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You've probably grasped our theme for the week already: we really want you to get behind those handlebars and head someone on one of Indianapolis' many beautiful bike trails. Combine that with our deep love of nonprofits and our partnership with local music nonprofit Musical Family Tree and you can consider your Saturday plans made: you're heading to the Listen Local showcase at Bent Rail Brewery, featuring 11 local bands and curated by In Store Recordings' Derek Vorndran.
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Here's a sampling of writing we've done about bands on Saturday's lineup:
they’re staking a claim as one of the city’s most progressive-sounding acts. And yet it feels like they’re still just warming up.”
“The hook of "Will Comply" may be the strongest they've written yet, with tight harmonies and a memorable strain of alt-country guitar which sticks the landing on first listen.”
Andrew S. Burden: “[Burden's album]
is low-key heartstring-pulling, and meandering in a good way.”
The Circle City Deacons:
“This isn't just standard third wave ska like The Bosstones. These cats have a lot of elements of Northern ska woven in as well. I love that they don't just go after the standard ska influences and stop there. They incorporate the rocksteady beats of Dez Dekker and soul stars like Curtis Mayfield.”
!Mindparade: “[Everything is Happening]
is an ambitious low-fi bedroom symphony marked by flourishing psychedelic arrangements and dreamy tunes that recall everything from Deerhunter to T. Rex to the Elephant 6 Collective.”
Also on the bill: MFT Executive Director Erin Jeter's band Eliot Bigger, Wax Astro, Hex Mundi, The Hope Arthur Orchestra, Jo Universal and Jomberfox.
If you go:
Listen Local Showcase
Saturday, July 9, 2 p.m.
Bent Rail Brewery, 5301 Winthrop Ave.
$6, ages 14 and under pay what you want, all-ages