The rain is starting to creep in this Thursday afternoon, but you have plenty of places to take refuge. We recommend the Secrets Between Sailors Album release show (see our review of their album Now Hear This! ), but don't miss your opportunity to see up-and-coming Chicago art-rockers Company of Thieves for FREE at the Butler University Starbucks. Nothing is better than free. Except maybe enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte while at a free show. See you out there!
Company of Thieves
These Chicago-based indie rockers were featured as an iTunes Discovery Download for their track “Oscar Wilde,” and in 2009 appeared on Daryl Hall's monthly Internet concert, “Live from Daryl's House.” Band leader Genevieve Schatz writes in a letter to fans, “For months on end we would meet up every Monday night to write songs and listen to our favorite artists and cheer each other on for the week that was ahead. We finally got the guts to scour the local papers for open mics at tiny hole-in-the-wall coffee shops in the city where we were comfortable to come undone amongst other musicians and make some friends. We won the first open mic contest we ever entered into with “Tornado Song” and spent the whopping $13 prize on ice cream. To this day we still spend money on silly sweets that melt away in our mouths and live every day like it's the last one we'll get. We still feel that every show is like the first one - an intimate, personal experience with friends to play for.”
Expect a spectacular light show at this electronic jam band's Thursday show. Lotus originated at Goshen College in the late '90s and has built a reputation on their extensive touring and excessively produced shows. They incorporate a large variety of genres in their music, including funk, rock, electronica and jazz, among others.
Secrets Between Sailors Record Release Show
With openers Everything, Now!, They've Shot Flanigan, and Vamos, central Indiana band Secrets Between Sailors will present their new album Now Hear This!
JJ Grey and MOFRO, Truth and Salvage Co.
This soul/funk/blues band is led by (as the name would imply) multi-instrumentalist JJ Grey, who experiments with electric piano, guitar, harmonica, and more. JJ Grey and MOFRO have spent a decade touring, but just recently began to slide into mainstream popularity with their 2010 radio hit “The Sweetest Thing.” Truth and Salvage Co. is a six-piece roots band from L.A. that has made a trip through Indianapolis several times in the last few years, and for good reason. Lead singer Tim Jones is a hometown boy, signed previously to Epic Records for his band Old Pike, who gained relative fame supporting John Mellencamp, Ben Folds Five, and The Old '97s. With his new band signed to Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's Silver Arrow label, Jones recently made news after a controversial arrest for a crime he (according to all records) did not commit. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a canned food donation to benefit Gleaner's Food Bank.
The Civil Wars
Relatively new Nashville pair The Civil Wars has made it big, if making it big can be divined from a presence on the Grey's Anatomy soundtrack (their track “Poison and Wine” was featured in a November 2009 episode). Their success is not limited to primetime evening dramas, however. They've also been picked by Paste Magazine as the “Best of What's Next,” debuted at Sundance Film Festival, and featured on the front page of The New York Times. They've opened for Adele, received the Vanguard Award at the 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, and performed on various late night shows internationally. What we are saying, here, is that they are kind of a big deal.
Del McCoury Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Del isn't the only McCoury in the Del McCoury Band. He is joined by his brother and sons in this bluegrass band that won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2006 (for The Company We Keep). The band is often associated with Steve Earle, whom they recorded with in 1999. They are joined at this show by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, an ever-changing group of performers from Preservation Hall in New Orleans. This group splits their time between the historic hall and tours around the world for a large part of the year.
The Devil Makes Three
A guitarist, upright bassist, and tenor banjo player make The Devil Makes Three, a combo rockabilly folk-punk band. The Santa Cruz Metro writes, “The jug-band-meets-punk-rock sound is alluring and wild like an untamed bull: powerful, reckless and beautiful.”
Ray Davies (of The Kinks)
Ray Davies is still ticking. At age 67, this former leader of The Kinks has acted and directed theater and television, curated the London Meltdown Festival and begun work on his second book (a fictionalized autobiography). After a brief scare earlier this year following the discovery of blood clots in his lungs, the Kinks' frontman is back on tour for his own solo project.
Sick/Sea writes, of themselves, “Once upon a time, there was a band called Sick/Sea who wrote songs about the countless lessons love teaches. Playing their music in the tropical climate of South Texas, they garnered a fan base who appreciated the unique style that mixed the band’s influences of indie, jazz, rock, and even a breath of hardcore. Their songs are strung together by the powerful vocals and jazzy chord progressions ofÂ Audrey Scott, the swelling and crashing bass lines of Miguel Morales, and the dynamic drum beats of the singer’s brother, Cameron Scott. The dedication of these three has enabled the band to release two EPs and embark on a successful East Coast tour. Now three years seasoned, they have buckled down to make music their career.”
Swimming with Dolphins
Swimming with Dolphins is the musical project Adam Young left behind to launch his super-solo project Owl City. The synthpop band continued on without him, and remaining member Austin Tofte now writes his own music. Don't worry, Young and Tofte are still friends. This show is supported by Indiana City Weather, Violet Skies, Arming Arcadia, Austin Parish
Between the Buried and Me
This North Carolina heavy metal band is five albums into a very successful touring career. They've been a fixture at Ozzfest and the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and supported Norma Jean, Protest the Hero, Lamb of God, and, most recently, Hatebreed. The band recently switched from Victory to Metal Blade Records and, on their new label, have released a three-disc greatest hits record.