The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: August 2014

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click to enlarge Much Worse - Macrocosm Is A Wash LP
Much Worse - Macrocosm Is A Wash LP

Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!

Much Worse, the Warden, Q @ the Livery Co. August 16 9 p.m. / $5

This Saturday night will see Minneapolis' Much Worse making its annual appearance in the Cherokee Street neighborhood. This band is a must-see for anyone who gets goosebumps from fast hardcore with abrupt, curveball time changes. Most people who attend hardcore shows are under the impression that you have to wait for a breakdown to go off and slam one another into the walls. This is fine, but you don't have to just stand there nodding during the fast parts -- they are there for a reason. That reason is for you to run across a room into a pile of strangers or stage dive off of a folding table and risk blowing out your spine/joints. We all look stupid, so get stupider.

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