Rockville, Indiana made its mark as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World and where Indiana residents flock when they’re looking for a break. Rockville is also home to Indiana’s emerging classic rock band, Against the Clocks (ATC). The five-piece rock band garnered national attention for their smooth classic sound and teaming up with Tinderbox, SESAC, and radio stations across the country. And with the band’s upcoming show at the Indiana State Fair, they hope to redefine the rock in ROCKville.
Can I ask you a question, do these concert scenarios sound familiar?
Mosh pits of shoulder-to-shoulder sweaty people, audio so bad it leaves your hearing impaired, or your vision blocked because your seat was right behind a cement pillar.
As a concert goer you expect to feeeeeel the music around you, not the people or the venue. A musical performance is an experience in more ways than one. Concerts are a platform for people of the community to come together and rally behind messages that are being played by the musician. Music is one of those things in life that is an indescribable feeling, and has you in a state of mind that can be simply described as pure happiness. Well, you’re in luck. A group of young music enthusiasts have come together in Indianapolis, and have listened to those suggestions about attending a unique concert experience by jump-starting the Indianapolis chapter of Sofar Sounds.
This week, Wednesday at 7:30pm to be exact, Marina and the Diamonds will be serving Naptown a healthy helping of Froot. And while you may be thinking to yourself, “she isn’t even from here…” You’re right, but she will be here – which makes this a concert you won’t want to miss. The Welsh singer-songwriter who claimed mainstream radio fame with her 2012 hit “Primadonna” will be performing at the Egyptian Room in the Old National Centre. The show is one of the first stops on her United States tour supporting her internationally successful third full-length album release, Froot.
The wait for new music is almost over for fans of local Indy artist, Jason Aaron Coons, who is set to release his latest EP Ride Vol. I on May 22nd. JAC first teased new music almost a year ago during live shows before releasing unofficial tracks on soundcloud months ago. The offerings delivered a continuation to the singer-songwriter’s evolution to a sonic synth-pop sound heard on his last EP, The Coast. Now almost a year later from his last release, it’s time to for fans and local music lovers to turn their car stereos up and just ride.
To say the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest on May 9th is “folking up Indy” could quite possibly be an understatement. The first (and hopefully annual) festival will host 12 straight hours of live music on nine different stages from 70 different musical acts all on Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square. And if great local beer, local music, and local arts weren’t enticing enough, it’s all for a good cause with proceeds of the event being donated to Trusted Mentors, a local non-profit.
John and Luke Tuttle are lighting up the Hoosier state with their fresh synth-pop sound as the emerging electronic-pop duo, Dream Chief. The cousins started out playing covers at local coffee shops around Indy and released their first EP Live Alive, which helped land them a spot in the Top 24 on VH1’s competition Make a Band Famous. Now they are back in Indianapolis playing as many shows as they can book and gearing up for the release of their new EP due out this June. Indy, it’s time to dance.
Kel Taylor and Emma Harvey met during their freshman year orientation at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. At the time, Taylor was a budding singer-songwriter from Indianapolis and Harvey was a talented guitar player and vocalist from Dallas. The two quickly became best friends and began working together on Taylor’s solo project, Kel. The two realized their sound together produced something much more powerful. And in early 2015, Taylor and Harvey announced their new musical venture together as the indie pop-folk duo, Sawyer.
Indy’s live music scene is multifarious. From alternative cover bands in north side bars and indie acts in Fountain Square to arena sell-outs downtown, our city does not lack this important cultural attribute. Although our city lies some miles between music capital Nashville and Chicago, our venues traffic big-time musicians on a regular basis. In this Trndy article, I will describe a few of Naptown’s staple venues and upcoming summer concerts where you’ll be sure to find great music, wonderful people and good vibes.
Tiara Thomas returns to her signature acoustic sound in her latest single, “How It Is,” off her up-coming EP Up in Smoke. The Indy native singer-songwriter, best known for the platinum single “Bad,” transformed from just a college graduate to one of R&B music’s most exciting and talked about musicians. And in two years, Thomas had a very public fallout with Wale, released her debut EP, and signed with then parted with Interscope records. Now Thomas is moving forward as an independent artist providing fans with a more complete look into her many talents with her upcoming EP.
New Albany, Indiana may be small, but it has delivered a big punch in the music world. Jamey Abersold, born in 1939, hailing from New Albany, is considered the father of play-along improv jazz music books. His books are a staple in the realm of jazz and blues. Fast forward 75 years, and New Albany is making waves yet again in the music world- Enter Houndmouth.