Here are my picks for the best concerts going down this weekend:
-Art vs. Art After Party
September 7th, Radio Radio, 10 pm, $5
Art vs. Art is one of the coolest cultural events on the Indy cultural calendar, and now it has a kickass concert to match. Dodge over at My Old Kentucky Blog has wonderful things to say about Louisville Psych-rockers Wax Fang, and I can personally attest to local rock heroes Those Young Lions. This show cannot be missed if you are hitting up Art vs. Art, but feel free to skip it and head straight to Radio Radio if you have to work late.
-Hey Hey Melodica/The Delicious
September 8th, Radio Radio, 9 pm, $5
This show features two Indiana bands on the rise. Hey Hey Melodica is a folky indie-rock band that is something of a cross between Wilco and the Flaming Lips. The Delicious are out of Bloomington. They sound like a healthy mix of Of Montreal, They Might Be Giants, and (hey, why not?) The Beatles. Their music is crazy addictive. Soon, they will be huge. Hop on the bandwagon while you still can.
September 12th, Birdy’s, 9 pm, $5
A huge helping of local original bands come together to play short sets of 80’s covers. It is rare to see musicians of this skill playing covers, and the song selection goes much deeper than 80’s cliches. The only time in my entire life that I’ve enjoyed a Rush song was the absolutely spot on version of “Tom Sawyer” that was played last year. Even if you weren’t a child of the 80’s, this is great fun.
-3rd Annual Hip Hop Summit
September 8th, Martin Luther King Service Center, Noon, $5
B-boy battles, spoken word performances, and a kids showcase co-exist with performances by Twilight Sentinels, blackSoil project, The Philosophy, and Blackberry Jam. Show up to get a crash course on some of the hip-hop Indianapolis has to offer.