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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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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[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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Life in Vacuum w/ Lumet
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Life in Vacuum w/ Lumet

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/

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

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Bitter Calm w/ Captain Kudzu, Pealds, Big Step
Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

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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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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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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Reptaliens w/ Holy Posers, Tenant
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Reptaliens w/ Holy Posers, Tenant

Reptaliens (Portland, Oregon)
https://reptaliens.com/
https://reptaliens.bandcamp.com/
Named in reverence for their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories, Reptaliens quickly evolved from a bedroom-recording project to a full-fledged band that explores fringe pop culture through analog synthesizers, electric guitars, melodic bass lines, and singer Bambi’s lulling vocals.

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Holy Posers (St. Louis)
https://holyposers.bandcamp.com/

Tenant (St. Louis)

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/443770416362141/

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[LATE SHOW] Old Time Relijun w/ Plant Mom, Hushgush
May
13
9:00 PM21:00

[LATE SHOW] Old Time Relijun w/ Plant Mom, Hushgush

Old Time Relijun
https://oldtimerelijun.bandcamp.com/
Old Time Relijun is an unearthly combo from Olympia, Washington. We don’t throw words like “genius”, “brilliant” or “legendary” around lightly. Nor do we use them to describe Old Time Relijun (though others do). We prefer to see them as “mythical”. Their new EP, See Now and Know [KLP272], appears after a mysterious decade-long dormancy, reuniting the classic Catharsis in Crisis [KLP184] lineup featuring bandleader Arrington de Dionyso with Aaron Hartman (upright bass), Germaine Baca (drums) and Benjamin Hartman (saxophone and percussion). This is the band’s 9th studio recording and they appear to have exploded spontaneously, pounding together a fiery record, forged from within. Resistance, magic and hope are catalysts for a deeper tunneling under. The songs are typical OTR: sexy, untethered, and sing-along at the edge of the volcano fun. “Dragon Juice” conjures a dance party in a dangerous lair; “I Know I’m Alive” brings an inspired moment on the mountain into sharp, soulful focus; and “El Naranjo Gritando" brings us up close to the big nasty. There is real, palpable urgency in this recording. Seven songs, 23 minutes.
Everything necessary with no fat to cut out. Jump in, Old Time Relijun, See Now and Know!

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Plant Mom (first AND last show)
Danielle Taylor Williams - Harp
Track Johnson - Effects Board
Tom Krenniing - Guitar
Joe Hess - Drums

Hushgush
https://hushgush.bandcamp.com/

9pm - doors
930pm - show
$12 adv / $15 dos

https://www.facebook.com/events/1080172645517815/

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[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!
May
13
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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Ragk w/ Battalion of Cloudships, Wamhoda, Bitchfit, Beauty Pageant
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Ragk w/ Battalion of Cloudships, Wamhoda, Bitchfit, Beauty Pageant

Hope you all like N O I S E S !

☇☇☇☇☇☇

+RAGK+
extreme tones & zones from KS
ragk.bandcamp.com
doughgirltapes.bandcamp.com

☇☇☇☇☇☇

+BATTALION OF CLOUDSHIPS+
spectral noisescapes from PA
battalionofcloudships.bandcamp.com
assortedpsychedelia.bigcartel.com

☇☇☇☇☇☇

+WAMHODA+
STL legend maneuvers the air molecules

☇☇☇☇☇☇

+BITCHFIT+
"STL harsh fucking noise"

☇☇☇☇☇☇

+BEAUTY PAGEANT+
(good time for that smoke break)

☇☇☇☇☇☇

$7 suggested!
Starts promptly: no punx time!
**THIS IS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE EVENT**

🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
☈☈☈☈☈☈
🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
☈☈☈☈☈☈
🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
☈☈☈☈☈☈
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https://www.facebook.com/events/657779801318614/

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Suburban Living w/ Cold Rooms, Overnighter
May
8
9:00 PM21:00

Suburban Living w/ Cold Rooms, Overnighter

Suburban Living (Philadelphia / 6131 Records)
https://www.suburbanlivingz.com/
https://suburbanliving.bandcamp.com/album/almost-paradise
Some things just take time. Nothing could be truer for Philadelphia’s Suburban Living, a project originally envisioned in 2011 as a solo endeavor of Virginia native Wesley Bunch. Yet, after 5 years and a move to Philadelphia, Bunch found Suburban Living to be much more than solely his own, joining forces with seasoned musicians Michael Cammarata, Peter Pantina, and Chris Radwanski in his newfound home. The resulting collaborative relationship amongst these four refreshed the project and expanded upon the already impressive groundwork laid by Bunch.

