Left Lane Cruiser at Sun King Brewery
“Dirty Fort.” It’s what some locals are calling Fort Wayne as part of a campaign to revitalize the sleepy bedroom community. Porn superstar Bree Olson is one of the dirtiest exports, once a frequent Howard Stern guest, now one of Charlie Sheen’s enabling goddesses. And now we have the Fort Wayne-based duo Left Lane Cruiser, whose third national release on the Alive Naturalsound label, Junkyard Speedball, is building quite the buzz in the indie and blues scenes. The band kicks off a nationwide tour at the Sun King Brewery this Thursday. Cover is free; the beer and food is not. For more, read Jeff Napier's interview with the band, which works in timely references to both Olson and former Fort Wayne mayor Harry Baals. 6 p.m., free, 21+.
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Liam Garner at Birdy’s
Yeah, that was Ryan Bingham you saw at 2010’s Oscars, accepting his award for “The Weary Kind,” a song he co-wrote with T-Bone Burnett for the soundtrack of "Crazy Heart," the Jeff Bridges-starring film about a grizzled country singer essaying a comeback. Just 30 years old, Bingham has always written beyond his age, having developed an old soul during years bouncing around rural Texas. His past provides some mighty easy copy for PR agents — ranch work, rodeo competitions, learning guitar from a mariachi singer, playing barrooms, sleeping in his truck — but the proof is in the pudding, including shocking murder ballads (“Junky Star,” “Hallelujah”) and travelin’ songs about this fucked-up American life (“The Poet”). For more, check out Nora Spitznogle's review of his 2008 appearance at Birdy's. 9 p.m., $8 (plus applicable fees), 21+.
Flogging Molly, Moneybrother, The Drowning Men at the Egyptian Room
The guys in the L.A.-based band Flogging Molly make their seemingly annual Indianapolis appearance this week, bringing with them the energy of The Pogues and the texture of grunge. A full-length due May 31, "Speed of Darkness," was recorded in Detroit, a city which also reportedly served as subject matter. 8 p.m., $25 advance, $27 door (plus applicable fees), 21+.
Master, Demiricous, Lightning Swords of Death, Mobile Deathcamp, Nak’ay at Vollrath Tavern
The Chicago-based bassist Paul Speckman put together his death metal band Master way back in 1983, putting the group on the avant garde of the genre along with Possessed, Death and Morbid Angel. But it’s been a little more rocky for the past twenty years — after the group first went on hiatus in 1993, it’s been an occasional project on both the road and in the studio, touring both Europe and the U.S. when demand dictates. With locals Demiricous, California’s Lightning Swords of Death, Mobile Deathcamp (a side project by GWAR bassist Beefcake the Mighty) and anti-fascist grindcore outfit Nak’ay. 8 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door, 21+.
Haste the Day, Still Remains, Mychildren Mybride, The Chariot, A Plea for Purging at the Egyptian Room
Christian metalcore band Haste the Day ends its final tour at the sold-out Egyptian Room Friday, 10 years and five albums since the original lineup came together in Carmel. That original lineup will perform a song or two, leaving the rest of the set to the current incarnation of the band, which includes only one founding member, bassist Mike Murphy. The band spent much of its life on Tooth & Nail (and EMI) subsidiary Solid State Records, working up several albums that registered on the Billboard Top 200 chart. For more, check out Wade Coggeshall's profile of Haste the Day, which sees Murphy looking back on the past decade — and pronouncing it good. 7 p.m., sold out, all-ages.
NLG! Nightlife CityGuide Launch Party & DJ Showcase at TRU Nightclub
There ain’t no party like a NUVO party. Presented by yours truly and Kolman Dental, the event promises to be one of the best DJ showcases of the year, featuring talent such as A Squared Industries, OhBeOne, Indiana Jones, Twin Peaks, Action Jackson, Helicon, Jackola and Matt Allen. We feel no shame or compunction in making it one of our Soundcheck picks this week — either you know and love these guys, or this is a pretty reasonable price for an education in local DJ culture. 9 p.m., $5 advance (nlg.eventbrite.com), $7 door, 21+.
Natalia Zukerman, Garrison Starr at Irving Theater
“Gas Station Roses,” the title track and first single from Natalia Zukerman’s new full-length, is a weary, somewhat gritty and well-crafted little lament, a snapshot of wilted flowers that features the nicely-put line, “Time’s an asshole that forgot your birthday…” (yes, there is a radio edit, her Web site is careful to note). A Brooklyn-based songwriter born to classical musicians, Zukerman plays on strings associated with roots-rock (lap steel, dobro, banjo, slide guitar on “Gas Station Roses,” acoustic guitar as well) and has a sharp, throaty voice that feels sultry and knowing. 8 p.m., $10 advance (segmentofsociety.com), $12 door, all-ages.
Futuristique: Where Techno meets Burlesque at White Rabbit Cabaret
In the future (by which we mean Saturday night), all genres will smash together, making it possible for techno, an EDM genre that took shape in the ‘80s, and burlesque, which had its heyday in the 1890s, to meet on even footing. Burlesque by The Rocket Doll Review. Techno by Adam Jay (celebrating his 30th birthday with his traditional live PA set), Angel Alanis, DJ Shiva and Heathcliff. Live visuals by Benji Ramsey. 9 p.m., $5, 21+.
Punk Rock Night with Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome, JJ Pearson & the Insignificant Others, Stealing Volume at Melody Inn
So, yeah, it was Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome’s name that first caught our eye; I mean, how could such a band not offer a hedonistic, carbon monoxide-choking good time? Well, it depends on how you feel about metalcore — the Lansing, Mich.-based band, which seems to be only occasionally a going concern after the departure of its founder for the West coast, is as loud as you might expect, with glimpses of pop-punk and even classical, but they tend to stick with the rudiments of metal, played on no fewer than 3 guitars per gig. With former Toxic Reason drummer JJ Pearson and Stealing Volume (as always, featuring former Slur Justin Allen on vocals). 10 p.m., $5, 21+.
Trevor Hall, Matthew Santos at Birdy’s
Rock for Riley, the medical student-operated non-profit devoted to raising money for Riley Hospital, gets back in action this week with a benefit concert starring Trevor Hall, a Jack Johnson-like, laid-back Southern California singer-songwriter. Hall draws heavily on reggae culture, trying on Jamaican slang and writing about mango trees, so this one could be problematic for those who can’t easily divorce the politics of reggae from its music. But it is for a good cause. 8 p.m., $11 advance (plus applicable fees), $13 door, 21+.
Terrence Parker at Talbott Street
Detroit house DJ and producer Terrence Parker takes an extended set at Talbott. A pioneer in the gospel house movement, Parker has remixed for Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown and plenty others, and has made the international club and festival circuit a time or two, including stops at Germany’s (now infamous) Love Parade, Luton’s Tribal Gathering and his internationally-renowned hometown shindig, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. With locals Tyler Stewart, Chocolate the Freaky Afronaut and Manic. 9 p.m., $10, 21+.