Music

Believers
Believers is one of Columbia’s best kept secrets...for now. This five-piece layers samples over call-and-response pop melodies with multi-percussion rhythms. T/F got a sample of their live show last year and we are excited to bring them back as headliners for Mojos-a-Go-Go.  Believers official website.
Body Jam
Body Jam is the DJ duo of Michael T. Miller and Sean Peoples. The pair throws their own monthly callisthenic-themed dance night in addition to being a part of the DJ collective Fatback. According to The Washington Post, “Over the past four years, Fatback has morphed from a ridiculously fun funk-and-soul dance party to a full-on phenomenon.”  Body Jam is on a soundcloud.
Bramble
Bramble, sweetly harmonizing their days away, based out of Salt Lake City, returns to True False for a third time this year. Though "born of a witch's tongue", they now craft their own magic, with revolving members, collective-style contributions, and adventure-flavored songwriting. Bramble official website.
Busman's Holiday
Busman's Holiday is a two-brother band hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, blending the melodic charm of lo-fi acoustics with the ecstatic showmanship of classic rock 'n' roll, while busking with just a guitar and a suitcase drumset. Busman's Holiday website.
Bwaha
Adam Boisclair aka DJ BWAHA is the co-founder of the weekly Dirty Disco party at Eastside. It’s been described as “just a sweaty-dance party - a disco-infused, indie-electronic dance party." Bwaha Soundcloud.
Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine
St. Louis-based indie folk duo Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine weave a lush sonic world of delicate, yet deeply affecting melodies. Morgan's captivating story-songs are sparsely dressed with close harmonies and a patchwork of organic instruments. Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine Facebook page.
Catacombz
Catacombz strikes a balance in the wide spectrum of psych-rock with heavy Krautrock influences layered on a bed of synths and samples.  They will be showcased at Eastside on Wednesday night. Catacombz website.
Cindy Woolf
Cindy Woolf's Arkansas twang conveys a sense of wonder with every note she sings. Cindy’s songwriting is timeless -- simple and straight from the heart. Her voice is instantly recognizable and utterly captivating, grabbing the listener and speaking directly to the soul.  Cindy Woolf website.
Dark Dark Dark
Listeners everywhere are having a very emotional response to Dark Dark Dark's music. Their sophomore album, titled Wild Go, is ambitious and layered, welcoming and familiar, and reminds us to seek out the wonder and magic that surround us all the time. Their sound sets Nona Marie Invie's soaring, haunted voice against an array of traditional instruments, balancing folk and high-art, creating music that is making people crazy.  Dark Dark Dark's Bright Bright Bright website.
Dubb Nubb
Hannah and Delia Rainey craft songs from the heart and the road. Dubb Nubb has taken their blend of folk, classical and pop to every nook, cranny, basement, coffee shop, and venue Missouri has to offer.  Dubb Nubb's Facebook page.  
Enemy Airship
Enemy Airship (Columbia, MO). Saudade. Mono no aware. Staring out over the skyline, halfway breathing/halfway sighing. Catch them at the Wednesday night Eastside showcase.
Grand Marquis
A timeless, speakeasy sound that sways from hot swinging jazz to jumping blues. They will be headlining the Jubilee. Grand Marquis website.
Hema
A mathematician by day, musician by night, Hema plays Carnatic Music, the traditional music of Southern India, on the veena, accompanied by tabla, violin, and flute.

Hott Lunch
Hott Lunch plays direct, punchy rock and roll songs with sonic roots deep in the mud of psychedelic grooves. Sharp-edged guitar riffs carry delay-soaked vocal harmonies over driving drums and chugging bass lines.
Jay Fay
The meteoric ascent of electronic DJ/Producer Jay Fay has taken him through the gamut of musical genres, with forays into Moombahton, Electronica, Kuduro, Dancehall, Hip-Hop and everything in between.  Jay Fay website.
Jerusalem and the Starbaskets
Country-loving trio Jeremy Freeze, Kim Sherman and Jon Garland (Lost Souls) wrap sharp-edged guitars and meandering vocals in layers of fuzz and distortion. Guitar vamps ride the horizon in the more driving, psychedelic outings, while in other more laid-back efforts, they circle endlessly over bleary waltz-times.  Jerusalem and the Starbaskets Facebook page.
L3R0Y
Dirty Disco co-founder Leroy Lee says, “We get people from all walks of life, and that’s a great feeling. There’s no such thing as ‘fitting in’ at Dirty Disco, because really, no one fits.” L3R0Y's Website
Les Trois Coups
From Lille, France, and appearing for the first time on these shores, Les Trois Coups mix street theater and musette-inspired traditional chanson. Les trois coups c'est vous, les 3 coups c'est nous. Un coach déjanté qui emmène ses trois compère dans des aventures rocambolesques. Au hasard des rencontres...Myspace
Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship
Lizzie Wright is an entomologist who loves music, and a rockstar who loves bugs. Her bandcamp.
Malone
Columbians of past and present, Malone plays capital "R" Rock and Roll. Three distinct songwriters belt out tunes that range from triumphant to forlorn; sweet to raunchy. Malone's website.
Mark Trecka
Mark Trecka is a performer of music both composed and improvised, and is a rider of the line in between those two. Mark also believes that the concept of a “line in between” things is a dubious one.
Ming Donkey One Man Band

Filtered through a folk punk aesthetic, Ming Donkey's one man band brand of swampy dark-country is informed by Mississippi resourcefulness.

