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!