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Fresh Track: Cicada Shells “All Bones Do Remain”


I’d be the first to admit that I’ve been largely indifferent to the local hip hop scene here in Indianapolis, but considering Thought On Tracks is a blog largely dedicated to Indiana bands and labels, writing about local acts is something I’d like to do more of.  Cicada Shells is a group I’ve been paying attention to largely because of Defame, the production half of the group.  His evolving brand of spacey glitch-hop is the type of forward thinking production I love and his beat for “All Bones Do Remain” is one of his best yet.  I was less familiar with Lorax, the MC half of Cicada Shells, but his strong, visual performance here ensures I’ll be checking for him from here on out as well.  If the group’s upcoming album is on the level of this single, it has the potential to be one of best hip hop albums of the year in a year stacked with great releases.  Stream or download the single (and the remix) below and get hip to one of the best reasons to pay attention to the Indy hip hop scene.

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Written by John Bugbee


Fresh Track: Learner Dancer “Forever Today (tripped and chewed)”

Indianapolis psychedelic rock outfit Learner Dancer‘s style is typically drenched in the type of black grease propagated by genre heavyweights like The Black Angels. Yesterday, the band shined a light on the mellower side of their psychedelic sensibilities in the form of a new single entitled “Forever Today.” The “tripped and chewed” in the song’s title is a reference to the “chopped and screwed,” sedated stylings that came to define mid-90s Houston hip hop scene, particularly DJ Screw. Almost entirely instrumental, “Forever Today” finds Learner Dancer neck deep in an aqueous experimentalism that appears designed to wipe the listener’s mind of any preoccupation – a clean slate. It’s a refreshing palate cleanser that seems to ebb and flow with all the subtlety of Lake Michigan on the calmest of days. “Forever Today” works in stark contrast to the more aggressive songs of the band’s collaborative cassette with fellow Indy/indie rockers Crys from earlier this year.

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Written by Rob Peoni


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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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