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Friday, May 29, 2015

Come on back, boys

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:01 PM

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 Hands down Chris Carrabba was the best interview that I can ever remember. Okay, please forgive the lyrical appropriation of perhaps his most famous song with early aughts emo juggernauts Dashboard Confessional, but it really feels fitting. Carrabba was disarmingly lovely to speak with, even when I bugged him a bit about his recent viral surprise performance at a Taylor Swift-thrown bday party for Swift's BFF Abigail Anderson. (Turns out, they're both good buds and big fans of each others' music. That feels fitting, too)

After slowing down Dashboard in the last five years, Carrabba spends a lot of time touring with new stomp-folk group Twin Forks. But he's leaving his home base of Nashville to herald the call for a return of his biggest band on a joint tour with Third Eye Blind across the country. They'll play the Lawn at White River State Park together on Saturday.

And maybe – just maybe – you'll hear a new song.

On new material

“I'm less likely to [play new music] than I thought I wanted to in the beginning, only because I've tried to put myself in the position of people that have been waiting to hear us play. And I don't know if they give a shit about a new song the first time they get to see us play after all this time out. I could be wrong, so we learned 'em, and we know 'em, and we rip. But I'm waiting to see. I can only know in the moment if that's appropriate.”

On band breakups:

“Remember when the Pixies came back that first time? I just lost my mind. Another one was Weezer, when they first broke up after Pinkerton. It was real. It really seemed real, like devastatingly real. I was a kid, so I was crushed in a way that a kid can be crushed about a band breaking up. Don't they know how bad I need them? I maintain that too, but the way. If they broke tomorrow, I'd have the same reaction. Don't they know how badly I need them!”

On comeback shows:

“I'm keenly aware of the fact that we were at a point of overexposure, pure exhaustion from 300 dates a year for 10 years. If there's an exaggeration in there, it's a slight exaggeration, a slight miscalculation. So we were criticized and heralded in equal measure, and then maybe positively criticized in unequal measure, a little bit unfairly when that backlash against a scene that we were involved in happened en masse. When we took a break, I didn't know if we were coming back. And when we did, I didn't know if we were coming back to people that have moved on and didn't care anymore. But those weren't the reasons we stopped – we were just exhausted. We're rejuvenated, so we decided to come back. And I'm humbled, but I'm mostly out-of-my-mind excited that people care enough to buy these tickets this fast. For that, I'm so grateful to continue to do what I love, and know that part of what that was was that I loved these people that much.

On Taylor Swift

“Like so many others, I'm a massive fan, and I've been one from the get-go. I'm really humbled to know and I've known for a long time that she's as much of a fan, or has expressed in the same way that she's a fan, that I am about her.” 
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trucks and Tedeschi roll in

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 11:55 PM

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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks met on the road (she, touring her own project which opened for his then-band The Allman Brothers), married, and soon after exchanged their solo projects for a family band with serious heat. That project – the huge Tedeschi Trucks Band – rolls into Indy for a show at the Palladium on Thursday. Fingers are crossed that in between tracks from their smash hit Revelator they'll premiere new material from their forthcoming third album, which Susan Tedeschi was working on when NUVO dialed her up last week. Look on NUVO.net for more from Tedeschi.

NUVO: Anything you're willing to divulge about the third album I know you're working on?

Susan Tedeschi: We've been in the studio working off and on in between tours for a few months now. Honestly, we have the bulk of the record done. I have to go in and redo some vocals and add some guitar parts and Derek has maybe a solo or two to add. Really, it's just making things a little bit better, adding a few instrumentations here and there. But for the most part the record is done. We're really excited about it. This is our first record not on major label in a long, long time. We just finished our deal with Sony. It's going to be on Concord. We're excited about that too, because we'll be able to do it ourselves, pretty much. It's basically like we're doing it ourselves, but having a great company to help back it.

NUVO: How does songwriting work in your house with Derek?

