The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: December 2014

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Press photo from the AACM website
Roscoe Mitchell performs December 5 at the Stage at KDHX.

"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.

While last month brought a solid 30-day stretch for fans of experimental sound, December offers a sparse selection of shows. What's that whole phrase about quantity and quality? November had a wealth of both, but this month brings the free-jazz luminary Roscoe Mitchell, the psychedelic buzzing of Bitchin Bajas and a showcase of seven local artists. Gorge on great shows and ring in the new year fat and happy.


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The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: November 2014

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Party Plates/Violent End flier by Beer Boi.

Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!

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The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: November 2014

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Press Photo by Angela C. Villa
Thollem McDonas performs at the Tavern of Fine Arts later this month.

"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 it isn't 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.

November 2014 is a great time to be living in St. Louis -- unless you're against same-sex marriage, that is. But you're not here for small talk about current events, you're here to read about outsider art, free improvisations and other things loosely referred to as "jazz." We typically feature three to five shows in this column, but this month is so densely packed and rich with great acts, we couldn't omit a single event.


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My Dad Says the New Mastodon Video Is Sexist

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Screenshot from the video.

One Saturday afternoon during my sophomore year, my father (who nicknamed himself the Rooster, after the Alice in Chains song) wanted to go to Chesterfield Mall with me -- specifically, Hot Topic -- to check out the new Pantera shirts. This was soon after Dimebag's death, renewing the Rooster's fascination with the arguable forefathers of groove-metal (if you aren't an Exhorder fan). It was kind of amazing and embarrassing at the same time -- somewhat typical teenage outlook. To make it more odd, my friend was the store's manager at the time, and he recognized me and proceeded to talk loudly about the debauchery and destruction of a recent party.

There was no need for the cover; my dad was way too enamored by the array of different designs on Pantera/Children of Bodom/Slipknot/etc. shirts. As Kevin finished up a story involving an unfortunate altercation between a lawnmower and a recliner chair, the Rooster walked up with his chosen garment. Its name on Rockabilia.com is "Cowboys From Hell Skeleton Cowboy Riding Bull With Purple Lightning Bolts & Banner Logo." He was excited.

So that's my dad.

See also: My Dad Says the New U2 Album Sucks

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The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: October 2014

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Kat Schleicher
Jon Mueller performs at Foam on Friday, October 17.

Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but 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.

As of this week, this column is one year old. Not that I'm a fan of waxing nostalgic, but the past twelve months have brought many incredible shows to St. Louis - Norwegian noise rock band Staer, Nakatani Gong Orchestra, Cheer-Accident and Jandek - just to name a few highlights. If you have a favorite gig of the past year, share it with us in the comments below.


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My Dad Says the New U2 Album Sucks

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My father, the Rooster, going for a casual evening ride.

Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band."

I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with a look that must have said "I'm very interested in this; prove it," but actually just said "It's 8 a.m." He pointed at the stereo. I lumbered forth and pushed play, then heard the somber whispers of "Let the bodies hit the floor" erupt into the scream-filled, deafening chorus of Drowning Pool's "Bodies." I turned around and the Rooster was playing air guitar on a broom at our old dog Claire, named after Clarice from Silence of The Lambs.

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The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2014

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Philly's Bad Side, doing creepy in the best possible way.
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!

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The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: September 2014

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Peter Gannushkin
Mary Halvorson of Thumbscrew.

Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but 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.

When January 2014 rolled around, St. Louis was sorely lacking a consistent experimental concert series. Recurring events tend to snowball and become larger -- if they're good, that is. And for a city as small as St. Louis (hey, we're no New York or LA), one such source for off-the-wall sound would be enough.


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The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: August 2014

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Much Worse - Macrocosm Is A Wash LP

Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!

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The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: August 2014

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Kisser releases its second EP this Friday at Schlafly Tap Room.

Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but 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.

The dog days have arrived, along with a massive wave of shows. Young groups tend to tour in the first half of August, squandering their last few days before the next college semester. Because of that fact, now's a good time for concert-goers to scope out new and old acts alike. The ball has been dropped though, because I already missed what would've been the top pick for this month: Dead Rider at the Firebird on August 8. Instead of mourning the loss of a great performance, check out the band's latest music video below:


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