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

Roscoe Mitchell performs December 5 at the Stage at KDHX. - Press photo from the AACM website
Roscoe Mitchell performs December 5 at the Stage at KDHX.

"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 not 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.

While last month brought a solid 30-day stretch for fans of experimental sound, December offers a sparse selection of shows. What's that whole phrase about quantity and quality? November had a wealth of both, but this month brings the free-jazz luminary Roscoe Mitchell, the psychedelic buzzing of Bitchin Bajas and a showcase of seven local artists. Gorge on great shows and ring in the new year fat and happy.

New Music Circle presents: Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn Friday, December 5 The Stage at KDHX 7:30 p.m. | $15-$25 A fixture in American free-jazz, Roscoe Mitchell has produced more than five decades' worth of distinct compositions and improvised music. His seminal work, 1966's Sound, is a highly influential record throughout the greater experimental music community. To this day, his involvement in the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians and the Art Ensemble of Chicago continues to inform Mitchell's groundbreaking style of disparate playing. By taking a minimalist approach to saxophone, he ensures that every note feels heavy and deliberate. On this night, Mitchell will perform in a special duo with renowned New York pianist Craig Taborn.