The Haddonfields
If pop punk has taught us anything, it is that you can milk a lot of catchy music out of one simple formula. The Haddonfields has mastered its own variation: The band borrowed the recipe from the Queers, the Ramones and various Fat Wreck Chords bands. Nagging guitar licks over buzzy bass rhythms and fast-as-hell punk beats. The lyrics surely don't cover deep or lofty philosophy, but don't be surprised if you're singing along and tapping your feet by the end of the song. It's witty, it's fun, and it's all the things that makes pop punk so damn endearing to begin with. (MD)
Midnight, The Side Bar

Glass Teeth
To talk about Glass Teeth is to talk about its powerful live shows, which find singer Jeff Robtoy slithering through the audience and forgetting that quaint nicety known as personal space. But it's a good fit — the band's music entangles the audience in every snarled word and thundering drumbeat. And maybe making your audience uncomfortable is a good thing: The band opened for the legendary Hugh Cornwell this spring, and just last year, Glass Teeth was an RFT Music Showcase award-winner, garnering the most votes as the city's No. 1 Experimental Band. (RFT)


Sleepy Kitty Arts

Location Info



500 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Lucas Park Grille

1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Masculine Journey
The little brother of the local DIY scene has finally come into its own. This hardcore outfit (formerly known as Suburban Smash) has been packing a punch locally for nearly four years now. Undergoing tremendous development during this time, its sound has evolved from a low roar of traditional '80s-style punk rock to a domineering burst of audacious hardcore. With a new recording on the way, you can look forward to beating your head against the wall or taking the mosh to venues like Cranky Yellow and Apop Records. (JL)

Shaved Women
This four-piece has quickly become a staple in the punk community by embodying a DIY aesthetic and wielding a domineering death rattle unlike any local band around. These harbingers of chaos range stylistically from self-destructive hardcore to grinding walls of feedback. Shedding any sense of pretense, the boys of SW maintain a sharp focus on brainwave annihilation and the process of weeding out. Fans of Pissed Jeans, Sex Vid and Total Abuse will not be disappointed. (JL)

Doom Town
The Wipers' classic '83 jam from which Doom Town takes its name could very well have been written for Mound City. It is only fitting that this reappropriation comes from south-side legends Ashley Hohman, Ben Smith and Shaun Morrissey. Fueled by an angst and depression prevalent around these parts, Doom Town continues to explore the fire inside them through dynamic songs rife with panic and mania. Illustrated through intelligent lyrics, impeccable timing and a perpetual tide of tension, Doom Town's unapologetic approach to punk rock stands tall with a refusal to submit to its surroundings. (JL)
10:45 p.m., The Side Bar

Maximum Effort
Exerting a stiff paranoia, Maximum Effort performs a frenzied type of punk rock by way of conspiracy theories.  Known to rile crowds into madness, ME rages with an unshackled youthfulness, performing songs about everything from alien conspiracies to government cover-ups to space exploration. Singer Nick Zengerling's compelling vocals tell a story, shining a spotlight on the truth in a world shrouded in secrecy. Brandishing an electrified sound with a rock & roll core, Maximum Effort does a damn fine job as one of the few straight-ahead punk bands in a notably hardcore town. (JL)

Sweet Tooth
Fresh off the release of its Japanese Void seven-inch, Sweet Tooth continues to rip a hole in the country's midsection with its brand of blind rage and fast-paced hardcore. Blasts of raw power and furious drumming make this band a must-see for fans of bands like Deep Wound and Siege. With its intense live shows and exertion of savage ferocity, Sweet Tooth has raised the bar in St. Louis hardcore. Pissed and loving it, they leave no one safe. (JL)


Indiana Rome
With last year's impressive debut Who the Hell Left the Gate Open, Indiana Rome proved he could stand toe-to-toe with the other members of the Force. Featuring production from Needles, Trifeckta, Black Spade and Rome himself, the album is start-to-finish big drums and heavy downbeats. And Rome exudes confidence as an MC — think pre-identity crisis T.I., with direct nods to Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne and plenty of his STL peers. He delivers rhymes deliberately, leaning on vowels. Erick Richardson, Theresa Payne and Bryant Stewart lend hooks to an album that was already full of earworms to begin with. (KM)
7 p.m., RFT Outdoor Stage at 11th & Washington

Prince Ea
Believe it or not, St. Louis has been hiding one of the best-kept secrets in hip-hop in our own back yard. While many might consider rapping and studying anthropology an odd match, Richard "Prince Ea" Williams manages both just fine. While Ea generally takes an intellectual approach to the genre, his lessons do not come at the expense of finesse; the kid can go bar-for-bar with the best of them. It comes as no surprise that Ea's potent wit, substantive lyrics and impassioned delivery have earned him the attention of Vibe magazine and Worldstar Hip Hop. What's even more remarkable is that he's the first (and only, to date) rapper to be featured in Discover magazine, thanks to his eight-minute musical tribute to the human brain. (CC)
11 p.m., Club Amnesia

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