In early 2015, on the heels of touring throughout the U.S. and Japan, Suburban Living began writing what would become the band’s sophomore full length, “Almost Paradise.” During this time, a chance meeting with Philadelphia-based engineer Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing) led to Zeigler offering to work with the band on their next recording. “Working with Jeff was pretty amazing. I’d never worked with an engineer that knew exactly how I wanted something to sound without me having to express it.” explains Bunch. The support of Zeigler, as well as his bandmates, equipped Bunch to spearhead undeniably the best Suburban Living material to date.

Cold Rooms

https://coldrooms.bandcamp.com/releases

Overnighter (St. Louis)

https://overnighter.bandcamp.com/

830pm - doors
9pm - show
$8 adv / dos
All Ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/351001478864662/

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May
6
9:00 PM21:00

[LATE SHOW] Chalked Up w/ Mystic Will, Exhalants, Bulls

Join us after Trivia at Foam for ROCK.

EXHALANTS (Austin, TX) feat members of every good band. Heavy music done right. So right. Damn.
Listen: https://youtu.be/m8JV7ZmYioc

CHALKED UP (STL) The right amount of agression. Leaves a lasting impression. Will blow you away. Come see them today (May 6th at Foam, last on the lineup)

BULLS (Fort Worth, Texas) the band you need to see to believe. Brace yourself.
https://bullsband.bandcamp.com/album/14-minutes

MYSTIC WILL (STL) doing it again. Look out! recording music now.

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[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!
May
6
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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Cinco After Party w/ Glued, Jr. Clooney, Boreal Hills, PNYBOY, DJ Limewire Prime
May
4
9:30 PM21:30

Cinco After Party w/ Glued, Jr. Clooney, Boreal Hills, PNYBOY, DJ Limewire Prime

Foam's Cinco De Mayo After Party Rock N Roll Extravaganza:

Glued
https://glued.bandcamp.com/

Jr. Clooney
https://jrclooney.bandcamp.com/

Boreal Hills
https://borealhills.bandcamp.com/

PNYBOY (Denver)

DJ Limewire Prime

930PM START TIME (outdoor street stages end at 10PM)
$3 cover
All Ages

MORE DEETS TA BE RELEASED

https://www.facebook.com/events/421173661974463/

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THE GOOD FOOT || A Super Bad Tribute to James Brown
May
3
9:00 PM21:00

THE GOOD FOOT || A Super Bad Tribute to James Brown

STL, as we near the 1st weekend of May, don't go thinkin the almighty Godfather of Soul James Brown won't get his birthday props in yo' city

Friday May 3rd, James Biko brings you THE GOOD FOOT: A Super Bad Tribute to James Brown (+ All-Around Afro-Soul Get-Down). The question is, who's showin up to show out?

Mark yo' calendar and bring yo' dancing shoes 'cause we bout to get yall on THE GOOD FOOT

https://www.facebook.com/events/435582850345576/

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Constant Stranger w/ Bo & the Locomotive, Le'Ponds
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Constant Stranger w/ Bo & the Locomotive, Le'Ponds

Constant Stranger
www.constantstranger.com
1983-
Middle child.
Arkansas State Spelling Bee Champion 1996 & 1997.
AAA Member in fair standing.
10+ yrs dishwashing/short order experience.
20+ yrs working at songs—most recently in Water Liars, Marie/Lepanto, and continually as Constant Stranger.
Hopefully, a friend.

In my mind, Constant Stranger stands as

An argument.
A reckoning.
A reconciliation.
Some kind of understanding.
Something reached by work and luck with melody and language.
A home for memory, gratitude, acceptance, and regret.
Engine exhaust.
Brake dust.
A ship’s wake.
A snake’s skin.
A lover’s sweat.
Blood dried brown.
A portion of moon.
A strong wind.
The smell of a storm coming, a storm passed.
Fire burnt to ash by dawn.
Evidence of what was.
Hope for what may be.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////

I was born
and I died
I don’t remember anything else
a green river perhaps
a green tree
green eyes
and about this so much ado
such regrets about this

—Anna Kamieńska

w/

Bo and the Locomotive

Le'Ponds

730pm - doors
8pm - show
$10 adv / dos
All Ages

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[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!

Howdy Friends, Nerds, Dorks, Know-It-Alls, and Poindexters! 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/2230696500476512/

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[LATE SHOW] 60th Season Pop-Up: Swell / Zerang / Lonberg-Holm / Ullmann
Apr
28
9:30 PM21:30

[LATE SHOW] 60th Season Pop-Up: Swell / Zerang / Lonberg-Holm / Ullmann

On Sunday, April 28, 8:00pm (doors open 7:00pm) New Music Circle will enhance its 60 th Anniversary Season with a special “pop up” event at Foam, 3359 S. Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63118. Admission is $20.00 / $10.00 for struggling music supporters.

