Kyle Shutt (the Sword) w/ Scuzz, Kilverez
Jun
18
9:00 PM21:00

Kyle Shutt (the Sword) w/ Scuzz, Kilverez

Kyle Shutt
https://kyleshutt.bandcamp.com/
Guitarist for @theswordofficial and @doomsideofthemoon and now @mountainofsmoke!! SOLO ALBUM OUT NOW!

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SCUZZ (St. Louis)
https://scuzzofficial.bandcamp.com/
All things dirty and nasty, but mostly rock. Thrilling, progressive instrumental rock trio here to smash beers and ears with reckless abandon.

KILVEREZ (St. Louis)
https://kilverez.bandcamp.com/
Heavy, Midwest desert rock, sprinkled with hints of doom and hooks. New album coming soon. Stay tuned if you want pleasure in your ear holes.

830pm - doors

9pm - show

$7

All Ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/2356123914409563/

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Black Thumb w/ Ronnie Rogers
Jun
21
8:30 PM20:30

Black Thumb w/ Ronnie Rogers

foam is proud to bring to u a one night special showcase of midwest DIY rockers,

BLACK THUMB AND RONNIE ROGERS

a special curated pair to complement your fine tastes

BLACK THUMB is the solo project of colin wilde. you may know his work and collaborations with tenement, dusk, and technicolor teeth, members of which will be backing him up as his band on this tour. makes psychedelic bedroom pop, standing up to and supported by legends like spacemen 3.

https://blackthumbdeath.bandcamp.com/album/it-is-well-with-my-soul

RONNIE ROGERS is the solo project of st. louis's own aaron o'neill. an experienced jazzist and shady bug, this project explores things more on the cowboy side of his personality. every song has 100 pounds of emotion and heart and a sweet self awareness, and a backing band of st. louis legends.

https://ronnierogers.bandcamp.com/album/denim-jacket-weather

Ronnie Rogers will start at 8:30
Black Thumb will start at 9:30

please bring $5 for this event

see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2032038796906926/

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[EARLY EVENT] Poetry at Foam June Edition
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

[EARLY EVENT] Poetry at Foam June Edition

Welcome to the June round of Poetry at Foam.

We are v stoked to bring you a super solid summer wave of poets.

Featuring:

Delia Rainey:
Delia Rainey is a musician and writer from St. Louis. She currently studies nonfiction in the MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. Her mini chapbook ‘Private Again’ came out on Ghost City Press last summer. Find her on Twitter: @hellodeliaaaaa

Victoria Isabella Walls:
Victoria Walls, a Tennessee native, is an alumna of Saint Louis University and The University of Missouri--St. Louis. During her MFA, she held multiple artistic leadership positions such as poet laureate and president of the Graduate Writers Association. She is now an instructor of English as a Second Language at Saint Louis University and has previously an edited for Boulevard Magazine and WomenArts Quarterly. She is also a recipient of a Watering Hole Fellowship and a 2018 Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem “when i walk”. Her poems are featured in December magazine, Slippery Elm, Architrave Press, The Seattle Review, and Big Muddy.

Rooster Jake Cohen:
Souf City native and hip hop prankster, freshly back from Denver Colorado. Member of bands Rooster & Cras, Barely Free and Infinifonic. The Kanye West of DIY rhythms and experienced poet published by JK Press.

Ben Moeller-Gaa:
Ben Moeller-Gaa is “your friendly neighborhood haiku poet” from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Pushcart nominee and the author of the 2018 Touchstone Award winning Wishbones (Folded Word 2018), a full length collection of haiku and senryu, as well as three chapbooks, Fiddle in the Floorboards(Yavanika Press 2018), Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor 2014) and the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word 2014). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies around the globe. He has a degree in Creative Writing from Knox College, works as a Senior IT Functional Analyst for MilliporeSigma, and enjoys travel, music, art and other worldly meanderings with his wife Jessica and their rascal of a cat, Anastasia.

