Whitney, St. Lenox and more highlight jammed 4th and 4th Fest roster

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Headliner (and currentAlive cover model) Times New Viking is a definite can't miss with its fest-closing set, which kicks off at 10:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 and marks the first time the three bandmates have shared the stage in four years. But don't sleep on the rest of 4th and 4th. Here's a quick rundown of the other artists performing at the city's best-curated festival.

Nate Farley(1 p.m.)

Former Dayton guitarist turned local rocker Nate Farley may still be best known for strumming in a previous incarnation of Guided by Voices and Kim Deal's the Amps, but he's a songwriter in his own right, ably incorporating those influences into his own music.

St. Lenox (1:30 p.m.)

Because of St. Lenox's history in Columbus and his home label Anyway Records, we get to see New Yorker Andy Choi often - sometimes solo, sometimes with guest musicians to accompany his powerful, idiosyncratic voice. This set will likely feature cuts from the forthcoming St. Lenox album,Ten Hymns from My American Gothic: A Gift for My Father in Honor of his 70th Year.

The Pink Owl and His Supernatural Fears (2:20 p.m.)

The Pink Owl, former frontman for theatrical Columbus rockers Red Feathers, incorporates a wider sonic palette in his solo guise, moving from jangly, roots-informed numbers ("Don't Offer None") to art-damaged rockers like "Stardom," both of which recently surfaced via Bandcamp. A full-length effort is forthcoming on rising local label Superdreamer Records, so don't be surprised if the musician premieres a handful of new cuts here.

Hoops(3:10 p.m.)

Bloomington, Indiana-based Hoops embraces lo-fi, bedroom simplicity that carries over into the minimalist titles it adopts for its releases (see:EP,Tape #2 andTape #3, all released this year). Songs like "Feelin Fine," in turn, sport a groggy, just-awoken feel akin to sonic bedhead. Don't sleep on this set, though. The foursome has already received plaudits from the likes ofThe Fader- a momentum that should carry through the release of its debut long player.

Whitney(4 p.m.)

The much-buzzed about Chicago indie-rock duo has received praise from outlets like NPR andPitchfork, which scored the band's debut,Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian), an 8.3 on its 10-point rating scale, garnering it a coveted Best New Music designation. The kudos are well deserved, too. Bandmates Max Kakacek (late of Smith Westerns) and Julien Ehrlich (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) specialize in breezy, casual summer rock jams ideally suited to the fest's outdoor environs.

Diet Cig (5 p.m.)

"I can't play instruments very well, and I'll eat all of your cereal," sings Alex Luciano on her Brooklyn guitar/drum duo's 7-inch single "Sleep Talk." Luciano may or may not be coming for your Lucky Charms, but her endearing, emo-tinged, twee-punk songwriting more than makes up for any claims of instrumental deficiencies.

Dilly Dally (5:50 p.m.)

Despite adopting a name that suggests patience, the song's populatingSore(Partisan/PTKF), the debut full-length from the Canadian punk quartet, are borne of deep-seated urgency. Singer/howler Katie Monks drives tracks like the Pixies-ish "Ballin Chain" and the stormy "Purple Rage" with her raw, ragged vocals, which sound like they were run across an industrial grater en route to the recording studio hard drive.

White Reaper (6:45 p.m.)

Don't fear the (White) Reaper, but definitely brace yourself for the scuzz-loving Louisville foursome, which rips through bounding garage-punk numbers like "I Don't Think She Cares" and the short-but-sweet "Last Fourth of July" with heart-bursting teenage enthusiasm.

A Giant Dog (7:45 p.m.)

These unruly Austin indie rockers have been around for a bit but gained notoriety this year with their Merge debut,Pile, a party-ready cocktail of punk, garage and glam rock. Good luck staying still during this set. Also: Bandleaders Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen have another group, Sweet Spirit, which will hit the Big Room Bar the following night.

The Thermals (8:50 p.m.)

Since its first pop-punk record in 2003, this Portland, Oregon group has jumped labels from Sub Pop to Kill Rock Stars and now Saddle Creek, all the while buttressing its political commentary with power chords. Given the current presidential campaign, the band's beloved 2006 albumThe Body, The Blood, The Machine, which imagines a fascist regime taking over, couldn't be more timely.

Ace of Cups

12 p.m. Saturday, July 9

2619 N. High St.,

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