Seven bands you should discover at LouFest

One of the best parts of LouFest’s relatively small space is that it’s easy to get from one stage to the next, allowing for effortless show-hopping, whether you want to hit up a headliner at the Forest Park Stage or lie back and discover someone totally new while cooling off at the Shade Stage.

Summer’s best music

For those of you who spent the summer in chemistry lectures or family reunions, here’s a round up of the season’s best music.

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Hot and cold on Katy Perry

No, I am not a 15-year-old girl, and yes, I went to the Katy Perry concert on Sunday at the Scottrade Center.

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Now hear this!: Indie rock band Local Natives play The Pageant tonight

California five-piece Local Natives are making their return to St. Louis on Thursday, April 24. They played Loufest in 2013 and have been continuing their tour in support of last year’s album, “Hummingbird.” They put on a great show at Loufest, so if you missed them then or just want to see them in a more intimate venue, this is the chance.

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#MyLouWishlist

#MyLouWishlist Loufest recently asked its Twitter followers to reveal their #MyLouWishlist for a chance to win VIP tickets to the festival. Whether it is as successful as Social Programming Board in giving the people what they want remains to be seen. Here is Cadenza’s Wishlist of artists we want to see at Loufest.

An impossible feat, and I repeat: On the enduring weirdness of Outkast

It was a time-honored tradition for music festival junkies. Every year, as the Coachella lineup prediction machine began to plug away, Outkast’s name would inevitably appear among the long-shot rumored headliners. Everyone knew it was a pipe dream, but still, we held out hope that the profoundly innovative hip-hop duo would one day bury the hatchet.

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Endless, nameless: Remembering Kurt Cobain and his everlasting influence

In the past, we didn’t like our rock stars hurt. We wanted gods, larger-than-life beings immune to everyday humdrum. We wanted Springsteen, embodying the rugged ideals of the blue-collar man, without the chronic back pain. We wanted David Bowie, beaming in from another planet, his identity as flexible as ours was static.

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Album review: ‘Strangers,’ by RAC

As electronic music becomes more respected and entrenched in the music establishment—and a remix has become much more than a simple reworking of a song—the genre is taking off as a hotbed for musical experimentation. RAC’s new album, “Strangers,” is evidence that electronic artists can create music that is more than just synth and bass but genuine artistry.

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Album Review: ‘Here and Nowhere Else’

Lo fi is a cop-out—a big, fat, red flag warning listeners of low-grade songwriting and even sloppier mixing. It’s an excuse, a desperate overture toward the increasingly irrelevant notion of underground authenticity.

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Album review: ‘Shakira’ by Shakira

Shakira’s 10th studio album, “Shakira,” was released last week. This is her first English album since “She Wolf” in 2009, although she also released “Sale el Sol” in 2010 in Spanish. The eponymous album features many different sounds, as Shakira experiments with different styles including reggae, rock and folk, as well as styles she’s more used to, like pop, dance and acoustic. The songs included in the album show off the range in Shakira’s talent and abilities as a musician.

Caroline Gutbezahl | Contributing Writer