NUVO's music section isn't doing an a traditional Year In Review – no best songs of the year, best albums of the year, best shows of the year, etc. (Although we do encourage you to refer back to our spring cover story 100 Best Hoosier Albums of All Time, if you're looking to get riled up over a list.) Instead, we're collecting a transcendent local music moment from each of our regular contributors. Our second batch is below. Find our first several, published Tuesday, here. Click the contributors names to read their work from this year.
"I haven't been in Indianapolis long enough this year to have experienced nearly enough "transcendent" moments, but I did get in to cover Alien Ant Farm at the Vogue at the last possible second. Which was a good thing, because it meant I got to see Join the Dead completely own the crowd, playing their opening set as though they were the headliner. And the music backed that up! I was glad to get this shot of Sahar Montalvo mid-set, because it showcases the stage presence the band has, and I'd be stunned if Distorted Cognition doesn't take them national in 2015."
"On the first chilly night of the year, I found myself sipping on a beer in the parking lot that is the Maltese Tiger. The annual Musical Family Tree New Music showcase was coming to a close and the last few acts were really bringing the heat. Sirivs Blvck and John Stamps grabbed their mics and ripped through a set of intelligent, angsty, infectious hip-hop. Their set reached an obvious climax with “Bill Murray," their riotous ode to the celebrated actor (and partying). With dozens of references (both obvious and otherwise) to Murray and his filmography, “Bill Murray” is a fan favorite. I was blown away by the crowd’s response to the song as they bounced around and sang along to the chorus; “I’m about to crash your party like I’m Bill Murray”. Definitely my choice for song of the year.
"Would you like some ska, punk, pop/rock with a touch of slide trombone? Yes, please! Coolidge at The Hi-Fi captured all that's great about Tonic Ball as an amazing night of music, entertainment and community. The fun and energy generated with the crowd, and a tight, well-executed set – sometimes it's harder than others to stand still enough to take the shot."
"Full of Fireball and emotions I watched as four shirtless friends approached me in the Westgate parking lot during a Male Bondage show on July 11. They tore my shirt from my torso and set it on fire there on the asphalt. I watched it burn as I was dragged inside, overwhelmed by the amount of people at the show and trying to squash the sinking feeling in the back of my head that I was about to make a mistake. We played, cried and drank more. I set off fireworks and drank vodka outside until five in the morning, fell asleep under a desk in a ball of excitement and fear. Two hours later I began a journey that moved my band and I to the West Coast, where I've found that I belong.