Tedeschi: In our house, we usually go out to the studio, which is a whole other building in the backyard. We walk through the backyard, and get into this whole other world, which is nice because when I'm in the house, I do write a lot in the house too, but I guess we share more ideas in the studio. So we go out there, and we'll either present some ideas, like, "Here, this is something I've been working on, I have this hook, or I have these chords, or I have this song," could be even that a whole song is done, it's all different ways that we do it. Or, maybe you don't have anything, and you sit around and jam and make some stuff up. There's a lot of different ways we go about it.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell at Mel tonight with solo album

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM

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Fans of doom metal band Windhand take note: frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell is touring her new folk album through Indy and it’s spectacular. She'll stop at the Melody Inn tonight for a show with Nate Hall (with whom she covered the Townes Van Zandt track "Our Mother the Mountain" — that may make an appearance at tonight's show.) Her self-titled is out on Forcefield now.

We exchanged emails with Cottrell, who was kind enough to answer a few questions before the show. She'll also play an in-store at Indy CD and Vinyl at 6:30 p.m. tonight. 

NUVO: How long have you been working on this S/T? I know some of these songs are quite old — what was the basic timeline that this album took?

Dorthia Cottrell: Some of the songs are around 10 years old. I've been writing songs since I was in high school but just never sat down and recorded an album until now. I just wanted to remember them and get them out of my head to make room for new material.

NUVO: How did you adjust your creative process to write this album as opposed to work with Windhand?

Cottrell: It's not really an adjustment, it all comes from the same place and I've been writing acoustic stuff for forever, so if anything, I've adjusted to Windhand.

NUVO: Memories of great shows in indianapolis? Terrible ones? How has our fair city treated Windhand through the years?

Cottrell: Only great ones for the most part. We love the Melody Inn and we have made some close friends there over time who we are always especially excited to see.

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NUVO: Tell me why you included the Van Zandt and Parsons covers.

Cottrell: I've just been playing them both for so long they're kind of my warm up songs. If I get nervous at a show I know I can play those and it will relax me.

NUVO: Will Nate join you onstage (i.e. for a Van Zandt duet?) at any point at the Indy show?

Cottrell: Of course. 

NUVO: I'm really interested in this quote from the Columbus paper you did an interview with recently (“I come from a country little town and the boys were really chauvinistic, so they would never let me sing." “Windhand was the first thing I liked where I was able to join in.") We did a series on sexism in the nightlife scene last year. In your view, what's a way to make nightlife/music culture a more equal place/playing field/experience?

Cottrell: I personally feel like I've always been treated fairly and equally since joining Windhand but I know that's not always the case with other women who play music. I try to ignore any negative people and just be as good at what I do as I possibly can and if people respect that then awesome but if they don't I just don't really care, it's just not my problem.

NUVO: I've seen Windhand's "Evergreen" noted as a bridge between Windhand and this new album. Do you agree?

Cottrell: I can see how people might think that. But I wrote "Evergreen" specifically for Windhand and I think it's different from my my solo album in that I wanted it to just be a Windhand song but "unplugged." 


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Interpol's Daniel Kessler on love of chefs, his own restaurant

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 2:16 PM

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 We snagged a few moments on the phone with the Interpol guitarist before his band's show in Indy tonight at Old National Centre. You can expect Kessler and bandmates to find a choice spot to dine somewhere in the Circle City tonight before the show — the man loves good food. He co-owns well-reviewed small plates joint Bergen Hill in Brooklyn, and has a vested interested in several other hip NYC bars. Yes, we did talk about his band's new album El Pintor (similarly well-reviewed), but, perhaps because it was right around lunch, we got in lots of talk about food as well. 

On being obsessed with food: 

"I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm a little bit obsessed with food and stuff like that. I have some bars that I'm a partner in, that ar more in the cocktail side of stuff. The food one is that I have a restaurant called Bergen Hill in Brooklyn. That was something me and my partner conceived from scratch, from nothing, from the concept to the food. From the glass, all that kind of stuff. That's definitely a labor of love. ... For me, I don't know what happened. As a kid I was definitely afraid of food. I had a real phobia like, 'What's going to happen to me if I eat that green vegetable? Am I going to explode?' A real, real fear. In the last ten years, it seems like I went an entirely different direction."

