Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts: November 2014

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Thollem McDonas performs at the Tavern of Fine Arts later this month. - PRESS PHOTO BY ANGELA C. VILLA

"Noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, is huge and diverse, but it isn't without its share of hangups. That's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from needlessly complex to minimalist drone. Connect the weird to your ears.

November 2014 is a great time to be living in St. Louis -- unless you're against same-sex marriage, that is. But you're not here for small talk about current events, you're here to read about outsider art, free improvisations and other things loosely referred to as "jazz." We typically feature three to five shows in this column, but this month is so densely packed and rich with great acts, we couldn't omit a single event.

Mincemeat or Tenspeed w/ Unguent, Spiritual Recess, DJ Eli Keszler, DJ Rashad Becker, DJ Ghost Ice November 6 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Davey Harms, the brains behind Mincemeat or Tenspeed, recently steered his project into a cleaner, more refined sound. Known for building beats by looping noise, MoT has evolved by making controlled songs through a distinct use of synthesizer. This lineup is a no-brainer for fans of odd dance tunes with three special guest DJs and two more featured performers: Unguent and Spiritual Recess.

Timeghost w/ Bernard Herman, Janet, Perverted November 7 The Revisionist Inn 9 p.m. | $8 Providence, Rhode Island, native Timeghost makes a viscous soundscape -- one rife with white noise and harmonious drone. While he works with dense walls to build an oppressive atmosphere, sets tend to break with rhythmic builds. By mixing abrasive bursts with structure, Timeghost brings an accessibility that is typically a rarity in this line of music. Opening acts include two of St. Louis' most provocative acts: Janet and Perverted.

New Music Circle presents: Eli Keszler w/ Rashad Becker November 8 The Luminary 7:30 p.m. | $10-$20 This night is the culmination of Eli Keszler and Rashad Becker's St. Louis residency, which includes both a workshop and DJ night (November 6 at the Schlafly Tap Room). Kezler has a textural approach to percussion, using pressure to build flourishes off of a standard drum set. His solo performances include an installation with piano strings, which he uses in tandem with a complex palette of sound. What he is able to achieve alone exceeds the breadth of many full ensembles. Berlin-native Rashad Becker will open the evening with a performance using samples and distinctive aural manipulations.

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