Gene Kelly was singin' in the rain: Just singin' in the rain; it was a glorious feelin', and he was happy again. Not so for Columbia-based Emergency Umbrella Records (www.emergencyumbrella.com). They have ducked the rain, said "screw that 'glorious feelin'" and gotten down and dirty with their rockin' bands. Many of their artists are St. Louis regulars, but for the first time, the label will be hosting an EUR showcase at Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street; 314-351-5711). On Saturday, October 22, catch the Foundry Field Recordings (think Jesus and Mary Chain toning down the distortion around a campfire), Witch's Hat (if Interpol ditched Joy Division for Dischord Records) and Paradise Vending (like a folksy Built to Spill). The extended forecast is predicting precipitation that weekend, so go grab that Emergency Umbrella.
What the @#$%!, indeed: In the wake of devastating recent events, stlpunk.com and the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard; 314-621-9333) are taking an all-important stand. They're hosting the aptly named What the @#$%! Is Going ON in This World Show?! on Friday, October 21. Admission is $8 for the 21-and-older crowd and $10 for those underage, with a request for canned food and/or spare-change donations at the door; 100 percent of the proceeds will go to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina and contribute to the STLPUNK Erin Mace Memorial Fund (in honor of the sixteen-year-old Lindbergh High School girl who was murdered earlier this month). The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and features ten STLPUNK faves, including When Sorrow Falls, Novella, Harlot and Ava Waits.