As always enjoy cold beverages, dope bartenders, and chill environs.

https://www.facebook.com/events/379967869534951/

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[LATE SHOW] Bitter Calm w/ Captain Kudzu, Pealds, Big Step
Jun
23
to Jun 24

[LATE SHOW] Bitter Calm w/ Captain Kudzu, Pealds, Big Step

Bitter Calm (Birmingham, AL)
earthlibraries.com/bitter-calm

Slowcore/chamber-rock from Birmingham, featuring members from Velouria, violinist Meg Ford, a box full of video tapes, and a hand-me-down watch that doesn't tell the time. They write loud, slow songs about love and death, and they've never had so much fun.


Captain Kudzu (Birmingham, AL)
earthlibraries.com/captain-kudzu

Captain Kudzu is the bizarre and amorphous creative output of Opelika native Jackson Gafford. Almost psych-pop, almost shoegaze, almost lo-fi electronic, Captain Kudzu is nothing in particular and everything you would want it to be. Their debut album Arboretum is out now on Earth Libraries. You should listen to it.


Pealds (STL)
https://pealds.bandcamp.com/


Big-Step (STL)
https://bigstep.bandcamp.com/


8pm - doors
830pm - show
$7
All ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/664993060595957/

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Overo (TX) w/ Jesse Edmister, People Zoo
Jun
24
9:00 PM21:00

Overo (TX) w/ Jesse Edmister, People Zoo

OVERO - pretty emotional hardcore from houston, texas (members of football, etc. and perfect future)
overo.bandcamp.com

JESSE EDMISTER - super cool looped guitar soundscapes and drone-y textures

PEOPLE ZOO - tiny songs for tiny people (full band)
itsapeoplezoo.bandcamp.com


last minute show because overo had a date fall through on their tour! come out and support! don't be a jerk, don't pull down the disco ball. 5 dollars, 9 pm (ish), at foam!

(oh and also, buy something to drink, and tip your damn bartender! these people are increasingly only getting to work when there are shows at foam, so don't stiff them! we want this place to be able to stay open and we don't make that happen by not buying anything from the venue!!)

(also-also, i hope this goes without saying, but if anyone at the show is making you feel uncomfortable in any way, please let me (colin) know and it will be handled promptly. we don't play. keep the bullshit at home.)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1243350515815969/

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Bad Jacket Issue 12 SxTv Retro Script
Jun
27
7:15 PM19:15

Bad Jacket Issue 12 SxTv Retro Script

II
This is the second draft of the Bad Jacket Issue 12 Release Party Facebook event info blurb. Allow us to just say, “Welcome to the second draft of the Bad Jacket Issue 12 Release Party Facebook event info blurb.” The second draft of the Bad Jacket Issue 12 Release Party Facebook event info blurb couldn’t exist without you. In fact, the second draft of the Bad Jacket Issue 12 Release Party Facebook event info blurb barely exists at all. The second draft of the Bad Jacket Issue 12 Release Party Facebook event info blurb thanks you for reading the second draft of the Bad Jacket Issue 12 Release Party Facebook event info blurb.

III
KD: What would you say is the theme of this issue?
HL: Other than sex?

IV
So, once upon a time, Bertrand Kelly and Patricia Neverwords and myself carried an eighteen-rack of PBR across the street from the Shell station and realized we wore one jacket--one bad jacket. The jacket shared literary secrets with us, and we were shocked. We had to share this with the world, so we started printing. But that wasn’t when Bad Jacket was born. Bad Jacket was born in a goblin’s hut, where a crew of sadboys gathered and played the hand drum and painted their blood onto the floor and they were no longer sad boys and queerness creeped in. We Xeroxed the Bad Jacket and the result was not a jacket at all it was literature and art and we became we and we decided that bad jacket was composed of dark matter which absorbed our thoughts and emotions and we ate only vegan pancakes thereafter.

V
The dark matter in Issue 12 is particularly alarming in light of all the suffering our machine is currently putting out. This Bad Jacket contains many untold, intimate secrets, and extreme absurd conclusions. Your intoxicating fetishes, your diamonds, your fathers, your Carols, your nothings, your fire, your boats, your lucid dreams, your metamorphoses, your outpatient therapies--Bad Jacket contains them all.

VI
COME GET EXPOSED AT BAD JACKET OPEN MIC [AND WHEN WE SAY OPEN WE MEAN OPEN]--BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:15.


