The Vibrators, Dan Glenzig, Frankie Camaro, The Circle City Deacons at The Melody Inn
The Vibrators were once mentioned in the same breath as The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks, all bands with whom they played at the historic 100 Club Punk Special festival. The first-wave punk band didn't score as many hits as those groups, but they’ve stuck around for longer, and will be in town Thursday for a gig featuring top-notch local support. 9 p.m., $10, 21+.
ISIS Femmes Blu Festival at Indiana Landmarks Center
ISIS of Indiana, an affinity group for female musicians, has been plenty busy this year, hosting a series of events at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. This weekend will see their second annual Femmes Blu Festival, a combination trade show and concert, with the concert element being, as you might have guessed, blues-themed. Performers will include vocalists Nancy Moore, Debra Mullins and Heather Ramsey with bassist Jennifer Kirk, pianist Monika Herzig and drummer Jordan West. 8 p.m., $15 advance (isisofindy.com), $18 door, all-ages
Cross Pollination feat. T.J. Reynolds & the Freehand Orchestra, Hinx Jones, John Kaufman and the Frequency at White Rabbit Cabaret
T.J. Reynolds’s band The Freehand Orchestra is pretty well cross-pollinated in and of itself — think vintage soul/funk instrumentation — so this show is eclectic on both a meta and micro level. You’ve got Reynolds’s hip-hop and soul hybrid (with horns), the slightly-more conventional emcee duo Hinx Jones and the jazz-inflected neo-soul project Josh Kaufman and the Frequency. Wear a bee suit to get in the mood. 9 p.m., $6, 21+.
The Avett Brothers at The Lawn at White River State Park
Roots-rock band The Avett Brothers got a pretty big push earlier this year at the Grammys, when they played alongside Mumford and Sons as part of a weirdly-conceived showcase. Their stuff isn't made for that big a stage; part
of its charm comes from its front-porch feel, where not everything’s perfect (these guys aren’t virtuosic bluegrass dudes, after all), but the energy, enthusiasm and soul come through in spades. 7:30 p.m., $32.50-39.50 (plus
Pierce Pettis, Ari Hest at Wheeler Community Art Center
A Fast Folk dude who made his name alongside Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin, the Alabama-born Pettis has been writing thoughtful, clever work for the about 30 years now. Pettis broke into the scene when Joan Baez covered his “Song at the End of the Movie” in 1979; in the year’s since, he’s tried out several sonic worlds, including a slightly dated New-Agey sound and more conventional acoustic territory. Part of the Indy Acoustic Café Series. 7:30 p.m., $17 advance (indyacousticcafeseries.com), $20 door, all-ages.
Yuck at Radio Radio
Fuzzy guitar rock from London, in the vein of My Bloody Valentine and user-friendly Sonic Youth. Just about everyone dates Yuck back to the early ‘90s — hell, even the cover for their self-titled debut looks like it could’ve been slapped on a Dinosaur Jr. or Sebadoh record. Expect loud, slow guitars, a little feedback (but not too much) and sweet, languid vocals. And expect it all to be done quite well. 8 p.m., $12 advance (mokbpresents.com), 21+.
10th Annual Punk Rock Night Awards at The Melody Inn
Punk Rock Night’s award show is always a big deal, but this year, it’s even more significant. Greg Brenner will officially step down from his founding role as host and organizer of Punk Rock Night effective Saturday. He’s passing on the baton to Rich Barker, who’s been more actively handling booking, promotion and the like in recent years. Featuring Livermortis, Riverbottom Nightmare, Belligerent Bendajos and Mr. Clit & The Pink Cigarette; hosted by Brenner and Barker. 9 p.m., $10, 21+.
Bands for Hands at 8 Seconds Saloon
Several stagehands were seriously injured or killed during the State Fair collapse, particularly those readying to work spotlights above the stage. Sunday’s Bands for Hands benefit is an attempt to raise money for those injured, as well as the family of one stagehand killed in the incident. Plenty of big names (Elton John, Tom Morello) have donated signed items for an auction, and local bands (including Healing Sixes) will play throughout the day. 2 p.m., $10 suggested donation, 21+.
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo at Talbott Street
So we might’ve passed up the opportunity to pick this piano duo gig — too cheesy and whatnot — if not for the fact that it was booked by the American Pianists Association. They know their pianos after all. The program is broken into classical and pop components: the first act will feature Schubert, Bach, Stravinsky and Piazzolla; the second, Coldplay, the Bee Gees, Radiohead and Bizet. 3:30 p.m., $30 public, $25 APA members, $10 students, 21+.
Freddie Gibbs, 9th Wonder, Kid Daytona at The Vogue
Freddie Gibbs tends to drop by Indy on the weekend of Circle City Classic…and this year is no different. The Gary-born gangster rapper, who spent a fallow period on Interscope before launching a successful indie career, released an EP this year — a collab with producer Statik Selektah called Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away — and is at work on a mixtape with the Young Jeezy camp. With Little Brother producer 9th Wonder and Bronx emcee Kid Daytona. 8 p.m., $10 advance (plus fees), $15 door, 21+.
Arctic Monkeys, Smith Westerns at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Well, I just have to quote from a New York Times interview with Alex Turner, the frontman for Arctic Monkeys, who’s been having to explain the meaning of the title to his band’s latest album, Suck It and See. “It’s an old Britishism, like a bit Dick van Dyke-y, like ‘give it a try’ almost — it’d be a slogan for some candy,” he said. “That’s not really traveled very well.” So there you have it. 7:30 p.m., $27.50 advance, $30 door (plus fees), all-ages.