On the heels of losing founding member David Murphy, nationally renowned electronic jam band STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) sets forth on its first full tour in almost a year. The tour opener is set to take place in our very own Egyptian Room at the Old National Center on Oct. 9th 2014 at 8PM.
When founding member and bassist David Murphy announced his permanent departure from the band, STS9 canceled their winter tour and circled the horses. After what we can only assume was a necessary, but planned break, STS9 formally invited Alana Rocklin to replace Murphy as lead bassist.
Her first appearance took place at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival where they debuted two new songs “New Dawn, New Day” and “World Go Round.” Fans seem to love the new addition and reinvigorated spirit STS9 now has and life begins to flow back into songs that previously seemed dead.
Worth noting is that this was not the first time Rocklin performed with STS9; she sat in on December 28th during the band’s 2013 NYE run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. Rocklin has previously worked with singer-songwriter Ben Sollee, as well as Jim James and his solo band.
Many fans are very excited to see where this new spirit, style and line-up will take the band as they embark on this tour. In previous shows, the band has had a style that lent itself to be much darker, exploring the depths of jam-rock “spaceyness.” Word on the street is the new STS9 is much more funky, less spacey and more of a dance party. I know I speak for many die-hard fans when I say that this show cannot come fast enough.
The last time STS9 was in Indy was around this time last year, but they opened for Umphrey’s McGee and their show took place while the sun was still up. The band is said to be featuring the biggest lighting rig ever, guaranteeing that they set a precedent for what to expect over the next few months of touring.
Thursday October 9th, 8 pm
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Tickets: $32.50 – buy now!
This week IndyMojo.com celebrates the three year anniversary of weekly electronic night Altered Thurzdaze. We’ve been lucky enough to see international talent such as LTJ Bukem with Armanni Reign, Elite Force, and MRK1 grace The Mousetrap’s stage, as well as bring headlining names from all corners of the U.S.- Ana Sia, Eliot Lipp, Dieselboy, Kraddy, Cyberoptics, Sluggo, Crizzly, Minnesota, UFO, Phutureprimitive, J. Rabbit, and Vaski to name a few.
Watch this YouTube playlist for a run through some of our favorite shows from the past three years:
Being the owner of The Mousetrap has given me an entirely different perspective of Altered Thurzdaze. Coming in to it, I was, at best, a novice when it came to dubstep, etc.. My background is in the “Jam Band” scene, dating back to Dead shows in the late ’80s. 3-4 years ago, I was beginning to recognize the relevance of EDM in the festival scene; the same festival scene that featured my favorite jam bands. At the time, the Mousetrap was starting to establish itself as THE dominant force in the regional jam band scene, and being so successful with it, it was difficult to imagine taking on another genre of music.
However, it was the festivals that really sold me on the idea. Most of the same people that were getting down to Widespread Panic and Phish, were also going nuts for Skrillex and Pretty Lights. The reason is fairly obvious, once you’ve experienced both. They both share the ultimate concept of music that is unadulterated and fresh, and not the normal mainstream/radio-edited drive. Most importantly, they both bring people together to shake their bones and hear something new and original each time they listen or watch.
Looking back, I cannot imagine the landscape of The Mousetrap without Indy Mojo and Altered Thurzdaze. These days, we’re not just a Jam Band bar. We’re the best “Festie” venue around, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jason King, Matt Ramsey and the Indy Mojo Crazies. …..so, thanks and Happy 3 Year Anniversary! - Michael Quarto, Mousetrap owner
My favorite thing about Altered Thursdaze is just that…it is “altered”. It is something different from everywhere else on a Thursday. Thursday night the Mousetrap does not compare to other bars from the crowd to musical acts to workers and of course, Indy Mojo. It gives Indy a weekly EDM night with what has grown to be an Altered Thursdaze family.
