This event is massive. It features 20 vendors and 10 live performances, including sets from Cartoon, Kara Beth Rasure, Rain Man II, Nick Johnson, Sequoia, LJ Herbert, Zach Smith, Act a Foo Improv Crew, Maroon Orangutans Sphie, Milky Way Vandals, Los Semilleros, Fahodi Dancers and Moor and The Northmen. That's dance, song, comedy and so much more. There will be photographers, jewelry makers, designers, bakers and more selling their wares. Organizers endeavor to facilitate "creative exchange." We've got a playlist of artists below.
Thanks to Ted Somerville for compiling the playlist.
Just starting to dig into this new EP in a weekend from Musical Family Tree, this time featuring Dave Jablonski (producing the EP and selecting the group's members), Chris Fry, Justin North and Peter King as The Human Soup. Musical Family Tree Read more about the project and process on MFT and listen below.
MFT will launch their new zine this Friday at General Public Collective, which will also host a local music-focused exhibit called We Playin'.
As frontman for Whip Cream Wars, Tanner Standridge has been quietly honing his singular voice and songwriting chops under the radar (mostly on the Northside of Indianapolis) for several years. Standridge's combustible new EP, Handful of Hair, a limited edition (a mere 100 cassettes were made) release through In Store Recordings (the Indy-based label's first foray into cassette releases), should solidify him as an exciting artist to watch in the Indianapolis music scene.
It's an assured effort with an urgency and gleefully eccentric approach that has the potential to turn more than a few heads. Too weird to be mere pop-rock, too unfailingly melodic to be hifalutin art-rock, Standridge's songs come on like aural sugar cubes for those with soft softs for true alternative radio. Partnered with Adam Gross (S.M. Wolf, Amo Joy), who produced the EP in his home studio and played drums, bass, slide guitar, and xylophone, Standridge's tunes become fuzzed-out, lo-fi missiles of alt-pop delirium.
For inspiration for Handful of Hair, Standridge went back in time to try to recapture a sense of childhood at a point when he was newly out of his parents' house for the first time and started living with his girlfriend. That pursuit of mentally retracing steps as a new adult in order to try to see the world through childish eyes resulted in the album's frequent themes of family and dreams. Many of the most potent moments seem to stem from finding the desirable route into encroaching adulthood while picking through cobwebs of adolescent and childhood anxieties that still cling to the brain.
Standridge's vocals have always been an almost brazen force of status quo-smashing gusto. Potentially jarring for some, endearing for most with an outsider streak, his idiosyncratic voice is a daring musical weapon able to conjure whimsy, fragility, or fear on a dime. Coming on like the unlikely spawn of Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Black Francis, and Stephen Malkmus with bastardized homages to Buddy Holly's hiccupped melodies, Standridge often sounds like some craze-eyed conductor chasing butterflies in the field. However, Handful of Hair shows he's a young conductor who (with the fine assist from Gross) is in complete command of his compositions.
Handful of Hair is a strangely beautiful, fearless record with ramshackle spirit and thoughtful delivery. It is made all the more impressive on the strength of Gross's knack for psychedelic-tinged production choices and wicked tempo switches. Going into the album, Standridge had begun writing songs with more changes, and it was his intention to make a volatile record with songs that stretched out longer than ones he'd written in the past. Even with seven of the nine tracks clocking in around the three-and-a-half-minute mark or less, the Nuggets-heavy fervor at the heart of Standridge's previous material still rings out loud and clear, but the changes galore add both dramatic scope and heightened tension to these songs. The two tracks that happen to crack the five-minute barrier, "Swooping Bird" and "Boy In Box," amount to two of the most wildly unpredictable romps of pretty melody and rollercoaster arrangement you'll likely hear locally this year.
If Handful of Hair serves as an introduction to Tanner Standridge's music, don't be surprised if a first date with these tunes turns into a steady courtship as the year advances.
We've been pretty vocal about how much we dig S.M. Wolf, a project from Amo Joy's Adam Gross. Their self-titled EP was one of our favorite records from last year, and now their new video from Fountain Square illustrators Brain Twins is already on our favorite videos list for this year. The video premiered at a show last weekend at General Public Collective.
Listen to the full EP below.
I'll put the disclaimer right up front: I was the Public Relations Director and blog editor at WIUX-FM 99.1 FM for years during my time at IU. In fact, it's a large part of what got me my current gig at NUVO and prepared me for my Sunday night shift at X103. In my (totally biased) opinion, student radio is one of the greatest professional preparations for a job in media, plus a total blast.
And the single best thing about my time at WIUX was definitely Culture Shock, the day-long, free outdoor music festival curated by the station and open to everyone. The Board of Directors at WIUX just announced this morning that this year's headliner is kid wonder Mac DeMarco, who will be touring brand new album Salad Days. A full lineup - generally around eight bands, including local, regional and national acts - will be announced in the coming days.
While you're thinking about student radio, throw a vote to one of the two Hoosier student radio stations currently up for an mtvU Woodie Award.
Those of you who remember our December cover story on Bloomington analog label Magnetic South remember our delicious anticipation of Thee Tsunamis' EP Delirium and The Dark Waters. Well, the time is nigh, friends. That album will drop on March 1 at 4 p.m. A show at the DO317 Lounge featuring the band, Apache Dropout and Jorma Whittaker will follow on March 15.
Have you started throwing coins (and dollar bills and then much bigger bills and then hopefully bars of gold) into an artfully labeled Mason jar for Record Store Day yet? If so, check out this exciting The Best Show on WFMU-centric release announcement from Flannelgraph records. If not, grab an empty jar and all the cash you can find, then proceed to watch. If you're just overall confused, read this first.
Bloomington's Flannelgraph Records will release Rock, Rot & Rule on limited edition red vinyl on RSD; black vinyl will follow.
I had an interview with Chieftains founding member Paddy Moloney set for this morning with I found out that co-founding member Sean Potts passed away yesterday. Paddy told me stories about founding the band with Sean, how Sean thought he was an old soul - and how Ed Sullivan approached them in Ireland to perform on his show, but they thought he was just another braggy American!
We'll have a full interview with Moloney before his group's show at the Palladium next month.
A new full-length album from Indiana's Zero Boys after 20 years? Surely that's worth a trip to PledgeMusic to check out the various sponsorship levels the group is offering to those who support the release of their new LP Monkey.
From the band:
After 20 years we've recorded a new album and we are very excited for you to hear it. This record was recorded mostly live in the studio in several sessions over the last year. We touch on the sound we created in 1982 on the Vicious Circle album but this album also has a bit more pre-punk vibe. We had a great time making this record and that vibration is locked in the grooves.
We will be releasing the album on vinyl, CD, and digital download. We have many fantastic exclusives available so please check them out. Also, we have chosen Greenpeace as our charity because they are bad ass punks:)
15 songs with themes including: monkeys running amok, mom's that want to f*ck s*it up, the United States splitting in half, Satan, too much internets, love, and war.
The Third Strike
Someone to Blame
Put Some Lipstick On It
Look Me Over
Have a listen to the songs in the video and if you like it... please consider pledging.
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[Music] Punk + Metal, Rock