This past Wednesday night was extremely busy for a mid-week show at The Rock House. The place was full of local musicians and fans who came out to support Phoenix on The Fault Line, Kill The Messenger, Pragmatic (Local Bands) and of course headliners Taproot.

The first band to take the stage was Phoenix On The Fault Line (POTFL). This 9 piece ensemble packed the stage with two drummers on full kits, a 3 piece Brass Horn section, 2 guitars, a bass and a vocalist. A great blend of Ska/Jazz with Modern Hard Rock feel. POTFL was amazing, they came out firing on all cylinders playing their (as heard on) Indy’s X-File’s single “Freak” from their album 1733 B.C.(2010 ArkBarn Studios) as well as their newest song “Basement of The Colosseum” which will be released on the bands third studio produced album later this year. If you haven’t heard of POTFLdo yourself a favor and check them out soon. Kill Tha Messenger took stage second followed by Pragmatic who finished up the local band portion of the show. Co-Headliner on this tour was a band from Pennsylvania named Absolution. They were an amped up ball of energy and got the crowd hyped and ready for Taproot. Absolution also commented on how they enjoyed seeing the support of local bands for Indianapolis, explaining that back home for them there isn’t much of a supportive scene. Absolution was appreciative of the crowd response and mentioned how our scene is pretty cool for having a big turnout for a Wednesday night for local bands supporting National Acts.

Headliners Taproot finally took the stage with a forceful version of their song “Smile“. Instantly the sitting crowd rushed to the stage to show their love and Rock the fuck out! Taproot followed up with an intimate and one of my personal favorites version of “Myself“. After that song was played the crowd was ready for more of this hour long set. Taproot gave props to POTFL by dedicating their song “IWNF4U” to the band. A gesture of local support appreciation that was very cool. Taproot closed out the night with their hit single “Poem” from their album “Welcome” (2002 Cheroke Studios LA, California)which had the whole house singing along with the boys from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Truly a great show to have witnessed in such close quarters. The bands all gave props to the Sound and Stage Crew of Crown Entertainment LLC which was very awesome considering I was apart of stage production for this event, alongside Sound Engineers Ryan Buck and William J.Adams. Taproot’s latest album “Plead The Fifth” (2010) is available in stores now. I suggest you go check it out soon!

-Bradley S. Cummins

With the ever changing persona that is Indie Pop music, I never know who is making waves in that genre. I personally look for bands like Man Man or Sonic Youth to be the most outstanding. Indie Pop has a new hipster feel now, and with the bands that I watch perform last Friday at The Earth House Collective, these acts have defined this genre as both creative and still really cool to listen to. The first band that opened the bill was the Boston, MA band Pretty and Nice. These guys were fun to watch live and their songs are very catchy. “Tora,Tora,Tora” the first single of their latest record “Get Young” which was released last year on their label (Black Bell, Hardly Art) was an energetic and upbeat tune that made the audience dance around a little to it’s groovy beat and catchy melody. Pretty and Nice were very cool dudes and were a fun band to see live, definitely a band you’ll want to check out. Wakey! Wakey! from Brooklyn, NY took the stage next and with their frontman Mike Grubb (vocalist/piano) having charisma and interacting with the audience, claiming he talked to much on this tour. The audience didn’t seem to mind, Grubb’s humor was appreciated and instantly won the crowd over with an intimately, funny cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 hit “Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun”. Wakey! Wakey! is currently out promoting their album

“Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You” which was release in 2010 on their label (Family Records/Timber St.) Finally headliner Jukebox The Ghost who ironically reminded me of Ben Fold’s Five gave an amazing performance. The band had mentioned to me that they had opened up for Ben Fold’s at Radio Radio a few years back the last time they were in Indianapolis. The Washington D.C. trio has also opened for Guster another band that seemed to have greatly influenced Jukebox The Ghost. Jukebox The Ghost covered Huey Lewis and The News 80’s classic “Power of Love” which was the staple theme song for the film Back To The Future. Jukebox The Ghostis promoting their album “Everything Under The Sun”that features the single “Empire” that has very dynamic rhythms and gracious melodic vocals. I’d imagine “Empire” will soon hit local stations like 92.3 WTTS very soon, if it hasn’t already. Lead (vocalist/piano)Ben Thornewillgave the crowd a special thank you performance after the crowd demanded an encore. He instructed the crowd to go downstairs into the cafe’ area of The Earth House Collective where he performed a song by himself due to the hard curfew of 11pm for noise. Anyone who is following this tour definitely enjoyed that act of fan appreciation. Jukebox The Ghost, Wakey! Wakey! & Pretty and Nice all seemed pleased with their tour stop at The Earth House Collective. I hope they’ll come back to Indianapolis soon. If you missed them this time, you’ll definitely want to check them out when they come back.

