The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: February 2015

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An adequately unnerving flyer

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: February 2015

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Okkyung Lee performs with Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker on February 21 at Joe's Cafe.

"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.

Sure, Valentine's Day brings its own share of bleeding hearts, but Hallmark holidays can't hide this fact: February is a dark, colorless time of the year. This month brings strings and (hopefully) catharsis in the form of blasting free-jazz and no-wave that swarms with electric guitars. Don't forget to wear protection -- you don't know where these bands came from. I mean earplugs, you pervert.


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The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: January 2015

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"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.

Many artists seemed to freeze in the wake of Ferguson, either shifting their focus to the matter at hand or dealing with the affair in a reclusive way. With news of gear theft and general unrest, 2014 was harsh to local music fans in general -- especially for the smaller niche groups. With continuing series from New Music Circle and the Society For Creative Survival, the theme this month seems to be "moving forward." Nathan Cook's Bruxism returns as well, along with visits from Xerome and Pharmakon.


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Dudes Weekend: Three Days of Punk Just Around the Corner

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This cactus perfectly personifies what every patron could live up to.

There comes a time when every True Dude must no-call, no-show to his/her respective industry job and participate in a drunken-shenanigan-filled retreat into the wilderness with his/her fellow man/woman. For St. Louisans, this is Dudes Weekend at Fubar, from January 22 through 24. What may look like just a few days of punk shows is really a nighttime version of day camp for befuddled adults who want to chug beers, talk about The Simpsons and wrap their arms around each other's shoulders and get pulled into a sing-along. Make new memories to forget later, all for the low price of $30.


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The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: January 2015

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Like an Olde English Grave Site, 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: December 2014

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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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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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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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