Broad Ripple Music Fest: A brief primer



won't waste much space with an intro, but let it be known that the

crew behind Broad Ripple Music Fest - comprised of guys from local

web design outfit SmallBox, and, in particular, drummer, promoter,

manager and SmallBox employee Daniel Fahrner - have once again put

together a completely legit (a-too-legit-to-quit) party on the

streets of Broad Ripple, making the most of a streetscape that's been

down a full-time venue for some time (the erstwhile Spin and Patio

space), leaving it up to the music community at large to book the

best shows they have in them and donating all the proceeds to a good


Last year, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful received a $2000 check

from the Fest; this year, Girls Rock! Indy, the music education day

camp for girls founded by members of Neon Love Life, will be the

recipient of whatever comes down the pike. Over 150 bands on 17

stages will participate in Friday's and Saturday's festivities;

here's our pick of some of the best showcases of the lot. Check out

for more details. All-access wristbands, available here for $15, afford access to all showcases except Friday night's party at The Vogue.



Lamont's farewell show


Vogue, 8 p.m., $10, 21+


been an institution on the Indy scene for over a decade, first with

R&B and hip-hop band Mab Lab, then nu-grass collective Blueprint

Music, later pursuing extra-musical interests as co-founder of the

Earth House Collective. But, truth be told, Indianapolis remains a

tough place to make it as a musician, and come the end of the year

(or the end of her lease), Kate Lamont

plans to

move to San Francisco, where she hopes to increase her chances of

getting her stuff out there - via licensing, session work,

old-fashioned gigs and all the kinds of opportunities that open out

once out on the West Coast. Lamont

has been heading out to San Francisco since she was 12; her sisters

live there now and have been needling her to move out for years.


saying goodbye this week with an EP release show that will feature

contributions from her collaborators throughout the years, from her

Mab Lab days to her current lineup.


new EP, Quality,


a collection of odds-and-ends she's recorded over the past year and a

half at the ARK studio; she's keeping an album's worth of tracks that

were recorded at the same time in the can, hoping to release them

once she's made the trip out West. Lamont wrote the title track for a

collaboration last year with Motus Dance Company. Other songs date

from the Mab Lab days ("Paralyzed," presented in a edition

with and without a rap by Dicky Foxxx) and the past couple years (the

rocker "Nothing to Do with It"; and "On My Own,"

which Lamont calls a "little ditty on piano").


show will feature the same band Lamont performed with at Radio Radio

in August: Devon Ashley (drums), Mike Hogan (bass), Dicky Foxxx (DJ), Josh Silbert (saxes) and Reggie Bishop (keys). Jazz pianist Bob Wilson will join Lamont

for a few piano-and-vocals numbers.



who produced and played on After

the Traffic

(among perhaps hundreds of other records), will open, along with the

hip-hop/soul collective T.J.

Reynolds & the Freehand Orchestra.


Squared and Rad Summer showcase



mega-tent, 8 p.m., $10, 21+


again, the mega-tent stationed outside of Connor's Pub will host two

of the biggest shows BRMF has to offer: Friday night's showcase

headlined by "Lemme Smang It" hip-hop collective Turquoise

Jeep and

Saturday's Standard party, which closes with a DJ set by Of Montreal

pied piper Kevin Barnes (see below). The Turquoise Jeep crew was

through town earlier this year; if you haven't seen their YouTube

videos, you're missing public access-quality parody on the level of


and Eric,

not to mention disgusting-but-inspired lines like "This is what

I like to call 'smash-bang fusion' / Gotta focus, mama don't wanna

get a cooch contusion." Also on the lineup: emcee Oreo


and DJ


NYC dubstep DJ Proper


whose stuff has seen proper release on Norman Cook's Southern Fried

label; and a more than solid opening lineup of local DJs (Action

Jackson, DJ Metrognome, A-Squared DJs, Kaiton & Jordan,




Von Keepsie's Magic Playhouse



mega-tent, 4 p.m., $10, 21+


the second year running, the good Commodore - a mustachioed

character from the age of telegraphs and child labor transported to

this moment in time and space by the Standard Recording crew - will

host just about the biggest indie rock show this side of the

Mason-Dixon, headlined by DJ

List Christee,

who you may better know as Kevin Barnes, the flamboyant genius behind

Athens, Ga.-band of Montreal. Barnes's Magic Playhouse visit is also

the release show for Joyful Noise Recordings' of Montreal cassette

box set

. If you picked up last year's Joan of Arc box from Joyful

Noise, you'll know about what to expect; this time around, it's a

custom-built wooden box housing the entirety of Of Montreal's

long-playing work on ten cassettes, with original hand-screened art

by Kevin's brother and Of Montreal art director David Barnes.


wait there's more; not only do you get to rub shoulders with indie

rock royalty, but a pretty freaking good local/Midwestern lineup is

in store, including Bloomington Old West troubadours Murder

by Death,

gloomy indie-pop band Pravada,

kitchen sink art-rock outfit Child


the ever-mirthful Amo


the keyboard-centric Elsinore.

