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

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On Fillmore performs in St. Louis for the first time in ten years this Saturday 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.

A label like "experimental" downplays just how precise On Fillmore tends to be both live and on record. At their core, the songs carry shapely melodies with enough nooks and crannies to explore, but a primal sense of rhythm drives the sound into uncharted waters. In terms of genre, On Fillmore feels more like a middleman linking conversations between film scores and real-time sonic exploration.


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Daniel Higgs, Form a Log and Others Make St. Louis a Noisy Place This Spring

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Lungfish frontman Daniel Higgs performs March 26 at Foam on Cherokee Street.

In 1987 Public Enemy's single "Bring the Noise" made the case that rap is a legitimate form of music, and nearly 30 years later no one is arguing. But the genre "noise" still sits in the margins of the music community, virtually unmarketable to mainstream audiences. Local artist and promoter Jeremy Kannapell doesn't pay much attention to those things, though. He only cares about bringing great performers to town. We met with him to talk about booking and the shows he's working on in the coming weeks, including post-punk legend Daniel Higgs, Timeghost and more.

See also:
-New Music Circle Offers "Struggling Music Lover" Prices for Upcoming Concerts
-Best Poster Designer St. Louis 2014 - Ghost Ice, a.k.a. Jeremy Kannapell


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

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Wolf Eyes brings its "trip metal" to the Luminary with Yowie and Brain Transplant on March 16.

"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.

Wolf Eyes came along in the late '90s, a time when noise was in vogue and breached the walls between audience and performer. Fashion tends to move in twenty-year cycles, so the world is about due for a new noise renaissance. Led by American noise alum Nate Young, this trio builds strict industrial beats over a metallic-guitar mess. Tones drop and climb in rapid succession, twisting in tandem around scratchy sonic abrasions. The whole affair feels both confined and completely free -- a testament to the band's versatility.


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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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