Cover art by Tiffany Sutton

https://www.facebook.com/events/560415341152639/

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Asumaya w/ J McNeil & S Favazza, Syrhea Conway + Eric Hall
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Asumaya w/ J McNeil & S Favazza, Syrhea Conway + Eric Hall

ASUMAYA (Madison, WI)
A single throat and four appendages attempting to multiply like cells. Loops and limbs. Mbira and Bass. A polyrhythmic, mono-member musical entity.
https://asumaya.bandcamp.com

JoAnn McNeil + Stephen Favazza (Hands and Feet)

Syrhea Conaway (Syna So Pro) + Eric Hall

8p Friday, June 28th, 2019
Foam (3359 S. Jefferson 63118)
seven dollars

https://www.facebook.com/events/614936848917103/

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Glassing (ATX) w/ Blight Future, Mystic Will, Cult Season
Jul
10
9:00 PM21:00

Glassing (ATX) w/ Blight Future, Mystic Will, Cult Season

GLASSING (AUSTIN, TX) - dramatic, melodic, atmospheric post-hardcore / doom. Their new record is not short on accolades.

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/see-blackened-post-hardcore-trio-glassings-intense-new-way-out-performance-video?fbclid=IwAR0BPl66dDtiaglFNOkWCEfkHb1AOc0a2kVmrVV41N4T_s-2T-vk9lLcA94

https://glassing.bandcamp.com/

BLIGHT FUTURE (ST LOUIS, MO) - sporting a new lineup, Blight Future is bringing neck breaking, highly technical politically charged post-hardcore.

https://blightfuture.bandcamp.com/

MYSTIC WILL (ST LOUIS, MO) - Jack Mideke's solo project turned full live band is post-hardcore / screamo, self-described at 'anodes in 4/4'

CULT SEASON (ST LOUIS, MO) - “toe-tapping, goth-tinged, dangerously-close-to-driving-off-the-road, garage punk”

https://cultseason.bandcamp.com/releases

$7
9pm
all ages

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Treading Oceans - Album Release / Farewell Show
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Treading Oceans - Album Release / Farewell Show

With the new departure of singer Sarah Gallen, this will be Treading Oceans final show. Help us go out with a bang!

Evan and Aaron will be forming a new band so watch out for that!

Sarah will be continuing her solo project Half Gallen and The Milk Jugs - go give that a listen!

So come hang out with Treading Oceans one last time for the release of their third EP! Let's have a blast!

Featuring special guests:

Wombmates
The Cinema Story
Reeling

730pm - doors

8pm - show

$7

All Ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/919945045004330/

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OQ w/ motherbear, Brennan England, Blank Thomas, 18andcounting x Cannon
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

OQ w/ motherbear, Brennan England, Blank Thomas, 18andcounting x Cannon

A Saturday night of complex textures, heady melodies & lush vocals from beautiful souls.

*** OQ (Milwaukee) - Electro-Celtic Fusion ***

A new Milwaukee duo comprised of two veteran musicians stepping out of their comfort zones has led to “Paradice 1”, the first release from OQ. The combination of Liam O’Brien and Cole Quamme has led to music that sounds like neither Liam O’Brien’s Faithless Followers or The Fatty Acids, each member’s respective acts, but something completely unique. A cavalcade of Milwaukee musicians also aid the project, coming and going from track to track to keep everything feeling melodic, yet chaotic at the same time. In addition to the regular release of the EP, OQ are also part of 37d0ed (pronounced “People”), an art collective created by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. In any case, OQ is something completely new, and you can hear that below on “Paradice 1”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K7dsisKPdw


*** motherbear ***
https://mobr.bandcamp.com/releases

*** Brennan England ***
https://soundcloud.com/18andcounting/cougar-breath

*** Blank Thomas ***
https://soundcloud.com/blankthomas

**** 18andCounting x Cannon ****
https://soundcloud.com/18andcounting/18ac-theonlyensemble-live-at-foam-april-2019

https://www.facebook.com/events/458169094757459/

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Life in Vacuum w/ Lumet, a New State
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Life in Vacuum w/ Lumet, a New State

Life In Vacuum (Toronto, Cananda)
Math rock. Noise rock. Post punk or post hardcore. You could use any combination of those terms and dozens more to describe Life in Vacuum, though more accurately, you could just say, “undiluted urgency in audio form.”

