Radio Radio presents Bottoms Up Burlesque and The End Times Spasm Band tomorrow night. Enjoy!
The White Rabbit Cabaret presents Super Happy Funtime Burlesque tonight. Sensing a theme?
Indy's Jukebox provides necessary burlesque counterpoint with the metal of Biorhythm, Fleshsuit, Freemason, and more. Tomorrow night, take in Debo Jenkins.
The Hoosier Dome welcomes Loma Prieta, Birds in Row, Casque, Marital Roles, and bleachdrinker. Tomorrow night, the venue hosts Tesla Armada, Caelume, and Pessoa.
And there's live jazz and lounge music at Maria's Pizza and the Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy!
So our first house show didn't start out as OUR house show, but the original location of the house show fell through and we gave this wandering orphan event shelter for the evening. The original host handled all the invites (although we also welcomed some neighborhood friends in for the fun of it). Even the food came pre-acquired, so we literally just had to open the doors and move some furniture.
Luckily, the band Faux Fix turned out to be both wonderful musicians and excellent people all around, and I was able to share some geeky moments over our common affection for the SoftStep. We witnessed a fantastic hour-plus show, they distributed some CDs and such (extremely important for a band on the road), and more folks got to hear their music (light but affecting electronic music with folky leanings - extremely likable).
So some quick tips from what we learned:
- Invite more than you think will show to ensure a full house
- Good food goes a long way
- Pleasant flexibility goes a long way
- Working with good people makes all task extremely easy
If anything, shows like this prove you don't have to restrict house shows to simple acoustic affairs or louder shows at larger places. Faux Fix knows how to travel light yet create a full, layered sound.
Radio Radio has one show this weekend, and it's sold out. Congrats to Delta Spirit and Water on their packed house tomorrow night!
The White Rabbit Cabaret is full of burlesque this weekend - have at it!
Indy's Jukebox presents Dead Birds Adore Us, 9th Circle Symphony, and Losing September tonight. Tomorrow, you can see The Elixers with Those Crosstown Rivals and MG and the Gas City 3.
The Hoosier Dome brings in Winslow, Follow And Feel, Holy Mackenzie, and Full Monte tonight. Tomorrow, take in the CD release show for Pretending We're Monsters, as well as Of Wolves & Angels, ForeverAtLast, The Voice of Hayden, and It's Safe, I Swear.
It's Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater tonight with the Ball State Big Band, and there's live jazz and lounge music at Maria's Pizza and the Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy!
I owe this blog a post about house shows, and one is coming next week. My wife and I hosted a transplant house show earlier this weekend, and I want to share what we learned (as well as an appreciation for my neighborhood for coming in to see it).
Man, it's St. Patrick's Day out there this weekend. I'm not sure I'd want to face those crowds, either. To wit, Radio Radio is closed Friday and Saturday.
The folks at White Rabbit Cabaret fear not. They hosts The Kemps, Rooms and Skyhunter Saturday night.
The Hoosier Dome presents Bleach Drinker and Gnarwhale tonight. Tomorrow night, you can see Details Details, Of Arizona, and Teenagers from Outer Space.
Indy's Jukebox brings you the magic of the Dockers tonight, along with Blick, Drop Dead, and Haruspex. Tomorrow includes the Elixers, Those Crosstown Rivals, and MG and the Gas City 3.
And there's always the live jazz and lounge music at Maria's Pizza and the Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy!
The Loudness War rages on, even as folks calm down a bit and realize that music isn't meant to be overly squashed and forced through an aural firehose at the listener (yes, I realize quality mastering folks have said this for years, but even iTunes is getting in on it now). Would you rather have a conversation with a friend, or would you rather that friend shout everything at you at the same frustratingly loud volume? Even if you don't speak the language of audio geeks, the distinction should be clear. And thus, I ask you to show support for tomorrow's Dynamic Range Day - making the world a better place for its tender little albums. Support your right to use the volume control as you see fit, and let your music breathe.
Most studios know enough to test their systems and read up on issues before upgrading the OS on their recording computers, but it's important to remember that applies to all devices in this post-PC world - even your phone. Such as the tuning app that suddenly displayed everything a half-step sharp last night after the iPhone iOS 5.1 upgrade. And I was wondering why everything seemed a little off during the warm-ups. Luckily, there's always a backup:
- Another tuning app
- A hardware tuner
Gotta be prepared . . . test and backup. It applies to every digital device.
Radio Radio presents Katie Herzig and Andy Davis tonight. Tomorrow gets all fret ninja with the Candyrat Guitar Night, featuring Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson, Ryan Spendlove, and Craig D'Andrea.
The White Rabbit Cabaret hosts the pianoke of NOISE! tonight and the Real Talk Dance Party tomorrow night.
Indy's Jukebox brings in Misunderstood tonight. Tomorrow, it's Made Alive, Youthguard, and KILLING RILEY. Sunday rounds out with Prospect Hill.
The Hoosier Dome spends their weekend with Rodeo Ruby Love and End Times Spasm Band tonight and The Day After!!! with Giants at Large tomorrow.
It's Swing Night tonight at the Fountain Square Theater with the DePauw University Jazz Ensemble. Did I see a jazz ensemble on Wabash College's music page? Right. Okay. And don't forget the live jazz and lounge music at Maria's Pizza and The Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy!
Got opinions about Mastered for iTunes? These people do! And it really doesn't change all that much right now. Asking for high-quality files in preparation for higher-quality consumer files isn't a bad idea, but good recordings were already there. The new tools to demonstrate how a file sounds is a bonus, but again, but quality engineers already understood the need to test. The principle that you should always record and master to the best possible format hasn't changed, and the jury is still out on whether the Mastered for iTunes files on sale at the iTunes store really do sound better - there's a ton of other considerations about the recording process in general that could affect that, no matter what tools and guidelines Apple provides. Higher fidelity is always welcome, so let's see what's coming out next. I'm not going to get too excited right now. When Apple sells full lossless or makes low-data cost streaming available, then it's the time to freak out. I like Ian Shepard's opinion that this is a step in the right direction, but the road continues.
And, of course, folks like Bandcamp already make lossless available . . . just sayin'.
Radio Radio runs 15 bands on and off of their stage this weekend. 9 bands play the Beta Cell Bash to benefit juvenile diabetes research tonight, and the Cash Smash has 6 bands pay tribute to the Man in Black.
The White Rabbit Cabaret hosts She Does is Magic, The Bonesetters and Laura K. Balke tomorrow night.
Indy's Jukebox presents a most metal weekend. Tonight, take in Ritual, Betrayer, Expecting Casualties, and Solar Being. Tomorrow, the mighty Gates of Slumber pummel you into submission.
The Hoosier Dome features Don't Call It A Comeback, Drop The Anchor, Breaking New Lines, and Glorious Rebellion tonight. Tomorrow, watch JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights, Mitch Vice of It's All Happening, Cody Almond of Don't Call It A Comeback, Will Sharaya, and Matt Enemy Must Die.
I'll step out a bit and also recommend the Girls Rock Indy fundraiser at Talbott St. tonight, too.
And, of course, live jazz and lounge music at Maria's Pizza and the Brass Ring all weekend long. Happy First Friday!
Not the site at all, mind you - just my ability to actually put together an album in one month. Not sure if I'm going to blame a rather busy freelance writing schedule this month or the fact that I'm a first-time songwriter in this regard, but there it is. Got starts on three songs, nothing recorded, and definitely not the 14 tracks FAWM expected. So, I'll continue it into March. Nobody says I have to stop writing, no? Look for results on Soundcloud as they become available.