Art Majors
A Venn diagram would clearly show that Art Majors is the violet overlap where Liars' red circle and the Walkmen's blue circle touch — where post-punk's innate power matches loud, kinetic instrumentation. At times, Michael Roche's deep growls are a more intense and rambunctious cousin of National lead singer Matt Berninger. The quartet recently recorded a handful of demos at Shine Studio and hints that an untitled-as-of-yet EP will be released sometime this summer. — Liz Deichmann
10:45 p.m., Hair Of The Dog

Dear Vincent
Concept albums may be de rigueur for all indie rockers after the Decemberists, but concept bands have their work cut out for them. Dear Vincent rises to the occasion. Taking its name from the correspondence between Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo — a correspondence that fuels the album So Long Winter — the band combines old-time country, pop, lo-fi and brittle indie rock in a way that never feels purely conceptual. (RK)
7 p.m., Lucas Park Grille Patio

The Dive Poets 
The four guys and one gal in the Dive Poets certainly have a soft spot for heartland rock: Twangy Americana is at the quintet's core, and the band nailed its set of John Mellencamp songs at last year's An Under Cover Weekend. But the understanding of classic pop dynamics — big choruses, driving rhythms, boy-girl harmonies — makes the Dive Poets stand out. Singer and guitarist Eric Sargent pushes his gruff, unkempt voice to its limit, and Anna Moffatt is there to sweeten the mix with her harmony vocals and fiddle playing. (CS)
7 p.m., Hair of the Dog

The Hibernauts
Although most of the indie-rock start-ups that populated the St. Louis music scene in the mid-'00s have long since packed it in, the Hibernauts has always found a way to evolve. The group bolstered its lineup by recruiting former Victoria bassist Chad Rogers, who fits in nicely as a capable utility player and total ball of energy in concert. Last year the new five-man crew finally released Velvet Suit, the followup to its well-received 2007 EP, Periodic Fable. The diverse collection of songs on Suit is indicative of a band in transition: It migrates between the propulsive, danceable indie-rock the band has become known for and a moodier, downtempo sound, where interesting new collages of sound break from the band's pop-driven formula. (SM)
2 p.m., Main Outdoor Stage (14th & Washington)

Jumbling Towers
Jumbling Towers has always been ahead of its time. The members of the comfortably creepy quartet gleefully suck the proverbial marrow out of their instruments. Frontman Joe DeBoer's vocals are paroxysmal attacks on the cerebral cortex — and they're a perfect match for the band's discordant beats and off-kilter attitude. On its latest effort, The Kanetown City Rips, the band sheds its quirk for concept: The album has tracks that the would-be children of nonexistent Kanetown City would have made following a summer of disenchantment in 1981. (DB)
9:30 p.m., Hair of the Dog

Old Lights 
The protagonists in Old Lights' songs are almost always losers. Problem drinkers, serial philanderers, wayward sons and needy lovers populate the band's debut Every Night Begins the Same. Somehow, band leader David Beeman manages to transform these ne'er-do-wells into sympathetic characters. That trick is achieved through Old Lights' winning formula of bright piano chords, intuitive drumming and Beeman's sweetly reedy vocals, which can evoke the blush of first love or the tail end of a gin-and-tonic binge. (CS) 
9:30 p.m., Lucas Park Grille Patio

Pretty Little Empire
Don't let the lo-fi, almost twee charm of Pretty Little Empire's debut album, Sweet Sweet Hands, fool you. Onstage, the band, led by singers and guitarists Justin Johnson and William Godfred, are likely to plug in and use the power to drive their elusive hooks home with rock joyousness and clamor. Somewhere between the Velvet Underground at its poppiest and Nick Drake at his most spare, Pretty Little Empire may be fresh faces on the indie-rock scene, but its harmonies and songs sound like they're built to last. (RK)
6 p.m., Over/Under Bar & Grill Patio

Troubadour Dali
Good things come to those with patience. Troubadour Dali's long-awaited 2009 album captures the band's dreamy psych-pop live sound to a tee. Lysergic guitars stretch out lazily, like a kite wending in the wind or a good morning stretch; stacks of harmonies and hints of distortion further add to the blissed-out psychedelic atmosphere. Unlike kindred souls such as the Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre or the Verve, Troubadour Dali's vocals are never bored or detached — which makes its songs that much more approachable. The band has opened for Sleepy Sun and raucous rockers the Whigs in recent months, a testament to its versatility. (AZ)
8:15 p.m., The Side Bar

Best Jam Artist/Band

Fresh Heir 
Fresh Heir may be best known around town as the occasional backing band of Earthworms, but the group can certainly stand on its own. Nick Savage is a magnetic frontman even from behind the drum kit, and the tight, interlocking instrumentalists know how to sustain a groove. On The Sky's the Limit, Fresh Heir draws on 50 years of soul music, from melodic Motown pop to vocoder funk to beat-heavy neo-soul. Benny Love's guitar injects the right amount of rock & roll into the mix, thanks to Hendrix-like fuzz bombs and modern-rock solos. (CS)
1 p.m., Main Outdoor Stage (14th & Washington)

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