The Toronto-based trio delivers an explosive, high-energy brand of aggressive rock that laces merciless but musical melodies and passionate vocals with rhythms seemingly spit out by an angry calculator. The result is many things: compelling, hypnotic, menacing, but most of all, undeniably magnetic. Look no further than the band’s latest LP, All You Can Quit, for proof.
Brothers Ross and Sasha Chornyy never played music together in their native Ukraine, though that changed upon immigrating to Canada in 2004. The pair – Ross on drums and Sasha on guitar and vocals – formed a band that was admittedly far removed from Life in Vacuum’s perfectly calculated chaos; then, they were introduced to acts like At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, and Refused, and everything changed.

All You Can Quit is the first offering to feature current bassist Geoff Albrecht, and the group’s chemistry is outright combustible. The album’s 11 tracks showcase the pinnacle of Life in Vacuum’s dynamic sound to date, shifting seamlessly from raw aggression to intricate and ethereal delicacy – always musical, always awesome.

Life in Vacuum have toured rigorously in their time together, bringing their high-energy, piss-and-vinegar performances everywhere possible – from raucous house shows in sweaty Toronto basements to tours throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. They’ve shared stages with the likes of MeWithoutYou, PUP, and Metz and performed at high-profile events at SXSW, The Fest, NXNE, and Canadian Music Week.
The swarm of people that care is swelling by the day, and All You Can Quit is sure to push the band to an entirely new plateau. Describe Life in Vacuum however you like; just don’t ignore the impactful and unparalleled aural experience so uniquely their own.

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Lumet (St. Louis)

https://lumet.bandcamp.com/

A New State (St. Louis)

730pm - doors
8pm - show
$7
All Ages

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Wavelette w/ Mother Stutter, Honey Poney, Tobby
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

Wavelette w/ Mother Stutter, Honey Poney, Tobby

Wavelette (OH)
team crunchy peanut butter / sweet & sour indie rock
https://wavelette.bandcamp.com/

Mother Stutter
haunting, vulnerable, queer gorgeousness
youtube.com/MotherStutter

Honey Poney
four friends who like playing music together who are just gonna do some cool shit ya know?

Tobby
stl spaced croons

9pm, $5-7 see u there

https://www.facebook.com/events/1774291012672217/

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TC Superstar w/ Sean Green, WHSKYGNGR, Golden Curls
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

TC Superstar w/ Sean Green, WHSKYGNGR, Golden Curls

THE DANCE PARTY OF UR DREAMS PLS COME OUT + BE RDY FOR

TC Superstar: NEW RECORD OUT !! R+D give us a love saga that nods to new wave, pop, and all the gloss we miss from the 80s
https://open.spotify.com/album/3c9fj9oQDzX2D5Jt6dBqVL?si=nYEYrTXWRS6xwuJ-jSRuGA

Sean Green: a very talented whistler
https://sean-green.bandcamp.com/

whskygngr: gardner + cat jester + graphic design guru + kind friend, chelsi webster - u kno what this is about !
https://whskygngr.bandcamp.com/

Golden Curls: THE HITS !!!! c for urself
https://goldencurls.bandcamp.com/

**respect each other//respect the space**
$7 // 8PM

accessibility: all ages venue // some tables + chairs for those that can't stand long periods // ramp at the front entrance -- any other accessibility needs see Mickey !Sean Green

https://www.facebook.com/events/483802772395820/

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Thirdface w/ Skin Tags, Waterproof
Jun
7
9:00 PM21:00

Thirdface w/ Skin Tags, Waterproof

THIRDFACE FROM NASHVILLE COMING THRU STL SHOW THEM THE LOVE THEY DESERVE
https://thirdface.bandcamp.com/releases

W LOCALS

SKIN FUCKIN TAGS OH MY GOD CAN U BELIEVE
https://skintags.bandcamp.com

AND

WATERPROOF
idk if the rest of the band knows but we’re gonna play bc I say so
waterprooof.bandcamp.com

$5-$7 NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS!
9pm maybe punk time maybe not!!

Let’s have a great time and mourn the loss of foams disco ball with another banger.

