Music, arts and 'Crafty' 

Everything, Now!, Elf Power
Old Centrum
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., $12, all-ages

Everything, Now!, Richard Edwards, Everthus the Deadbeats, Casper & the Cookies
Spin Nightclub
Saturday, April 21, 9 p.m., $6

Jon “Crafty” Rogers sits around a card table with Everything, Now! bandmates Drew DeBoy and Erick Sherman, assembling homemade packaging for their new self-released album, Bible Universe. “It’s just like returning to where you started,” he says, carefully gluing artwork onto a blue CD case. “I think it’s a bit more exciting when you put a lot of work into it yourself.”

This week, Indianapolis has two opportunities to see why Everything, Now! has long been an influential band in the thriving Muncie, Ind., music scene. Wednesday night, the experimental rockers open for Elf Power at the Old Centrum, and this Saturday the band celebrates its CD release at Spin Nightclub with Richard Edwards of Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, Casper & the Cookies and Everthus the Deadbeats.

The Deadbeats are one band to come out of the Muncie scene under Roger’s influence. Keyboardist Lisa Berlin, who also painted the Bible Universe cover art, cites audience participation as what drew her and her bandmates in. “The crowds at the shows know all these clapping parts and singing parts,” she says. “Crafty built them into the songs like parts of a worship service.”

“A lot of the bands in Muncie see Everything, Now! and it opens their eyes to how experimental music can work, which is very exciting,” Edwards says. “I don’t see how any of those bands can help not emulating them in some way. The trick is to figure out how to be that good, which I think is damn near impossible.”

Rogers is humble when it comes to his band’s influence. “I don’t think people do it because of me,” he says. “But it seems when people see us, they’re like, ‘I feel I can do this. I want to do this.’”

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