The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: October 2013
Scuzzfest 2013 with Acid Kat Zine, Brain Transplant, the Night Grinder, Wamhoda, Dave Stone, Birches, Beauty Pageant at Blank Space
8 p.m. | $10 (admission gets you the Scuzz Report 'zine and DVD combo)
If you've ever wanted a live primer on St. Louis experimental, Scuzzfest provides it with a crossbreeding of the youngest and oldest heads in local noise and free jazz. Exclusively local (with the exception of a rumored DJ Dog Dick appearance), Scuzzfest is a multistage show inside a single building bustling with both academic and punk approaches to harsh sound.
Saxophonist Dave Stone brings a sharp edge to his reed while Brain Transplant twists and warps the neck of a six-string to produce threatening texture. You might recognize Britches, the local trio whose post-rock leaks into needlessly noisy territory, but on this evening they'll be moonlighting as Birches, an even weirder alter-ego. The Night Grinder emerges at its first gig since being named best noise band in St. Louis, so now's your chance to learn why we at RFT would make such an accusation.
Beauty Pageant (featured in the video above) contains the parental unit of Scuzzfest, Mr. Ben. Known throughout the city for his confrontational Freezer Burn 'zine, Ben's collaborative efforts with local videographer Chizmo.TV gave birth to the South City Scuzz Report, an annual zine depicting the dirty underbelly of St. Louis music. Scuzzfest 2013 celebrates the release of a new edition with a hefty helping of noise and live video projections by Chad Eivins and Kevin Harris. The no-rules multimedia event is not to be missed.
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Joseph Hess is the Editorial Coordinator for the Riverfront Times. When he's not, you know, coordinating, he is the DJ of the experimental rock show Wrong Division over at KDHX (88.1 FM). Visit his personal blog here for more on this city's DIY and experimental music. Or stalk him on Twitter.