This will be a meatball certified good time

https://www.facebook.com/events/2130940083621655/

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Thelma w/ oh,rose, Julio Prato, eklob, Delia Rainey, Ella Zeric
Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

Thelma w/ oh,rose, Julio Prato, eklob, Delia Rainey, Ella Zeric

hello HELLO we have a mixed bill for ya tonight !! pls come out to support :

Thelma: "With The Only Thing, Jacobs has learned to be truer to her art: pursuing the pop-oriented sounds that brought her joy as a child; embracing synthesizers because they’re easier for her to “make an aggressive sound with so little effort;” and leaning in to the idiosyncrasies of her voice, which she says friends have described as that of a “primordial baby.”"-audio femme, Lindsey Rhoades
https://thelma.bandcamp.com/album/the-only-thing

oh, rose: on their way to tour w Yeasayer - from olympia, washington
https://ohrose.bandcamp.com/album/seven

Julio Prato: playing a set of his accoustic songs, accompanied by Sarah Wahoff, Ani Kramer, and Andrew Stew
julioprato.bandcamp.com

eklob: emma will be playing a classical guitar set !! maybe a duet or two?? we will see !!!

poetry readings by:
Delia Rainey (+some tunes too)
Ejla Zeric

**respect each other ** respect the space ** $7

accessibility notes: there is a ramp at the front of foam, if that door is closed we will unlock/open it for you. there will be a small amount of chairs + tables available as well for those who can't stand that long!! if anyone has other accessibility needs feel free to message Mickey Yacyshyn and they will happily accommodate !!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1100967966756356/

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Lu Fest 2019
Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Lu Fest 2019

We are throwing a heckin' benefit show for the goodest girl, Lucy, because she has to get two new knees, and the price of that is a major bamboozle, frens.

We are bringing you EIGHT AMAZING BANDS (maybe more, who ever knows), holy dang, along with many awesome raffle baskets! $10 gets you in (a steal for that much siq music, c'mon), $5 if you donate $10 or more to the GoFundMe ahead of time (https://www.gofundme.com/czp59y-lucys-knee-surgery)

As of right now, doors will be 4PM, bands will begin playing tunes at 5PM sharp! Set times will be released closer to the actual show. Raffle tickets will be available all night for purchase! $1 per ticket, 6 for $5, Arm's Length for $10!

Acts performing currently are: The Centaurettes, Jason Detroit, Death Hole, The Lizardtones, Jackie Presley, Zach Sullentrup, The Sigmund Frauds, And Young Animals!!

Money raised during this event will go towards the surgeries, physical therapy, and any other vet bills that may arise.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1018287961693863/

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RCO Presents: Seth Anderson w/ Nick Gusman
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

RCO Presents: Seth Anderson w/ Nick Gusman

Seth Anderson is a folk musician with east coast roots and a passion for adventure.
Blending elements of folk/rock with alternative country and the spirit of punk rock, he is most recognized for his high energy performances, and catchy, truth laden, heart driven lyrics; Strongly connected to the community and surroundings of his Rocky Mountain home of the last decade, Canmore, Alberta.
Seth has joined Joey Cape's (Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimme's) One Week Records roster based in San Francisco, CA to reveal his fourth full length effort which was released in June, 2016.

https://www.sethandersonmusic.com


Local support by STL legend Nick Gusman!

https://www.facebook.com/events/426419861254669/

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Chris Pitsiokos (NY) w/ Beauty Pageant, Infinifonic, Dirt Quartet
May
29
9:00 PM21:00

Chris Pitsiokos (NY) w/ Beauty Pageant, Infinifonic, Dirt Quartet

4 short noise/free-jazz sets for a clean fiver. DOORS AT 9.

CHRIS PITSIOKOS (Brooklyn, NY)
https://chrispitsiokos.bandcamp.com/
Chris Pitsiokos is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work combines the lyricism of jazz and the intensity of extreme rock forms and noise with the attention to detail and abstraction of contemporary classical music. Past and present collaborators include Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Jaimie Branch, and Tyshawn Sorey to name a few.

BEAUTY PAGEANT
https://beautypageantofficial666noise.bandcamp.com/
There are a lot of bands called Beauty Pageant but only one is a verified OFFICIAL 666 NOISE band. See St. Louis' resident no-wave noise cult in all their unholy glory.

