The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: July 2014

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Bruxism no.4 w/ Jake Leech & Alex Cunningham, Hylidae, Wax Fruit July 18 at Apop Records 9 pm | $5

Bruxism is a multisensory concert series by Apop Records and local artist Nathan Cook. These concerts occur every six weeks, bringing with them a strong roster of experimental acts focused on the greater St. Louis region. This month's edition features a collaboration between ambient musician Jake Leech and local violinist Alex Cunningham. Combining the haunting timbre of high-pitched strings and layered tones, the duo unfolds a spectrum of noise.

Hylidae and Wax Fruit provide a primer on experimental electronica, flipping two sides of the same coin with their own genre bend. This is an apt intro to live ambient work as a whole. While every Bruxism brings new bands and players, the shows do follow a certain tradition. Early birds (meaning the first 30 or so paying patrons) will receive a gift. This month's door prize is a limited 11x17 print by local artist Mister Ben.

Think I left something out? Piss off! No, actually, you're probably right. I usually cap this column at three or four shows. Share what you know in the comments below. For the future, drop me a line any time at [email protected]

Joseph Hess is the Editorial Coordinator for the Riverfront Times. When he's not, you know, coordinating, he is the DJ of the experimental rock show Wrong Division over at KDHX (88.1 FM). Visit his personal blog here for more on this city's DIY and experimental music. Or stalk him on Twitter.


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