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The walls are chock full of rock memorabilia, and the seats are full of rock fans of all stripes. Yes, the historic Melody Inn is the place for punk, metal, indie, and even EDM and freestyle. It features live local music most nights, including its notorious Punk Rock Night every Saturday, and has racked up more NUVO Best of Indy awards than any other club in recent years. When the hardcore gets a little much and you need something quieter, retreat to the PBR lounge in the back or the outdoor garden for a breath of fresh air. There’s usually a small cover charge, parking is free (and everywhere), and you simply can’t beat the super cheap PBR tallboys every night.
After lying on my death bed and getting up off it, there was no better feeling than to be back among my own kind.
The Elky Summers, Neon Love Life and John Rambo played the Mel's intimate stage Saturday for another memorable Punk Rock Night (w/slideshow).
The latest in local craft brew news, including a Bar Week event that's offering 50 percent off drinks at places like Pizzology and Melody Inn.
The Nashville-based two-man band boasts a sonic presence on par with The Black Keys, skewed with a rustic touch of personality and charm.
The members of Chaotic Neutral are true believers, more mature and dedicated to hardcore than most laymen on the scene.
Local bands The Involuntary's, The Classless, Squared Away and Subatomic were in the latest installment of Indy's longest-running punk show.
Punk Rock Night has had so many cool ska shows that organizers might have to change its name to Rude Boy Night. Not that I'd mind that.
After 11 years organizing and hosting Punk Rock Night, Greg Brenner will hand over operations to Rich Barker following this week's annual PRN award show.
Barfly doesn't devote many strips to national acts, but he'll plug first-wave punk band The Vibrators, booked Thursday at the Melody Inn, any chance he gets.
Greg Brenner encourages audience members to eat a bag of
—— on his final night as host and organizer of Punk Rock Night. With slideshow.
Dave and Rob, who took over the Mel with 11 bucks in the till, have made it 10 years in a volatile business. They're celebrating with five days' worth of blowout concerts.
The Mel has been in the vanguard of local music for ten years. Owners Rob and Dave are fighting the conventional wisdom that Indy is just a stopover for touring acts.
The past few months have seen The Toasters and Mustard Plug grace the Melody Inn stage. Add to that list The Slackers, who will stop by the Mel Oct. 24.
The longest-running burlesque event in the city continues to outdo itself with an inspired autumn show at the Melody Inn.
This month's installment of Christian Taylor's rock showcase featured members of The Kemps, Psychic Feel, Household Guns, and Small Arms Fire.
The creepy-crawly kids come out to play at the Melody Inn's Halloween celebration.
Bloomington-based Secrets Between Sailors celebrate the release of their second LP Now Hear This at the Melody with a lineup of guitar rockers from around the region.
The third annual Thanksgiving eve Mustache Bash party at the Melody Inn celebrated local rock and facial hair.
Minneapolis-based post-punkers summon up a slightly stale, early 2000s vibe while hinting at a new and more exciting direction on their forthcoming album.
The holidays are here again, and that means so is an Up! Scumbag reunion show.
Jeff Napier looks back on a New Years Eve filled with excitement, celebration and porn core.
Despite moving to California to pursue a career as a punk rock star nearly 20 years ago, The Ataris' Kris Roe still feels right at home in Indiana.
Two local bands, Giant Giant Robot and You're A Liar, and two touring acts, The Nearly Deads and Take the Risk, brought hellacious jams to The Melody Sunday.
Underground punk legend Fred Erskine's project Freddy T. and the People headlined a night of varied indie rock, featuring Indy's own Household Guns and Boston-based Travels.
Ultra-cool garage rockers The Kemps are back after a winter hibernation, a lineup change, and an unlucky break. And they're better than ever.
Three punk bands gather for some raucous, mid-week fun at the Melody Inn, led off by the legendary Cinci-based Dopamines.
Bloomington pop punk group Good Luck played with Plan-It-X artist Spoonboy Wednesday at The Melody Inn.
Television guitarist and now-solo artist Richard Lloyd spoke with NUVO writer Kelsey Simpson.