- Dani Nelson, Mousetrap staff
My favorite memory is a recent and rather selfish one. I opened for Magnetic, who was fresh off the buzz from closing down MojoStock. Most of the Altered Thurzdaze family hadn’t a clue who I was, but they were welcoming and hype from start to finish, leaving me with one of my most memorable appearances on stage. What the IndyMojo crew (and the Mousetrap) are doing for the entire scene, not just bass music, is immeasurable. Here’s to many more yearz of Thurzdaze! - DJ Christian
Oh wow, so many awesome memories. One that stands out is probably last year’s Altered Halloween on October 25th. I got to celebrate my birthday with my closest friends and Altered family, as well as meet the love of my life. Nothing but love and great energy surrounds Altered Thursdaze. Even outsiders feel welcome. My favorite show was probably Minnesota. The lasers and energy were unforgettable. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful group of people and amazing music. - Amanda Mosier
Since I am there every week it seems like some of the memories repeat. I see wonderful friends every week, I hear amazing music every week and things get weird…every week. Altered Thurzadaze is the one night a week I get to see talented locals showcased right alongside national headliners, and usually it is FREE! Much love to everyone involved with this night and major props for all that you do for Indianapolis! - Kayleigh Dye
My favorite memory is having LTJ Bukem and Armanni Reign play at Altered Thurzdaze. When Armanni worked my name into his freestyle, I had a bit of a fan girl moment. -Matt Ramsey, IndyMojo.com Promotions Director
So many fond memories! The first time I saw Kodama he had me going crazy dancing during his entire set! The Halloween 2012 costume contest is another favorite memory. Altered Thurzdaze brings together almost every single person I love in this town under the same roof and I love being so close to such amazing talent like Cosby Sweater & Shy Guy Says. So much love for this weekly event. - Ralee Jones
I didn’t start living in or going out in Indy until close to three years ago. Altered Thurzdaze was one of the first events centered around electronic music I went to in this city. Almost three years later, I’ve made so many friends that I am very close to now and seen and met so many amazing DJs. None of that would’ve happened without Altered Thurzdaze. I guess the best part is how many friendships I owe to IndyMojo and Altered Thurzdaze. - Amy Foxworthy, contributing writer
One of my many favorite Altered Thurzdaze memories is when Bare headlined in March of 2012. Large and grizzly just like his name, the admired West Coast heavy hitter left The Mousetrap crowd feeling fully assaulted by bass at a time when dubstep DJs had become a dime a dozen. Dropping exclusive previews at the end of his set and engaging the audience with unfiltered candor, Bare was a badass from start to end.
This particular installment of Altered Thurzdaze also featured a rare live performance of The Electric Kool Aid Experiment, a grimey dubstep project from producer Ed Trauma and emcee/entertainers Freddie Bunz and Grey Granite. The pair brought a special live element to the evening’s festivities, including Granite and his bag-o-tricks filled with confetti and props. -Danielle Look, Indy Mojo Music Editor
Thursday August 22: IndyMojo Presents: Altered Thurzdaze 3yr Anniversary w/ RoeVy
Bluegrass music is one of our country’s oldest traditions, the pickin’ music of a banjo stirs memories of country livin’, moonshine, driving fast down dirt roads and kickin’ your heels up in a cloud of dust at your favorite summer festival. Though the feelings remain the same, the experience I had at last Wednesday’s An Evening of Bluegrass was quite a different experience. With little to no promotion for the event I was lucky that I happened across the page of the Old National Centre (forever known as the Murat) and a friendly Facebook post informing me of the event. With a little research I realized that this was not a show to miss, as it boasted some of the most sought after acoustic session players in bluegrass, including 2 Grammy award winners and 1 Grammy Nominee. The line-up included Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers on banjo, Bryan Sutton, known for his time with Ricky Skaggs, the Dixie Chicks and Doc Watson, on acoustic guitar, Ronnie McCoury, the son of famed Del McCoury, on mandolin, Luke Bulla on fiddle, and Barry Bales of Allison Krauss and Union Station on the upright bass.
The Venue on the tickets and on the Old National Centre’s website was referred to as Deluxe, but talking with some of the people that work there I found out it is actually called Corinthian Hall, a small room in the basement of the Murat. There was the standard marble floors, seen throughout the building, along with a beautifully lit ceiling and walls to boot. Very classy indeed, matched by the atmosphere of a seated event and a much more mature crowd. The one drawback was that we ended up having to sit behind one of the several large pillars in the center of the room, making it hard to see more then half the band at any given time. Obstructed view aside, the show was a wonderful collection of heartwarming bluegrass and folk tunes full of energy and pride. These guys are all very experienced musicians, you don’t win a Grammy otherwise, and they hardly missed a note. This kind of bluegrass was definitely different then the style I have been accustomed too, listening to The New Old Cavalry, Yonder Mountain String Band, and the Rumpke Mountain Boys, but I think seeing this different side to a very wide spanning genre of music was refreshing. It was very hard not being able to jump up and dance around but that was just part of the experience. All in all it was a good show, it wasn’t great because great would have been to see these boys really cut loose with a wild crowd dancing arm in arm into the wee hours of the morning. Regardless, check em out if you see them on your next festival handbill, you wont be disappointed.
