New Album from The Tennis Lesson

The Tennis Lesson plays maybe 3 or 4 shows a year. The band really deserves more fanfare than it gets -- this is indie rock for those who usually scoff at first mention of the genre. The songs feel complex but not too convoluted, striking the rare balance between poppy, catchy hooks and inventive structure. You might recognize drummer Jeremy Brantlinger -- he's been in all kinds of projects around St. Louis, namely N. Nomurai and Mil-Effect to name a few. His math rock chops show but thankfully don't overpower the tight interweaving riffs between keys and guitars. Luxury Attire was quietly uploaded to Bandcamp a week ago, which follows the band's trend of putting enormous effort into its songs, then not really making a big deal out of it. Hopefully this means more shows.


This Week in St. Louis 12/8/14 - 12/14/14


Gnawed (Minneapolis, MN)
Fecal Dam
Kingston Family Singers
Beauty Pageant
@ Revisionist Inn / 1950 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $3-$5 / all ages

"Six bands on a Monday night? That's nonsense, I'm not dealing with that mess." Considering each set will run under 20 minutes, this show will be a quick noise-rock power run - with emphasis on the "noise." The video above gives a solid idea of what you'll get with Gnawed, but don't expect the same exact sound. Free-improv works like that.


Bitchin Bajas (Chicago, IL)
Circuit Des Yeux (IN)
Ghost Ice
@ Plush / 3224 Locust St.
9 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Remember Cave? This is founding member Cooper Crane's solo project blown up into a lush, ambient trio. At this point, Bitchin Bajas has received as much, if not more, international hype than Cave. Well deserved? Who cares. This show also features a rare sighting of Ghost Ice, which is worth the price of admission alone.


Trauma Harness
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Bunnygrunt plays its 600th show alongside a couple of the city's most entertaining music acts. Guitar-slinging singer Matt Harnish is gettin' hitched over the weekend, so show up to issue a congratulations (and consider checking out his post-reception shindig at Plush). See also: this bunny, grunting.


Van Buren
Planet Eater
Unicorn Porn
@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

This all-local showcase features a grab bag that includes everything from post-punk anthems and stoner rock slogs to beardy drum and bass sludge -- a solid mixed bill for an otherwise quiet Saturday night.


The Wrong (Chicago, IL)
King Worm (Springfield, IL)
Animal Teeth
The Warden
@ Foam / 3359 Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Wrong brings nasty hardcore from the swamp (err...Chicago) with shrieking femme-vocals soaring over the top. King Worm sounds equally gross, in the best way. Punk minus pretense.


This Week in St. Louis 12/1/14 - 12/7/14


Public Media Commons Artist Showcase feat.:
Damon Davis
Chad Eivins
Kevin Harris
Josh Weinstein

+many more
@ Public Media Commons / 3655 Olive St.
7 p.m. / free / all ages

This showcase features seventeen artists in an innovative outdoor space. Check out the above video for a teaser of Chizmo's video, "Don't Shoot," above and look forward to plenty more digital media pieces to enjoy along with complimentary hot drinks.

Acid Kat Zine presents:
White Mystery (Chicago, IL)
Animal Teeth
The Jockstraps
@ Foam / 3359 Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $6 / all ages

Sometimes all ya need is a little old-fashioned rock'n'roll, and White Mystery delivers with wailing, flailing heads of bright red hair to back it up. A solid line-up of locals keeps a steady, heavy momentum flowin' all night long.


New Music Circle presents:
Roscoe Mitchell
Craig Taborn
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
7:30 p.m. / $15-$25 / all ages

Sax meets ivory as the duo of Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn take on the intimate Stage at KDHX. Check out this one-of-a-kind performance for a taste of free jazz at its best, performed by one of the greats credited as part of the genre's integral building blocks.


This Week In St. Louis 11/11/14 - 11/16/14


Nots (Memphis, TN)
Kowabunga Kid (Champaign, IL)
Babe Lords
@ CBGB / 3163 Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Goner Records' Nots features Natalie of Ex-Cult in a scuzzy power-quartet playing punk that follows in the footsteps of the Slits. Kowabunga Kid makes the trek from the Illinois side to release a new punky flexi-disc via Spotted Race.


