Andre 3000 Death-Growls, Pretends Things Are His Penis: An Outkast Review

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Bryan Sutter. More Oukast photos in our complete slideshow.
Andre 3000, one half of Outkast.
"Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I'm getting to a place where it's mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now 'cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they're happy. I really don't actually get anything from performing."

That was Andre 3000's response when asked why he is touring now, in a (stellar) New York Times interview published on August 31 of this year. As one of rap's most enigmatic -- and undeniably talented -- figures, the man born Andre Benjamin, one half of the legendary southern rap group Outkast, no longer feels he has anything to prove in the world of hip-hop. "Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on," he also told the Times. "And when to change your medium."

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The Best Photos From LouFest 2014

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Bryan Sutter
Hannah Hooper of Grouplove. See more photos here.

With nearly 40,000 people setting a new attendance record, it's easy to say that LouFest 2014 was a big success. Now having completed its fifth year, LouFest organizers have figured out a successful blend of established acts and trending bands that brings national attention to St. Louis and keeps concertgoers salivating for more.

What will LouFest 2015 look like? We have no clue; we just know that topping a lineup that included Outkast, Matt and Kim, Trombone Shorty and Portugal. the Man will be extremely difficult (but do let us know in the comments who you'd like to see next!). For now, we're still getting over our music hangover from the weekend. Reminisce with us, won't you?

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LouFest Musicians Tweet Love for St. Louis

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Bryan Sutter
Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim. See more photos here.

Another LouFest has come and gone, and many are saying that this year's event was one of the best yet. With Outkast leading a two-day lineup of Grouplove, Matt and Kim, Cake, Trombone Shorty, Portugal. the Man and other stellar acts, concertgoers certainly got their money's worth.

But it's not just the fans who enjoy festivals like LouFest. Just hours -- sometimes even minutes! -- after their sets, many of the fest's acts took to social media to share their appreciation for the way St. Louis rocked the hell out.

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LouFest: Police Report Zero Vehicles Damaged This Year, Down From 29 In 2013

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Steve Truesdell
This guy's glasses and cool demeanor with a cigarette lead us to believe he was probably an undercover agent or something at the fest, working behind the scenes to keep peoples' belongings safe. We salute you, sir.
Last year, many LouFest fans leaving the festival were faced with a major buzzkill upon arriving at their cars. Police reported that a total of 29 vehicles were broken into last summer, with valuables stolen that included wallets, bags, electronics and even "personal papers," according to an incident report. The incidents spanned both days, mainly occurred at night and all of the victims were festival attendees.

This year, that number was lowered to zero.

See also: LouFest: Police Report 29 Vehicles Damaged, Electronics, Bags, Wallets And More Stolen

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LouFest ReviewFest: Portugal. the Man, Moon Taxi, Grouplove

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Steve Truesdell
Another LouFest is in the history books! With 40-some acts converging in Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans had plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout this past weekend.

RFT Music sent several operatives into the field, tasked with watching and listening and cataloging and reviewing the festivities for you, dear readers. Click here to see our full coverage!

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The Best and Worst of LouFest 2014

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Steve Truesdell
This guy clearly falls in the "best" category.
By Nick Horn

Now in its fifth year, LouFest shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Five years ago, the inaugural LouFest saw a turnout of just over 8,000, and was considered an overwhelming success at the time. While the final numbers for LouFest 2014 aren't in yet, we do know that attendance on Saturday alone more than doubled the first year's total weekend turnout, with approximately 17,000 people from St. Louis and beyond converging on Forest Park to check out what this year's festival had to offer.

So how did it go? Here's our round-up of the best and worst that LouFest 2014 had to offer.

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LouFest ReviewFest: Empires, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Cherub

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Steve Truesdell
Headhunter's dream, this one.
By Nick Horn

Another LouFest is in the history books! With 40-some acts converging on St. Louis' Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans had plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout this past weekend.

RFT Music sent several operatives into the field, tasked with watching and listening and cataloging and reviewing the festivities for you, dear readers. Click here to see our full coverage!

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LouFest ReviewFest: Pretty Little Empire, Glass Animals, Lettuce

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Bryan Sutter
All-seeing cat knows of your misdeeds.
By Melinda Cooper

Another LouFest is in the history books! With 40-some acts converging on St. Louis' Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans had plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout this past weekend.

RFT Music sent several operatives into the field, tasked with watching and listening and cataloging and reviewing the festivities for you, dear readers. Click here to see our full coverage!

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15 People Who Are Totally Over LouFest

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Steve Truesdell
For the price of a LouFest ticket, you, too, can sleep under the burning sun.

LouFest is one of the Gateway City's most-anticipated music festivals of the year, but it's not all fun and games. Sure, singing along to "Ms. Jackson" with Outkast is pretty rad, and the people-watching can't be beat. But there's an awful lot of waiting at a big festival like this one. Waiting in line for food. Waiting at the rail for a set. Waiting at that hidden charging station because your phone's battery is a jerk. Blah.

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All of this downtime over two days can suck the fun away from hanging with your pals and seeing your favorite acts, maybe even making you wish you were already home in your oversized pajamas and playing checkers with Mr. Whiskers or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the gazillionth time. We know we're not the only ones who feel this way. Check out these 15 people who are sooooo ready to say hasta la vista to LouFest 2014 -- people like...

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The High Fashion of LouFest 2014

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Steve Truesdell
The denim vest is making a comeback, y'all!

LouFest might be a haven for music lovers, but it's also a chance for fashionistas to strut their stuff. At this year's festival, we're finding that high socks, crazy hats, tattoos and flowers everywhere are particularly de rigueur. Heck, sometimes those fancy headbands and bracelets we're seeing even pull double-duty, stowing away... uh... paraphernalia for adult fun.

See also: These Bracelets and Headbands Let You Sneak Weed Into Festivals

So put down that issue of Vogue -- here's what the cool cats of LouFest say is high style:

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