To view more photographs from the show, click here.
Words by Chris Lucas
Pretty Lights w/Cosby Sweater, Paul Basic, and Eliot Lipp @ Old National Centre Egyptian Room-Indianapolis, IN 11/14/12
Most shows during the middle of the week on a brisk fall evening wouldn’t even come close to selling out, but an event headlined by Pretty Lights isn’t like most shows. The Indy Mojo event featuring PL, Eliot Lipp, Paul Basic, and Cosby Sweater nearly did sell out and proved to be a special night for attendees. Local act Cosby Sweater kicked off the evening, but due to odd restrictions drummer Richard “Sleepy” Floyd(also of The Native Sun) wasn’t allowed to join the rest of the trio. That didn’t stop David Embry(also of Embryonic Fluid) and Nicholas Gerlach(also of The Twin Cats) from putting on an amazing set. Cosby forged ahead with an eclectic mixture of Embry churning out heavy electronic beats and Gerlach’s perfectly timed usage of both the Tenor Saxophone and EWI(electronic wind instrument). The jazz element was a perfect compliment to the electro-paced tempo. It was clear the two were having fun, which fueled the energy of the amassing crowd. Cosby Sweater’s one-two punch of “Indiana Song” and their remix of Outkast’s “So Fresh & So Clean” sent the crowd into a dance frenzy, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. Their set was solid, despite the absence of a drummer.
Next up was Paul Basic, a fellow member of PL’s record label, Pretty Lights Music. Basic flowed seamlessly between up tempo melodies with intricate bass chops, down tempo beats, and heavy dub build ups and breakdowns. Pretty Lights’ influence on his music was obvious, but lacked the pizzaz of PL’s showmanship and stage setup. The highlight Basic’s set was his remix of I Monster’s “Daydream in Blue.” Basic was followed by fellow Pretty Lights Music artist Eliot Lipp, no stranger to the EDM community. Lipp’s set showed a new side of his musical prowess. Normally, his music features only down tempo beats, but this set included quicker tempos with breaks containing jazz elements. I was impressed with how Lipp’s music has evolved over the years. His nearly perfect set perfectly primed the crowd for Pretty Lights.
After a short intermission, it was time for Pretty Lights to wow the crowd musically and visually. His awe-inspiring stage setup is the best in the business and equally as impressive as his musical production. From the start, his music featured perfectly mixed components of blues, rock & roll, and hip hop. The beautiful melodic grooves were highlighted with perfectly executed use of lasers, lights, and his projection screen stage setup. His mixing of Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G’s tracks and laser blasts filling the room took the crowd to another dimension. I was wowed by his perfectly produced cocktail of melodic grooves, high energy beats, and well-executed breaks during this part of the show. These elements in conjunction with his stage presence and amazing stage setup culminated in the best live presentation of electronic music currently being produced. It is easy to forget about the incredible projection setup with all of the lights and lasers flashing above, until your eyes look toward the stage and witness the visual insanity taking place. PL pushed the boundaries further during “Finally Moving”, relentlessly pushing the music and his light show faster and harder. This fueled the crowd, who welcomed the increasing intensity by dancing like fools, present company included.
The second half of his set featured newly produced music. His new tracks contained dark and spooky bass drops to contrast bright and happy melodies, sounding somewhat different from past PL work. I enjoyed the new stuff very much. It featured tight breaks, the dirty bass was pleasingly raunchy, and mixes were very crisp. It is clear he has mastered his signature sound, but isn’t afraid to explore different avenues in his music. Furthermore, PL’s new stuff included glitch hop elements. It sounded different from his past work, but equally as impressive. In typical fashion, his glitches were well executed and perfectly timed. He was a true maestro, using his music to manipulate his audience beautifully. Honestly, it was one of the best dance parties I’ve ever been a part of or witnessed. Indy Mojo created the perfect event with every artist delivering incredible music, especially Pretty Lights and Cosby Sweater. I’ll definitely be attending Cosby Sweater’s upcoming show with Digital Tape Machine on December 6, also an Indy Mojo event. Don’t miss out on this event, it is the cd release party for Cosby Sweater and will surely be another dance amazing dance party.Words by: Alex Toy
Photos by: Aaron Lingenfelter(Wide Aperture Images)