On why he loves chefs:

"I was just back in Europe just for a handful of days last week. Most people I hung out with are in the restaurant industry or are a chef. I don't think that's by design; I think sometimes you go to different spots in your life. I have so many friends that are musicians, dear, dear friends. But it's nice to venture into new roads and new discoveries. I feel like when I'm having nice conversations with friends of mine who are chefs, we'll talk about each others' businesses, and what we do, but a lot of times we'll talk about other stuff in life. Maybe it's a pace or a temperament that is applicable, at least with me and people that I've encountered, where you have a similar sort of connection. I'm not sure. I don't even think of them as being chefs at that moment, or being in that trade, as much as these are just friends. ... I think it's also just the explosion of food culture in general, and restaurant culture. There's a radio blog show I did when I was out in LA called Food Is The New Rock. There's probably a little bit something to that in this day and age, right?" 

On the music that's played in his restaurant:

"I started by doing a playlist, and so forth. I thought about it. It's a really small place, and we don't have a real kitchen. We have a chef present it. It's all seafood, and the chef presents it. He makes everything in front of you, almost like a sushi restaurant. He's cooking everything; we do have a handful of cooked dishes that he [finishes]. He's a pretty incredible chef. They're really creative with their limited space. But ultimately, I created this thing that I thought was a little bit more what I thought would work well in the space and not be too intrusive in conversation, but be a nice backdrop. But I think I definitely lost that one. It lived for a little bit, but you know, the chefs are the ones that are there, all day long. It means a lot to them to play what they want to play when they're working and so forth.

"Our chefs have pretty great personalities. They're characters. That's part of the fun of the restaurant, that they interact with the customers right in front of them. ... I listen to them. You can hear their heart behind it. Each one of their [dishes] is the first time. Ultimately, the [music] is a part of their personalities. So the music that they play sometimes, I'll think, 'Oh, really? Are we really playing "Sweet Child of Mine?" Really? Is that really what's happening right now? Can't we just play something else?' But I lose that one out. ... Stuff that I did not put on there that they do [play] that works really well that I would have loved to have done is old doo-wop stuff sounds great, R&B sounds great, even hip-hop sounds great in the space. I think music should be secondary; it should really be in the backdrop and should not interfer in the conversations and rival the conversations."



On El Pintor track "My Blue Supreme":

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I remember it was one of the songs that I was still working on the actual arrangement — usually I would get something in order, a tentative arrangement before presenting it to the dudes — and I was actually still working on the chord pattern and where it was going to go. And Paul was like, 'Hey, play that again!" I wasn't actually ready, but I [did]. All of a sudden Sam jumps in, and it took it's own [path] from there. It was part of how we were able to venture into this cosmic-ish, spacey vibe of the track. It's very atmospheric. I feel like maybe that first day or maybe second day with Paul sort of singing in that manner. It was pretty unique. I don't think we've ever done anything like that before. ... That song definitely has a special place in my heart." 

On previous shows in Indianapolis: 

"I remember we flew in that day from, I guess from Europe. Maybe that's where we started the tour. I remember we flew in that day, and it was a really beautiful day. I remember the venue being cool. I don't think it was the Egyptian Room, that's where we're playing next. ... I remember it being a really good vibe, and nice interactions between the audience and [us]. 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Five shows I'm stoked about tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 3:41 PM

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Hey, what are you guys doing tonight? Nothing? What?! Let's fix that. 

Loretta Lynn comes to the Palladium tonight. We never know how many more chances we’ll get to see legends like Lynn on stage – she could decide to give it up and live in luxury for the rest of her life. But she’s appearing at the Palladium this weekend. Current tours have her playing classics like “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man), “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven” and covers by Eagles, Patsy Cline, Toby Keith and Merle Haggard.

Spring tradition time! Rollicking local polka boys Polka Boy open up the Rathskeller Biergarten with this long Friday show. Show up early to grab a picnic table – this party goes until 11 p.m. (the Boys usually perform in two sets), and you’ll want a place to cool your heels eventually. Fingers crossed for good weather.

It's always a good night to see Sam Prekop. The Sea and Cake frontman journeys down from his Chicago home to perform his newest solo work, The Republic. It follows his 2010 album Old Punch Card, an exploration through modular synths. In a 2012 interview we did with Prekop, he said, “he often values most highly those records that are a real ‘trial’ to make. He says that records like Old Punch Card and his self-titled solo album are of the sort that ‘could probably never happen again,’ simply because they were so much work and because they arose from such unique situations.” Local experimenter Rob Funkhouser will open.