INFINIFONIC
https://infinifonic.bandcamp.com
Jason LaChance and poet/lyricist Sean Arnold bring an aggressively analog byproduct of STL oppression. A cold combo of synth honed for a wide-ranging and well-traveled sound.

THE DIRT QUARTET
A healthy helping of top soil. A free-improv ensemble feat.
Tom Krenniing (guitar)
Track Johnson (bass)
Joe Hess (drums)
Mabel Suen (saxophone)

https://www.facebook.com/events/424095164806303/

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[LATE SHOW] Dewdrop w/ Queer Kevin (OH), Teenage Halloween (NJ), Aiko Tsuchida
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

[LATE SHOW] Dewdrop w/ Queer Kevin (OH), Teenage Halloween (NJ), Aiko Tsuchida

Hey ya'll check out this sweet gig coming up soon! We got power pop, we got some shoegaze, we got indie rock, oh and also experimental. What more do you want?

Dewdrop (STL) - https://dewdropstl.bandcamp.com/releases

Queer Kevin (Columbus, OH) - https://queerkevin.bandcamp.com/

Teenage Halloween (Asbury Park, NJ) - https://tngehllwn.bandcamp.com/releases

Aiko Tsuchida (STL)
https://youtu.be/3psLheWrI_s

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[EARLY SHOW] Poetry Night w/ Cheeraz Gorman, RC Patterson, Tony Renner, Man of Destiny
May
26
6:00 PM18:00

[EARLY SHOW] Poetry Night w/ Cheeraz Gorman, RC Patterson, Tony Renner, Man of Destiny

Poetry night at Foam - 6-8pm - FREE

The temperature is rising in St Louis. Come thru and enjoy a summer poetry reading chock full of home grown talent.

Cheeraz Gorman
RC Patterson
Tony Renner
Man of Destiny

all to read.

As usual enjoy Foam’s legendary aura and sip a cool beverage.

https://www.facebook.com/events/462471951193972/

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JJW w/ Magu, Lobby Boxer, the Sigmund Frauds
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

JJW w/ Magu, Lobby Boxer, the Sigmund Frauds

Dang! A ripper! In St. Louis! Crazy!! Jacob James Wilton and Magū come back down from Omaha-way, but this time Magū will be solo and JJW will be ripping as a full band, how nuts is that?? We’ll be in on the fun as well as the Sigmund Frauds folks, come hang!!

Jacob James Wilton
https://jacobjameswilton.bandcamp.com/

Magū
https://magumusic.bandcamp.com/

Lobby Boxer
https://lobbyboxer.bandcamp.com/

The Sigmund Frauds
https://thesigmundfrauds.bandcamp.com/

$8 at the door! Fill up those gas tanks for the touring folks!
Let’s say we start this thing off at 8 PM, yeah? Keep it runnin promptly?
If you see someone sus, let us know! We’re trying to run a safe show environment so if you see a shady individual or someone is making you uncomfortable, please tell us and we’ll escort them out of the gig.

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The Spirit of the Beehive w/ Strange Ranger, Joss Barton, Camp Counselor, Frankie Valet
May
23
to May 24

The Spirit of the Beehive w/ Strange Ranger, Joss Barton, Camp Counselor, Frankie Valet

the spirit of the beehive. (Philadelphia, PA)
https://thespiritofthebeehive.bandcamp.com/
The Spirit of the Beehive have a fascination with contrast. The cover of their 2015 EP YOU ARE ARRIVED (but you’ve been cheated) juxtaposes the rare beauty of an urban sewer canal during sunset, with a washed-up body of a young woman sprawled peacefully beside some floating trash. The album that followed, 2017’s pleasure suck, explored the sick irony of pain brought on from overindulging in bliss.

Its first track featured the line, “pleasure sucks the life out of everyone,” and the record’s erratic nature—spontaneous shifts from flowery psych-pop into dissonant passages of grimy distortion—evoked the discordant effect frequent substance use has on one’s psyche.

