Sci-Fi Squalor: Pittsburgh's Microwaves will Play Cafe Ventana This Friday

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Adam MacGregor
Pittsburgh's Microwaves perform St. Louis this Friday.

In the 20th century, St. Louis was a veritable Petri dish for noise-rock artists. Once the mid-aughts hit, most of those bands drifted off, and our city's loud-music exports became punk and metal. But the dream still lives in locals like Yowie and What We Won't See, though, who will join Pittsburgh's Microwaves this Friday at Cafe Ventana.

See also: The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: April 2014


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

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Break Anchor

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 Shows: April 2014

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Robert Iwanik
Darin Gray performs this Friday as part of the Mazurek/Gray Duo.

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.

This month, our city will host a few noise groups who hold a sort-of "legendary" status in their own respective circles. Whether you're a seasoned vet of swampy sound or just starting to dip your toes in, each show has a lot to offer. Strangely enough, many of April's best events happen early on.

April 4 is packed with many choices, but the adventurous fan should be able to fit both our recommended gigs in before midnight. The Microwaves will play an unsuspecting coffee shop on the eve of Record Store Day later this month -- a must see for anyone who likes, or claims to like, noise rock. As always, a few shows will slip through the cracks or events will get announced on short notice, so feel free to fill in the blanks in the comments section below.

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

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Ringworm

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 Shows: March 2014

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Mabel Suen
We named The Night Grinder Best Noise Band in 2013.

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.

March tends to be the busiest month for music in St. Louis. Touring bands like to use our city as a segue to and from SXSW each year. Right now the River City is particularly jazzed on music festivals, but in this case, being on the way is much better than being the destination. Around this time every year, Austin, Texas becomes a crumpled sardine can of mostly terrible music and industry "peeps" trying to hock their goods to College-age kids and thirty-something "music lovers."


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

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Flyer for the Dangers show February 14.

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 Shows: February 2014

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Ariel Arro
Ultra Bide from Japan.

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.

"I want to do my fucking noise music and punk for until die," says Hide of Japan's Ultra Bidé (see the video below). The best thing about being a fan of so-called "noise" is the openness of the genre. Ultra Bidé, performing at Fubar Saint Louis on February 8, could be classified as a punk-rock band. Spacey effects and wild feedback take the group off the beaten path of punk and into stranger territory. Like most cases, the band identifies itself as "noise" because it fits nowhere else.


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Life Like Hooks up with Deranged Records, Returns from East Coast Tour

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Ben Smith
Life Like

Have you ever heard that early '90s WNYU radio interview feud between Born Against and Sick of it All? St. Louis' Life Like would be the love-/hate-child that would result from that infamous debate, deftly bridging the gap between the hard-edged and the politically charged subsects of the late '80s NYHC sound.

Featuring veteran hardcore bleeder/frontman Joe Sulier on vocals, James Ridling (Everything Went Black) on guitar, Brandon Arscott (Bath House Boys/Ruz) on bass, and Josh Van Hoorbeke (EWB/Breakmouth Annie) on drums, the band recently got an offer to put out a seven-inch with Deranged Records and had a chance to tour the East Coast before the holidays. RFT Music sat down with Ridling and Sulier to catch up on the past year since the band started and check out their new scars.

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

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Neutron Rats

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 pm., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!

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The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: January 2014

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Mabel Suen
Yowie plays with Chicago's Cheer-Accident on January 11.

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.

For the month of January 2014, I offer you a few entry points into the realm of experimental music. The first show on January 11 features rock-based bands with songs driven mostly by guitar. You won't find any "noise" or random improvisation. January 23 at Apop Records has a traveling showcase of electronic acts who explore genres of dance, electro and ambient music. Lastly, the Regional Arts Commission, in partnership with the HEARDing Cats Collective, will host a groundbreaking performance based on sensory depravation. These things exist. See for yourself.


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