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. 

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