Hypnic Jerks, the Philly quintet’s third full-length and second for Tiny Engines, sounds like, as frontman Zack Schwartz puts it, “the state between wakefulness and sleep.” It’s named after the involuntary muscle spasms that can happen right as someone begins dozing off, a perfect feeling to compare the album’s drowsy yet restless character to. Unlike the spiraling momentum of pleasure suck, The Spirit of the Beehive took a more grounded approach with Hypnic Jerks, though the ground they’re standing on is equally otherworldly. Dreamy is a fitting adjective, but the songs never fully slip into the peaceful yet backgrounded character of dream-pop. Rather than an ongoing fantasy, the record has the quality of an indescribable dream fading from memory as you slowly begin to regain consciousness. Its warped guitar tones, transcendental synths, and smattering of eerie audio samples—most come from bassist Rivka Ravede’s old family recordings, which Schwartz sifted through and edited together—conjure this purgatorial space between reverie and reality.

An arena where their songs unexpectedly contort themselves and take on different textures, morphing in and out of one another. These tracks were initially designed to comprise a “short mixtape,” which explains the record’s nebulous structure. If you’re not paying close attention to the tracklist, they could easily be mistaken for one, long song.

The first two, “nail I couldn’t bite” and “mantra is repeated,” are mid-paced, ethereal bops that sound like if Donovan was informed by The Microphones. They verge on soothing, but they’re quickly followed by the album’s loudest cuts; the tubular “fell asleep with a vision” and “can I receive the contact?”— the shouted ending of the latter being the point where you realize Hypnic Jerks is, deceivingly, not an album one can easily knock out to. “d.o.u.b.l.e.u.r.o.n.g.” begins with a minute-and-a-half- long sample of what once was a cute recording of a grandfather narrating a visit with his grandkids. Here, the band coated it with haunting reverb, scraped it with vocal processors, and uses it to transition into what’s both the prettiest and grimmest pop song the Beatles never wrote. “I’m saying things all wrong / I’m doing things all wrong / now everything is wrong,” Schwartz sings with a quivering intonation, as if he’s physically holding back tears.

However, it’s the celestial harmonies, balmy keys and creeping false climax of album closer “it’s gonna find you” that secures The Spirit of the Beehive a seat at this decade’s table of musical visionaries. The track ends with a similarly whirring sample to the one the record began with, finally rocking you off to
sleep after ten songs, but leaving you with the undying curiosity to play back what you think you just heard. Jerking your mind awake yet again. (bio by Eli Enis)

Strange Ranger (Philadelphia, PA)
https://strangeranger.bandcamp.com/

Joss Barton (St. Louis)
Joss Barton is a poet, writer, and journalist documenting transgender and queer love and life in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her spoken word poetry blends femme fever dreams over the soundtrack of american nightmares and queer and transgender liberation

Camp Counselor (St. Louis)
https://ittakestimerecords.bandcamp.com/album/rose-ceremony

Frankie Valet (St. Louis)

830pm - doors
9pm - show
$10 adv / $13 dos
All Ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/826643661037156/

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Bitter Calm w/ Captain Kudzu, Pealds, Big Step
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

Bitter Calm w/ Captain Kudzu, Pealds, Big Step

Bitter Calm (Birmingham, AL)
earthlibraries.com/bitter-calm

Slowcore/chamber-rock from Birmingham, featuring members from Velouria, violinist Meg Ford, a box full of video tapes, and a hand-me-down watch that doesn't tell the time. They write loud, slow songs about love and death, and they've never had so much fun.


Captain Kudzu (Birmingham, AL)
earthlibraries.com/captain-kudzu

Captain Kudzu is the bizarre and amorphous creative output of Opelika native Jackson Gafford. Almost psych-pop, almost shoegaze, almost lo-fi electronic, Captain Kudzu is nothing in particular and everything you would want it to be. Their debut album Arboretum is out now on Earth Libraries. You should listen to it.


Pealds (STL)
https://pealds.bandcamp.com/


Big-Step (STL)
https://bigstep.bandcamp.com/


7:30pm - doors
8pm - show
$7
All ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/664993060595957/

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[LATE SHOW] The Hussy w/ Shitstorm, Bigpig
May
20
9:00 PM21:00

[LATE SHOW] The Hussy w/ Shitstorm, Bigpig

THE HUSSY - madison - long-tenured upper midwest punks. synthy and danceable. now a three piece and they bring the fuckin noise live.
https://thehussy.bandcamp.com/
https://madison.com/wsj/entertainment/music/years-in-fire-and-punk-alive-with-the-hussy/article_c66b3383-0f25-5a84-a90a-81db2d932290.html

SHITSTORM - st louis - brand new band. they've like basically never played or recorded or tour. it'll be matt's first show, it'll be calm and sober and quiet.
https://shitstormstl.bandcamp.com/

BIGPIG - st louis - back from a hiatus with a new lineup.
https://bigpigstl.bandcamp.com/

$7
9pm
all ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/730947937305444/

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[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!

