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Steve Hammer

Undefeatable Beats will perform at the final show at United States of Mind on Saturday.

* The musical and cultural treasure that is United States of Mind, 291 W. 40th St., is closing its doors on Saturday. The club is moving to a new address at some point in the future, but Saturday's event will be the final one at the current location.

The day will begin at 3 p.m. with a yoga class hosted by Bethany Keen. At 4:30 p.m. will be a drum class with Helger Oomkes. At 6 p.m., a communal pitch-in dinner will be held. The afternoon events are free.

At 7 p.m., USOM will hold its last concert, and it's a good one, too: Blueprintmusic, Sarah Graub, Undefeatable Beats, the Indiana Reggae Band and the Tantric Vibe Orchestra, featuring the All Star Mind Musicians. Admission is only $7 and all proceeds will go to ensuring the future of this great artistic venue.

* The lovable Indianapolis band Margot and the Nuclear So-and-So's will be playing a series of prestigious showcases this week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. After they complete those shows, the band will be headed out on the road for a national tour, with headlining gigs in New Orleans, Nashville and Jacksonville. They'll then join the artists South and Something For Rockets for a series of shows, which will take them through the end of April.

Meanwhile, the band, which has been signed to Artemis Records, is getting boatloads of national praise. Check out this example, from the Denver Post: "This Indianapolis chamber pop outfit is not kidding around. Its music is more delicious than ice cream in the summer and more irresistible than your prom date at midnight." That's got to mean something good, right?

* Also appearing at South by Southwest this week will be our good friend Otis Gibbs, who's been recording new material and working on a film project. He'll be back in Indy on March 24, when he opens for Ralph Stanley at the Vogue.

* The Vans Warped Tour will stop at the Verizon Wireless Music Center on July 28. No word yet on who'll actually be playing the Indy date, but concert organizers have lined up some big names for the tour so far. Among the acts confirmed are Helmet, Less Than Jake, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and NOFX. Tickets will go on sale on warpedtour.com at 6 p.m. March 15. Pre-sale buyers will not only save $5 on the ticket, they'll also receive a double compilation CD from Warped Tour acts. This is traditionally one of the most engaging shows of the summer.

* Our friends at Mythopeic Productions have an ambitious lineup scheduled for the spring. Their next big event will be on Friday, March 24, with the avant-garde group Barbez, the entrancing shoegaze band Svetlana and a screening of Moog, a documentary about musical pioneer Robert Moog, without whom A Flock of Seagulls, among millions of other artists, would not exist.

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