LouFest Organizers Ask: Who Do You Want To Play This Year?

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Steve Truesdell
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at LouFest last year.
The organizers of LouFest want to know who you'd like to see perform at this year's festival -- and they have two free VIP passes as an incentive.

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Attention LouFest Organizers: Please Get OutKast, Thanks

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News broke just yesterday that Big Boi and Andre 3000, best known for their work as the dynamic Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, will be doing a festival tour this year. The outing is said to consist of more than 40 dates this spring/summer, starting in mid-April at Indio, California's esteemed Coachella music festival -- that reunion performance, which had been rumored since late 2013, was officially announced with the fest's lineup last week. Yesterday's news means the rest of us sad saps won't have to pay absurd amounts of money for scalped tickets (Coachella is already sold out) just to catch the 'Kast back in action again.

And that's why I'm looking at you, LouFest.


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Performing at LouFest Pulled Me Out of a Depressive Slump

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Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21 and will be followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.

Tech Supreme and I had a late night session Wednesday evening, which isn't typically uncommon when we're in the studio working. We started at 10 p.m. with the simple process of playing a bunch of tracks and trying to figure out where we wanted to go with our creative energies. Lately we've been collaborating a lot with a very talented singer we met on tour this year by the name of Sarah Michelle. She has a unique voice and very specific style of her own. You'll definitely hear more about her in the future when we start releasing these new records.

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Next Year's LouFest Will Be September 6-7, 2014 In Forest Park

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Steve Truesdell
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at this year's LouFest
The dust has only just settled on this year's installment of LouFest and already its organizers are looking to next year's event. LouFest 2014 will take place September 6 and 7, again in Forest Park. Here's the announcement from the mailing list e-mail:

LouFest 2013 is officially in the books! Thank you for making this year so incredible - we couldn't have done it without your enthusiasm, cooperation and energy!

Go ahead and relive some of the best moments from the weekend on Facebook, see the mobile updates from Twitter, check out our official photographs on Flickr, and scroll through our Instagram shots. Let's do it again next year - September 6-7, 2014!

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LouFest's 9 Best Dance Moves in GIFs

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If you can't dance but find yourself at a music festival, there's no need to get frustrated like the guy above. Why? Because there are a thousands more people just like you: They're here to dance, free of judgment, with beer tents around every corner and funky jams filling the air.

Here are some of the best dance moves we spotted at LouFest this year.

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No Surprises as the Killers Rock LouFest: Review, Photos, Setlist

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Theo Welling
The Killers at LouFest
It's hard to believe that the Killers has been around for a decade. It's one of those bands that perpetually feels like a young whipper-snapper that should get off our lawn -- that is, until we hear "A Dustland Fairytale" on the radio and realize that Brandon Flowers and the gang have produced a gazillion singles.

So when the Killers closed out day two of LouFest -- and the entire festival -- the band had a huge arsenal of songs to rock the massive St. Louis crowd. The boys excelled on that front, but the performance reminded us that while they do put on an entertaining show, the Killers is not an experimental band. You are basically going to hear album versions of everything, with little variation. And maybe that's OK, as long as you know what you're getting into.

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Alabama Shakes' Commanding and Powerful LouFest Set Belied Its Youth

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Theo Welling
Alabama Shakes on Sunday at LouFest.
Alabama Shakes' rise to success has certainly been swift and deserved. Just two years ago, the band stood on the stage of the Old Rock House and put on an electrifying set to a half-full room. Anyone in attendance that night walked out of there knowing:

a) The band was poised for big things.
b) Singer/guitarist Brittany Howard is a fierce, soulful force capable of commanding any audience, big or small.

The band's Sunday night set at LouFest confirmed both points.


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LouFest: Fun for the Whole Family? A Study

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Michelle LeBeau
LouFest: Kid friendly? Only one way to find out!.

Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an excellent way for this middle-aged sore-hipped hipster to observe the youth of America in its natural habitat. Coachella came and went, I wasn't motivated by the headliners at Bonnaroo (with all due and appropriate respect to Sir Paul McCartney) and I managed to resist the urge to acquaint myself with the Juggalos so LouFest was the obvious fit.

This time, I made the bold (insane?) move of taking the whole family, including my wife Gisele and my three daughters: ten-year old Hermione, eight-year old Jasmine and five-year old Buttercup. The names may be altered to protect the innocent, but their actions and dialogue below are as unfiltered as the savory wheat beer from the Schlafly truck.

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"I Didn't Get Any Sex" - Things Overheard During the National's Set at LouFest

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Steve Truesdell
The National at LouFest

Look, RFT Music knows that the National is a great band. We KNOW it. Their music -- the baritone lullaby of Matt Berninger's voice combined with sweet, eerie minor chords -- is what we like to call "bathtub music," a term that surely sounds weird to you but actually is something awesome, considering that we like to spend four hours at a time contemplating the meaning of life in our water-filled fiberglass cocoon.

Shut up. It's awesome, we swear.

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Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist

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Steve Truesdell
Wilco Performing at LouFest. Check out the full slideshow here.

LouFest headliner Wilco is no stranger to St. Louis. With roots across the river in Belleville, Illinois, the group has performed in just about every venue in the region. Hell, to celebrate the inaugural LouFest several years ago, Mayor Francis Slay even proclaimed August 29, 2010, to be "Jeff Tweedy Day," and the prodigal son played a charming early-evening solo set -- half of which we missed because our then-boyfriend dragged us across the field to stake out optimal spots for gawking at stupid Zooey Deschnanel while she performed with M. Ward as She & Him. Not that we're bitter or anything.

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