LouFest returned to Forest Park's Central Field for its fourth year on September 7 and 8.
The walk up to the LouFest's gates -- austere and reminiscent of the devices used to bottle up manic thoroughbreds before the race -- was dotted with satellite festival-goers with salt and pepper manes and swollen coolers.
The National and their music move through the shadows of life, casting light into the darkest corners, showing us entire vistas cast in blue.
For a while there, it seemed things were looking up for Chan Marshall, but no.
With a fragile voice and unwavering emotional clarity, Julia Stone dives into the chasm between our dreams and reality on her sophomore release, "By the Horns."
The year 2011 was an active one as many major tours made stops in St. Louis. There were plenty of big-name gigs going on from the enormity of the U2 360 tour's stop at Busch Stadium, the second annual LouFest at Forest Park and the visit from Arcade Fire at the Scottrade Center.
Remember that U2 concert at Busch Stadium? So do Bono's accountants. The show grossed $4,423,395. This is not a typo.