August is almost here, which for Twin Cities film and music buffs means it's time to start planning for the free music and movies series returning to the Lake Harriet Bandshell and Loring Park.

The lineup for the August Music & Movies series at Lake Harriet — now organized by the Star Tribune — will carry a road trip theme among all its movies alongside bands well suited to each flick.

Cases in point: Elegant, slow-burning, Iowa-bred folk-rockers the Pines will perform before the similarly toned and vastly underrated David Lynch riding-lawn-mower epic "The Straight Story" on Aug. 21, followed by hard-throttling, full-tilt rockers the 4onthefloor with "Smokey & the Bandit" on Aug. 28.

The Walker Art Center's Summer Music & Movies series actually kicks off the last Monday of July this year and continues through Aug. 17 with comic-book and hero flicks centered around the museum's "International Pop" exhibit.

Performers lined up are Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, Chastity Brown, All Tomorrow's Petty and MAKR's Coven. The latter is an electronic instrumental ensemble led by Mark McGee of To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie and the Marijuana Deathsquads camp, which is working up an original score to the groundbreaking 1926 animated silent film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed."

AUGUST MUSIC & MOVIES AT LAKE HARRIET BANDSHELL

(Bands start at 7:30 p.m. each Friday, followed by the movies at dusk, 8:30-9 p.m.)

Aug. 7: Brass Messengers — "Dumb & Dumber"

Aug. 14: E.L.nO. — "The Muppet Movie" (1979 original)

Aug. 21: The Pines — "The Straight Story"

Aug. 28: The 4onthefloor — "Smokey and the Bandit"

SUMMER MUSIC & MOVIES AT LORING PARK

(Bands start at 7 p.m. each Monday, followed by the movies.)

July 27: Gary Louris "and friends" — "Barbarella"

Aug. 3: Chastity Brown Band — "Danger: Diabolik"

Aug. 10: All Tomorrow's Petty — "Batman: The Movie" (1966)

Aug. 17: MAKR's Coven — "The Adventures of Prince Achmed"