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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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+
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
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
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+
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 statement from the band via Facebook:
Hit the streets with Andy D.
Wave hello to the delightful Barfly'd Hero Jr., captured by MonkeyEatsMonkey.
Check in with this live Laundromatinee session with Freddie Gibbs.
And wrap up with the dearly missed Dreamers of The Ghetto.
Now don't you feel better? I do.
Led by Bloomington's Secretly Group, a collection of music-related entities released a two-part statement today. The first hits upon familiar points: this bill is a disgrace and we must recall or drastically alter it. The second is refreshingly new call for musicians outside of Indiana to halt show cancellation. Read it in full below. Organizations looking to add their names to this list can sign at musicforindiana.org.
We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.
We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana's economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolationist approach can sometimes be misguided. As music companies, we cherish the power which music and art can have in promoting social progress. We believe cultural events can be a great opportunity to put a glaring spotlight on injustice. We will continue to proudly call Indiana home, and we call on others in the arts community to address this issue constructively. To musicians with events scheduled in Indiana — please follow through and perform. While canceling shows is one way to protest, a greater statement can be made by coming here and using your art to influence the policy debate that is occurring locally. You can insist that the venue you play publicly states that they will not discriminate under any circumstances. If the venue won’t do that, rebook your show with another venue that will. Your performance can be a rally. We need your support locally.
We welcome other music businesses in Indiana to co-sign this letter with us: http://www.musicforindiana.org/
Signed with respect,
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Bloomington Guitar & Amp
Dead Oceans (Secretly Group)
Fort William Artist Management
Indy CD & Vinyl
Jagjaguwar (Secretly Group)
Joyful Noise Recordings
Jurassic Pop Records
Magnetic South Recordings
Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP
SC Publishing (Secretly Group)
Secretly Canadian (Secretly Group)
Spirit of ’68 Promotions
For their part, talent buyers and promoters are keeping a close eye on continuing developments and boycotts as a result of RFRA.
"Whether you agree or disagree with this new legislation, it's clearly going to have an impact on the concert industry in Indiana. Ultimately, we work on behalf of the artists. We always have, and always will stand behind the decisions that they make," said Josh Baker, Talent buyer/Owner MOKB Presents
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