ CBGB | 9pm | $5
-Sea Priestess

CRT blends a blown out, distorted drum machine with hard synth lines that lean into post-punk territory. Everything here is cranked and bathed in static, making for dense and synthetic set of songs. By performing with progression in mind, Sea Priestess is a storyteller who tells tales through buoyant pop and sculpted noise in equal measure. 

SAT. JAN. 19

@ Link Auction Galleries | 8pm
New Music Circle presents:
-Sarah Davachi
-Lea Bertucci

The first big New Music Circle event of 2019 brings Sarah Davachi and Lea Bertucci to St. Louis as solo performers, each offering a nuanced approach to synthesizer and saxophone, respectively. In Davachi's case, she carries with her a master's degree in electronic music along with years of experience playing in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Bertucci is equally compelling, offering up slow burning saxophone pieces through use of feedback and extended technique. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 10, 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.

Drool “Shoes” from Drool II
Little Big Bangs “Rotten Blood” from Star Power
Sewingneedle “Whirlybird” from User Error
Kids “People” from 7 Nation Army
Bobb Hatt “Side β” from 12121518
Shux “Wolfman's Eyeballs” from Demo 2018
CHUD “Tie My Shoes” from Demo June 2015
Perverts Again “Blockbusted” from Friday Night Light
Sediment Club “My Dungeon Shook” from Stucco Thieves
Made in Mexico “Face of the Earth” from Zodiac Zoo
Animal Lover “High Noon” from Stay Alive
Melkbelly “Doomspringa” from Pennsylvania
Miscomings “Ding Dong” from Bag of Knives
Black Eyes “Drums” from Cough
Die Monitr Batss “Girls of War” from Girls of War
Blank Spell “Red Teeth” from Miasma 
The VSS “Lunar Weight” from Nervous Circuits
Terms “Heal My Borings” from Terms
Cheval de Frise “Connexion Monstrueuse Entre un Objet Et Son Image” from Cheval de Frise
Man or Astroman? “Song Of The Two Mile Linear Particle Accelerator” from A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
Dead Tenants “Asterisk” from Lp II
Cellular Chaos “Gaslight” from Dirty Girl
Lair “Sleeper Agent Man” from Test
The Channels “Double Negative” from Double Negative
Neptune “Fig. II” from Cave Drawings
Don Gero “Fire Ball I” from Wizarding
Normal Love “Electrolytes in the Brine” from Survival Tricks
The Conformists “Reverse Alchemist” from Divorce
Yowie “Absurdly Ineffective Barricade” from Synchromysticism
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt “Double Bind” from Brace Up!
Horse Lords “Stay on It” from Mixtape IV

This Week In St. Louis: Jan. 7 - 13, 2019


@ Foam | 9pm | $5-$10 | all ages
-Bleeders (PA)
-Vittna (NC)
-Sex Bam Bam

Pennsylvania's Bleeders are pretty unapologetic in their approach with their self proclaimed "gash rock," which is an unruly mishmash of noise rock and no wave that clearly coalesces. From their Blood Spill split EP with Period Bomb to their latest tape God Is A Cunt, the band elects to harsh every possible mellow. Although they're not touring together, North Carolina band Vittna joins the show, rounding out the night with raw d-beat punk.


@ Foam | 9pm | $7
-White Suns (NY)
-Dead From the Neck Up
-Heavy Pauses
-Beauty Pageant

Whether you have memories of White Suns peeling the paint off the walls at the now shuttered Apop Records or you're new to the New York duo's stark brand of harsh noise, this show is a full package with a solid lineup of local mainstays. White Suns hits St. Louis on the way down to Austin, Texas, where they'll play alongside Wolf Eyes, Shit & Shine and many more at a two-day festival called Secular Music.

THU. JAN. 10

@ Flood Plain | 9pm | $5
-Sex Funeral (IA)
-JoAnn McNeil
-Dirt Trio

Sex Funeral is the brainchild of one Bob Bucko Jr., who not only runs the experimental label Personal Archives (which has released music from St. Louis' own Alex Cunningham) but also heads a number of noise and avant-garde projects. Sex Funeral's densely packed work can be explored through its Bandcamp where one will be treated to such classics as "It Takes a Village to Raise an Imbecile" and "Sex Funeral Summer of Love 2018." 

FRI. JAN. 11

@ CBGB | 8pm | $5
-Drool (Chicago, IL)
-Sewingneedle (Chicago, IL)
-Little Big Bangs

What Drool does between its thick tone and scattershot drums feels fuller than most bands twice their size. The duo works through earworm riffs while laying down heavy down beats. As if they needed a punctuation mark on the already heavy-as-hell songs, the pair throws a layer of noise and squalor on top of everything. Their new LP DROOL II releases later in January, marking Drool's first full-length after years of tapes and EPs. 

@ Kerr Foundation | 9pm | $10 | all ages
Johnny B's birthday:
-Red Delicious (Bridgeport, IL)
-Perverts Again (Cleveland, OH)
-Chud (Bloomington, IN)
-Alien Boys

It's a proper birthday party for Johnny B (of Trauma Harness, the Funs) with three out-of-towners, a Wipers cover band and Shux -- St. Louis' hometown heroes of post punk. If five acts seems like a lot, just consider it all more bang for your buck with bands that typically play short sets, with the multi tiered Kerr Foundation providing plenty of space for multiple stages. 

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

Wrong Division Playlist: Jan. 3, 2019

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.

Mom “Revenge Is Ours” from MOM
The Resource Network “Absorb” from Split w/ Big Hog
Bleeders “One Trick Pony” from God Is A Cunt
Vittna “Cognitive Dissonance” from Vittna 7"
White Suns “Pilgrim” from Psychic Drift
Sex Funeral “A2” from Duo for Electronic Percussion
Pastel Fractal “Pagdulas Tilaok” from Hexaplex Cichoreum
Kurt Vise “Hive” from KV Indstry
Drool “Civics II Honors” from Drool II
Ahleuchatistas “Second Self” from Location Location
Imelda Marcos “Henna Pinwheel​-​Fashioner” from Dalawa
Ruins “Refusal Fossil” from Refusal Fossil
Fischessen “Booze and Glory” from Der Tote Winkel
An Atomic Whirl “CKC” from WEN
Weakwick “Drag Along” from Whistle Along
Roji “1+1=3 (feat. Susana Santos Silva)” from The Hundred Headed Women
The Devils&Libido “Jupiter Is Mine” from Devil's Circle
Gouge Away “Fed Up” from Burnt Sugar
Milk Leg “Meat In the Pie” from Milk Leg
(New England) Patriots “Dry Milk” from (New England) Patriots
Don Gero “Fire Ball I” from Wizarding
Massicot “Kokteilis” from Split Massicot / Housewives
Public Practice “Fate/Glory” from Distance Is A Mirror
The Woolen Men “Brick Horizon” from Post
Omni “Equestrian” from Audiotree Live
Flasher “Skim Milk” from Constant Image
Lithics “Seven People” from Borrowed Floors
Curt Oren “I Miss My Dog” from Hi
Yoshida Tatsuya Imahori Tsuneo “Films” from Dots