The 13 Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Bands in 2013

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Skarekrau Radio

No-wave tends to work as anti-music, a reaction to pop music slathered in classy hooks. The wondrous prog of yore dared not mix with the rough edges of hairy music from the outer crust. Skarekrau Radio is a cult under the pretenses of fantastical rock and experimental sludge. Calling on the shrieking feminine voices of the New York underground, this Midwestern troupe is as whimsical as it is appalling, with soundscapes balancing the inane and bizarre.

See also: Sexual Poo Worship and the Death of Kuu: Let's Talk About the New Skarekrau Radio Album

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Mabel Suen

Yowie

The elusive, brain-bending Yowie hides away in St. Louis to build on singular forms of progressive music. Yowie plays a dense foreign language through two guitars which communicate in an angry, six-string banter through strictly scattered drums. This power trio speaks in alien code with founding member Defenestrator playing the part of percussive conductor. Each song comes densely packed with rare repetitions: A series of guitar riffs pass like clever one-liners with unbridled speed. The shred level of death metal blends with poly-rhythmic jazz in an oppressive mix of experimental rock. Yowie's tenure includes a recent European tour and two full-length albums through the prolific SKiN GRAFT Records.

See also: Rock Mandala: Yowie works through the pain

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