The Birdy's Battle Royales have been straight fire the last few weeks. We've had reviewer Jonathan Sanders out at every single show for weeks. He'll be there tonight, so buy him a drink if you catch him. He certainly deserves one. Tonight is the second semifinal round. 

You can't spell fun without F-R-E-D-D-I-E-T-A-N-D-T-H-E-P-E-O-P-L-E. Okay, maybe that isn't technically true. But this band, and their openers, the Pork and Beans Brass Band, are a hoot. We're not entirely sure they'll fit on the Melody Inn's tiny stage, but that might make the show even better. 
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Five local Record Store Day offerings

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 11:14 AM

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Yup, Record Store Day is tomorrow. Yup, most of the releases are national, but yup, there are some locals sneaking in with cool releases too. And of course, there's local artists performing all over Central Indiana tomorrow too. Here's a quick breakdown of those performances. 

First up on local releases, No Coast will release a brand new EP, limited to a run of 100. You've got two chances to grab it and see them play, first at Vibes and then at Kokomo's American Dream Hi-Fi. Musical Family Tree has a review of the release here, plus a three-song sampler on offer. 



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Speaking of Musical Family Tree, they're launching two brand new tapes on RSD as part of their Preservation Series. Sir Deja Doog's Some Kind of Sex will receive a 10th anniversary reissue, limited to 200 cassettes.

Dave Segedy handed over an album of demos for a Preservation Series release, too. (Read our latest feature on his band, Sleeping Bag, here. Segedy released a solo album on Jurassic Pop recently.) 

Daddy Kool Records will release a 7" by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band called You Can't Judge A Book. That release garnered a ton of picks on our RSD shopping megalist. 

GloryHole Records will offer a RSD exclusive tape at their Vibes showcase, featuring four as-yet-unreleased America Owns The Moon songs. 

Got a lead on more local releases? Drop it in the comments! 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fifty bands and Bub announce anti-RFRA equality compilation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 5:52 PM

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It's no surprise this cool project is coming from local label Joyful Noise — the now-internationally recognized label has always championed Hoosier-centric projects. This one — a biggie — highlights 50 bands in a LGBT fundraising effort post-RFRA. Purchasers get all 51 tracks via digital download, and can choose the track of their choosing as a lathe-cut single. All funds support Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. 

Here's the list of participating bands (check out all those Hoosiers!) Asterisks denote rare or previously unreleased tracks. 

Andrew Dost (of fun.) *
Apache Dropout *
Balmorhea *
Benoit Pioulard *
Bonesetters *
Child Bite
CJ Boyd
Cross Record *
David Yow (of The Jesus Lizard)
Deerhoof *
Defiance, Ohio
Divorcee
Dumb Numbers *
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Half Japanese
Houndmouth
J Fernandez *
Kishi Bashi
Ko
Laura K Balke
Lil BUB
Lily and Madeleine *
Lou Barlow *
Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos *
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
Murder By Death
O’Death
of Montreal *
Oneida *
Ought *
Protomartyr *
Reptar *
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Rob Crow *
Rodeo Ruby Love
Sedcairn Archives *
Serengeti
Sleeping Bag
Son Lux
Sonny & The Sunsets *
Stranger Cat
Surfer Blood *
The Coke Dares *
The Soil & The Sun
Thee Oh Sees *
Thee Open Sex *
Thurston Moore Band *
Tim Kinsella
We Are Hex *
WHY? *
Yonatan Gat

And statement from the label: 

Lately all eyes have been on our home state of Indiana, and for all the wrong reasons. Our state legislature passed a bill known as Religious Freedom Restoration Act which was then signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. We believe this bill did not reflect the feelings of a vast majority of Hoosiers and we quickly rose up, demanding that the Governor and Legislature repeal the law. While an amended bill has subsequently lessened the harm, the fact remains that our LGBT family still do not have full protection under Indiana law.

To keep the drumbeat going, we have put together this compilation to support LGBT groups in Indiana actively continuing the fight to establish protections for all people. For your donation of $25 you will receive a download of all 51 tracks, plus you may choose one song to be hand-made into a 7" record. These records are lathe-cut, hand-numbered, and "made to order" - limited to the exact number requested. Some might end up limited to 15 copies, some might be 500. The quicker you order, the lower your number.
We will be taking orders through May 31, 2015.
WHERE IS YOUR MONEY GOING?

