Summer is here, for real. Tyler, the Creator's show at the Pageant is sure to be a meat grinder come Saturday night. Fresh off an opening slot at this year's SXSW, desert punks Destruction Unit play the Skatium on Monday alongside four other bands (plus a secret guest, we're told). Of special note is Drainolith, the solo project from Alexander Moskos, guitarist of the now-defunct but influential noise-rock group AIDS Wolf. Bring a towel -- you're going to get wet.
MONDAY, JUNE 15
Destruction Unit w/ Breakout, Rüz, Swear Beam, Soda Boys, Secret Guest Monday, June 15 St. Louis Skatium 9 p.m. | $10 By Joseph Hess The middle-ground between punk and psych-rock is a hot, barren desert and Destruction Unit is full of mystic sand-dwellers. Few bands take on the kind of volume that feels oppressive, but one minute in and this becomes evident: earplugs are not a crutch, but required, and these songs were built with either muffled or blown-out eardrums in mind. The band stretches simple riffs like taffy over ten tons of bass and drums, breaking the beat only to drown in heavy feedback. This night is densely packed with hardcore outfit Breakout (by way of Austin, Texas) along with a tape release by Soda Boys. Arrive on time for Swear Beam, the latest from members of the Funs, Rip-Rap and Trauma Harness. True to its name, the Skatium allows for skating all night long -- even during bands' sets.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
July Talk w/ Bo and the Locomotive, Purple Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10 By Christian Schaeffer All the great pairs of long-time duet singers -- be it Porter and Dolly or Serge and Jane -- have songs that chart a relationship from nervous beginnings to soul-deep love to bitter dissolution. That arc gets compressed and confronted on July Talk's 2013 self-titled album, which finds Peter Dreimanis' deeply barked growls countered by Leah Fay's soft-touch vocals in these kitchen-sink dramas. The band's acid-blues heaviness and stark new-wave slashes help amplify the emotional brutality, and a series of dramatic black-and-white videos seals the overall aesthetic.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
The Cave Singers w/ We Are Warm Wednesday, June 17 The Demo 8 p.m. | $12 By Christian Schaeffer From the RFT Music archives: If you needed more proof that bucolic folk music remains a dominant strain of modern indie rock, look no further than the chameleonic career of Derek Fudesco. After helping form the shit-kicking garage-rock band Murder City Devils and dance-punk stylists Pretty Girls Make Graves, the guitarist and bassist went in a grainier, quieter direction with the Cave Singers. The trio welds stripped-down, acoustic folk melodies with Pete Quirk's well-worn but emotionally resonant vocals.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Drainolith w/ Ghost Ice, Demonlover Thursday, June 18 Schlafly Tap Room 8:30 p.m. | free By Joseph Hess As Drainolith, Alexander Moskos drops the tiniest strands of sound into jagged patterns where melodies collapse on scattered beats. With a disparate voice that tends to peak through only on occasion, Moskos lends his sharp, heady lyrics amid dense loops. Songs here feel cyclical but never too predictable thanks to his own brand of musical misdirection. But nothing is discrete -- every scattered sound eventually wraps around some discernible beat, making for an anchor among dark hysterics.
Continue for more great shows happening in and around St. Louis this weekend.
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