Brainstems, Rakta, Natural Causes | Nightlight | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Brainstems, Rakta, Natural Causes

When: Wed., July 20, 8 p.m. 2016

On last year’s No Place Else, garage rock outfit Brainstems found a groove in tense, scuzzy post-punk revision not far from the likes of Thee Oh Sees or Parquet Courts. But on Tour Tape: Summer 2016, the St. Louis ensemble amps up the intensity with a brisk collection that includes covers of the Circle Jerks and The Nerves. Brainstems is at its best when dwelling somewhere in the middle of the frantic spasms of L.A. hardcore and the taut hooks of power pop. Brazilian post-punk outfit Rakta and local synth-punk trio Natural Causes open. —Bryan C. Reed

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