We are happy to bring you our next installment of Mojo Minute featuring clips from the Polar Plunge, Lotus, Zoogma, Earphunk, Truth, and a sneak peak of our interview at The Mousetrap with Reid Speed.
Spoon isn’t the average, run of the mill Indie Rock outfit. With a career spanning over 21 years, these seasoned veterans are quite far from the electronic, lo-fi sound that pumps through the current indie scene. Their newest album, “They Want My Soul”, is a testament to just this, and luckily their tour in stopping through Indy this Friday night at Old National Centre.
With memorable tunes ranging from the well-known “The Underdog”, “They Way We Get By” and “I Turn My Camera On”, to their newest single “Do You”, Spoon’s sound is easily accessible. The rock flavored melodies that this quintet creates makes them popular with alternative, rock, and indie fans alike.
Through television shows like The O.C. and movies like Stranger Than Fiction, the band reached commercial success and exposure. However, their material has remained consistent and strong. Their most recent release, “They Want My Soul”, proves that with 21 years under their belts these guys can still rock it. Pitchfork.com gave it an impressive 8.6/10 on their notoriously picky scale, and the album’s single “Do You” seems to be gaining popularity.
Whether you’re a long-term fan, a convert from The O.C., or just a person who appreciates music, Spoon will be a show to show up for. Classics will be played, and new favorites will be dropped at The Egyptian Room this Friday. These veterans have been around for a while, and at this rate, seem to be going nowhere but up!
Friday, Sept. 12th
Where: The Egyptian Room at ONC
When: Doors 7 PM, Show 8 PM
Cost: $27.50 tickets here
This Wednesday, July 2, Zomboy will be headlining Deluxe at the Old National Centre in downtown Indy. If you’re a dubstep fan and haven’t seen Zomboy perform, now’s the time to change that. Zomboy’s Indianapolis stop on his Outbreak Tour falls just a month before his first full-length album, The Outbreak, drops on August 4. YouTube videos of the Outbreak Tour show fans letting loose to Zomboy’s energetic performance; bouncing and waving their arms for his shrill drops and in-your-face bass. Additionally the album’s first two singles, WTF!? and The Outbreak, have been very well received by both critics and fans.
The Outbreak marks Zomboy’s fifth release with the Never Say Die label, which is based out of the United Kingdom where Zomboy is from. His previous releases with the label have had notable success on Beatport’s dubstep charts.
Special guests for the night include Eptic and Cookie Monsta (who you may have seen open for Flux Pavillion at the Egyptian Room last fall). Both artists are rising stars of the heavy bass EDM scene.
Show up expecting a revamped version of the classic dubstep rave experience. Tour footage shows an impressive stage setup consisting of fog machines and large projections of enjoyably crude graphics.
The Outbreak Tour w/ ZOMBOY, COOKIE MONSTA & EPTIC
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8 PM
Deluxe at Old National Centre
502 N New Jersey St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Featured image from thissongissick.com / concert photograph from facebook.com/ZomboyOfficial
It’s a Friday night in Indianapolis and what’s there to do? On normal nights, this inquiry might pose a more serious question. Last weekend, however, the answer was quite simple. One phrase, five words, nothing more. Papadosio and The Main Squeeze. A righteous show, put simply.
For those of you who don’t know, Papadosio and The Main Squeeze are both bands that honed their chops in the Midwest. Papadosio first made their mark in Athens, Ohio before moving out to Asheville, North Carolina. The Main Squeeze are Hoosiers at heart, starting out in Bloomington before picking up and heading up to Chicago, Illinois. Jamtronica and Funk are their styles, respectively, if you could boil it down to one descriptor apiece. An awesome but odd combo for most shows. In this case, epic is the word that first comes to mind. And, on that brisk night, fans made their way to the Old National Centre for their night of festivities and frivolity.
Once inside the venue and two steps down the stairs the temperature change was already noticeable. Hot, humid air that comes to greet you and only means one thing… This sh** is rockin’. Fans showed up early to support both bands, something lost on many of today’s show-goers. It was due to the quality of the music, no doubt.
