Baltimore-based Alex Silva’s interpretation of electronic and contemporary composition draws influence from his early days playing in punk bands while growing up in Spain. His debut album, Mind Pattern Explorer, is available on Canadian Duck Tapes, and he comes to T/F fresh from touring with Dan Deacon. LISTEN
Greek-American guitarist, composer, and international performer Andreas Kapsalis may have you believing he has more than just two limbs as he produces myriad rhythms and melodies from his guitar.
ANGEL BAT DAWID
DRUMMERSCALES WITH ZACH ZITO
Columbia locals, Elephant Foot, bring their own hit-the-road-windows-down sound with bouncing grooves and soulful toned vocals.
FAERIE THE KID
Ganser is a post-punk, no-wave, art-rock Chicago quartet fronted by a self-described two-headed monster, lead vocalists Nadia Garofalo and Alicia Gaines. Their album Just Look at That Sky was named a Best Album of 2020 by Paste and Noisey, and a Great Album You May Have Missed by Rolling Stone, who described it as “terrifyingly cool”. LISTEN
Patient and colorful acoustic guitar strums get wrapped in the wispy blanket of Carolina Chauffe’s voice, offering a sound both sedating and capable of bringing your deeper feelings into focus.
Listening to the dual guitar and vocal melodies of Kiwicha are like unfolding a lawn chair just before dusk and enjoying changing hues that settle you into a dreamy state as they cast their spell on you. LISTEN
A young giant formerly-known-as The Adaptation, Kyren Penrose writes songs that seem to come from a slightly older soul, new notes that seem nostalgic, and hooks that could have found a home on 90s alt-rock radio. LISTEN
In writing and arrangement, Liam’s soulful voice always seems to emerge at the right moments, falling tastefully into the spaces between the instruments whether he’s lightly strumming a traditional-sounding folk tune or driving forward with a funked-up dance number. LISTEN
This Austin-based duo brings modernity to a “high lonesome” Appalachian sound. Minimal, expansive, and ethereal, Little Mazarn offers a stunning juxtaposition between traditionalism and contemporary sound. Keep an eye out for the iconic Thor Harris sitting in with Little Mazarn during their sets.
After a series of acclaimed, genre-bending EPs, Texas-raised, L.A.- based exploratory neo-soul phenom Liv.e (pronunciation tip: Just say Liv; the “e” is silent) wowed critics and fans alike with her debut LP, 2020’s Couldn’t Wait to Tell You. We couldn’t be more excited to have her make her T/F debut with us in 2022.
MOBILE FUNK UNIT
True/False March March veterans will deliver their driving brass section and thumping bass throughout the weekend with a joyful energy that embodies the essence of the True/False experience.
Midwestern treasure Noah Earle charms audiences with full-hearted songs that reflect the man himself—farmer, family-man, troubadour. Complex yet essential, Earle’s music satiates and delights listeners who crave earnest, substantial work.
Sarah Magill shows yet again how melancholy music can give all the feels, tingle the spine, and drape us in bliss with her dream-pop, avant-folk project, Quiet Takes.
SPENCER AND SAMMY TWEEDY
With Spencer on Drums and Sammy turning the knobs, we will get a taste of the sonic soup the Tweedy brothers concoct, surely influenced by their own upbringing in a house of wondrous and experimental sound.
Polymath Thor Harris has a Wikipedia page of instruments played and artists accompanied too long to reference. Considering the atmospheric sound of percussive keyboards and drones he is known for, one would not be remiss for wondering if his spirit has been at T/F all this time just waiting for his body to arrive.
The phantom of the opera Travis McFarlane will once again descend upon the keys of the Missouri Theatre’s impressive, expressive pipe organ.
Wednesday, Mar 2 / Doors 8pm, Show 9pm-12:30am / Eastside Tavern
With the combined talents of Elephant Foot, Kyren Penrose, and Drona, the young ones come and show how to break the usual genre barriers into small pieces that can be reconstructed into something exhilarating. $5 general admission.
Thursday, Mar 3 / Doors 8pm, Show 9pm-12:30am / Cafe Berlin
It’s a 21st century North-by-Midwest post-punk takeover! From the shimmering shoegaze haze of Kiwicha and potent mutant-disco punch of The Mall to the cathartic noise-rock explosion of Ganser, this state-of-the-art-rock showcase will rip it up as True/False starts again. $10 general admission.
Friday, Mar 4 / 6pm-8pm / Eastside Tavern
A wonderfully unique pairing brings together the intense soul-emoting voice of Sifa and the dream-inducing pop of Tiny Daniel. Free & open to the public; donations encouraged.
Friday, Mar 4 / Doors 8pm, Show 9pm-12:30am / Cafe Berlin
Chicago’s Liam Kazar and Case Oats bring performances of moving, witty songs with revered Austin musicians Little Mazarn and Thor Harris providing an interlude of floating, forest-inspired sound. $10 general admission.
Friday, Mar 4 / 10:30pm-12:30am / Blue Note
Your mind wants to move, and your body deserves it. Shake off your stress and start vibrating to the warm dance-floor groove of legendary DJ Titonton Duvante on the wheels of steel. $10 general admission.
Saturday, Mar 5 / Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm-9pm / First Presbyterian Church
Known for its serene atmosphere and pleasant escape from the crowds, the Sanctuary Showcase will present tranquil solo sets from Rae Fitzgerald and Lucas Oswald, rhythmic drum-and-synth tinkering from Spencer and Sammy Tweedy, and lazy river currents of sound from Winnipeg’s Living Hour. Free & open to the public; donation encouraged.
Saturday, March 5 / 8:30pm-12am / Gold Bar
An all-star evening of interdimensional sonic excellence featuring St. Louis art-scene emcee/producer Blvck Spvde, cosmic-jazz multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid, and rising star of cutting-edge neo-soul Liv.e. $10 general admission.
Saturday, March 5 / Doors 8pm, Show 9pm-1am / Rose Music Hall
A blissed-out energy flows through the music hall on Saturday night, courtesy of the ecstatic electronic concoctions of Alex Silva, the sublime indie stylings of Begonia, and the infectious hypnagogic pop of Zap Tura. $10 general admission.
Sunday, March 6 / 6pm-8pm / Eastside Tavern
The perfect comedown on the fourth day of an emotional roller coaster of nonfiction films—or simply the right music for any Sunday evening—comes in the form of Kansas City’s Quiet Takes, Chicago’s Hemlock, and Columbia’s own Faerie the Kid. Do yourself a solid and allow the beautiful mellow voices of these three female solo artists to cradle you after a long week. Free & open to the public; donations encouraged.
Sunday, March 6 / 8:30pm-9:30pm / Missouri Theatre
With a tear and a beer, the festival ends as the last air escapes the bellows of the accordion, trumpet, and megaphone. Link arms with your festival friends as Mobile Funk Unit leads a wake for T/F 2022 following the Q&A after Mija. No ticket required; theater lobby open to passholders & those with a ticket to the closing night film.