Sir Sly’s debut is immensely impressive in that it was able to build beautifully upon an already flawless EP. The band’s sound can only be characterized as brilliant darkness.
On its stunning debut album, “Funeral,” which celebrated its 10th anniversary last Sunday, Arcade Fire spun the pain of loss (the album’s name was inspired by the pervasive familial deaths that occurred while recording it) into its childhood hopes and dreams, creating something that’s both deeply personal and widely relatable.
The songs of Karen O’s first solo album, “Crush Songs,” are hardly perfectly shaped, but they reveal an honesty and love that is sometimes hard to capture in any other way.
Although LouFest this year was filled with high-energy sets from bands as disparate as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Grouplove, the budding festival that is beginning to fully come into its own pulled it off. Here are four of our writers’ favorite shows from the weekend, proving that LouFest is nothing if not about solid, live music in a beautiful setting.
For fans that are used to the usual smooth, indie rock style of the Kooks, their newest album, “Listen,” will undoubtedly be a bit jarring.
Social Programming Board announced last night that Icona Pop will headline this year’s fall W.I.L.D. on Oct. 24. While the Swedish dance-pop group might not have been the most inspired choice on SPB’s W.I.L.D. survey, they were probably the most fitting (and obviously the most popular) option, which gives us high hopes for an energetic, crowd-pleasing show.
LouFest has a diversity problem. That much was clear just by glancing at this year’s lineup, which was heavy on inoffensive indie rock and…not much else. Hip-hop? You had to wait until the festival’s final set (though it was more than worth the wait) to see a single master of ceremonies. Rhythm and blues? Largely tucked away into the festival’s side stages. Punk? Metal? Nowhere to be found.
Still confused on how to spend your weekend at LouFest? Check out four of our writer’s schedules to help you figure out where you should be and when you should be there, including the necessary snack breaks that will keep you going through the day.
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.
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.