Saturday school: Class, you are being assigned one 4 p.m. class this Saturday, January 14, with Rushmore Academy. Please arrive promptly at the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard; 314-621-9333), and bring an aptitude for local bouncy power-punk and a No. 2 pencil. Also included is a field trip to Amsterband, where we will witness the progressive and unpredictable piano-driven rock of the natives. Additionally, you will learn about Addictive Behavior, the Treaty of Paris and Arus. And please, don't drop any of the F-Bombs (although they are playing, too). Tickets are $8 for kids 21 and over, $10 for those under.
Dog food for thought: If Neil Armstrong had released a spacesuit-clad dog on the moon, what sort of soundtrack might have accompanied its buoyant jaunt? I would speculate something reminiscent of a Led Zeppelin-Pink Floyd groove with a dash of psychedelic funk sort of like the sound produced by the appropriately named St. Louis duo Moondog Freed. Strap on your moon boots, grab Fido and test this theory at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue; 314-773-3363), where they are playing with Fattback and Rebecca Hays. Tickets are $6.