BEST INDIE BAND

Sleepy Kitty
Band-name literalists and Myspace-track-only fans will be surprised at how hard Sleepy Kitty rocks. Especially when Paige Brubeck steps out from behind the keyboard to wield a guitar, the duo can thrash and wail with the best of '90s post-punk. At last year's An Under Cover Weekend, the band performed as Pavement, which isn't a bad reference point; there are few things more endearing to the cool kids of rock & roll. It doesn't hurt that Brubeck and drummer Evan Sult are consummate professionals onstage and off- — or that they have fully embraced St. Louis after finding musical success in both Seattle and Chicago. (KM)
5:45 p.m., RFT Outdoor Stage at 11th & Washington

Troubadour Dali
It's been two long years since Troubadour Dali released its debut album, but the wait may finally be over. The psych-pop outfit has rejiggered its lineup yet again — current members are Ben Hinn, Kevin Bachmann, Drew Bailey, Andy Kahn and Benjamin Marsh — and is scheduled to release its second album, Let's Make it Right, sometime this August on Euclid Records. Promises Euclid impresario Joe Schwab: "I think people familiar with the first album will be blown away by the depth of the songwriting on this one. Most of the songs on the first CD were at least three years old once the CD hit the shelves. The songs are pretty poppy, with a good amount of the dreamy buzz that's been their signature sound." (RFT)
12:15 a.m., The Dubliner (Main Floor)

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Lola

500 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Lucas Park Grille

1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Humdrum
Don't take space-rock quintet Humdrum's name literally: They hum, and they drum, but never tediously, never predictably. The quartet's sophomore release, The Arrangement, is a rapturous prog-rock adventure, sometimes delicate and febrile, sometimes unexpectedly lush and hypnotic, as if Explosions in the Sky were sitting in to give the guitars a post-rock boost. Paul Maguire and Dan Meehan double and triple their vocals to fine effect, and the band's rhythms, while mapped out with mathematical precision, never feel stilted. A great single like "Silence" repays listening, combining digitally fuzzed guitars, galloping toms and what might be gong strokes with believably Zen lyrics of getting in touch with the cosmos inside your own head. It's trippy, sure, but a delightful, smart journey start to finish. (RK)

Bo and the Locomotive
Bo Bulawsky has been a team player for Berlin Whale, Exercise and Cold Bear Scout. But he has been reluctant to step out as a frontman in the public eye. Over the past twelve months, his long-running project, Bo and the Locomotive, has graduated from reclusive bedroom recording experiment to fledged-out performing ensemble. Bulawsky's hibernation period has yielded a batch of endearing tunes with lonesome melodies and sleepy harmonies à la Fleet Foxes, with Bo's low, warbling voice and quasi-sarcastic delivery front and center. Bo is celebrating his newfound rock band by doing rock-band things: going on tour and making a proper album chief among them. Bulawsky finally has the confidence to match Bo and the Locomotive's well-developed songs, and the timing could not be better. (RW)
10:45 p.m., Lucas Park Grille (Patio)

Flaming Death Trap
Too often bands, even good ones, tagged as "indie rock" only live up to the first part of the equation. With its scuzzy riffs, pounding drums, gravelly vocals and attitude to spare, Flaming Death Trap earns both parts of the classification. Just as good as its full-throttle attack is the songwriting, which features fantastic Pixies-esque leads and hilariously blunt lyrics. As invigorating as the fuzzy blast of Death Trap's early work is, it's heartening to see the young quartet branching out into alternately twangy and spacey textures in newer songs. It's hardly a reinvention of its successful sound, but it's a good sign that the band isn't going to rest on its laurels. (BM)
9:15 p.m., The Dubliner (Main Floor)

So Many Dynamos
It's been nearly two years since So Many Dynamos released its last album, The Loud Wars, on Vagrant Records. Yes, a prominent indie label picked them up. Yes, people outside St. Louis have now heard of them. And you know what? People here have forgiven them. People here even still love them. It's amazing. The quartet, consisting of Nathan Bernaix, Griffin Kay (until he moves to Colorado in the next few weeks, anyway), Clayton Kunstel and Aaron Stovall, has continued to tour and play around town, most notably around its new home base on Cherokee Street. We're hoping, though, that the Dynamos get back in the studio before another one of these music showcases comes around. (RFT)

Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra
Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra went in the Best Indie Band category because it had to go somewhere. But really, this group that composes and performs original scores for silent movies is unclassifiabe...and that's why we love it. Last fall, Rats & People, which includes Matt Pace (piano and trumpet), Brien Seyle (violin), Matt Frederick, Robert Laptad, Heather Rice and Emma Tiemann, made its St. Louis International Film Festival debut with a world premiere of its score for Benjamin Christensen's 1922 film Häxan; its most recent project is Buster Keaton's The Goat from 1921. (RFT)



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