100% of net profits will be donated to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. These organizations are actively fighting for LGBT rights and culture throughout Indiana. 


And from Lil Bub: 

Hello. It's me BUB.
Thank you for supporting this creative musical endeavor, brought to you by my beautiful and talented Indiana sisters and brothers, and our many friends. When planning my intergalactic journey to planet Earth, I specifically picked Indiana for my home because of its humbleness, hospitality, and the warmth and love of its people. Indiana is where I was rescued, it's where I found my family, and it's where I made my closest pals. Everything I have accomplished in my 3 years as the most famous and inspirational cat on the planet has its roots firmly planted in the soil of Indiana, and has blossomed from the hearts, hands, and minds of its people. Without my Indiana compatriots, I would not be where I am today.
Despite the unfortunate decisions of Indiana's lawmakers, the true people of Indiana are some of the best people on the planet. This project serves to celebrate those people and their talents, and to make it clear that we firmly believe in equality and acceptance, and won't stand for anything less in our state, or on this planet.
lub,
​BUB

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Your Record Store Day Guide

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM

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Indianapolis

Indy CD and Vinyl

Most importantly, the dudes and dudettes at Indy CD and Vinyl are offering free coffee for when you roll in bright and early at 8 a.m. Okay, maybe that’s not the most important thing happening there all day, but it’s crucial to us (we need coffee to live). The first 200 customers in line will each get a stack of free tickets to the Vogue for 7-10 randomly selected shows. Dogfish Head will be pouring brews (bring on the 90 minute IPAs) and bringing beer brats; tons of giveaways from companies like Klipsch and Audio Engine will run all day.

And we haven’t even gotten to the music yet. Inside, DJs MetroGnome, Cool Hand Lex and Lockstar will spin, in addition to Deckademics DJ students. Outside, THEPREXFOREVA, Kid Quill, Coolidge, Cold Speck, Brother O’Brother, Five Year Mission, Jomberfox, Shimmercore and Kvlthammer will play (in that order). And, oh yeah, records. The trio of owners at Indy CD and Vinyl said they’ve ordered at least one of everything. Whoo!

806 Broad Ripple Ave.

Irvington Vinyl

Live music from Deezen, Last Four Digits and The Dockers will kick off at 2 p.m.; location is dependent on weather (if it’s nice, it’ll be outside; if it’s gnarly, it’ll be in the basement). They’ll offer official RSD goodie bags and give away a limited print of a John Mellencamp painting. Two of their bands have RSD-related releases; Deezen is on a new Kinks tribute tape coming out on RSD and The Dockers will release a special red and black vinyl record that day.

9 Johnson Ave.

Karma Records

There’s no live music at Karma this year, but they’ll run different contests all day to give away gift certificates, autographed items, and tickets to Wilco’s May show at the Murat at Old National Centre.

Various locations

LUNA Music

Hear ye, hear ye broke people! LUNA rolls out a big ol’ sidewalk sale of discount vinyl and CDs, plus they’ve got a bunch of grab bags with samplers and treats. In the back, they’ve got music from Nat Russell, Busman’s Holiday, Frankie and The Witch Fingers, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Vacation Club and Oreo Jones and Ghost Gun Summer. Jones, DMA and LUNA lady Abby Goldsmith will host and DJ.

You can read about the exclusive-to-LUNA goodies in owner Todd Robinson’s entry on our megalist a page or so back, but we’ll recap it quickly here: the biggie is the sweet 20th Anniversary Live at LUNA lathe cut 7” box set featuring live recordings from Bill Callahan, Kyle Field, Mark Kozelek, Kurt Vile and Ben Watt; these guys have art from Nat Russell, screen-printing from Dave Windisch (former NUVO Art Director), plus they’re all lathe-cut by People In The Position To Know’s Mike Dixon on a vintage lathe. Robinson is also reissuing Good Morning Blues by San Francisco’s Assateague; they’ll have non-record goodies too, like a special LUNA frisbee (free for the first 15 people in line) and those gorgeous U-Turn Orbit turntables. Bee Coffee, Citizen Hash and Upland will be vending and Laundromatinee will be shooting video.

