True/False spins local music forwardFebruary 12, 2019 5:46pm

Feb. 12--Even as it draws art and attention from many corners of the globe, the True/False Film Fest shows off much of what makes Columbia great.

The same goes for the festival's music roster. While terrific bands and buskers travel in from all over the country (and globe), some of its most skilled artists call Mid-Missouri home.

So if you're an out-of-towner -- or a local possessing little familiarity with our music scene -- it's worth taking a little time to brush up on some of the homegrown music you'll hear Feb. 28 through March 3. Here is a quick field guide to the local music gracing this year's True/False.

The Adaptation

This rising Columbia band traffics in distorted guitars and claptrap punk rhythms, but never takes its eye off what makes an engaging melody. In its dynamic and aesthetic approach, The Adaptation mines what was great about grunge -- while incorporating a couple decades' worth of added pop-culture influences.

Recommended if you like: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Cloud Nothings

Where to see them: Around the fest

Noah Earle

One of the finest songwriters in the Midwest, Earle always takes the road less traveled, finding beautiful melodic excursions and accessing surprising turns of phrase. Jazz and world music shape a sound that, at its core, owes a debt of inspiration to the great singer-songwriters of the American folk tradition.

Recommended if you like: Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, Guster

Where to see him: Around the fest

It's Me: Ross

The melodic sensibility and shimmer of softer 1980s rock meets the sprawling aesthetic and shaggy charm of lo-fi indie. Frontman Ross Menefee fearlessly leads his band; as they do what they please, listeners will be just as happy.

Recommended if you like: Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Dire Straits

Where to see them: 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Cafe Berlin

Jacob Luecke

The Jefferson City-based guitarist situates his instrument within cinematic, ethereal sonic textures that drink deep from wells of New Age, pop and folk.

Recommended if you like: Michael Hedges, Sting, shades and sides of Pat Metheny

Where to see him: Around the fest

Loose Loose

The sonic exploration of mid 20th-century jazz meets the steady grooves and savvy of modern hip-hop. Loose Loose plays with serious technical skill, yet mood matters most to the band.

Recommended if you like: Badbadnotgood, Flying Lotus, J Dilla

Where to see them: 4 p.m. March 2 at Logboat Brewing Company

Maxito Lindo

Intellectual and sonic property of the stalwart Max Garcia-Rubio, this project finds the charming nooks and crannies in lo-fi rock and anti-folk. Garcia-Rubio owns serious songcraft, but somehow de-centers his own talents, yielding the spotlight to atmosphere and emotion.

Recommended if you like: Ryley Walker, Conor Oberst, AJJ

Where to see him: 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Eastside Tavern

Tim Pilcher and Monica Lord

Warm, acoustic and wild, this guitar-cello duo plays instrumental compositions that reach into various folk and world traditions while remaining rooted in Midwestern soil.

Recommended if you like: Devotchka, Marisa Anderson, William Tyler

Where to see them: Around the fest

The Sweaters

This still-teenage trio has internalized the best of 1980s and '90s college-rock, spinning it forward with a present-tense appeal, youthful vigor and just the right blend of cool and humility.

Recommended if you like: Pavement, Ought, Car Seat Headrest

Where to see them: 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Eastside Tavern

For more on this year's lineup, check out True/False's music page.

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