The Main Squeeze brought it hard and played a noteworthy set, kicking things off with the
fast paced rocker, “Where Do We Go?”, from their self-titled debut album. Moving on to some staple crowd favorites they jammed through two dance-fueling songs that harken back to the good ol’ Bloomington days. After this little funk rollercoaster they dropped a bombshell that nobody was prepared for: Sam Brouse and Rob McConnell of Papadosio sat in with The
Squeeze, cranking out some righteous tunes and keeping the heat wave rolling.
After an interesting interpretation of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, they brought out their cathartic magnum opus of a showstopper, “I’ll Take Another”. The feeling of this song live is indescribable; every soul should experience it, multiple times perhaps. Closing out with one final track, they left behind a boisterous crowd that was sweating, screaming, and wanting more.
Then came time for the main attraction. Papadosio, the infinitely skilled and ever exploring quintet, was set to take the stage. The lights dimmed and mouths erupted into one steady cheer as the crowd drew closer. The dance party, my friends, would soon to be at its peak. Dosio (the go-to name for many) surprised fans by bringing them in gently with a slow and cascading rendition of “Right Now”, a synth laden acousto-electric hybrid off of their newest album, T.E.T.I.O.S. Surprises awaited as Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze stepped onstage for the next performance; bringing the house down with an exquisitely brooding and intense version of “T.V. Song”.
After being released from the dark grip of the T.V., the journey continued onward. With their unique blend of electronically driven harmonium Papadosio had the crowd entranced. The intense harmony of both electric and acoustic vibrations, their signature sound, is nearly impossible to describe except that it feels surprisingly at home in the heart and the bones. This writer is currently trying to figure out how to put it to words. One must find it for themself.
As smiles abounded and hugs were exchanged a crowd favorite, “All I Knew”, took everyone by the shirttails and left for another rollercoaster, destined with more peaks and valleys for all to experience. And then it was on to set break. Goodbye. Au revoir. Auf Wiedersehen. For now…
Picking up right where they left off, Papadosio blasted through the second set with an eclectic mix of tracks spanning their entire career: “We Are Water” and “Oracle Theme” from T.E.T.I.O.S., “By the Light of the Stars” and “Unparalyzer” from the By the Light of the Stars EP, “Night Colors” from Observations, and “Taking Turns” which has yet to be released outside of live recordings. Tired and exhilarated, the crowd watched Dosio leave the stage, soon to return with a feverish abandon that only a “Snorkel” encore can muster. An incendiary drumbeat soon warming up into reverb laced guitar lines and soaring synths, the crowd was immediately transported to another planet. The song ebbed and flowed and brought all of the night’s frivolities to a peak, culminating in one final climax. And, with that, the show was over.
In retrospect it was a night well done but over too soon. Friends were made and good times were had. Smiles were served, and all was well in the world. Indianapolis had its own little bit of magic that night. We came, we saw, and music conquered.
T.V. Song (w/ Corey Frye)
You and Yourself
All I Knew
We Are Water
By the Light of the Stars
The Main Squeeze Setlist:
Where Do We Go?
Funky Good Time (Intro)
Loud (w/ Sam Brouse)
Tank X-ing (w/ Rob McConnel)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I’ll Take Another
Message to the Lonely
Jeff Abel AKA Excision Hails from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He frequently works with fellow Canadian producers Datsik and Downlink. Along with Downlink, he is the founder of Rottun Recordings. Active since 2004, his first release was in 2007. He had released an annual “Shambhala” mix album in the third quarter of each year. He also is known for his watts of bass tours. This new tour brings once again his “Executioner” video and light production. This time around, he brings a new 150,000 watt bass system from PK Sound
Abel recently founded another label “Destroid Records”, upon its debut release a full length digital album was released with the majority of tracks by Excision himself and collaborations with other artists such as Downlink, Space Laces, Far Too Loud, Bassnectar and Ajapai. Another single was released in December 2013 by Excision & Space Laces entitled “Get Stupid”. There are more releases scheduled to be released on Destroid Records. In January he released a free downlowd with Downlink entitled “Rock You”. Check them both out below.
Dirtyphonics is a French electronic music group from Paris, formed by Charly, Thomas, and Pho in 2004 and joined by Pitchin in 2009. Their music style is based on Electro, Dubstep, Drumstep, and Drum and Bass. In 2008, Dirtyphonics was originally signed on Shimon’s label AudioPorn Records. After releasing remixes on many labels, such as Mau5trap, Cooking Vinyl, Ram, MTA, Ultra Records, they joined Dim Mak Records in 2012. Dirtyphonics has worked with Linkin Park, Skrillex, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Foreign Beggars, NERO, Modestep, Steve Aoki, Marilyn Manson, and many more through collaborations and remixes.
