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Terrible Things with Bayside and The Sleeping

Jan. 19 • Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Terrible Things' debut is a concept album shaped around a series of arsons in the bands' hometown of Coatesville, Pa. The trio maps out hooky, soaring AltRock that moves competently, peppering through interesting shifts and twists.  

Circa Survive with Anberlin and Foxy Shazam

Jan. 24 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Circa Survive's Post Hardcore provides enough histrionic turns that the frontman's antics make contextual sense. 'Blue Sky Noise,' the latest record from the Philly five-piece, is driven by distortion-manipulated guitars that are prone to expanding into lush patterns.  

Music: Terrible Things

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 18, 2011
In 2008 and 2009, Coatesville, Pa., was victim of bizarre, cruel trauma. Within that period, the small town with a population of about 10,000 was subject to some 44 arsons within its city limits. Fred Mascherino was captivated by the drama unfolding in his hometown. He began writing songs about the arsons and became "pretty much obsessed" with the saga. The resulting work would be collected on 'Terrible Things,' last August's debut from Mascherino's new band of the same.  

Music: Circa Survive

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Some folks have the ability to react so strikingly that your attention drifts away from the music to keeping an eye on what one person is going to do next. Anthony Green is one such individual. During Circa Survive's set at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus last summer, the vocalist made for a weird, immensely captivating force. He would rattle his body like lightning was repeatedly striking him and roll his eyes into the back of his head as if someone was in the middle of performing an exorcism on him.  

Music: Slothpop

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Around the summer of 2009, Kristin Newborn launched Slothpop as a planned "side project" in which she was joined by Dan Zender and Lauren Eison. The band's name was a nod to "Sloth," a nickname Newborn earned for her admitted predilection for doing things at a laid-back pace. Slothpop would not stay an occasional distraction for long. Today, it's full-fledged Indianapolis-based band that includes Newborn, Eison, Zender, Bryan Unruh, Jeff Vyain and Drew Malott.  

Music: Jesse Malin and The St. Marks Social

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 11, 2011
'Love It To Life,' last April's debut from Jesse Malin and The St. Marks Social, is a record steeped in tribute. A major source of inspiration for Malin, a singer/guitarist best known for stints in now-defunct Punk bands D Generation and Heart Attack, was his rekindled love for J.D. Salinger and, by proxy, 'The Catcher in the Rye.' In 'Love It''s most prominent example, "The Archer" is spun off of Salinger's interest in sending love letters to females he only knew through magazines or television.  

Slothpop Isn't Slouching

Indianapolis Indie ensemble takes hold of imagination and ambition

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
At its most basic, Slothpop's sound is restrained Indie Pop. The arrangements are tempered and utilitarian in design, the melodies are sweetly sonorous but not overbearing and instruments move in and out with clockwork care. The overarching minimalism means you have to dig around for nuance and listen intently to soak it in. Slothpop's sound tends to not come to you; you have to get closer to it.  

Slothpop

Jan. 12 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
At its most basic, Slothpop's sound is restrained Indie Pop. The arrangements are tempered and utilitarian in design, the melodies are sweetly sonorous but not overbearing and instruments move in and out with clockwork care. The overarching minimalism also means that you have to dig around for nuance and listen intently to soak it in. Slothpop's sound tends to not come to you; you have to get closer to it.  

Jesse Malin and The St. Marks Social with Alone at 3am and The Whorenettes

Jan. 18 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Intentionally or otherwise, Malin & The St. Marks Social evoke the multi-hued instrumentation of The Clash, deftly working its way through hopeful gang chants, boisterous dance songs and chilled-out moments of introspection.  

Kepi Ghoulie with The Queers and Dead North

Dec. 15 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Kepi Ghoulie, guitarist/singer of the Groovie Ghoulies, a now defunct Pop-Punk band, has put out two recent LPs under different names. Kepi and Friends' 'American Gothic' was a breezy, predominantly acoustic record, while Kepi the Band's 'Hanging Out' was an electric-heavy affair from his new, occasional band, which includes members of other Punk outfits like The Secretions and Helper Monkeys.