LouFest Day Two Band Cheat Sheet



Sunday promises to be mood swing day at LouFest with a line-up that mixes quiet heartbreak with frantic danceability. Check out how to feel it all.

Old Lights The specs: Local four-piece featuring a mix of area music luminaries. They released an EP, Like Strangers, last month.

The sound: Guitar hooks, jangly guitars, sweet harmonies, and some '80s-flavored keyboard give Old Lights an infinitely listenable pop sound full of engaging lyrics.

You might know them from a slew of opening slots two years ago. The other projects of their members: David Beeman (former Cold War Kids and Delta Spirit sound engineer/tour manager/multi-instrumentalist), singer-songwriter Beth Bombara. John Joern slings drinks at Off Broadway when he's not making music, while Kit Hamon's an Apple Store Genius.

See the light if you like New Pornographers with more Neko Case twang.

Stay in the dark if you can't handle starting your day with poppy hooks.

Jumbling Towers The specs: Four guys, splitting their time between St. Louis and Chattanooga.

The sound: Eclectic, theatrical keyboard-heavy pop with a raw rhythm foundation.

You might know them from being the house band for ESPN's TrueHoops blog, playing with Frog Eyes and Art Majors at the Luminary last summer, and having one of our ten best local albums of 2010.

Tower over the stage if you like Of Montreal and punk cabaret without the cheesy costumes.

It's Schlafly Beer Garden time if you're not into drama and lyrical theatrics.

UME The specs: Austin, Texas three-piece.

The sound: Raw and heavy guitar-bass-drums straight-up rock backing ethereal vocals from guitarist/keyboardist Lauren Larson.

You might know them from their Cicero's show last October.

This will be UMami if you were happily raised on a diet of Sonic Youth and early PJ Harvey.

Hide in the Sony Playstation truck if distortion and feedback give you a headache on Sundays.

Lost in the Trees The specs: A seven-member rock orchestra hailing from North Carolina

The sound: Rolling in acoustic strings with cello and bass just as haunting as singer-songwriter Ari Picker's heartbreaking lyrics.

You might know them from 2009's Indie Rock Ice Cream Social.

Don't get lost if you've ever wanted to see St. Vincent and Andrew Bird on a larger scale with more strings.

Have a snooze under a tree in the park if you prefer your pits to be mosh instead of orchestra.

The Low Anthem The specs: Four members from Providence, Rhode Island.

The sound: Acoustic roots melancholia.

You might know them from opening for Mumford & Sons in June.

It's anthematic if you like Bon Iver, or keep hoping The National will put out a country album.

Stay low if you don't like quiet heartbreak. Das Racist The specs: Brainy hip-hop duo who met in the "students of color for social justice" dorm at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, moved to Brooklyn, and added a hype man.

The sound: Smart hip-hop filled with pop culture references over unexpected samples.

You might know them from Anthony Bourdain's fridge.

We're not joking when we say stick around even if your interest in rap ended after Paul's Boutique.

Make a run to the combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell (or, in this case, Pi/El Borracho) if you brought your kids and you don't want them to get a contact high.

!!! The specs: Seven-member collective from Sacramento, relocated to Brooklyn, led by vocalist, cowbellist, and hype-man Nic Offer

The sound: Funk punk, with soulful rhythms, '70s-influenced guitar dance music.

You might know them from their 2007 show at the Duck Room, and a gig at the Creepy Crawl seven years ago.

Start exclaiming if Das Racist got your dancing shoes warmed up.

Get out the question marks if you can't take frenetic energy this late in the festival.

Cat Power The specs: Cat Power = Chan Marshall, the Atlanta singer-songwriter.

The sound: Dark, husky-voiced confessionals over stripped-down acoustic guitar and piano, often giving heartbreaking spins on classic pop songs.

You might know her from a show at the Duck Room way back in 2003. Or simply from being indie rock's premiere heartbreak chanteuse.

Power up if you're starting to come down from the two previous acts, or have been waiting years for Marshall to return to St. Louis.

Scat if you don't want to come down from the Das Racist/!!! high.

TV on the Radio The specs: Decade-old Brooklyn collective with an ever-changing line-up rooted with early members Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, David Andrew Sitek, and Jaleel Bunton. Core member Gerard Smith passed away last spring.

The sound: Multi-genre layers of overdubs and live instruments influenced by every good band that ever recorded.

You might know them from endless accolades, like topping Pazz & Jop's 2008 album list with Dear Science

Like The Roots, don't even consider leaving before TV on the Radio, who are an amalgamation of everything played at LouFest this weekend: raw instrumentation and technical proficiency, heartfelt vocals and noise, dancing and shoegazing. TV on the Radio will bring the entire weekend together in a tight summation.


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