Chris Rock bringing “Total Blackout” tour to Indianapolis’ Murat Theater in May

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In great news for Hoosier stand-up fans, particularly in the post-election climate, where we all need to be able to find ways to both laugh and think, Chris Rock has announced his first stand-up tour in nine years and he’ll be bringing it through the Circle City! On May 3rd Rock will stop in Indianapolis at the Murat Theater, a show for which tickets go on sale to the public on Friday! I, for one, can’t get in line soon enough. Screw Ticketmaster, I’m hitting the Murat box office first thing Friday morning. Who’s with me?

THE LIVE WIRE: Crowbar – “High Rate Extinction” (5th Quarter Lounge, 12/5/2016)

There’s never a disappointing moment when you’re at a Crowbar show. I love the fact that they bridge the gap between my appreciation of the best elements of doom metal, brooding thunder that shakes your brain until it bleeds, andpassages that are equally at home in the world of hardcore punk. Easily the most influential band to ever come out of New Orleans’ metal community, these guys have been destroying convention for almost thirty years.

The track I caught on video tonight is the opener off their self-titled sophomore album, released back in 1993, but there’s nothing dated about the sound here. The way they slam right into the opening riff you’d think they wrote that bastard two weeks ago!

After the bruising I took to get Goatwhore shots, I wasn’t in position to get the best photo of Crowbar, so here are what I was able to snap … hope the video makes up for it! (All photos credit: Jonathan Sanders)

LIVE PHOTOS: Goatwhore at the 5th Quarter Lounge (12/5/2016)

I’ve learned to take my shots in the world of metal. And in this case, to get my shots of New Orleans’ Goatwhore, a band I’ve wanted to see now for months, I had to take a few … to the balls! Yeah, the crowd got a bit physical during this band’s particularly solid set Monday night, but it was worth it to be part of the wildest crowd I’ve experienced yet at the 5th Quarter. I got my photos, I took my punches, I got a few in of my own, and then got the hell out of the way and enjoyed plenty of amazing metal in the process!

If you haven’t had the chance to catch a show at Mona and Shannon’s bar, get your asses down there — the 5th Quarter is among the upper echelon of live music venues in the nation hands down, metal or not! And it’s right in our back yard here in Indianapolis. No excuses!

(All photos credit: Jonathan Sanders)

LIVE PHOTOS: Lillake at the 5th Quarter Lounge (12/5/2016)

Oh … my … God …

Let me just tell you. I was prepared for Crowbar. I’ve fucking seen their asses before, at the 5th Quarter. I knew what they could do. And I was told what Goatwhore was capable of by friends who had seen them before. But I had never seen Lillake. Few have.  They’d only done nine live shows prior to tonight’s show at the 5th, though Nico Santora’s a legend if you’ve followed Suicidal Tendencies. So you’d at least know he’s capable of pulling out some serious rabbits from that hat.

But damn!

Tonight this band seriously fucked my shit up. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. Check out the video below of the 12 minutes I taped … two songs they’ve given me permission to post. And enjoy the photos below as well. And then, by all means, GO BUY THEIR ALBUM! Support music that fucking matters!

Thank you.

(All photos credit: Jonathan Sanders)

“Hear! Hear!” Music to co-sponsor ‘Shut Your Punk Ass Up Fest 2017’!

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You have been warned … this is going to be the biggest year yet for the best punk fest in central Indiana, now entering its third year! More bands are going to be added to the bill, so when you drop your $12 measly bucks for a two-day pass for the fest on March 31 and April 1 2017, you’re going to get these 16 insanely talented local bands and more! Trust me, I’ve only seen Fastidio and AnneFrankDux off this list, and those two alone are worth $12!

Hell, I’m putting my money where my mouth is. “Hear! Hear!” Music is proud to announce that this site is already signed on as an early co-sponsor of the fest at the top level. So we’re all in on this unholy bastard. Expect to see interviews with as many of these bands as we can muster ahead of the fest, and then tons of live coverage during the two days.

Get your tickets NOW!

LIVE PHOTOS: The Why Store at the Vogue (12/2/16)

Muncie’s The Why Store, local legends celebrating their 20th Anniversary at the Vogue this past Friday, played to a packed house of wildly excited fans who fully appreciated their nostalgia-heavy setlist. My review of the evening’s show will be in this week’s NUVO Newsweekly but you can enjoy my photos below, along with video from their mid-90s performance on the Conan O’Brien show of “Surround Me” from right before their Mellencamp support stint — how did Letterman miss the boat on the most popular band to come out of Muncie?

(All photos credit: Jonathan Sanders)

LIVE PHOTOS: Endiana at the Vogue (12/2/16)

Endiana made  their debut on the Vogue’s storied stage Friday night, introducing hundreds of rabid Why Store fans to their eclectic blend of folk, blues and down-home alt-rock. For a full review of the entire show, including the Why Store’s performance, check out this Wednesday’s print and online editions of NUVO Newsweekly! In the meantime, check out all my photos from the evening. And as soon as you get a chance, buy a damned copy of How To Walk Out, the band’s brand-new album, for yourself and everyone on your Christmas list.

(All photos, credit: Jonathan Sanders)