-Bradley Scott Cummins

Here are five local bands or acts that will be having a buzz about themselves soon. If you haven’t heard of these bands you will, and they are definitely some of the best music Indy has to offer!

5. Band: Quincy Sanders and Q-Tet

Genre: Jazz/Funk/Soul

Location: Ft. Wayne, IN

Links: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quincy-Sanders-and-the-Q-tet/165172315997

4. Band: Elephant Quiz

Genre: Rock/Hip-Hop/Funk/Reggae/Jam/Psychedelic

Location: Bloomington, IN

Links: http://www.facebook.com/elephantquiz?sk=info

3. Band: Kramus

Genre: Rock/Hard Rock

Location: Connersville, IN

Links: http://www.facebook.com/kramusband

2. Band: Phoenix On The Fault Line

Genre: Rock/Ska-Rock/Alternative

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Links: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phoenix-on-the-fault-line/43088269505

1. Band: Oreo Jones

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Location: Warsaw, IN

Links: http://www.facebook.com/yoOreo

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Here are five local bands or acts that will be having a buzz about themselves soon. If you haven’t heard of these bands you will, and they are definitely some of the best music Indy has to offer!

5. Band: Mr. Clit and The Pink Cigarettes

Genre: Punk/Thrash/Gross (self-proclaimed)

Location: Franklin, IN

Links: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Clit-and-the-Pink-Cigarettes/163430757034077?sk=info

4. Band: High Treazon

Genre: Hip-Hop/Old School Rap

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Links: https://www.facebook.com/pages/High-Treazon/118673588190561

3. Band: Eumatik

Genre: Electronica/Dance/Livetronica/Krunch/ Catchy Breaks/Experimental Funk/Dubstep/Disco

Location: Muncie, IN

Links: http://www.reverbnation.com/eumatik

2. Band: OMNIDROID (DJ’s Omni-Fi & Android)

Genre: Dubstep/Hip-Hop/Electro House/Turntablism

Location: Greenwood, IN

LinksUnhappyhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Omnidroid/183040771738725?sk=info)

1. Band: ROWCO

Genre: Hard Rock

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Links: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROWCO/298779495598

By: Bradley S. Cummins

4-20-2011

I had my whole month of April planned around the weekend of April 15-17th and it turned out to be a good experience despite of bad weather. I had not gotten to the Festival until 5am Saturday morning due to a gig a had played the night before at Whiskey Business with HT3. When I had arrived I had spoken with Turtle Matt about how the Festival had been going so far since Friday. Turtle Matt is one of the organizer’s of the Festival, which took place at Water Bowl Park in Muncie, IN. Turtle had explained that due to strong winds and heavy rain, that the main stage had collapsed while in the middle of a band’s performance. Luckily no one had been hurt he said, but it did delay the festival for a few hours. Turtle explained, that fans were literally holding the main stage up just to keep it from becoming fully damaged. Unfortunately, the band who was performing at the time had some gear damaged. My thoughts go out to that band, whoever they were. I did not hear the name of the band who had that happened during their set. This had my band The Dudes of Lord a little on edge because we didn’t know where we would be performing the next day because we were the opening act for the main stage on Saturday at 12:30pm. Thankfully, the sound engineer Don had told us to setup inside of The Moon Stage Lounge Area. This worked out great. Due to high winds it provided a bit of shelter but it was still quite cold. The Dudes of Lord set went extremely well. Everyone who watched us performed really seemed to have enjoyed themselves and said that we put on a great show. We even managed to have a encore due to the fan’s request. We woke up the fest goer’s and it was day two of music underway. Glostick Willy performed after The Dudes of Lord and they were a great band to watch. They played some great cover tunes such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” by Primus and “Waste” by Phish. Glostick Willy is a fun band to see perform live. Due to the lack of sleep from the night before I had to take a nap in my tent. The wind and rain made it hard to stay comfortable, so I crashed in my car to regain energy. When I had finally awaken back up I was able to catch Loveless Root’s set. It was a very diverse set which happened to include the Donavon Frankenwriter tune “Cool”. Their version of the song was definitely cool indeed. During Loveless Root’s set Turtle had mentioned to me that over 600 Fest Goer’s had showed up and soldiered through the weekend to support the fest. Not exactly the numbers that were hoped for originally, but weather did play a part in that. Turtle Matt still was pleased and was ready to put on another festival soon he said. It made him feel good to know that people still came out to have a good time for the fest even though the weather wasn’t the most favorable. Until next time this has been me, Brad Cummins sharing with you the reader about Dancing In The Dark Fest through my perception of the fest. Telling you what I like in Beizel’s Scene for Indy’s Arts & Entertainment.