FRIDAY, JUNE 21Atomic Cowboy
4140 Manchester Avenue
7:30 p.m. Drangus
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8:30 p.m. Le'Ponds
A folksy singer-songwriter with a straightforward approach to her lush, dynamic songs, Le'Ponds accentuates her minimalist melodies with added depth with help from her jazzy backing band. While Le'Ponds (real name Lisa Houdei) is known for augmenting her acoustic work with pulses of synthesizer and other subtle layers, she went totally electric on last year's I Was Dancing. Expect a wide range of soulful sounds.
9:30 p.m. Jr. Clooney
Jr. Clooney's melodic math rock is rooted in jazz fusion, seamlessly weaving between dense, rhythmically complex sections and hooky harmonies from the guitars. Somehow it avoids being overwrought, despite (or is it because of?) the dazzling musicianship on display.
10:30 p.m. Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals
For pure diesel-powered rock & roll, Brother Lee is one of the best around. Even if you don't know the group's members personally, seeing them live is still akin to seeing your friend's band play — provided your friend is the sex, drugs and rock & roll type.
11:30 p.m. Looprat Collective
Looprat's emcees deliver fresh rhymes over a live band of crack instrumentalists who honed their chops together in the University City High School jazz band. It's rap-jazz, or jazz-rap. Put simply, it's Looprat.
12:30 p.m. 18andCounting
St. Louis mainstay 18andCounting is closing out the weekend's Friday night kickoff party with a solo set. His backing band theOnlyEnsemble won't be present here, but he'll do a mix of everything under the 18andCounting umbrella: rapping, DJing and otherworldly music-making.
Turn the page for details about all the bands playing on Saturday.
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