T/F 2013 Music Preview #2

Posted January 20, 2013

As the weeks leading up to the fest continue to fly by, we’re sharing some of the musical acts who will soon be breathing life into our town. You can check out the first part of the T/F 2013 music preview here.

In a fortuitous turn of events, T/F co-director Paul Sturtz stumbled upon Les Trois Coups on a Paris street and persuaded them to bring their busking services to Columbia.  This merry band of Frenchmen quickly took the fest by storm with their dramatic, energetic performances in theaters and on street corners. Now they are crossing the sea again for their second True/False. You can preview a few of the group’s songs on their MySpace page, and watch a characteristically spirited performance of their song “Le Pause” in the video below.

Dubb Nubb are sisters and fest regulars who have relocated from St. Louis to Columbia. They play a special kind of folk, frequently taking as their subject matter the places they have lived and the memories these places evoke. This strong sense of place is on display below in their video for “These Great Lands”. You can connect with Dubb Nubb on Facebook and explore several of their albums at Bandcamp.

Listening to A Hawk and a Hacksaw one immediately hears their connections with indie favorites Neutral Milk Hotel and Beirut. Jeremy Barnes was previously a drummer for NMH before joining violinist Heather Trost in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  There the duo discovered Zach Condon of Beirut and played on that band’s first album. A Hawk and a Hacksaw offers a new take on traditional Eastern European folk music perfectly suited for festival busking. You can see a sample in the video below, and find more on the band’s official homepage.

Ever wish you could hear your favorite songs sung by a pitch-perfect choir instead of listening to the same, tired version on the radio? Your wish is about to come true when Anonymous Choir joins this year’s fest with choral covers that will warm the soul with nostalgia and inspire us all to join a church choir. Be sure to visit the group’s Bandcamp page to hear them perform an entire album of stirring Leonard Cohen covers.

The Flood Brothers, a self described two man thump machine, are sure to set feet tapping around town. Based in Columbia, Gabe Meyer and Jacob Best perform songs grounded in Memphis rock n’ roll and North Mississippi blues. You can listen to The Flood Brothers on their page at ReverbNation. Also, our friends at CAT TV captured a full hour set from the duo this past summer as part of CAT’s Notes from the Underground series.

Check back for even more music soon, and see you at the Fest!