5202 N. College Ave.

Vibes Music

Vibes, due to close at the end of May, is keeping it simple this RSD. GloryHole will once again put on an all-day showcase that’s our pick for the best RSD lineup in town. Music kicks off at noon with Adam Kuhn and Kaylie Pickett, followed by Chemical Envy, Absonites, Vess von Ruhtenberg, S.M. Wolf, Pnature Walk, No Coast, Phases, Thee Tsunamis and Apache Dropout, wrapping up at 7:15 p.m. No Coast will release a new seven-song EP at the show.

1051 E. 54th St.

Greenwood

Vinyl Rescue Project

About 90 – 95 percent of the official RSD releases will be available at this Southside shop, which will also offer giveaways, discounts on all the regular new and used vinyl, PLUS free vinyl every day this week in the leadup to RSD.

520 N. SR 135, Suite M

Muncie

Village Green Records

For those who want to take a Record Store Day road trip adventure, Village Green’s plans are well worth your time. They’ve booked Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes, Freak, Lee Harvy and The Oswalds, Architecture Aviva, Forgotten Tribe, Ampersand Blues Band, Bonesetters and Archives for live music. Inside, note the 10 percent off new stuff (not RSD exclusives, unfortunately) and 20 percent off everything used. Organizers note that set times are approximate, so plan on being flexible.

519 N. Martin St.

Bloomington

Landlocked Music

How we remember the line that stretches around Landlocked by mid-morning every Record Store Day. Bloomington. It’s worth getting in line for this one. This time, they’ll have Bloomie marching band Jefferson St. Parade Band playing outside for those who wait, plus coffee from Uel Zing Coffee. Inside, Mike Adams, Stephen Westrich, Ann Jonker and Magician Johnson will DJ in between sets from Thee Open Sex, Birimbi and The Cowboys. Upland will pour its Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale in exchange for a donation to Girls Rock; bring t-shirts for their cool outdoor screen printing station hooked up by In Case of Emergency Press. Plus, tons of records, of course.

202 N. Walnut St.

TDs CDs and LPs

Bloomington’s underground record store TDs (yes, actually underground) is marking down $1 LPs to 50 cents and $3 LPs to $2, so come on in, bargain hunters. They’ll also have all kinds of official RSD-related goodies. There’s absolutely no room in this jewel box of a record store for live music, so head over if you need a (relatively) quiet reprieve from the bands.

322 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Tracks

Tracks says it’s absolutely loaded with merchandise, plus it’s got donuts and coffee to power you through 13 hours of shopping. This is the big early destination spot in Bloomington, so plan on hauling down 37 bright and early if you’re coming down from Indy.

415 E. Kirkwood Ave

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Brookinz' ultimate 420 playlist

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 4:27 PM

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You'll read all about Jay Brookinz tomorrow in our 420 cover story, but we didn't want you to forget he's a killer producer, beat battler and event planner in addition to his role as social media manager at 20 Past 4 & More. In celebration of our 420 issue, we asked Brookinz to create the ultimate 420 playlist for your listening pleasure. BONUS: It's all local! 

We'd be remiss not to mention Brookinz' killer producer tag team battle going down this Saturday at The Hi-Fi. For those who haven't checked out his annual Beat Battle, this is a great introduction to the producer scene in Indy. For those who have – you're not going to miss this, right? It kicks off at 10 p.m. for $7 a person. 

Brookinz 420 mixtape
Dom Heard'Em Say – “Drugs Kill”
Sirius Blvck – “Backwoods”
Mandog – “Faygo” (Diop x Pope Adrian Bless)
Don Chambers – “High Tunes” prod. by MJ Nichols
Diop – “Cloud of Loud” prod. by Mandog
Mardi Hendrix – “Floating”
Peter Haze – “Gold Mitsubishi”
Indiana Chief – “The Hunt” (Running Bodies)
Ajene tha God – “Cristiano Ronaldo”
G. Granite feat. Freddie Bunz - “ERYTHANG”
J. Brookinz – “Naptonian” feat.. Freddie Bunz, John Stamps, Sirius Blvck, KING GoD, Grey Granite, prod. by Mandog
BORED Benny – “Another One” (Benny x Lyon)
A.G. Tha Pharoah – “Rastaman”
Boss L – “Bud Sack 2013”
Mathaius Young – “Take It UP”
Harry Otaku – “18Empty”
Jamar – “Dreamcatcher”

