May 28, 2015

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Built to Spill

Built to Spill – The Vogue 5/27/2015

Though I've changed a lot since the late 90s, Built to Spill has remained remarkably consistent. Perhaps that's why I stopped paying as close attention after 2001's Ancient Melodies of the Future. I listened to their mid-to-late 2000's records, but they didn't align as closely with my preferences at the time. Like many, however, I tend to circle back around, which is why the band's 2015 release, Untethered Moon, has connected like seminal … [Read More...]

St Vincent 2

Upcoming May 26-30: Built to Spill, St. Vincent, Butch Walker, Houndmouth, More!

The concert schedule in Indianapolis this week is flat-out nuts. Multiple great shows several nights -- you might just have to flip a coin. A few recommendations: Wednesday, May 27 - Built to Spill at The Vogue: The show I'm looking forward to most all week is the return of Doug Martsch and company. Their newest is classic BtS. The Vogue is going to rock hard Wednesday night. Not old enough to relish the 90s rock gods? Head to the Hi-Fi for … [Read More...]


Wilco w/ Steve Gunn – Old National Centre 5/7/2015

Late to post, but not much to say that hasn't been said countless times: Wilco was great. At this point, I don't think they could put on a bad show. Thursday's show was 30 songs deep and included a couple of obscurities, along with the Tweedy and Co. standards. Here's the set list: Steve Gunn opened with his Dead-esque indie noodling. I was indifferent, but I know he's not my thing. Back to Wilco -- they were amazing. Here's to another 20 … [Read More...]


Sufjan Stevens – Old National Centre 4/18/2015

I've decided to keep this one brief because, honestly, I'm still processing. Saturday night was the third time I've seen Sufjan, and to expectation, it was considerably different than the two previous performances -- a freewheeling Christmas show and the cabaret Age of Adz concert. Touring in support of his latest, the somber, dream-like Carrie & Lowell, the set was melancholy and meditative, in line with the material. The first hour of … [Read More...]

damien rice

Damien Rice – Old National Centre 4/13/2015

My Favourite Faded Fantasy, Damien Rice's 2014 release, was one of my favorite albums of the year. Few artists marry emotional intensity and cinematic scope to create songs that truly make you feel, and Fantasy was a wonderful return to form after 2006's muted 9. To be fair, 9 is a good album. But after his remarkable debut, O, he dialed back the wide-screen drama and the songs, save knockouts like Rootless Tree, felt less impactful. To … [Read More...]


Reptar w/ Icky Blossoms – The HiFi 4/8/2015

Earnestness can go a long way for a live band. As much fun as I had watching Joyful Noise artist Reptar play their kitchen sink indie pop Wednesday night at the HiFi, what stood out most was the sincerity of their performance. The 7-piece was having a great time on-stage, and that translated to the vibe in the room. People were smiling and dancing, inhibitions cast away. It was sweet, really. Reptar's sound is difficult to describe: Lots … [Read More...]