[NOTE, 9/17/09: The schedule for this post has been updated. Changes in bold.]
For the third year running, the PLAY:stl Music Festival and Conference will descend on the Delmar Loop for three days of live music and industry panels. (Think of it as a smaller, more manageable South By Southwest or CMJ Conference.) About 90 acts, both national and local, are scheduled over the three-day event, which takes places from September 17 to 19. Highlights include indie acts such as Owen, the Antlers the Atlas Sound (yes, the alter-ego of Deerhunter's Bradford Cox) and Samantha Crain, as well as regional favorites such as the Life and Times and Republic Tigers.
Bands will perform in clubs, restaurants and makeshift venues up and down Delmar Boulevard. We've compiled a list of some of the fest's best bets below, but check the schedule for a full line-up. Tickets to each show are $10 at the door, but a $15 wristband grants you entry to every event over all three days. Click here for more information on tickets and wristbands.
Thursday, September 17
Who: The Hood Internet
Why: This Chicago duo takes Girl Talk's indie rock/hip-hop mash-up formula to it's logical conclusion by letting the songs unfold over time.
560 Music Center, 9 p.m. Cicero's, 11:50 p.m.
Who: The Moves Why: This Chicago-based quintet takes its love for dramatic '80s rock (think INXS and early U2) and kicks in some glossy modern-rock touchstones. Where: Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19 Who: We're Into Survival Why: Snotty, bare-bones punk trio from Starkville, Mississippi that delights in the sound of things falling apart. Where: Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room, 8:30 p.m.
Who: Atlas Sound Why: Deerhunter leader Bradford Cox's solo side project features dense, dreamy layers of electronic loops, shimmering feedback and psychedelic guitars. Where: 560 Music Center , 10 p.m.
Why: An alumnus of bands like American Football, Joan of Arc and Cap'n Jazz, Mike Kinsella has an unbeatable emo pedigree, but he also has a strong voice and melodic sensibility that he brings to his own group.
10:30 p.m. 10:55 p.m.