Music News

Steve Hammer

Tony Presley heads the avant-eclectic group Real Live Tigers, who are performing Friday at Big Car Gallery.

The local hardcore group The Gates of Slumber are currently in the studio recording their second CD, Suffer No Guilt, which will be released in June by the Swedish based label I Hate Records. After completing recording, the group is headed out on the road for a 10-day tour with Southernlord recording artist Earthride (ex-Spirit Caravan, Internal Void). "The tour will take us as far east as NYC and as far west as Iowa City," says band member Jason McCash.

The tour includes an April 7 stop at Zanies Too with Devil To Pay and The High Council (ex-Drop Dead). It will be the band's first show in Indy since July 2005.

An eclectic evening of music and poetry is planned for Friday, March 10, when surrealist author/poet John Clark will be performing with four out of town music and spoken word acts at Big Car Gallery in Fountain Square's Murphy Arts Center.

The lineup will feature: Dan Solomon, a novelist and spoken word performer from Chicago; Buffalino, a Cleveland band featuring Peter King of The Impossible Shapes; Dustin and the Furniture from Atlanta, whose music is about "trees, birds, nothing, everything, and not knowing anything."

Completing the bill will be the Austin band Real Live Tigers.

Local alt-country act The Punkin Holler Boys will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Meridian Music, 12725 Old Meridian St., in Carmel. Also on the bill, the notorious local band Il Troubadore, whose stunning visual and aural show has caused a stir in local music circles. Admission is $5 at the door.

PHB will also play the early show at the Melody Inn on St. Patrick's Day, as a prelude to the late show with The Slurs and the Fuglees, among others.

The Shake-Ups, a notable group of local music-scene veterans, will be playing at Peppers on Wednesday with Little Voice. Live music hasn't died completely in Broad Ripple! The band will play Friday in Fort Wayne.

Local music kingpin Dave Lucas announced the hiring of several key staffers for Live-360, his concert and music marketing company. Several of the names will be familiar to local music fans.

Eric Milby (senior production manager), Jo Nahod (marketing director), Andy Wilson (public relations director) and Amie LoPresti (booking coordinator) have been added to Live-360's staff. All have had strong ties to Sunshine Promotions, the company founded by Lucas in the 1970s and which was acquired by Clear Channel Entertainment in the last decade.

"It is with great pride that Live-360 has managed to pull together a strong team made up of professionals that have a proven track record. These individuals have worked in many facets of live entertainment and I am excited about the opportunities that Live-360's future holds with them on board," Lucas said in a press release.

According to the company, Live-360 is pursuing live entertainment events and concerts, focusing on arena business and alternative outdoor venues, marketing and production services, venue development and consulting, and the growth of its festival business.

While charismatic lead singer Gwynneth Hermann has performed her last show with alt-rockers Lunar Event, the band itself is carrying on with guitarist Mike Shimmercore and keyboardist Derek Osgood running the show. Several entrancing new tracks have been uploaded to their Myspace page ( lunarevent) with more information about the band to come shortly. The new material is reminiscent of early Cure or Joy Division, which is a very, very good thing.

And here's something you will be hearing very much more about in the next few weeks and months. NUVO has launched an online radio station on its site,, featuring streaming audio from dozens of local bands. Current plans include areas for bands to upload songs and for original podcasts featuring local musicians, writers and NUVO personalities. Stay tuned for more developments on this front.

And, lastly, local company Rifleman Records has released a historic DVD of a previously-undiscovered video of a 1984 Zero Boys performance. A full review will follow in the next few weeks, but if you've ever wanted to see the band during its Vicious Circle prime, this CD is for you. The disc is available locally only at Vibes Music.