Radiator Greys w/ DJ Max Eisenberg, Die Reihe and Brain Transplant Jade Room (3131 South Grand Boulevard) Tonight, December 26 | 9 PM | FREE
Every now and again, St. Louis gets shanked in the gut and leaks some of its talent all over another city. Josh Levi is one such case. When he left, the city lost a writer, artist, musician, booker and promoter all in one. Levi had a gift in bringing people together for any number of reasons, either through the subversive art of show posters or his underground show blog, Flood Yr Face. Tonight, Levi returns to perform at Jade Room (3131 S. Grand Boulevard; 314-664-2020) as Radiator Greys.
DJ Max Eisenberg and Die Reihe join Levi on the roster of St. Louis ex-pats on the bill tonight. Eisenberg might otherwise be known by his alter-ego DJ Dog Dick. By blending harsh sounds with tongue-in-cheek rap, Eisenberg pushes perverse dance music through a noisy filter. He approaches a heady mix of genres by packing the dense sound with absolute energy.
Die Reihe is the moniker of percussionist Jack Callahan. Since moving from St. Louis, Callahan has made a name for himself as a composer and experimental performer. Die Reihe represents an exploration in electronic sound using modular synthesizer - the latest in Callahan's expansive endeavors. Expect shifting tones stacked into ambient parts, making for a wholly atmospheric sound. Callahan's work is known for its subtle, varied dynamics.
The only true "local" performing tonight would be Brain Transplant, one of St. Louis' long-standing noise acts. Through the work of Chris Smentowski, Ajay Khanna and a revolving door of local artists, Brain Transplant offers a different experience, from show to show. Sometimes outfitted as a free-jazz hybrid with drums and horns and at other times an electronic duo, Brain Transplant is an ever-changing, morphing beacon of noise.
Josh Levi met with us ahead of the homecoming show tonight to discuss his influences and his work since moving to Washington D.C. Click through for the full interview.
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