By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
My brother's worst nightmare: What if a 'ho seemed to be standing in front of you, but then you reached out and she was just a hologram? You'd be cursing your corneas and their cruel ocular chicanery! However, if you knew in advance that the 'ho was a hologram, that'd be OK, because even an optical-illusionary 'ho is better than no 'ho at all. So heads up: Hos'n'Holograms a celebration of electro-breaks will be messin' with your mind at 10 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at Lotus (500 North 15th Street; 314-588-1565 or www.lotus-stl.com). The event is free, but the hologram 'hos will have to speak for themselves. Bobby Ballistic will be spinning electro-techno-house, while DJ Senile spins hip-hop (if he remembers).
VD might be bad: ...but when it's on wheels, it's worse! So goes the premise of VD on Wheels, a pre-tour send-off celebration for the Vultures and 7 Shot Screamers. This BYOB event encourages drinking and skating, but don't fret: The Zombie Squad, who are preparing the world for the Zombie Apocalypse, are helming security in full riot gear. And did I mention the twixt-set burlesque show? Or the kisses from the Arch Rival Roller Girls? How about Corbeta Corbata offering relationship counseling, fortune telling and date raffling? The absurdity of this event just keeps spreading, like chlamydia on skates! Get your weird on at Skatium Roller Skating Rink (120 East Catalan Street; 314-631-3922) at 10:30 p.m. Friday, February 10. Ten bucks gets you entrance, skates and unyielding lunacy.
Double your pleasure: What's better than a CD-release party? Two CD-release parties in one! At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue; 314-773-3363; www.offbroadwaystl.com), Donny and the Feelgoods (a twang-based rock & roll quartet) release and perform selections from An American Pop Album, while Eero (an atmospheric duo that rides the spectrum from Grandaddy to Sparklehorse) releases and plays songs from Completely Over the Moment. Of particular interest is the latter's personal interpretive dancer, Aaron James, who has pretty much achieved everyone's life goal of doing nothing but bouncing around a stage for a living. A $10 cover lets you see both bands.