Stream it here:



For those wondering about his annual Gateway series: He posted this message on Facebook earlier officially announcing the conclusion of the Gateway series (although the door seems to be open for someone to take on the project):

As some of you have already heard I will not be releasing a GATEWAY album this year. I would like to take the time to thank every person who has ever participated in the projects over the past 5 years. It was a wild ride that helped bring artists of all types together as one, and that's what I will miss the most. I made a lot of lifelong friends during those sessions and got to see a lot of Indy artists grow and blossom to become pillars in the scene today. I hope in the future we find ways to come together and create art as a unit, and also let our guards down and interact with new people. That's what it was all about in the first place. I want to invite anyone out there that wants to take the reins of the series to contact me and share some ideas. I have to warn you though...It is no easy task to do a compilation album but if you're REALLY up for it, I'd be down to offer assistance. Peace...keep following your dreams.
J.Brookinz
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Read our previous coverage of Brookinz and his Gateway series here. 

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Can't miss concerts this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Twin Peaks, Saturday at Culture Shock - PHOTO BY POONEH GHANA
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  • Twin Peaks, Saturday at Culture Shock

It'd be impossible to get to every show taking place in Indy this weekend. So here's a few that are definitely worth checking out.

Friday

Birdy’s Battle Royale Wild Card Round

April 10, 7:30 p.m. Birdy’s Battle Royale pits 48 bands against each other in a months-long competition for cash and prizes. Each week, the top two bands progress to the next round. This week’s show is a big and weird one: tons of third place groups compete for a chance to sneak into the second round.

Birdy’s Bar and Grill, 2131 E. 71st St., $7, 21+ 

Read Sanders’ Week 8 report

Three Muses Vinyl Release Concert 

April 10, 8 p.m. The Sophie Faught Trio we enjoy weekly on Wednesdays at the Chatterbox Jazz Club is traveling a new road — a vinyl road ­— with the release of Three Muses, an album of original jazz music by tenor saxophonist Faught, bassist Nick Tucker and percussionist Ben Lumsdaine. Here's your first chance to hear it live.

Indy Reads Books, 911 Mass Ave., FREE, all-ages 

Check out the full profile on the release

Saturday

Culture Shock 2015

April 11, 1 p.m. This one's for you Bloomington Folks. Culture Shock is amazing. It’s an all-day showcase of local, regional and national acts for free in a mini-fest setup that’s – get this – open to everyone. This year, Sirius Blvck and Oreo Jones, Thee Tsunamis, Dietrich Jon, Mike Adams at His Honest Weight and Vista Kid Cruiser take the local slots, with Foxygen, Twin Peaks and TOPS rounding out the regional/national slots. There will be food, drinks and stuff to buy from local business, plus some good ol’ collegiate camaraderie, all thanks to WIUX with help from IU’s Union Board.

Dunn Meadow, 900 E. 7th St. (Bloomington), FREE, all-ages

Check out this Mike Adams music video

Tauk 

April 11, 9 p.m. If jam bands are your thing, don’t miss this show. Instrumental rock group Tauk drop by the Trap with special guests Steady Flow. Two great live acts for the small fee of $10. And if the weather holds out, some time spent on the patio as well.  

Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 21+ 

Sunday

Primus 

April 12, 8 p.m. Les Claypool. LES CLAYPOOL. Les Claypooooooool. Can you tell we love Les? We do. We really do. They released Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble last year which was a "remix" of the soundtrack off Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. They've also recently released a joint-written book called Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool, chronicling the group’s entire career.

Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., prices vary, all-ages 

A review of Primus’s last Murat show

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reptar + Joyful Noise = <3

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Among a spate of new signings to local label Joyful Noise Recordings in early 2015 is Reptar, a joyfully poppy quartet out of Athens, Georgia. Their new album Lurid Glow dropped last week in accompaniment with a tour that stops tonight at the Hi-Fi with support from Icky Blossoms. I checked in with the band last night via email about RFRA, grandmas and their brand new label. (PS: If you're underage — or just prefer afternoon shows — Reptar will stop in at LUNA Music for an in-store today at 4 p.m.)