Howdy Friends, Nerds, Dorks, Dweebs, Know-It-Alls, Brainiacs, Eggheads, and Poindexters! Let's GET STUMPED once again!

Googz here, thanking Foam as I try perpetually to do, for being wonderful enough to extend Impossible Trivia into May. These will be (as they all have been, really) critical weeks in establishing/determining the viability of Impossible Trivia as a continuing entity--I sure have fun doing it, but it also requires real work! All questions are locally-sourced, DIY-style, by my own dang self, on a weekly basis, and generally I spend hours upon hours brainstorming and researching and writing the weekly 45 (48 if you count the tiebreakers!) trivia questions, assembling audio clips for audio rounds, and so on. Naturally FOAM are taking a pretty huge chance on me, especially in times of uncertainty for themselves, and even if I am the only local trivia host to have appeared on national television for purposes of trivial knowledge (if I'm not, I'd love to be corrected on this point!).

I've played Trivia all over Saint Louis (and beyond) on every night of the week. To toot my own horn (because who else will, if I don't?) I haven't seen Impossible Trivia's equal in terms of:

1) Quality of questions
2) Quantity of questions for the time the game takes
3) Variety of categories & exacting curation
4) Lack of current events (that's not "trivia," it's just lazy)
5) Lack of multiple choice (that's not "trivia," it's just a guessing game)
6) Snacks--From now on, count on there being at least fresh popcorn, and usually more, for any/all to enjoy free of charge and regardless of participation
7) Fun--it's a game, after all! I really think some places lose sight of this!
8) Foam--just really a fantastic and cool local community space nigh without equal, for events of any variety, or even just hanging out
9) Googz~~yep, none of 'em have ME! None of 'em even have hosts who go mobile, they're all just sittin' at some table/desk all night long! Bo-RING! I think ambulatin' is the LEAST a trivia host can do!

As I regularly claim: It's possibly the first, probably the only, and definitely the best, trivia on Cherokee Street (or anyplace???).

Show what ya know, and learn what ya don't. I hope to see you on a Monday very soon. Luv, GOOGZ

P.S. This e-Vent description clearly isn't long enough yet, so here's more information for any who feel they need it, and a fun sample quiz, from the old FaceBook e-Vent:

Quick, what's the capital of Burkina Faso? Who's the only pitcher with a perfect game in the World Series? How many Best Director Oscars does Steven Spielberg have? What heaviest stable halogen has atomic number 53? Who wrote MOBY-DICK? And, in what year did Eli Whitney invent the cotton gin?*

If you knew the answer to any of these IMPOSSIBLE questions, and/or you're looking for a fewscore others, MONDAYS** at Foam (FOAM!) are the place to be, beginning FEBRUARY 11th! Bring some pals and join in the fun!

--Free to play
--7:00PM~9:00PM
--Teams of ONE to a maximum of SIX allowed
--Three games of 15 questions each (3 themed rounds of 5 questions each per game)***
--Prizes (mostly of the variety that you may IMBIBE!) for individual game scores, and overall nightly winners
--Other surprises and fun as are deemed fitting, appropriate, or accidentally arrived-upon!
--All composed and hosted (i.e. reigned-over tyrannically!) by me, your friendly neighborhood GOOGZ! (Pancake Productions / Googolplexia)****

*ANSWERS: Ouagadougou; Don Larsen; Two (for SCHINDLER'S LIST and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN); Iodine; Herman Melville; and 1793.
**Unless there's a concert or other event scheduled at Foam.
***You may, but probably don't, remember this format as that used by my once-upon-a-time late-night IMPOSSIBLE MUSIC TRIVIA at South City's best pizza-punk bar named for a misspelled citrus fruit, which took place during most of 2012.
****Don't worry, I won't play any pesky Googolplexia music...PROBABLY.

https://www.facebook.com/events/572707203215807/

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