The third annual LouFest music festival in Forest Park took place this past Saturday and Sunday, with some of the best acts in pop, rock, hip hop and electronic music.
I am still finding pieces of confetti in my hair and clothes as I type this, remnants of a wet and wild weekend at LouFest 2012 in Forest Park.
The year 2011 doesn't end with one giant stand-out album, but a pool of admirable work. A list of 20 favorites would have been so much easier. This list was dictated by my mood during one week in December. Ask me in a month, and it could be different.
My top albums this year all seem to have a return to a rock ethos. There was a certain vibe of retro cool that permeated my favorites from 2011, like amped-up echoes of past artists but channeled into something new.
The film Martha Marcy May Marlene unfolds as awkwardly as its awful title. In other words, the identity confusion signaled by these four first names for one woman spills over into the disjointed plot. It begins with Martha's escape from a cult and her subsequent struggle to readjust with sister Lucy's help, intercut with flashbacks to her brainwashing experiences.