Machree
Machree's extraterrestrial post-hardcore expands upon the templates of Radiohead-obsessed groups such as Cave In and Codeseven, both of which grew tired of rigid subculture restrictions. The local sextet finds drama by exploring contrasts — percussive breakdowns amid sweeping synth pads or delayed, U2-esque guitar leads glowing above gritty, stoner-rock bass riffs. While these arrangements outfox most instrumental acts today, Patrick Baum's confident tenor gives the tracks a gravitational pull freed from clichés of screamo, hardcore or any other genre with the "post" prefix. (RW)
9:30 p.m., The Side Bar

Me Verse You
Me Verse You (née the Audio) rose from the ashes of local punk-pop band So They Say, which recorded for Fearless Records. The band certainly maintains the pop chops of STS, but it is markedly heavier, with a gnarly, snarling metal bent. (Perhaps Matt Hyde, who produced the band's debut, Another Enemy, had something to do with this; Hyde's also worked with heavyweights Bullet for My Valentine and Slipknot.) MVY recently kicked it old-school and went on a performance tour of area Hot Topic stores. (AZ)
midnight, The Side Bar

Nothing Still
Nothing Still has been a consistently visible act on the local music scene since forming in 2000. The band's hard work has clearly paid off, though: The synth-rock act has built a loyal fan base and consistently packs St. Louis clubs. Two new demos — along with the songs from its latest proper release, I've Got a Feeling I've Slept Here Before — tightened up the band's slick, keyboard-driven sound. These songs combine processed bursts of arena-ready guitars with danceable beats and textured synths. (SM)
7 p.m., The Side Bar

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Everything Went Black
Everything Went Black is well connected. Back in March the upstart post-hardcore act released its new EP, Altars & Arsonists, on the North Carolina label Hands Up. (That label is run by Jonathan Raine and Danny Trudell; the latter, a.k.a. Danny Sober, also owns Seventh Dagger, a popular straight-edge hardcore label.) The EP was recorded in vocalist Brandon Hoffman's living room with Gabe Usery (drummer, the Disappeared) and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, Lifetime). Coliseum frontman Ryan Patterson, who runs a design firm in Louisville, Kentucky, did the artwork and layout. Fittingly, EWB has been doing some local shows, including with Skeletonwitch and Howl at Fubar in February, and doing some regional touring. (AZ)

Flaming Death Trap
What happens when kids from rural Missouri listen to too much indie rock? They buy instruments, start a band and play rock riffs while occasionally singing in a country drawl about cows and cigarettes and trucks. This mingling of styles has served Flaming Death Trap well, however: The band's recently been asked to warm up the stage for such indie favorites as Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Those Darlins. — Chrissy Wilmes
12:45 a.m., Rue 13

The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors released its debut EP, Board Up Our Homes, in April. Listening to it, you wouldn't guess that it's a brand-new band or that the project is self-produced. In addition to the aesthetic professionalism of its websites, promo photos and the EP's cover, the Great Outdoors' recordings sound proficient and polished. The quartet's soft, slowly building instrumentation has been compared to Explosions in the Sky and its vocals to As Tall As Lions. (CW) 

Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics singer/guitarist Dave Todd's vocal delivery recalls the noisier moments of Bob Mould's '90s outfit Sugar, although the band's fuzzed-out seventh chords and hard-driving pop constructs also conjure early Foo Fighters. It's a sound that relies on dissonance and walls of fuzz to insulate the listener from what would otherwise be saccharine-sweet guitar pop. It's also a niche that needed to be filled in St. Louis — and Popular Mechanics is a worthy ambassador of this gritty, head-bobbing sound. (SM)
9 p.m., Rue 13

Sleepy Kitty
If Sleepy Kitty wanted to, it could simply make music and play shows. For Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult, however, that won't suffice. Actually, it's hard to justify calling Sleepy Kitty "just" a band, when really it's more of a multimedia art collective.  The pair throws itself completely into its projects — whether it's writing and performing gorgeous, experimental pop songs, crafting imaginative, screen-printed show flyers or being the newest and brightest addition to Cherokee Street's thriving arts scene. (CW)
9:30 p.m., Lucas Park Grille

Tilts
Tilts is fronted by Andrew Elstner of Riddle of Steel and also features ex-Shame Club members Ken McCray and Andy White. Judging from this pedigree, you can assume that the band likes rock — pure rock, the kind favored by dudes in Camaros and heshers who value their vintage metal shirts above all else. In fact, the band's MySpace describes its sound like this: "'The Immigrant Song' meets Dukes of Hazard[sic] while listening to 'Brown Sugar' in the General Lee somewhere in the year 1984. So sexy." Judging by songs from its debut EP, Cassingle, Tilts also loves Van Halen ("It Helps") and Queens of the Stone Age-caliber stoner sludge ("Give Me Some Of Your Loving"). The band recently released its second EP, Sidepipin'. (AZ)
8:15 p.m., Hair of the Dog

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