The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: October 2013
Gateway to the West Fest at The Mad Magician and Fubar
Day One: 5 p.m., $15 / Day Two: 12 p.m., $40
After another year of planning, Adam "The Devastator" Greer and Donna Klein's hard work and badgering of killer hardcore/punk bands has resulted in another Gateway to the West Fest. There are too many bands playing between the two days to give equal coverage in just a paragraph, but most notable is that legendary Boston hardcore band Slapshot has been added as the headliner at the end of Saturday. The Mad Magician (formerly AB's place, near Nick's pub) will be experiencing its first gigantic influx of two-stepping stage dive maniacs. Among the tons of bands will be the SNAFF reunion and Bracewar's fast, full-scale assault on anything that doesn't know how to mosh.
Spine, Vice, the Killer, EWB, Black Teeth, RZL DZL, Death Before Dishonor, the Rival Mob (first St. Louis show) and, to reiterate, fucking Slapshot will be providing some of the best hardcore punk over the past twenty-plus years in one day, right here. The relatively high price tag for this show is definitely justified. Rumor has it the after-show/party is going to be an insane jammer as well...ask a punk.