Santogold is the alias of Santi White, a singer who formerly fronted a Philly punk-rock called Stiffed before connecting with a gaggle of A-list producers and making a breakthrough record that put her in the elite company of nu-divas like M.I.A. and Lily Allen. If you haven't heard her song on a Bud Light Lime commercial by now, you probably have a way more interesting life than we do. While that song has come to define Santogold's rad and fresh sound, her 2008 self-titled album is a diverse affair that also indulges in Blondie-esque pop and hot club traxx from the likes of Diplo and Freq Nasty.Opener Mates of State rocks with two-part indie pop that earned accolades back before Jack and Meg White were all that. The Mates are best experienced live, where the ex-Lawrence duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel sing like doves and bust rhymes like rap stars. Musically, Gardner's two-handed keyboard wizardry is downright Dumbledore-like, and Hammel can hammer the drums with the best of them while singing comfortably. The lovey-dovey duo's latest LP "Re-Arrange Us" features lots of pretty piano ballads; Sonny & Cher would be totally jealous.UPDATE 9/30: Trouble Andrew missed their flight and so is no longer on the bill.
"L.E.S. Artistes," by Santogold"Lights Out," by Santogold