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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Music Festival for People Who Hate Music Festivals: Cropped Out Returns this Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

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The banner at Cropped Out 2011 - CASEY CHALMERS
  • Casey Chalmers
  • The banner at Cropped Out 2011

"The chief of police wasn't interested in having them finish their set. Instead of issuing Cropped Out a ticket for noise violation he wanted to also ticket the band members of Scratch Acid directly, which would require them to return to Louisville for a court date." Ardery says. Problems were averted, but a return to the American Turner's Club was vital for Cropped Out 2012.

The festival's growth is startling, with 2012's line-up featuring Jandek, TV Ghost, Chain & The Gang and comedian Neil Hamburger. Home recording legend R. Stevie Moore joins the ranks, with D.I.Y rapper Lil' B headlining Cropped Out 2012 day two.

"After it was all confirmed we started to realize how much these two artists have in common. Both totally do it yourself and both renowned for producing thousands of home recordings!" Ardery says.

Another cornerstone of this year's Cropped Out includes 3-D sculptures and art direction by Mikie Poland. The focus on optical art comes compounded with Tim Furnish, known as Seethings, handling projections and live visuals. Craft vendors are set to share floor space with merchandise from the performers.

The St. Louis connection comes strong with sludgy hardcore heads Shaved Women, a four piece hot off an East Coast tour and two new 7" records. Darin Gray, known for his work in the seminal '90s group Dazzling Killmen, joins Michael Zerang to rep free jazz in Cropped Out's all inclusive line-up. St. Louis has worked as the Midwest hub for dark noisy works, both in rock and hardcore.

While the American Turner's Club works as the primary spot for this year's fest, the final concert takes place on Sunday, September 30, in a much different space. Papa M, Wooden Wand, and Jozef Van Wissem will perform closing ceremonies to Cropped Out 2012 in a nearby cave. While details will be available at the festival, tickets and seating are extremely limited.

Cropped Out includes artists living through an alternate sound, a sample of musical pillars under the mainstream. Champions of underground folk R. Stevie Moore and Jandek share a bill with the oft-praised Lil' B, critical legend Eugene Chadbourne and more than 30 others. The Louisville-based festival offers a singular experience of real grassroots music, born of both experiments and experience.

Visit Cropped Out's official website for a full line up of all three days.

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