And this will be a truly special event: Four top musicians – trombonist Steve Swell, percussionist Michael Zerang, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and woodwind player Gebhard Ullmann, all of whom have performed with NMC in the past, will be joining forces to create a virtuosic synergy of new collaborative music.

Steve Swell hails from Newark, NJ and has been an active participant on the New York City music scene since 1975. His breadth of versatility has allowed him to tour and record with such mainstream artists as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich in the past, as well as more contemporary artists like Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor more recently, Steve’s CD, Music For Six Musicians: Hommage à Olivier Messiaen, was listed in NPR’s top 50 CDs for 2018.

Born in Chicago, as a first generation American of Assyrian descent, Michael Zerang has been composing, improvising and collaborating in a wide range of multi-disciplinary art forms since 1976, more recently travelling the world to make contact with musicians from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. As a recording artist, he has over 100 titles in his discography.

The highly eclectic, Chicago based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has studied with such stylistically wide ranging artists as Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman and Pauline Oliveros. His most current involvements are with his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra, but he also performs in groups
led by Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzman and Ken Vandermark.

Gebhard Ullmann is a saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flutist from Germany. Starting out on recorder at age six, he soon graduated to classical flute and eventually studied with Herb Geller and David Liebman. Among his most famous ensembles was the quartet, Out To Lunch, featuring guitarist Andreas Willers, and a tentet of woodwinds plus accordion,
formed in 1991, called Tá Lam. Since then, Ullmann has performed with a wide variety of musicians and recorded as a leader or co-leader on over 50 albums.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2238319699761242/

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[EARLY EVENT] Poetry at Foam
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

[EARLY EVENT] Poetry at Foam

We're back with the April edition of Poetry at Foam, featuring a broad variety of rich talent.

Thanks to all who came out to last month's double feature, this month will be stellar.

Featuring

Frances Garren:
Frances Garren is a poet, performer, model and visual artist from Saint Louis, Missouri. In April 2018 she published a collection of poems titled "Black Eye, Reason to Die" with local zine Bad Jacket Press after experiencing an assault by her lover. Her current projects address the confusion one experiences with regards to love, lust, morality, mortality, the questionable future and other dances back and forth between heart and mind. The candor of her writing and vibrance of her reading provoke virtue in her midst as a storm righteously inspires flowers to bloom. She is working on a second poetry collection titled, "Living is No Way to Die" which will be out later this year.

Mathew Scott Freeman:
Matthew Freeman has had seven books of poems published. He holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-St louis and heads a writers' group at the Independence Center. Much of his work deals with all his uncovered while recovering from a dual diagnosis.

Chris Ware:
Chris Ware is an award-winning spoken word artist, actor and musician. When not onstage, he works as a teaching artist, aiding children in discovering their own artistic talents. Chris, ever the community educator, also teaches computer aided design and machining (CAD/CAM) classes at the MADE in STL Maker Space, giving others the tools to create what they may. Recent credits for Chris include "Say Something, Do Something" (Metro Theatre Co, STL), "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" (Mustard Seed Theatre, STL) "Romeo and Juliet" (Shakespeare Festival, STL).

and proudly presenting, Xander Millsap:
Xander is a Foam fixture and Cherokee Street Artist featured most prominently in the Bad Jacket zine. Xander describes his poetry as full of unique rhythms and deft wordplay.

Thanks for all the love, let's make this unique show one to remember.
And as always Foam has your beverage needs, hot cold, alcoholic, coffee'd, or sparkling.

https://www.facebook.com/events/436395710265890/

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Vinyl Williams w/ Dingus
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Vinyl Williams w/ Dingus

Vinyl Williams
https://vinylwilliams.bandcamp.com
The rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams’s Opal LP is finally coming to the conscious surface in the warped form of a transcendental hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies into a macrocosmic epicenter.

Out of such came 10 tracks of incessantly lush pop songs that can be used to intangibly dress your dream palace. It was recorded almost exclusively by Lionel Williams at Non Plus Ultra (all ages venue / studio in LA he’s involved in) with the exception of Gal Lazer (ex-drummer of Yonatan Gat) playing hand drums on Aphelion, and Ian Gibbs (Williams’s long time musical partner) overdubbing guitar & synth on several tracks. Through the process of recording individual tracks onto a VHS camcorder, as well as using handheld cassette devices, the fluttery lo-fi guitar & synth sounds became architecturalized by hi-fi drum sounds, keeping the warbly rollercoaster somehow on track.

Active since 2007, the group have toured extensively with Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mount Kimbie, This Will Destroy You, Temples, among others.

