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5
Dec

Turntable.fm Announces Winter Festival

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The various chat rooms of digital listening lounge Turntable.fm will play host to several dozen musical guests throughout the month of December. Each weekday, a different artists will be on hand to chat and play tunes with fans in one of the site’s rooms. A tentative schedule has been announced, along with the lineup listed in the picture above (click on the image to view full-size). The lineup is eclectic, with appearances planned from everyone from Work Drugs to Umphrey’s McGee. An unlimited number of users will be able to listen and observe, however only the first 200 fans to enter the room will be able to chat directly with the band.

The experiment is the first for the social music platform. Turntable.fm unveiled a suite of updates last month. Billy Chasen, the site’s CEO and co-founder, told Mashable that the updates were designed to allow the rooms to host much larger volumes of users. Obviously these updates were necessary to accommodate the type of response that the site is hoping to see from initiatives like the winter festival.

The start-up has experienced its share of ups and downs since its launch last year. Turntable wowed the tech community by attracting 140,000 users in its first month and 400,000 after two. Since then, interest has waned. Chasen now claims a user base of more than 1.2 million with hopes that opportunities to reach large digital audiences will pay dividends in the future.

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Written by Rob Peoni

13
Nov

Preview: Tonic Ball 11

This Friday marks the 11th annual Tonic Ball in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square. The event showcases nearly 50 local and regional acts at three separate venues. Each year, the Tonic committee selects three acts whose material performers are asked to cover any way they see fit. This year’s event will feature the music of U2, Stevie Wonder and quintessential British invaders The Kinks.

All proceeds from the event help to fund local hunger-relief organization Second Helpings. The evening kicks off with a visual art exhibition at New Day Meadery at 5 PM. Music is scheduled to begin around 8. Check out the full slate of musical performers below. Tickets are $25: purchase online, by telephone (317-632-2664), or in-person at LUNA Music. The event typically sells out, so don’t sleep on an opportunity for a fantastic evening in support of a worthy cause.

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SCHEDULE

Radio Radio (The Kinks)

  • 8 PM – Blue collar Bluegrass
  • 8:20 -KRS +1
  • 8:40 – CW & The Working Class Trio
  • 9 PM – Vess Ruhtenberg
  • 9:20 – The Haters
  • 9:40 – Brian Deer & The Achievers
  • 10 PM – Yoko MOment
  • 10:20 – Phyllis
  • 10:40 – Red Light Driver
  • 11 PM – Everything, Now!
  • 11: 20 – Cocaine Wolves
  • 11:40 – Pravada
  • Midnight – Red Rash
  • 12:20 – Coolidge
  • 12:40 – Odyssey Favor
  • 1 AM – Deezen
  • 1:20 – The Founders

Fountain Square Theatre (U2)

  • 7:40 – South Six 5
  • 8 PM – Vertigo
  • 8:20 – Rooms
  • 8:40 – Sudo
  • 9 PM – Everest
  • 9:20 – Kaleidostars
  • 9:40 – The Common
  • 10 PM – Mars or the Moon
  • 10:20 – We’re Not Squibnocket
  • 10:40 – Gabriel Harley Band
  • 11 PM – Circle City Steel
  • 11:20 – Byrd House Sound
  • 11:40 – Buster Eagle

White Rabbit Cabaret (Stevie Wonder)

  • 8 PM – Bat Tattoo
  • 8:20 – Crackhead Patty
  • 8:40 – Motorboat Mary
  • 9 PM – Freddie T & The People
  • 9:20 – Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine
  • 9:40 – Ty Causey Band
  • 10 PM – Scott Kline & the Illusion of Control
  • 10:20 – Goliathon
  • 10:40 Tad Armstrong
  • 11 PM – Bill Mallers
  • 11:20 – Matt Mays & Count Baldie
  • Midnight – Echomaker
  • 12:20 – Chad Mills & the Upright Willies
  • 12:40 – Randy King & the New Positions
  • 1 AM – Pink Boyd
  • 1:20 – Old Truck Revival
15
Aug

Indy Weekend: Fountain Square’s Cataracts Music Festival

Since graduating from college and departing from the oasis of hedonism that is Bloomington, IN, there has been a a single, constant void in my life. It’s not Kilroy’s pepperoni bread sticks (now available downtown and in Broad Ripple). It’s not late night rounds of “Sink the Biz” at Nick’s. It’s not even the early wake-up call for a full day of drinking on 17th St. before a football game that nobody planned on watching. What I miss the most are raucous house parties. Those all night ragers, marked by loud music and questionable decision-making, that only come to a halt when the kegs run dry or the cops show up.

Fortunately for me, I have the opportunity to make up for lost time this weekend. A handful of houses between 927 and 945 E. Morris St. in Fountain Square will transform into music venues for two days of free music. Yes, you read that right FREE. Festivities will kick off this Friday around the Fountain Square Grand Prix and continue until the wee hours Sunday morning.

Cataracts Music Festival offers Indy citizens the opportunity to binge on their favorite local (and a few not-so-local) underground musicians. Check out a list of who will be where below. Also, be sure to check out Cataracts’ Tumblr for a treasure trove of videos from the performing artists. So don’t sleep on an opportunity to get weird, get wet (a dunk tank is promised) and get your ears blown off by some of Indy’s most talented, underappreciated musicians.

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Schedule:

Friday, August 17 – Fountain Square Grand Prix – Murphy Building Parking Lot

1:00- Organ Grinder
2:00- Beer
3:00- Bed
4:00- Hammer Screwdriver
5:00- Christian Taylor & Homeschool
6:00- Bonesetters
7:00- KO
8:00- Oreo Jones
9:00- Pravada
10:00- Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s

Saturday, August 18 – Cataracts Music Festival – E. Morris St.

Debbie’s Palace of Noise and Laundry
1:00- 2150′s
2:00- Creeping Pink
3:00- Teenage Strange
4:00- Psychic Feel
5:00- Jovontaes
6:00- Thee Open Sex
7:00- Learner Dancer
8:00- Crys & Heavy Hanging Sun-
9:00- Vacation Club
10:00- Burnt Ones

SKULL MANOR
1:30- DMA
2:30- Tight Genes
3:30- Ancient Slang
4:30- The Hecks
5:30- Marmoset
6:30- Bigcolour
7:30- Magic Milk
8:30- Lazy
9:30- Expo 70
10:30- White Mystery

JASONA BEACH
1:00- Hen
2:00- Death Tram
3:00- Slushy
4:00- The Orchidales
5:00- Energy Gown
6:00- Lushes
7:00- Pomegranates
8:00- Plains/Holy Youth
9:00- Gap Dream
10:00- Tammar

DAVE CAVE
1:30- Normanoak
2:30- The Mutations
3:30- Ramma Lamma
4:30- Purple Seven
5:30- Smoking Nurse
6:30- The Soft Opening
7:30- Scammers
8:30- Three Man Band
9:30- TV Ghost
10:30- Natural Child

Written by Rob Peoni