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Indie vanguards Pedro The Lion and John Vanderslice recently played to a packed house at The HI-FI in Fountain Square. Touring behind their latest records, Phoenix and The Cedars respectively, both acts brought a passion to their sets that made the room feel like more of a family gathering than a concert hall.

Although David Bazan has been on solo tours throughout the past few years, this latest record features a reunited and re-energized Pedro The Lion. The band sounded as if the hiatus was merely a blip as they ripped through new tracks from Phoenix as well as much-loved material from earlier in their catalog. 


John Vanderslice was similarly well-received by a swarm of fans. In between songs, Vanderslice even participated in a brief Q&A session by pulling questions out of a pint glass and charming the crowd. His voice pierced the small talk of the club, bringing those just walking in and unfamiliar with his sound into a pack in front of the stage, excited to hear more.

Pedro The Lion

John Vanderslice

Photos by Doug Fellegy

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Two of the most pure voices currently in music, Stella Donnelly and Faye Webster, played sets to an awestruck crowd at The Bishop in Bloomington last week.  Fans were treated to an uncompromisingly joyful evening of songs from their latest releases, Beware of the Dogs and Atlanta Millionaires Club, respectively.

Stella Donnelly

Faye Webster

Photos by Doug Fellegy

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Recently, a crowd at The HI-FI was able to witness the blissful psychedelic folk of Kikagaku Moyo. The Tokyo-based five piece performed to a large crowd of curious ears, swimming through a catalog full of dreamy vocals and experimental prog-tinged arrangements. Masana Temples, the band’s latest album, features a healthy mix of exploration while retaining a fiery sense of urgency, i.e. the transition between the literal forest thunderstorm break on the track “Amayadori” that unfurls into the fuzzed-out push of “Gatherings.” In short: the people who knew what they were in for were thrilled while the uninitiated were converted.

The evening began with a set from Art Feynmen, the latest solo project from the former Here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple. This iteration finds Temple’s soothing voice bopping through Eno-filtered krautrock, building up precise rhythmic patterns and then suddenly breaking free thanks to a peripheral keyboard line that strikes out on its own. This sound is clearly distanced from the airy folk of Temple’s past but the heart of his music remains the same, and that’s never a bad thing with an artist of this caliber.

Kikagaku Moyo

Art Feynman 

Photos by Doug Fellegy

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Kevin Krauter‘s latest release, Toss Up, out on Bayonet Records is an in house favorite from 2018 around here. Back last summer, Krauter stopped by LUNA music to play an instore set before heading out on tour.

Kevin Krauter - "Cowboy Chloe" (Live @ LUNA music) - YouTube

The instore performance also included tracks from Changes, Krauter’s first solo excursion. Live versions of songs like “Shadow Boxing” and “Cowboy Chloe” feature Krauter’s delicate vocals layered over soothingly minimalist guitar arrangements, offering a deeper and more focused take on his work. It’s a sound that gets more and more rewarding with each listen.

Kevin Krauter - "Fantasy Theme" (Live @ LUNA music) - YouTube

Kevin Krauter - "Shadow Boxing" (Live @ LUNA music) - YouTube

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Every year Indianapolis throws down for Record Store Day and every year our LaundroMatinee crew assemble to capture the sights and the sounds. Our next release from that day at LUNA music is from Kevin Krauter, a favorite son amongst Indy’s local music scene. Formerly a member of the celebrated Bloomington band, Hoops, Krauter’s solo releases have reveled in a hazy glimmer that currently find him touring the UK. Relive a highlight from his set below, and check back next week for an extended instore performance.

Kevin Krauter - "Rollerskate" (Live @ LUNA for Record Store Day) - YouTube

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My favorite destination festival of 2018 was easily the Hinterland Music Festival, just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. You should check my photo recap here!

The “not too large”, single stage footprint is set up as a camping festival and consistently features top alt-country, americana, and indie artists. Last year’s festival featured incredible sets from Sturgill Simpson, CHVRCHES, Tyler Childers, and more.

This year, the fest has expanded to three days, and will take place Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles, Iowa. Below is how it is going to shake out. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15.

Friday, August 2
Hozier
Kacey Musgraves
Hippo Campus
Jade Bird
Keuning

Saturday, August 3
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
The Wood Brothers
Colter Wall
The Dead South
Ron Gallo
John Moreland
The Maytags
Adam Bruce

Sunday, August 4
Brandi Carlile
Maggie Rogers
Dawes
Brent Cobb
The War and Treaty
Ruston Kelly
The Nude Party
Elizabeth Moen

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Every year Indianapolis throws down for Record Store Day and every year our LaundroMatinee crew assemble to capture the sights and the sounds. Our next release from that day at LUNA music is from Sleeping Bag, indie-stalwarts based out of Bloomington, IN. They’ve put on some of the most consistently great Record Store Day performances we’ve ever been lucky enough to witness over the years, so we were thrilled to get to record them here.

Sleeping Bag - Money (Live @ LUNA for Record Store Day) - YouTube

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Ryley Walker stopped by the White Rabbit Cabaret after the release of his newest work, The Lillywhite Sessions, a collection of covers made popular in the early aughts by Dave Matthews Band. The psychedelic-folk of his earlier work remains the backbone of Walker’s catalog, but he’s certainly enjoyed a bit more name recognition with his unique take on the widely-know Dave Matthews record. No matter the performance, though, Walker’s lyrical and musical talent remain the highlight. His sets have the capability to each become something of their own, meandering in and out of the space while remaining true to his original sound.

Opening the evening were Mute Duo, a Chicago-based pair who’s experimental ambient sounds paired well with the rest of the evening. Their performance careened between the subtle and the cacophonous, at first welcoming the just-walking-in crowd into the venue before pushing their instruments to a furious wall of droning rhythm. It was inviting in the best of ways.

Ryley Walker

Mute Duo

Photos by Doug Fellegy

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Charley Crockett just released Charley Crockett presents Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza last week through Thirty Tigers, which is his second album release this year. This album pays tribute to Crockett’s busking days, and is “stocked with his own interpretations of old-school country songs and half-forgotten blues gems” – songs originally performed by George Jones, Ernest Tubb, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed, Charles Brown, Lavelle White, Ray Charles, and more.

“I love timeless songs,” says Crockett. “I’ve always believed that the more timeless songs you learn how to play, the more timeless songs you can write.”

Good Time Charley's Got the Blues - YouTube

Stream Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza on YouTube

On the heels of his critically acclaimed Lonesome As A Shadow album release, Crockett swung through Indianapolis earlier this year, opening for Shooter Jennings, and pretty much stole the show. For those unfamilar, Crockett brings a mix of Texas blues, classic country and Cajun soul to his songs.

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Overcoats, a folk-soul duo made up of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell with Joao Gonzalez on percussion, fill up any space they perform in with unquestionable joy. When they performed at LUNA music the band played selections from their critically acclaimed album Young, piling on the synths and layered vocals to create an experience that out-performs any recording. You can relive, or experience for the first time, these songs via our attempts at capturing the magic that Elion, Mitchell, and Gonzalez created.

Overcoats - "Smaller Than My Mother" (Live at LUNA music) - YouTube

Overcoats - "I Don't Believe In Us" (Live at LUNA music) - YouTube

Overcoats - "Leave The Light On" (Live at LUNA music) - YouTube

Overcoats - "23" (Live at LUNA music) - YouTube

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