Review: S.M. Wolf and more at White Rabbit 

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Snow rolled into the Square once again Saturday night, but it wasn't going to keep local music fans from making the most of a night full of quality tunes.

Not only were S.M. Wolf and Scanlines gracing the White Rabbit's stage, but the folks at Joyful Noise were also hosting a great night of homegrown music in their space in the Murphy Arts Building, featuring the likes of Hen, Memory Foam, Ensemble Amp and more. Once again, it was a bummer to not have been in both places at once, but it was exciting to find myself amidst a crowd of thrilled local music fans that night at the White Rabbit - treacherous roads and all.

David Hazel opened up the night at the White Rabbit with a short set of in-your-face wailing glam rock. Reminiscent of The Killers' Brandon Flowers in his flamboyant vocal approach, Hazel (former front man of Indy alt-rock act Extra Blue Kind) and his band were solid, at what Hazel later told the audience was the lineup's first show.

Being the only out-of-town band of the night, St. Louis's Amen Lucy, Amen followed. Playing a brand of somewhat ordinary do-si-do folk, the band did however put an interesting pop spin on the traditional sound, exemplified by their cover of Harvey Danger's 1997 classic, "Flagpole Sitta."

Indy post rockers Scanlines followed, playing a great set of beautifully driving instrumental tunes. Although post rock isn't always ideal in a bar setting, the three-piece was still able to allure plenty of ears away from bar chatter and into their densely entrancing set.

Last year, Scanlines had performed with S.M. Wolf and many, many other quality Indiana acts at the 2013 Musical Family Tree Showcase. As S.M. Wolf began setting up and loads of people continued pouring into the Rabbit despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, I thought back to that event and the excitement it fostered in the music community.

S.M. Wolf closed out the night with a fantastic set of irresistible psych pop. Playing the majority of the songs from their 7" EP debut with In Store Recordings, including "King of the Suits," "King of Confusion" and "Wasted Eyes," S.M. Wolf also showcased some equally loveable new material. Keep an eye on these guys - they're great.

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