This Week In St. Louis: Apr. 22 - 28, 2019

MON. APR. 22

@ Foam | 8pm | $7 | all ages
-Blessed (British Columbia)
-Shady Bug
-DJ Mark Plant

Blessed can almost feel like a different band from release to release. The Canadian outfit has been slowly injecting post-punk into their whirlwind indie rock for years and their new record shows a refined approach. "Salt" dropped earlier this month, proving that Blessed is an artful group that continues to progress while building winding roads of understated complexity. This two-band bill also features DJ Mark Plant (of Nibiru, Mark Plant Solo Noise Project and more). 

WED. APR. 24

@ Rootwad Park | 7pm
-Nag (Decatur, GA)
-Lip (Baltimore, MD)
-Pineapple RNR

Nag and Lip are both used to being part of the same package. Space Taker Sounds released a split 7" between the pair roughly one year ago, and this tour is just another reminder of why these two work so well together. For the uninitiated, both bands offer up their own infectiously catchy brands of punk with Nag leaning into noise and Lip peddling post-punk. With Pineapple RNR on board, it's a can't-miss trio powered by a generator on the riverfront. 

SAT. APR. 27

@ El Lenador | 8pm | $10
-M.A.Z.E. (Japan)
-Science Man (Buffalo, NY)
-BB Eye
-Trauma Harness

The hits keep coming this week with Japan's M.A.Z.E., a band that teeters on early no-wave with a vocal approach that melts into wiry guitar and squalor. Science Man from Buffalo makes razor sharp punk that lives and dies in the garage as each song carries a frantic pace. You can feel the anxiety in these riffs, which culminates with a dark and unnerving vibe. 

SUN. APR. 28

@ CBGB | 9pm | $5-$10
-Scrunchies (MN)
-Sloopy McCoy

Scrunchies builds a thick wall of fuzz alongside an airtight rhythm section. The dual vocals work as a punctuation mark to songs that communicate in a very straightforward way, pulling from riot grrrl past while still feeling totally distinct. This Minneapolis crew continues on its own path, blazing new trails roughly a year removed from its most recent release, Stunner. 

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