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


This Week in St. Louis 10/27/14 - 11/2/14


Acid Kat Zine's BüFest feat.:
Designer (Nashville, TN)
Los Assparados (Champaign, IL)
Beauty Pageant
Nos Bos
Tubby Tom
Animal Teeth
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
7 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Acid Kat always gets kinda freaky, so prepare yourself for an aural flogging from a variety of local punks and weirdos. Check out the video above for footage of Designer's last visit to St. Louis, courtesy of videographer Graham Matthews. We're not exactly sure what Designer's lookin' like since its move to Nashville from the east coast, but we can guarantee that it's going to be at least two-parts noisy to two-parts catchy.

The Pen Test (Athens, GA)
Wax Fruit
DJ Michaella
@ Plush / 3224 Locust St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Apop's closed now, and we are all very sad, but that doesn't mean we don't get to celebrate all the good times that were had. This is one Apop's final hurrahs, so you jerks and twerps better damn well come prepared to dance.


Lazy (Kansas City, MO)
Baby Sun God
Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

OK, so the only live video we could find was kind of an old one, but all you need to know about Lazy is that they're from Party City USA. If you don't know what the butt that's supposed to mean, they will tell you explicitly in the only way they know how to -- with good old fashioned fuzzy rock'n'roll New local band alert: Baby Sun God evidently features members of Rüz, the Warden and Overdoser with some surf action. Cool.

Undercurrent No. 10 feat.:
Maximum Effort
Dave Stone
Eric Hall
Hands and Feet
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust
9 p.m. / free / all ages

This bill might just break the Tap Room. From free jazz to alien-conspiracy punk, there's plenty to stay entertained with throughout this evening of local performances set to Chizmo's brain-warping, interactive projections. As always at Undercurrent events: free tapes. Free tapes for everyone!

**More on Halloween coming sooOOOooOOonnnn...**


Tonight in St. Louis


Jealousy Mountain Duo (from Germany)

Don Vito (from Germany)


and Hardbody (first show, members of Hess/Cunningham Duo, Stonechat)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
8 pm / free / all ages

Jealousy Mountain Duo makes abstract rock, taking elements of noise and free-jazz to create rhythmically free-form songs that use strong melody as an anchor. Don Vito packs discord and feedback into instrumental punk songs. The bass tears through and leads with melody while the guitar skronks behind a strong rhythm section. Both bands traveled from Germany to play our Midwestern city, and the show is free and all ages - lots of reasons to go.

Also tonight: Die Reihe (STL ex-pat Jack Callahan) plays with Skulls Mind and Brain Transplant at Apop Records.


Bands Die, That's What Happens

Last night, Cherokee street was busy with two packed shows – one at Foam, the other at Melt. Both bills were lined-up the same, too. At Foam, Pile from Boston performed with three locals: Blight Future, Little Big Bangs and Stonechat, who played their last show. Melt had Nature Boys from Kansas City with Maximum Effort, Riprap (recent transplants) and Self Help, who were also playing for the last time.

Picking between the two was hard because, damn, you might not ever get a chance to see Stonechat or Self Help again. Sure, either band could decide to pick right back up and play, but that's not likely. The reality is this: these shows happen all the time, but that extra push, or urgency, to go just isn't there.

Speaking strictly to readers of this blog, I'll assume you're either a musician or a showgoer. Maybe you like the idea of going out, but the time isn't there so you live vicariously through Facebook or Twitter. Maybe you're already out at shows five nights a week – either way, many of us get saturated with flyers, e-mails and show invites.

Through social media, it's easy to feel shamed for not attending certain shows. You've seen it, and it looks loosely like this: "everyone who didn't go last night fucked up and missed out." All of that is enough to get exhausted, and whether you're involved in music or an avid supporter, we're all privy to it – the burnout.

Stonechat and Self Help both split because of cordial reasons – either a bandmate moved away or the members moved on to new projects. Not every split is malicious and it's fortunate that, at least for these two bands, final shows were had. But fans aren't always so lucky.

It's normal for bands to stop and really, it's inevitable. Every band is temporary. The level of support shown last night was massive, but considering I've seen Stonechat and Self Help play to empty rooms in the past I couldn't help but think: we could have been doing this months ago. Why wait until someone's funeral to tell them that you love them? Sounds a little tragic to me, but for bands, that's the norm.


If you like a band, actually go see it because you won't always have a chance.

-Joseph Hess