And then all these other bands, who we're just going to list for

space reasons: Harley

Poe, Slothpop, Sleeping Bag, Whip Cream Wars, America Owns the Moon,

Learner Dancer, Crys, The Embraceables, Household Guns, Caleb



Gun showcase


8 p.m., $5, 21+


rumors aren't true: producer J. Brookinz and emcee Grey Granite are

still working together, and their blog/label/empire Heavy Gun is

still an active concern. Both Brookinz and Granite cleared that up

with NUVO this week before hyping some upcoming projects: a

dubstep/hip-hop collaboration between Granite, DJ Ed Trauma and

Freddie Bunz called Slaughter

on the Audio;

a Fela Kuti-inspired project with newcomer Fenya Fudiyah. And, of

course, they've been putting together this beat battle/showcase,

which will be packed into four-hour span (curfew is 12 a.m. for the

show, according to Granite). The beat battle will, as usual, see two

producers going head to head in a single-elimination tournament,

playing minute-long samples of their beats for the consideration of

judges, who will pick their favorite of the two, round after round,

until the ultimate winner is chosen. This year's winner will receive

a grand prize of $200 and the right to compete in a beat battle

sponsored by Of course, it's not all about the

battle; the rest of the lineup features just about everyone in the

local hip-hop world, from Grey


to Oreo



to Mr.




to Mic


only have ten minutes each to perform, but as Granite puts it, "a

good artist can give an amazing performance in that amount of time."


Mojo showcase



, 4 p.m., $5, 21+


guys at The Mousetrap have done a yeoman-like job making their club

the home for jam music in the Indy area. But it took the tag-team of

IndyMojo and the G-9 Collective to take the club's offerings one step

beyond. Mojo and company started off with a weekly dance night

Altered Thurzdaze; they've moved on to put on occasional

multiple-stage blowouts like the one they put booked for 4.20. Mojo's

BRMF showcase will feature music on three stages: inside the 'Trap,

in a tent and on the deck. We'll leave it to Mojo's Matt Ramsey to

make some top picks: He's looking out for Ill-esha,

a San Francisco-based dubstep producer and vocalist who usually

doesn't get as far east as Indy. Chicago-based livetronica band Loyal

Divide is

another of his picks: "These guys have never played Indy, and

having North Coast Music Festival and SXSW on their performance

resume, certainly adds some meat to our lineup." And he singles

out Shy

Guy Says

, a

Bloomington-based producer who dresses as Super Mario villain Shy Guy

on stage and performs live on Ableton software: "This guy is one

of the most humble musicians I've met, and is just looking for the

opportunity to showcase his talent on a big stage." With


Loyal Divide

and Blue

Moon Review

inside; Topspeed,

Hollow Point

and Psynapse

in the tent; and Kodama,

DJ Sarge

and Kid


on the deck.


Colonel showcase



, 5 p.m., $10, 21+


indie rock dude Dodge will represent at BRMF by offering a mix of the

kinds of bands he talks about on his My Old Kentucky Blog - a

couple Minneapolis-based headliners: XL band Tapes

n Tapes,

whose sound gestures towards giants of indie rock like Pavement and

The Pixies, and Rough Trade garage rockers Howler - alongside

the locals who've either released work through his Roaring Colonel

label or ought to: Neon

Love Life and


both of whose full-lengths the label released this summer; and a

couple garage rock bands whose stuff can be heard on Gloryhole

Records, The

Kemps and




and InHouse showcase



, 9 p.m., $10, 21+


of three three-stage shindigs at BRMF, OnTrack and InHouse's party at

Tru will be available in two flavors: House, courtesy of Deanne,

Zebo, Compact Disco (to

name a few); and bass, brought to you by El

Carnicero, The Grimey Kids, Mowgli

and others. An outdoor stage will host a couple battles of sorts:


vs. Taylor Norris and


vs. Brandon Patrik.


Inn and Crush Entertainment showcase



, 5 p.m., free before 9 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m.


a rather eclectic lineup at the Ripple Inn. Out on the patio: soul

and funk from Bulletproof


electric blues from Harvey

& the Bluetones and

more trombones than is usually required from Trombonymous.

Inside, at Room 929, plenty of DJs, including Lockstar,


Jones (both

a sponsor and a performer) and Gabby


And at the bar, singer-songwriters like Jamie


and Chad



left out other excellent shows at Locals Only (featuring the return

of Mardelay),

the Melody Inn (Chindi,

Eastside Larry)

and Birdy's (Permacrush) - not to mention our own showcase (presented with Oranje) at the

Monkey's Tale, headlined by neo-soul cats Bashiri

Asad and



We don't like to brag too much; find out more about all the showcases

at But we did want to emphasize BRMF's

all-ages shows, all three of which are considered below.





, 6 p.m., $8, all-ages


some of the best of BRMF is off-limits to the kids, but the kids will

have to live through it (it gets better, sort of). There are three

shows designated as all-ages; this is only ticketed one, a headlining

set by oversized Bloomington pop outfit Rodeo

Ruby Love,

with help from Blane

Fonda, Tax Brandywine and


City Weather, among



Records showcase



, 12 p.m., free, all-ages


Music will hand over its corner stage area Saturday to XRA Records, a

Bloomington-based label that tends towards indie-pop and that is

sometimes known by its full name, Crossroads of America. Frank

Schweikhardt, State Park, Wet Blankets, Doug, Rodeo Ruby Love will

represent the label. A couple ringers - Everything,

Now!, which

was part of XRA's CD-a-month series but isn't on the label's active

roster, and Dave Adamson's new solo project, DMA - round

out the lineup.


CD & Vinyl

, 12 p.m., free, all-ages


Indy CD & Vinyl doesn't need a theme for its entry at BRMF, which

will feature local bands from across the spectrum, with an emphasis

on singer-songwriters. The lineup: Irene

& Reed, NMKjeldsen, Emily Poe Project, Loyal Divide, Mike Reeb,

Cities of Noise.


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