Thursday, June 21, 10 p.m., $5
Heidi Gluck, formerly of Indy favorite the Pieces, returns to Naptown in the form of the Only Children. Along with husband and ex-Anniversary frontman Josh Berwanger, the band will bring their brand of roots-Americana-tinged indie rock to the Mel this Thursday.
One listen to their album, Keeper of Youth, reveals influences ranging from Neil Young to Tom Petty. Keeping a singular direction for the album was important, according to Berwanger, but not so much that it cramped anyone’s style. “Something that drives me nuts about today’s music is how everything has to be so perfect,” he says. “Emotion, to me, isn’t some guy singing [on] perfect pitch, having recorded the same part 70 times.”
The best shows are the ones that feature two polar opposites sharing the stage, and this will be no exception. Hailing from Cincinnati is Viva La Foxx, a band that has drawn comparisons to Bikini Kill and the Runaways. While being a co-ed group of two guys and two girls, the long legs and throaty vocals of its female members will most likely catch your attention. The band’s debut EP, I Knew it Wasn’t Love But ..., is a quick and dirty tour of what to expect from their live show, which by all accounts is as visually stimulating as it is aurally.
Bloomington’s mid-tempo rockers the Benders, featuring local legend John Byrne, will open the show.