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Indie Rock for AIDS Benefit

The Pieces, Pravada, America Owns The Moon

Melody Inn

Friday, Nov. 12 A $5 bill in your hand Friday night gets you in to the Melody Inn to see The Pieces, Pravada, America Owns The Moon, Everything Now! and DJ Shimmercore. The show benefits the Indy AIDS Thrift Store at 52nd and Keystone. Talk about value for your money!

DJ Shimmercore and his rare 45s collection of northern soul, groove, garage, etc. will be spinning from 9 to 10 p.m. and in between sets. He knows what a crowd wants to hear, even if they've never heard it before.

The Pieces are a watermark of soulful pop in Indy and beyond. Boasting three enormously talented personalities, their live show lends itself to the whims of spontaneous musical unpredictability, with reworkings of their original songs as well as spectacular deep-cut covers.

Pravada is made up of ringers from previous bands like The 100s, Johnny Socko and the Brand Plastic. They have a less-is-more type of mentality in the indie pop vein of the Shins with solid songwriting, melodies, musicianship and the marvelously distinctive voice of Jesse Lee.

America Owns The Moon takes to Neo-New Wave rock like the Replacements or Attractions, but no true formulaic sentence exists to describe them unless you count how many times they've been described as "post-rock." They are even less likely to give a straight, non-absurd answer themselves. Then again, what's more absurd then the term "post rock"? So, they're a rock band. A very good rock band.

When asked how he describes Everything Now!, Williams offered, "They're like a bunch of cool neighborhood kids breaking into Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's garage and getting drunk and having a party for themselves. That's about what I remember from [their performance at] the Midwest Music Summit." How's that for a description?

The show is a Green Space Men production. GSM is the brain child of Pravada bassist Phillip Williams. Williams chose the Indy Aids Thrift Store as the focus for this benefit show because all of their proceeds go towards AIDS research. "I've been a thrift store addict all my life and I love their store. I want people to go there to get their cool stuff because the profits go towards lengthening peoples' lives." Get there early. Seriously.

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