March 27, 2015

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delta spirit into the wide

Upcoming (March 25-April 3): Delta Spirit, Tycho, Elliot Brood, More)

SXSW is typically ignition for the spring concert season, and this year is no different. Several great shows coming up in the next week or so: March 25 - Delta Spirit w/ Avid Dancer at The Vogue: Delta Spirit's show with Waters at Radio Radio a couple of years back is still one of my all-time favorites. Into the Wide, their newest record, is fantastic, and I expect another knockout performance. Avid Dancer's debut is set for release next month … [Read More...]

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Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets – The HiFi 3/14/2015

It's always a pleasure when musical legacy acts are appreciated. The sold out crowd at The HiFi Saturday night was testament. Alt-country old schoolers The Bottle Rockets still bring out the loyal fans for its brand of crunchy rock. Power pop legend Marshall Crenshaw's timeless classics sound as fresh today as they did in the 1980s. The Bottle Rockets opened with a one hour set split between catalog stand-bys and new tracks from their upcoming … [Read More...]

Marshall Crenshaw

We’re Still Here. The Winter of Renewal is Almost Over.

We love our live music here at Indy Rock Live, but occasionally we need a recharge. That's what we've been doing this winter -- conserving energy so we can be fully immersed as the concert calendar comes roaring back. I'm nearly 41 now. I have kids, and they have activities. I get tired. To that end, though I still love hitting live shows, the focus of this site will shift slightly toward new, under-the-radar music. If I saw your band the last … [Read More...]

Late Cambrian

Fresh Droppings: Late Cambrian – Golden Time

The live show calendar falls on the meager side in February, which makes it the perfect time for me to seek out exciting bands previously not on my radar. Enter Brooklyn, New York's Late Cambrian and their latest, the smart, chills-inducing Golden Time. While the Grammy awards typically celebrate the most insipid, uninspired radio-friendly pop music, a dig beneath the surface of the genre will unearth gems like Late Cambrian. The quartet has … [Read More...]

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Strand of Oaks w/ Bully – The HiFi 1/21/2015

Strand of Oaks mastermind Timothy Showalter is from Indiana. That fact has been discussed in several pieces written around these parts, so I'm not going to rehash it here. What I will say is the Goshen native and his band, in a homecoming show of sorts, delivered an early candidate for concert of the year. After a brief but blistering set from Nashville's Bully -- heads up Sleater-Kinney fans -- Showalter and company hit the stage for an … [Read More...]

jukebox the ghost

Jukebox the Ghost w/ Twin Forks and Secret Someones – Deluxe 1/15/2015

I love a great pop song. New York-based Jukebox the Ghost, over the course of four albums, has proven to be exceptional at writing them. The band's piano-based sugar highs are goosebump-inducing, feel-good perfection, which is made abundantly clear on their most recent, self-titled album. Hooks for days. The trio made its way to Indianapolis once again, setting up shop in Deluxe for a few hundred dedicated fans. For 90 minutes, the room was … [Read More...]