NUVO: How did you get connected with Joyful Noise, and how is your time with the label thus far?

Reptar: We are all pretty much completely in love with Joyful Noise Recordings. The other artists they work with are some of our longtime favorites but most importantly the people at the label are some of the most incredible we've ever met. Not to take away from anyone else we've worked with — we have been lucky to work with some great people — but the Joyful Noise folks are so much on the same page as us.

Getting signed up with them was pretty natural, we had a mutual friend that put us in touch, then we played a show in their super cool show space in Indianapolis, then had a mutual declaration of love over breakfast the next morning and that was pretty much it. We started pressing records and working on artwork months before actually getting around to signing a contract.

Watch Reptar's Joyful Noise announcement signing video, complete with an appearance by a very cute dog named Gravy.



NUVO: If you're familiar/kept up with the Indiana Religious Freedom Bill, did you ever consider canceling your show here, a la Wilco?

Reptar: I don't think there's much I can say about the actual bill that hasn't already been said, but I am glad people have a strong response to the potential for discrimination and are doing something about it. I think our band has much more to offer the conversation by coming to Indianapolis and creating as accepting a space as possible, and trying to engage people in conversations. It's possible a huge band like Wilco can add to the political impetus to change the bill by canceling a show — that is a lot of money and it gets a whole bunch of press coverage. We aren't close to big enough to generate that amount of attention so we're looking for other ways to help.



NUVO: How does the history of the Athens scene inspire/influence/affect you as a band? Any particular favorite locals?

Reptar: On one hand, we aren't consciously thinking of Athens music history when writing or recording music. On the other hand, we do know and love and listen to way more AThens bands than if we didn't live in Athens. We constantly run into and hang out with all these incredible people who are in amazing bands that we listen to a lot. It's impossible to overstate how much we love newer bands like Grand Yapids, New Madrid, Nana Grizol or older bands like Pylon, The Glands, Love Tractor and everyone else we know and love.

NUVO: What's the most difficult part of adapting your recorded material to a live show?

Reptar: There is a lot of sequenced synthesizer stuff on the record. We wanted to figure out how to reproduce that layered sound but still have most of the tracks played live. Also the energy of the record is pretty dynamic and goes into some places that don't always fit well in a high energy live set. We haven't been playing all the songs off the album. Most of the songs are pretty easy to translate though, since we were trying to make the record a little more reflective of what it's like for us to play in a room to people and we tried to focus the sound a little more on this record.

NUVO: Your album is what ... a week old at this point? Happy one week anniversary, Lurid Glow. Any surprises with the release thus far?

Reptar: I think it's going great so far. We're so excited people finally get to listen to the record and get a little familiar to the songs we're playing before they see them in our set.



NUVO: Y'all mentioned a "bleakness" that pervades a lot of this record — can you expand on that?

Reptar: Thematically, most of the songs in some way reference and struggle with the effect the omnipresence of technology, especially the Internet and social media, has on humans and their relationships. It's not a concept album or anything but that's always more of a background noise or subtext for the songs. There has always been some bleakness in the lyrics of our songs, but I think this time we had more fun exploring bleaker soundscapes and textures.

NUVO: What's your go-to tour album to listen to right now?

Reptar: It's not an album but we have been listening to Welcome to Night Vale a lot. Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Yo La Tengo have all made recent sonic appearances as well.

NUVO: How do you explain the type of music you make to your grandmothers? (I don't know why, but I find this a hilarious question. Probably because I just got off the phone with my grandmother.)

Reptar: We actually stopped by grandma's house just yesterday! She had pizza and beer for us. It was wonderful. I think the best way we've found to tell any and all grandmas what kind of music we make is "weirdo rock and roll electronic stuff for people who want to dance."
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Wilco cancels May 7 concert in Indy in response to RFRA

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 12:03 PM

UPDATE: Wilco has reinstated their May 7 show at the Murat after new legislation was passed to clarify RFRA.
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A statement from the band via Facebook: 

We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The “Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act” feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Read more responses to the Religious Freedom Act here. 
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