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Patience, please: The band name Building Rome implies that great things come in due time. And on Friday, August 11, their fans' patience is rewarded with the CD release show for Building Rome's new album, Second Chance for Worst Impressions, at the new Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard; 314-531-3888). This sophomore release provides some of the most thoughtful rock riffs the local scene has to offer, thanks to instrumental layering reminiscent of groups like the Juliana Theory. Building Rome plays with Amsterband, Our Great Escape and F*Bombs. The first 100 people through the door get a free copy of Impressions. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $8 for those over 21, $10 under.
Porn stars and robots and country ghouls, oh my: Loopies always flock to Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-4096) for the eclectic musical selection, but this week they can double their pleasure when the independent record store staple rolls in a curious cadre of performers. On Friday, August 11, at 5 p.m., porn-star-turned-hip-hop-diva India will promote her first solo release, Role Play. For those who prefer to leave electronics to the robots, stick around until 7 p.m. for kitschy-fun electro-pop duo Hyperbubble. The anti-synth crew can wait until Wednesday, August 16, for a 6 p.m. performance by "country ghoul" outfit the Haints (www.myspace.com/haints) a band that includes members of the Groove Ghoulies. All shows are free.
Hardest working band in St. Louis: Synthrock band Nothing Still must be exhausted. The quartet just wrapped their latest CD, A Black Tie Affair, are producing an autobiographical documentary and launched bi-weekly video podcasts on iTunes all while wearing very, very tight jeans. Their '80s-influenced sound nimbly threads strings of new wave into a modern patchwork of emo and pop. Nothing Still releases Affair at Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street; 314-421-3853) on Friday, August 11, with openers Our First Summer, Rushmore Academy, Postcard and Say Goodbye. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show and the first 500 attendees get a free Nothing Still T-shirt with admission.