You'll notice a free upgrade to NUVO's music section this week in the form of expanded Soundcheck listings. NUVO is already the market leader in music coverage and this improvement - adding recommendations and band descriptions to the listings - takes it to a new level. This new format will incorporate and replace the Hammer's Picks section and include other voices in the mix as well. As always, keep sending your show listings to firstname.lastname@example.org, remembering to list the band, venue, time, price and any other important information. The new deadline for entries is 9 a.m. on Friday. We're especially looking for info on club DJs, so stop spinning for a minute and send us an e-mail if you're one of those.
We hope you enjoy the changes. This space will spotlight music news and other shows of interest, minus the picture of me in a cop uniform.
Speaking of hot club DJs, you may remember Eric Brown, formerly of Mab Lab. Not only does he have his off-the-chain solo projects going, he's also spinning at Bleeker Street every Wednesday and Thursday nights under the name DJ Moodswing. With one of the best ears in the city, he'll be picking out the best in soul, jazz, Afro-beat, Mid-Eastern, Latin and hip-hop music.
Punk Rock Night at the Melody Inn this week will feature doom-rockers Devil to Pay and the legendary punkers Toxic Reasons, Mantis and a New York band, Makeout Music. The show is a benefit to buy DTP a new van so that they may resume pillaging the countryside with their heavy music.
The Punkin Holler Boys, ambassadors to America's musical past, will be playing Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. as a part of the Home Grown Music exhibit. They play at noon, 1 and 3 p.m. The show is free with your paid admission to the museum ($7 adult, $6.50 senior, $4, ages 6-12).
If you're into avant-garde experimental music, make sure you visit the Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Avenue, on Friday, Aug. 12, and catch the Portland band Graves, with local acts Spontaneous Sound Collective, The Hoovers and stAllio opening. Graves is a band frequently compared to Pavement and a mellower version of Cracker. Spontaneous Sound Collective is a bunch of people playing found instruments in true Surrealist fashion. The Hoovers is a one-man band. StAllio is an electronic sound collagist. The show is free.
The next night, at the same location, will be Invincible Czars, a jazz/rock/experimental group hailing from Austin. They fuse Eastern European folk idioms with classical arrangements, heavy metal waltzes with jazz grooves in weird time signatures and country shuffles with circusy polkas. The suggested donation is $5.
Good news for Tori Amos fans: The singer-songwriter is pre-empting bootleggers by releasing a series of six live "bootleg" recordings. The first two releases are scheduled for an Aug. 30 release, with four more due this fall. For presale orders, visit www.toriamosbootlegs.com. Each album is a double-disc package with rarities, fan favorites and cover versions. Each set was recorded live during her "Original Sinsuality tour."
Also forthcoming is The Pixies Sell Out, a live DVD recorded during the band's recent reunion tour of America. Look for it in early October.
Another reissue of note is Apple Records' The Concert For Bangla Desh on two CDs and DVDs. The historic 1971 concert featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Ravi Shankar has been completely remixed and remastered. The DVD will contain a few outtakes from rehearsals and a documentary featuring interviews with both participants and luminaries such as the UN's Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof. It, too, will arrive this fall.
Longtime local music fans will remember Emily Wells, the young Indianapolis singer/songwriter who stunned audiences in the late 1990s. Ms. Wells, now 23, has moved on to the West Coast and has recorded and released a brilliant new album. Look for an update on her in these pages soon.
Our friends at WTTS are rolling out a new series of shows dedicated to the major artists who are on tour but not playing Indy this year. Using their vast musical library, the station will stitch together live hits and deep album cuts to create an original, "virtual" experience. The series airs at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 15. Included will be shows on U2, Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Allman Brothers and the Eagles.
Arriving on our desk this week is Suicide Girls: The First Tour, a new DVD culled from the organization's recent burlesque and music tour. Happily, the DVD contains plenty of performances, intertwined with interviews and a extra-large dose of female nudity. The Suicide Girls will be back in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Vogue. Tickets are $12 in advance and go on sale Friday.
Also coming to the Vogue: John Brown's Body (Sept. 13), Mike Doughty (Oct. 16), Brian Jonestown Massacre (Sept. 22), Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society (Nov. 8), and Sister Hazel with Ari Hest (Sept. 20).