Caddywhompus (New Orleans, LA)
Travel Guide (Wichita, KS)
Early Worm (Collinsville, IL)
The Jockstraps (Edwardsville, IL)
@ Foam / 3358 Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Nola's Caddywhompus seamlessly blends psychedelic pop with hard-hitting math rock. This tour features the guitar-and-drum duo's latest release, Feathering a Nest -- stream the whole thing on Bandcamp. There's not an actual "local" on the whole bill, so consider chipping in what you will to each band's gas tank.

Tit For Tat
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

After releasing a tape last March, avant-garde rock weirdos Britches swiftly went into hiding and emerged this fall for a one-off show. We're not sure if they're here to stay or what, so ya better catch 'em while you can.


You Spit On Our Grave: Apop's Dead! feat.:
Strangulated Beatoffs
Shaved Women
Trauma Harness
Spelling Bee
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

When Wrong Division was just a wee baby, we weren't quite sure how to find out where all the seedy music freaks in town hung out. It wasn't until we walked into Apop Records that we realized there was something truly, astonishingly mucky in the river water -- it turns out this place was pumping slime into it all along! Sheesh! Pay tribute to St. Louis' late, great, impossible-to-replace record haven with one last party (and maybe consider buying a beer or two for Tiffany).


Dope Body (Baltimore, MD)
Roomrunner (Baltimore, MD)
Bug Chaser
Con Trails
@ Plush / 3224 Locust St.
8 p.m. / $8 / 18+

Bands that type their names in all caps mean business, and DOPE BODY does all caps TO THE MAX. The Drag City rock band brings its Baltimore buddies Roomrunner on this tour -- some St. Louisans might've caught them in the past filling up a basement or bar with its loud ass grunge.

Life Like (7" Release)
Little Big Bangs
@ No Coast / 4427 Morganford Rd.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

This show doubles as a tour-kick off for Life Like and Q. Bring the following: 1. a skateboard and 2. some money for Life Like's new 7", Savages. Hear it here (and check out that art).


This Weekend In St. Louis 11/7/14 - 11/9/14


Bernard Herman (NYC)

@ The Revisionist Inn / 1950 Cherokee Street
$8 / 9 p.m. / all ages

Timeghost was one of those acts that came through, played a relatively empty show, and the few people who attended wouldn't shut up about it for days. A quick look at his videos shows that Timeghost is pretty distinct in the realm of noise - he makes use of beats not unlike Wolf Eyes, but includes an intricate wall of sound that is, well, "heavy." I don't use that term lightly. Get it? Hehe.

Pop Crimes (Canada)
Prude Boys (MI)
Kisser (Tape Release)
The Brainstems
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Pop Crimes rips through garage rock like it's running away from its own genre. The guitarists sound like they could grind right through their strings and fretboards at any moment. The whole thing is played so damn hard that abrasive sounds start to surface, invoking the same feeling of hardcore or even noise rock. Fitting that Kisser will release its new tape recorded by Cooper Crane (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) on this night.

Also tonight:
- ALTrs with LooseScrewz, Black James and Chizmo.TV - a free event at the Kranzberg


New Music Circle Presents:
Eli Keszler
Rashad Becker

@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee Street
7 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

Eli Keszler is an experimental percussionist known for his insane installations (like his recent project where he works with repurposed piano strings). His hyper-active style of drumming builds atmosphere with powerful flourishes. Rashad Becker travels from Berlin to deliver a nuanced set of electronic sounds. This gig is a sure bet for fans of free-improvisation.

Sand (CA)
Omoo Omoo

@ The Heavy Anchor / 5226 Gravois
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Sand is a progressive-jazz trio featuring members of Nels Cline Singers, Cibo Matto and Cursive. This dream team makes songs that range from super dense to simple and accessible. St. Louis' own Yowie is set to headline, and they've been warning people via social media that this will be their last show for several months. Maybe that means a new record is on the way? Oooo...

Also on Saturday:
- Cardiac Arrest homecoming show at Bonerville
- Kenshiro's and more at Karl's Basement
- Quintron and Miss Pussycat with Demonlover at Firebird