The lineup at the Melody Inn last week channeled different parts of the '60s.
Reckless Edward, The Melismatics and Small Arms Fire played the Melody Inn on Friday.
Garage rockers are closing up shop after a killer two-year run in which they flourished amid the Fountain Square indie rock resurgence.
The Melody Inn hosts the first installment of its monthly Souldies Dance Night, a vinyl-only dance party dedicated to hits from the '50s and '60s.
Mike Conteras reviews the June 9th edition of the Melody Inn's Punk Rock Night, featuring Misunderstood, The Messengers, Maravich and five-piece supergroup Dead Man's Switch.
Monday nights are starting to make weekends feel like weeknights when it comes to live original music in Indianapolis.
Photos of Burlesque Bingo, Prospect Hill, March Fourth Marching, Cootie Crabtree, Taylor Norris, Blackberry Jam, and Shelby County Sinners.
Jordan Martich reviews the latest Wasted Wednesday concert at The Melody Inn, featuring The Downtown Struts.
Friends and musical family paid tribute Monday night to the late local stalwart Steve Pratt, whose drumming provided much of the city's punk soundtrack for the past decade.
View a selection of shots from the Shake Ups Album Release Show this weekend, celebrating the release of 'Extra Pulp.'
Indianapolis' most heartfelt screamo producers perform as part of Drink Or Die's Wasted Wednesday series.
Indianapolis' HonkyTonk Prowlers reunite to recreate 'Big Ol' Cadillac' album.
Featuring photos from the Mel's annual Punk Rock Night Awards by photographer Amy Parks.
The Seattle trio rocked as part of the Wasted Wednesday series.
The Dollyrots will perform at the Melody Inn this evening.
It was a bash for those with a stache, natural or otherwise.
The long-awaited reunion of Kentucky Nightmare capped off a stacked lineup at Wasted Wednesday.
Everything is always dying and being reborn,
says Paul Mahern, of The Zero Boys.
Brad Sanders' top five live acts of 2012. Finally -- some Indy shows crack Sanders' top spots.
Friends banded together to help the recently submerged Norton Records, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in NYC.
Album release tonight at the Melody Inn with the No Pit Cherries.
Tristan Shone is the Author and the Punisher.
The Ataris at The Melody Inn on Wednesday, March 20 with Up! Scumbag.
Rachel Hanley delivers the good word on the goings on at the Melody Inn this past Wednesday night.
Jeff Napier speaks with Andy Kuhn of The Fuglees, who play at The Melody Inn on Friday, July 12.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a place better suited to local punks than the Melody Inn!
There's more than corn in Indiana and there's more than punk at the Mel.
The Sonic Cataclysm takes over the Mel this weekend with a mashup of all things subculture.
Release tonight at a show at the Melody Inn with The Icks and No Coast.
Indy-based record label In Store Recordings will celebrate its one year anniversary by throwing a live bash at The Mel with Sun Country, Caleb McCoach, Tanner Standridge
Whip Cream Wars, and S.M. Wolf.
What makes Indianapolis a great place for producers to flourish, then, is the fact that people like Adamson, Stuart and Brookinz aren't just staying in every night, trying to get that kick drum to sound just right. They're also working hard to build infrastructure and to open whatever doors they can for young producers.
A Thursday night at the Melody Inn. Three performers, Thee Open Sex, The Hussy, and We are Hex provided a fast-paced and energetic night of rock and roll.
A tenth anniversary present for loyal fans of surf rockers The Madeira -- a brand new live album, recorded at the Melody Inn.
It's the first time they've played since the '70s.
The Madeira's Patrick O'Connor spent two hours on the phone with surf legend Dick Dale before their show together on Monday. Here's their conversation.
Good luck finding a place better suited to local punks than the Melody Inn. Every Saturday, they host Punk Rock night, and for many, many year…
I, myself, have played many a hall show at Elks Lodges and Civic Centers too, slipping my weird version of blues and rockabilly into a scene that's always been oriented more towards venting small town angst.
The new brewery may not have food, but there are plenty of great places to stop for a bite on your way in or out. Max Schenk shares the Round Town team's faves.