On March 19, 2013, Dirtyphonics released their debut full-length album Irreverence which merges heavy bass music, drum and bass, dubstep, and electro. The first single from the album, “Dirty,” was released in October 2012, followed by “Walk In The Fire,” “No Stopping Us,” and “Hanging On Me” in 2013 with remixes covering most genres of electronic music. In early 2014, Thomas quit the band to become a painter known as Matheo de Bruvisso
ill.Gates is a Toronto-based composer, performer and educator. Over the past 16 years, he has established a global fan base and a reputation as one of the most dynamic electronic music artists around. He regularly tours across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates has headlined at such festivals as Burning Man, Shambala, the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. His first full-length release, Autopirate (Muti Music, 2008) charted and continues to sell strongly. His upcoming triple album The ill.Methodology and accompanying online course are highly anticipated. Gates was recently selected as one of the Next 100 by URB Magazine.
Many of his contemporaries cite ill.Gates as a key artistic influence and inspiration in their music. While on tour, Gates frequently teaches workshops to grateful and attentive audiences, in which he shares his highly effective approach to producing quality finished music as well as insights into the mentality and strategies necessary to succeed in the music business.
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
502 N New Jersey St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Get tickets: http://bit.ly/17VIY80
Known for stimulating live performances since their formal debut in 2011, Grouplove is a surprisingly appealing hybrid of poppy male falsettos, experimental ambient music, and rousing rock’n’roll.
Fronted by quirky couple Hanna Hooper (keys,vocals) and Christian Zucconi (guitar, vocals), the band’s onstage chemistry is at once infectious and alluring. Supported by Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), and Ryan Rabin (drums)- Grouplove’s upbeat jams dabble in indie pop to progressive rock and everywhere in between.
The band’s background is as eclectic as its sound; all five members met in 2009 at an artist residency in Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. Drawn to each other by an inexplicable spiritual attraction, Hooper, Zucconi, Gadd, Wessen, and Rabin didn’t initially intend to form a band but immediately knew they had entered each other’s lives for a reason.
A year later they started performing as a band and went on tour as the supporting act for Florence and The Machine. By 2011, they released their debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song; you might recognize the album’s second single, “Tongue Tied”, from a popular iPod Touch commercial.
In less than three years as an active, touring band Grouplove has:
- Made appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Glastonbury, Coachella, Sasquatch! And Bonnaroo
- Toured as the supporting act for Florence and The Machine, The Joy Formidable, Foster The People, and Young The Giant
- Been supported on tour by Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and MS MR
- Appeared three times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, twicse on Conan, and once each on Jimmy Kimmel, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show
Currently, Grouplove are touring in support of their 2013 release, Spreading Rumors. Decidedly more psychedelic and alt rock than their indie folk debut, the band’s sophomore album simultaneously channels the obscurity of MGMT, the exuberance of My Morning Jacket, and the jovial spirit of Passion Pit.
Expect to see lots of happy jumping and vigorous dancing- both on stage and in the crowd- when Grouplove hit The Egyptian Room this Friday at Old National Center.
Hear and watch all the intimate details of the band’s unique history in this special documentary titled “I’m With You.”
GROUPLOVE with Alex Winston
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Friday March 21st, 2014; 08:00 PM
Tickets via Livenation
It may have been Tuesday evening outside of Old National Center, but inside it felt like a full blown Friday. Bob Weir and his outfit, Ratdog, gave concert goers a phenomenal performance. Say what you will about old rockers, but Weir could’ve given any young, professional guitarist a run for their money last night.
They ignited the night with an old Grateful Dead classic, “Bertha”, and moved straight into “Mississippi Two-Step”. “New Speedway Boogie” was up next, and at this point the concert felt more like a sing-a-long than a traditional show. There wasn’t a soul sitting down for those first twenty minutes. Dead-heads old enough to have toured with the band in the 60s, and teenagers who learned of the Dead through their parents all shimmied and jumped in their seats to the music.
