That's it. Summer is over, and Wavves sent it packing last night with an adrenaline- and pot-fueled rager. Crowd surfing at the Billiken Club isn't something you see every day, but Wavves is no stranger to turning self-conscious hipsters into seething party monsters. The club was at capacity one song into the opener's set, less than fifteen minutes after the show was scheduled to start. It was the perfect end to a shitty summer, and had all the romance of a high school house party you see only in movies, complete with a rumor that the cops had showed up. Continue reading Diana Benanti's review of Wavves. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
Over the past few years, the Billiken Club on the campus of Saint Louis University has hosted some of the most sought after and critically-acclaimed indie rock acts, while giving local and regional performers a chance to open for national headliners. Though it doubles as a taco bar and cafeteria by day, a black drape cordons off the performance space from its unusual surroundings. All shows at the Billiken Club are free, and the performers are booked by the university committee, so there's a wide variety of student-sanctioned talent, which makes it a go-to spot for budget-friendly, very now music. It's a hipster mecca, despite the fact that they don't sell any liquor or PBR, just those brews that come with Schlafly or Anheuser-Busch/Inbev logos.