Nature Walk
Nature Walk are Ozark traditionalists with an upbeat flair.
Nick Jaina
When he is not composing a ballet or writing a column, Nick Jaina focuses on crafting the song. Bringing in elements of pop and folk, while conveying a storyteller’s edge, this Portland, Oregon-based minstrel continues to evolve his role as singer-songwriter.  Nick Jaina's website.
Pearl and The Beard

Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul. Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then the three nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic song craft continues to blossom of its own accord. Pearl and the Beard loves you the way you’ve always been. Pearl and the Beard's website.

Prahlad
This classically trained musician and esteemed scholar moonlights with his wandering folk songs on the mbira and slit drum. Prahlad website.
Ra Calium
Ra Cailum is the moniker of the Saint Louis-based electronic musician and DJ Anthony Engelhardt, who dabbles in everything from noise to synthpop. Ra Calium website.
Richard the Lionhearted
This Columbia-based quintet returns to True/False again this year with its unique sound featuring melodic and moody guitars, British Invasion-era backbeats, creative time changes and soulful crooning. Richard the Lionhearted's website.
Run On Sentence
Folks come and go, genres flex and blend but the songs stand like oak trees and vocals soar like ancient winds through their delicate leaves. By way of Portland, Oregon, Run on Sentence brings together members from Missouri, Minnesota and Maine and blend a delicate folk and indie pop sound. Run on Sentence site.
Ruth Acuff
Original songs on the guitar, ukulele and lever harp with sweet and dreamy vocals.  Ruth Acuff's Facebook page.
Todd Day Wait's Pigpen
Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen prowls the highways in a veggie-oil powered airport shuttle bus, offering the nation their homespun, true-to-roots original songs. Todd Day Wait's Pigpen website.
Toughcats

One day, Jake went looking in the backroom closet for his trusty snare drum, but found only an old, black leather bound suitcase covered in dust. He tried to open it, but the latch was stuck. He called Joe and Colin over. Joe shook it—they could hear something inside. Colin worked on the latch with a screwdriver, nothing. Jake grabbed a drumstick from off the floor and started hitting the top of the case, hoping it would open. Within minutes Jake realized he had found something, and within a few hours the Toughcats’ first album, Piñata was completed. Energetic. Catchy. Fun. Exciting. Danceable. Memorable. Loveable. Beautiful. Amazing. At times, unabashedly hirsute. This is not the Toughcats ad on Matchmaker.com; these are just some of the words die-hard Toughcats fans mutter in their sleep after a performance. Toughcat shows are as exhausting for the audience as they are for the beat-red drummer and the blister-fingered string players. The intensity can induce a stoic crowd to dance, and a wild crowd to stop and take a look. They pull out a little something for everyone, the young folks, the old folks, the hippies and the hipsters, the yuppies and the rural unemployed. If you don’t fall head-over-heels in love with one of the band members, you are either a super villain, or an igneous rock (all other rocks have been noted to contain trace amounts of love for Jake Greenlaw.) The Toughcats tour regularly, promoting their first album, which was so well liked as a rough cut that it was then mastered by Kramer (renown producer and former Butthole Surfer.) They have made multiple national tours playing music and film festivals, theaters, bars, boats, and fields, and everything in between. The band has shared the bill and worked with the likes of Kathy Mattea, Hot Buttered Rum, Deerhoof, Sam Bush, The Mammals, Tony Trischka, The Avett Brothers, The Red Stick Ramblers, even author Jim Hightower, to name a few. They recently played two back-to-back shows with Ketch Secor (of Old Crow Medicine Show) as a joint band, performing music from both repertoires and even some covers like Springsteen’s Thunder Road. The band’s sophomore album is to be released January 2010. With their unusual sound, a blend of old timey bluegrass, thoughtful indie rock, and classic pop twitches a la early Beatles, they bring their audience a best of both worlds scenario: timeless music that is at once unquestionably danceable and haltingly listenable. The feverish beats from Greenlaw are engulfing, and his energy captivating…the whole band provides vocals and lyrics that are self reflexive and without pretence…the melodies and complex tonal structures from Joe Nelson on guitar and Colin Gulley on banjo are dulcet, frolicking, even headbanging, pieces of artistry, built from chops that prove hands down they’re worth their salt as musicians. Their music is the kind that builds a following because it is pan-generic, yet respectful of the greats, and mindful of the nuances of their influences. Their music is attentive not only to their musical ancestry, but also to their contemporary audience. This is not a band that forces itself on a listener—this is a band that is sought by a listener.  Toughcats website.

Weeping Wildas
Two Missouri natives trade harmonies on traditional folk songs and country numbers. Sit back and sip your ’shine as the Weeping Wildas bring old favorites to new audiences.  
Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?
Born in the sweat of a New Orleans summer with a moniker as peculiar as their sound, Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? pulls influences from obscure film scores to Eastern European dirges, from art punk to Americana.  Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? Bandcamp!
Wine Teeth

Wine Teeth, aka Justin Theodore Young, is a Brooklyn singer-songwriter originally from the South who combines roots, rockabilly and honkytonk rhythms with an indie folk storytelling sensibility.  Visit Wine Teeth's website.