This writer was accompanied to the show by her father, who has been listening to the Dead since the 70s. Bringing people together to celebrate music is exactly what the Dead did, and still do. The cross-generational fandom of the Grateful Dead, and their related acts, is one of the most remarkable aspects of their music. Speaking of cross-generational, Ratdog also played some other timeless tunes.
After set break, Weir whipped out his acoustic and serenaded the crowd with a beautiful rendition of “Blackbird”. Once again, fans both long in the tooth and high-school age rejoiced by signing along with this Beatles classic.
Weir broke out into several dazzling jams that, despite Garcia and his marked differences in guitar playing, sounded very Jerry-esque. Additionally, throughout the night his instrumentation was backed up by some seriously skilled musicians. Ratdog packs a double bass combo along with another guitarist, a drummer, and a keyboardist.
From old Grateful Dead favorites, to cross-generational grooving, Tuesday night with Ratdog was nothing less than glorious. Thank you Bobby and crew.
The Weir is here. Indy has hosted some of the nation’s premiere Grateful Dead influenced bands over the past few months: Terrappin Flyer and Dark Star Orechestra, to name a few. You’ve seen the rest, now see the best. The irreplaceable Bob Weir, longtime rhythm guitarist for the Grateful Dead, will be performing at Old National Center on Tuesday March 11th with his band Ratdog.
Ratdog was officially founded following the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. Bob Weir, guitarist, and Rob Wasserman, bassist, had toured together under the name “Weir and Wasserman” and “Scaring the Children” sporadically prior to Garcia’s death, but the passing of Garcia really got the wheels spinning on the project.
Needless to say, the group has garnered a large fan base. Aside from hashing out Grateful Dead classics, the band notably performs Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and other influential classic rock artists, too. Ratdog has hosted a slew of talented musicians in the lineup over the years. Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead percussionist), Bill Kreutzman (Grateful Dead keyboardist), Les Claypool and Trey Anastasio are among the smattering of musicians that have graced the stage alongside Ratdog. Current touring members include Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester and Rob Wasserman.
If you haven’t had your good old fashioned Dead fix this year, are aching for more, or simply want to start preparing for the upcoming festie season (yay!) mosey on down to Old National to witness Ratdog where you can catch a glimpse of good, old Bobby “playin’ in the band”.
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Thursday, Jan 30th
Deluxe @ Old National Centre
Scott “DotEXE” Stanley, an electronic music prodigy, was smack dab in the middle of studying computer programming when he typed his last command — “.exe” — and never looked back. He has since adopted this mysterious moniker as his DJ alias and this 22-year-old is now one of the fastest growing underground electronic producers of 2013. His Meg & Dia’s “Monster” remix has achieved viral status, accumulating over ten million views in just over a year. Despite his remix success, Stanley, a member of the growing Monstercat family, prides himself on originals, including “Run Away From Me”, “Kill It with Fire”, and his latest, “Hipster Cutthroat”. With a wide range of tempos and addicting melodies, DotEXE is breaking sound barriers at a venue near you.
Local Support from:
* INDIGO CHILD
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DELUXE at Old National Centre
502 N. New Jersey
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In an industry dominated by men, the Chicago native trio Krewella proves women can produce EDM too. Sometimes labeled as “diva dubstep,” the voices of Jahan and Yasmine can become quite addicting to sing along with while dancing to their crunchy electro-punk beats.
Krewella is made up of vocalists and songwriter sisters Jahan and Yasmine along with producer Rain Man. The first time I saw Krewella live was in their hometown Chicago when they were opening for Zeds Dead. I was skeptical to say the least. But ever since that performance, I will proudly rep their “Krew,”
In today’s rave world, it’s more than just the music, but it’s also about the performance. These ladies nail it. The most recent time I saw Krewella was, once again, in Chicago at Spring Awakening Music Festival. They had a midday set time, yet they still had the best audience interaction all weekend.
Who doesn’t love to watch two rebel-hot ladies sing, dance, and head bang to the beat? I’m a female and I find them captivating. They know how to pump up the crowd, and they know how to express sexuality without baring it all.
Recently they released a new album called Get Wet, which made the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 200 in the first week. Right now they are busy on the Get Wet Live Tour and will be stopping in Indy at the Egyptian Room in the Old National Centre Nov. 14.
And if you haven’t already, follow them on Soundcloud because they regularly release new FREE music. My favorite is when they release hour-long sets called the “Troll Mixes.” Here is my pick: