The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: March 2015

Categories: DIY

Photo courtesy of Sub Pop
Wolf Eyes brings its "trip metal" to the Luminary with Yowie and Brain Transplant on March 16.

"Noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, is huge and diverse but not without its share of hangups. That's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from needlessly complex to minimalist drone. Connect the weird to your ears.

Wolf Eyes came along in the late '90s, a time when noise was in vogue and breached the walls between audience and performer. Fashion tends to move in twenty-year cycles, so the world is about due for a new noise renaissance. Led by American noise alum Nate Young, this trio builds strict industrial beats over a metallic-guitar mess. Tones drop and climb in rapid succession, twisting in tandem around scratchy sonic abrasions. The whole affair feels both confined and completely free -- a testament to the band's versatility.

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The 10 Best Crossover Thrash Bands

Pep Williams
Suicidal Tendencies
Today's fans of punk and metal take it for granted that the two genres often manage to intermingle -- that is to say, it isn't uncommon to spot a Black Flag T-shirt at a metal show or a Metallica T-shirt at a punk show. But during the early- to mid 1980s, such camaraderie between hardcore punk and heavy metal was non-existent, and for a period of time, the two scenes could not peacefully coexist.

As violence, hostility, fights and mayhem ensued when the fans met at shows, bands were able to use this tension and chaos to usher in a new breed (at the time) of thrash metal and punk-rock combined -- a hybrid style of music that came to be known as crossover, which bridged the gap between fans of the two styles.

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Louis Wall Is a Tireless Asset to St. Louis Music

Categories: Homespun

Jarred Gastreich
Louis Wall and Ben Tulin of the Texas Room, with Mensur Hatich on Accordian.
If music can knock down walls and build community -- and here's hoping it still can -- then local drummer and producer Louis Wall is using it to do truly holy work within some forgotten communities in St. Louis.

Under the aegis of his recording project the Texas Room, Wall collects musicians from across St. Louis, but with an emphasis on our immigrant population and the songs and sounds of their homelands. If the St. Louis community has taken baby steps in bridging the divide between scenes, styles and neighborhoods, the inroads to our newest citizens have, historically, been nil.

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Every St. Louis Release: February 2015

This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in February 2015 that we could get our hands on, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previews wherever possible.

Note: We realize there are probably a few things we missed. If you know of an album, EP or compilation that came out last month, shoot us a message and we'll amend this post. Likewise, holler if you'd like to have your release included in the March installment or if you'd just like to put an upcoming local release on our radar. Simply e-mail us with "ATTN: St. Louis Release" in the subject line.

See also: Every St. Louis Release: January 2015

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Upcoming: Bob Dylan, Alabama Shakes, Built to Spill, Judas Priest, My Morning Jacket and more

Categories: This Just In

Photo by Jon Gitchoff
Judas Priest returns to the Family Arena in May. Check out more photos from the band's 2011 concert in RFT Slideshows.

Here again is every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos of artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new shows, so you can do some digging of your own and let us know which ones you are excited about! Click through, and start planning ahead.

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Critic Pick Comics: The King Khan & BBQ Show Is Back In Town With Bad News Boys

Categories: This Just In

Editor's note: Each week illustrator Curtis Tinsley and writer/clubs editor Joseph Hess team up in comic form to recommend an upcoming show in St. Louis. Follow Curtis and Joseph on Twitter at @curtistinsley and @JosephSHess, respectively.

All art by Curtis Tinsley, words by Joseph Hess.

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Bridget Everett Is a Face-Sitting, Dildo-Wielding, Alt-Cabaret Provocateur

Categories: Comedy

C.S. Muncy
Bridgett Everett will perform at the Firebird on March 12.

"Hit the track!" Bridget Everett growls as she lowers herself to the lip of the Joe's Pub stage in Manhattan, lifting the hem of her flowing silver gown to flash the sold-out crowd in time to the slinky R&B beat.

"Short one, long one, doesn't matter/Just suck on that bean, watch it get fatter/You've had a bad day, you're feeling like shit/You want to beat something up? Beat up this clit/Here's the combination to my lovely lady locker/She'll pop in your mouth like Orville Redenbacher."

Everett tosses aside the flopping pink dildo she'd earlier suctioned to the adjacent table and moves a couple's drinks to safety. Inching forward on thighs and buttocks, her calves encircle a man seated front and center.

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St. Louis' Boxing Clever Records Continues to Expand with the Release of CaveofswordS' Sigils

Categories: Interviews

Kelly Glueck
Boxing Clever's Jim Harper, posing with Caveof swordS' latest, Sigils.
When CaveofswordS releases its sophomore album this Friday with a show at the Demo, the local four-piece will play its latest set of dark-tinted, beat-driven songs. The band is powered by the twin engines of married duo Sunyatta and Kevin McDermott -- she supplies trance-like lyrics and delivers them with a clarion call while he handles programming, spy-movie guitar lines and intricate production. While CaveofswordS has grown into a formidable live act in recent years with the addition of bassist Eric Armbruster and drummer Zagk Gibbons, the band has its roots in studio tinkering and its albums are where CaveofswordS makes its cleanest mark.

See also: Six St. Louis Musical Acts to Watch in 2015

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LouFest Update: Don't Hold Your Breath for These Bands

Categories: LouFest

Maciek Pozoga
Tame Impala, probably not performing at this year's LouFest.

The lineup for Lollapalooza Berlin was announced today, which normally wouldn't be of great concern to those of us here in good ol' St. Louis, USA, but this year's inaugural Germany-based edition of the festival happens to fall on the same dates as St. Louis' own LouFest -- the weekend of September 12 and 13.

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Watch the Hilarious New Video for Pokey LaFarge's "Something in the Water"

Categories: Video

Screenshot from the video.
"She drinks malt liquor for lunch and dinner and sends me running scared."
On Friday, Pokey LaFarge released a video for the title track of his upcoming Rounder Records debut, Something in the Water, via NPR's All Songs Considered blog.

LaFarge tells NPR that the song "is about the ups and downs of a Midwestern love affair. The female character in the song doesn't always treat her man right, but no matter how crazy things can get and how hard things sometimes seem to be, he realizes that all of her quirks and eccentricities are a big part of why he loves her and that ultimately he can't live without her. I guess that's what they call love, or at least can be one definition of many."

See also: Pokey LaFarge Signs to Rounder Records

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