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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Hands On With Stephen Favazza Of Hands and Feet

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Courtesy of Stephen Favazza
The cover of Sour Times, the debut LP by Hands and Feet.

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Stephen Favazza of Hands and Feet never intended on being what's referred to as a "solo artist." With that term comes the assumption of one man or woman sitting onstage with an acoustic guitar (or an iMac) and generating music -- all alone.

"At first I just wanted to record music and introduce the songs I wrote to others who might be interested in playing with me. The Hello,Hello.... EP is what came out of that. I have never really been into solo acts too much. Saying that, I have seen some amazing people play some amazing solo shows, but never thought it was for me," Favazza says.

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What We Won't See Makes A Fine Mess Of Industrial Rock

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Mabel Suen
What We Won't See hangs out at their home base: Apop Records on Cherokee Street.

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What We Won't See isn't quite a revival band. Despite its heavy leanings toward early industrial music, the St. Louis duo brings an unfiltered punk flavor to the genre. The fuzzed out guitar spits dissonant riffs, and the strict rhythm of a high volume drum machine keeps each song locked to solid grooves. For St. Louis, this band is one of a kind, blending nostalgic rock with avant-garde noise.


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Travis Bursik Slows Down Time With His New Album Slow Milk

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Courtesy of Travis Bursik

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"Some people don't see the appeal of drone, and it's true it's not always compelling listening. Still, it affects you. Think about the sound inside a pressurized airplane cabin, or the way things sound underwater, and you'll know what I'm getting at," says local artist Travis Bursik. Armed with a guitar and a few components used to layer sound, Bursik molds music that might be best heard in tandem with meditation. And he has no illusions about this style of performance.

"Part of the idea is that people don't have to pay attention. You know that moment when you catch yourself in a kind of reverie, just staring off unfocused into the distance, oblivious to your surroundings? That's the goal. I want the audience to pull inward during the performances, to have a chance to be alone with their thoughts, whatever they may be," Bursik says.


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Black James and her MOUNTAIN BOY: Dance Folk For The Future

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Mabel Suen
Black James with her new tape. released at Plush last Friday.

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"It was a very, very gradual process from banjo to booty," says Jennifer McDaniel, who might better be known as her alter-ego Black James. For roughly five years and counting, McDaniel has built a varied sound that started with dark American folk and morphed into fierce dance music. Not that those genres go hand-in-hand, but McDaniel has managed to carve out songs that pander to no one but still feel accessible as a whole.


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Matt Stuttler Makes a Shitstorm of Garage Rock in St. Louis

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Daniel Hofmeister

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Matt Stuttler makes St. Louis a better place to love live music. While booking for local venues Heavy Anchor, Plush and, as of this week,the Firebird, he's brought a quality ethos to an industry that likes to play favorites. Through his own music label Eat Tapes, Stuttler helps finance and promote independent bands by releasing cassette tapes, a format that's all but dead among collectors and analog purists.


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Meet Local Rockers Shark Dad at Rockabration 4 This Weekend

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Mili Pinski
Shark Dad live.

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Rockabration, hosted by local musician Jason Robinson, has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue). This Sunday, May 25, marks the fourth year Robinson has put together the event: a day of local music, food trucks, cold beers, roller girls, live art and more. He initially came up with the idea while fronting the now-defunct band the Orbz. These days, his rock project Shark Dad holds down the stage with a selection of other artists.

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Meet Ben Daniel, the Brains Behind Eclectic Indie-Rock Outfit the Uncredibles

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Ben Daniel plays every instrument on the Uncredibles' new album.

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In his latest music video Fuck Bono, Ben Daniel appears as singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer, like a punk-rock Multiplicity. Because cloning machines aren't an option, Daniel tends to fill out the Uncredibles with a backing band -- but for him, that's an exception, not a rule. The Uncredibles is often performed as a solo act, with Daniel playing musical chairs on a stage crammed with instruments.

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Ded Bugs Celebrate 25 Years as a Band With a Series of Shows Starting Tonight

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Bob Reuter
Matt Meyer of Ded Bugs.

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"If you would have told me in 1989 that my band would go on to release five albums, tour Japan, meet the Ramones and perform with the Dickies, I would have figured you completely mad, mad, mad," says Matt Meyer, guitarist and founding member of punk outfit Ded Bugs. To celebrate 25 years together, the band will play a string of anniversary shows, starting tonight at Plush Saint Louis with Rat Heart and Better Off Damned.


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Stonechat Releases BACCO Tonight at Cafe Ventana; Preview A Track and its New Comic

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Mabel Suen
Stonechat is Sean Ballard, John Beabout and Charlie Nehr.
"It's funky, it's heavy, it's mathy. It's passionate. It's nitty-gritty," says Stonechat's newest member, John Beabout, when asked to describe the trio's sound. Beabout joined the band last fall on keyboards, lending a unique range of melodies to guitarist Sean Ballard and drummer Charlie Nehr's spastic rock and pop sound. Tonight, Stonechat will release its first album as a trio, titled BACCO, at Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Boulevard; 314-531-7500).

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