Dingus (St. Louis)
https://sugnid.bandcamp.com/

730pm - doors
8pm - show
$10 adv / $12 dos
All Ages

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It's a Party Y'all "Sum'n 4 da Honeys" Edition"
Apr
26
9:00 PM21:00

It's a Party Y'all "Sum'n 4 da Honeys" Edition"

A 90's - 2000's hip-hop and R&B jam!

This time, we're doing it for the honeys. All bops that get the ladies on the dance floor!

All the songs are gonna either be by or for the women.

Ladies free till 10:30!!!!

Sounds provided by - Van Coleman
Hosted by - Indiana Rome

Yall already know how we do, if you didn't come to dance don't even come out. This isn't for the cool kids.

Get discounted tickets now at -
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-a-party-yall-sumn-4-da-honeys-edition-tickets-60288094313

https://www.facebook.com/events/835218676817860/It

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Sexpill w/ Mala Leche, Shux
Apr
24
9:00 PM21:00

Sexpill w/ Mala Leche, Shux

SEXPILL (HTX)
NOISEY PUNK WILL FUCK U UP
https://sexpill.bandcamp.com/album/april-foo-fucker

MALA LECHE
GOO GOO GA GA LETS DANCE
https://malaleche69.bandcamp.com

SHUX
U KNOW U LOVE EM
https://shuxshuxshux.bandcamp.com/releases

$5-$7 FOR TOURING BAND NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS

THIS IS AT FOAM WHICH IS AT THE CORNER OF CHEROKEE AND JEFFERSON

LOVE YALL DONT BE AN ASS OR I WILL THROW U OUT

https://www.facebook.com/events/2337526169837944/

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Human Monster tour kick off show
Apr
23
9:00 PM21:00

Human Monster tour kick off show

Matt Ingram- Solo drum set with electronic backing tracks.
https://soundcloud.com/matthew_ingram/dutchtown-massif

Stank Thunder- Instrumental prog with a focus on groove and extended improvised jams.
https://soundcloud.com/stank-thunder/3-reels

Dragon Falcon- Heavy Instrumental prog with synth and Sax.
https://youtu.be/dR2_s2kv79c

Human Monster- Solo drum set with pedals and live loops.
https://youtu.be/qAdBIE_wLiM

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[LATE SHOW] Blessed (BC) w/ Shady Bug, Mark Plant Solo Noise Project (DJ set)
Apr
22
9:00 PM21:00

[LATE SHOW] Blessed (BC) w/ Shady Bug, Mark Plant Solo Noise Project (DJ set)

Blessed (British Columbia)
http://www.blessedtheband.com/
Formed in the early winter months of 2015 in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, Blessed were born from a shared creative objective. From the start, its original four members found themselves naturally amalgamating elements of Post-Hardcore, Minimalism, New Wave, Krautrock, and Punk. To date, Blessed has released one single with Toronto's Buzz Records (Weaves, Dilly Dally, Greys), and two critically lauded EPs. The Fader wrote of the EP II: "Dominated by the high-fructose riffing pioneered by Deerhoof, giving way to a darker, propulsive jam that's just as chaotic, yet well-controlled."

Four out of Blessed’s five members cut their artistic and organizational teeth in a fiercely D.I.Y. community that developed in the most unlikely conditions. In the Fraser Valley’s sprawling collection of suburbs and farmlands, there is little cultural infrastructure. And there is even less municipal enthusiasm for the arts. It is a Lynchian setting that nurtures overt conservatism and covert creativity.

Young Valley musicians were forced to creatively accommodate their burgeoning local music scene by whatever means available. They turned the basements of shared punk houses into venues. They convinced former pastors to give them the keys to churches where they could play. They met a 65-year-old socialist sandwich shop owner who gave them access to his space after hours to host touring bands from around North America.

From this marginal yet supportive scene, Blessed built connections with a broader community. Their unparalleled work ethic took them on a set of tours that was ambitious for any band, but mostly unheard of for one without a full-length release. Together, they played 225 shows across North America, including stops at Sled Island, SXSW, and supporting slots with acts ranging from Preoccupations, The Courtneys, Chastity, and The Austerity Program. Meanwhile, individual members found time to tour Europe, and start side projects touted by The Needle Drop.

Shady Bug (St. Louis - Exploding in Sound Records)
https://shadybug.bandcamp.com/

Mark Plant Solo Noise Project (DJ set)


9pm - doors
930pm - show
$7
All Ages

https://www.facebook.com/events/828899764124185/

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[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

[EARLY EVENT] Impossible Trivia w/ Googolplexia!

Howdy Friends, Nerds, Dorks, Know-It-Alls, and Poindexters! 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/2230696500476512/

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