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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Best Concerts in St. Louis From January 20 to 25

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 3:00 AM


We're nearly three weeks into 2015 but I'm calling it now: winter festivals are the best new trend this year. Hot off the heels of last week's Art of Live fest comes Dudes Weekend, a three day mish-mash of hot-rod guitar rock and pop-punk -- essentially the dad rock of the future (or present). Mid-week literally brings the noise with warbling bass beats from Xerome and the harsh, stringent sounds of New York's Pharmakon. Saturday comes packed with heavy rock in Greek Fire and Shooter Jennings. So, if you're bored this week, you're boring.


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The Howl w/ LifeWithout, Jr. Clooney, The Ultraviolents Tuesday, January 20 The Demo 7:30 p.m. | $8 By Joseph Hess By taking the chest-puffing chugga-chugga out of screamo, The Howl makes a refined rock sound peppered with frenetic riffs. The vocals here propel the whole affair but never quite take center stage, which allows ample space for guitar melodies to stretch out. The Chicago foursome stays grounded enough to be accessible, but its songs move at high-speed with a fierce punk fervor -- easy listening, this is not. Still, strong rock roots and the constant build and release of tension makes the Howl a sure bet for fans of loud guitars and then some.


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Xerome w/ Drippy Inputs, Trancers Wednesday, January 21 Blank Space 9 p.m. | $5 By Joseph Hess Last year, Jeremy Harris shed his long-time moniker of Lazy Magnet in favor of simplicity: Jerome had emerged a distilled form of warbling synth locked in succinct, static-y dirges. To further complicate his own naming convention, Harris has re-branded again, but really, who can blame him? Jerome isn't exactly Google friendly and Xerome seems to fit the gloomy boom that Harris worked so hard to carve out from years of harsh noise. This is dance music that revels in the journey above the overrated destination (most often referred to as the "bass drop" or the breakdown). The subtle depth here rewards both passive and active listeners alike.


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Pharmakon w/ Ghost Ice Thursday, January 22 The Luminary 8 p.m. | $10/$12 By Joseph Hess Margaret Chardiet cut her teeth on the New York noise scene at an early age, releasing her first record at seventeen. In that same year, she appeared on Pruient's release Worm in the Apple -- a result of hanging around Dominick Fernow's record shop Hospital Productions. She even helped run Red Light Distinct, a seminal house space for noise shows. This work culminates in Pharmakon, Chardiet's onstage persona that works through amplified percussion and strong guttural howls. Amorphous beats squeeze out driven sounds with a static glaze, moving stark feminine shrieks through a funnel of feedback. Chardiet conducts a stringent noise that recalls the most refined of this genreless genre -- fans of experimental music in general should take notice.

Read on for more shows happening in and around St. Louis this weekend.

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