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March 5, 2012

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Concert Review: LKB, Bonesetters & She Does Is Magic at White Rabbit Cabaret

by @thoughtontracks

Saturday night at the White Rabbit Cabaret was all about growth.  Laura K. Balke, She Does Is Magic, and The Bonesetters all have advanced their talents, which is a great sign for any musician. After chatting with members from each group I am convinced that they all have the opportunity to gain fans outside of our Indianapolis scene.  Smart, talented, and kind are a few words that come to mind when describing the bands that provided me entertainment on Saturday evening.

Each of the three performers is an entrepreneur at heart. By marketing themselves and continuing to create a terrific product, they all show signs of thinking like an owner.  My hope is that this kind of dedication and determination will continue to be recognized as more people come to their shows and buy their music. These musicians provide an excellent representation for our Indianapolis scene.

Laura K. Balke opened the night with her electric guitar and soothing songs.  Balke was comfortable on stage and confident as she spoke to the crowd. In between songs LKB told the crowd “This is the most attentive crowd that I have ever played for.”  While this was a compliment for those it attendance, it should be more of a highlight to the captivating sound she offered to visitors.  Song, “Two Ships” (not “Two Shits” as she joked) was the highlight for me.  Rich song writing allowed my mind to sail and get caught in the moment. After the show, I purchased her latest album, Rumors & Legends on vinyl. A true artist in every sense of the word, the hard-cover release displays prints of Balke’s hand-drawn artwork accompanying each track.  Check out Record Geeks review of this pressing.

She Does is Magic provided a solid first impression for me as this was my first time seeing them live.  Band member, Mark Walker described their songs as “fun music” and I completely agree.  They are an extremely easy band to not only approach, but also become a fan of.  I am excited to watch this band grow as they plan to release their debut full-length sometime later this year.

Blog favorite, The Bonesetters closed the night out with their strongest performance to date.  Their timing was perfect and stage presence was improved.  The song writing and delivery of front man, Dan Snodgrass initially drew me to this band.  During this performance I was drawn to the talent of drummer, Cody Davis.  Exceptional fills and impeccable timing has helped build out the Bonesetters brand for me.  The Bonesetters are true rock and roll and local readers of the blog should fill up venues any time they are on the bill.

Here is the set list from The Bonesetters:

Housefires

Sundowners

Xanax

Golden Youth

Mama Prays

Maypole

Jesus

You are Shaun Gannon

Bruises

Savages

Encore:

Mushroom Clouds

Aloft

Waltz #2 (XO) (Elliot Smith Cover)

As I strolled out of the White Rabbit Cabaret on Saturday night I felt a sense of pride for talking about these bands in the depth that we do here.  There needs to be more types of these events on a more consistent basis.  Take advantage of the talent that Indianapolis offers.  It does not disappoint.

Written by Brett McGrath

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. mawalker83
    Mar 5 2012

    I was great to meet you Saturday. I look forward to staying in touch.

    Reply
  2. Absolutely Mark! I am excited to see what is next!

    Reply

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