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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announces Sophomore LP

Thought on Tracks favorites Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO) announced the plans for their sophomore LP today. The release will be the band’s first on Bloomington, IN label JagJaguwar. The release is titled simply: //. Yes, a double backslash. The release comes on the back of UMO’s debut, self-titled LP. Check out the track listing below and listen to the debut single “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).” // drops on February 5.

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Track List:

01 From the Sun
02 Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
03 So Good at Being in Trouble
04 One at a Time
05 The Opposite of Afternoon
06 No Need for a Leader
07 Monki
08 Dawn
09 Faded in the Morning
10 Secret Xtians


Saturday: Purity Ring at Mayday – Cincinnati

If you’re a regular reader here on Thoughts on Tracks, you know my love for Purity Ring.  And if you aren’t a regular reader here on our fun little blog, well then, I’ll just be honest and say you probably should be.  In any case, if you’re within a short car ride, megabus trip, riverboat or even walking distance to Cincinnati then you need to get yourself here this Saturday night for when Purity Ring blows the lid off Mayday in the eclectic Northside neighborhood.  Having gotten the opportunity to scope them in person earlier this summer, I honestly can’t think of a better way to get some fun on with a Saturday night and can promise some fun electronic vibes to go along with a killer light set.  Saturday Night.  “Fineshrine”.  A few beverages.  And maybe even one of Mayday’s famous hot dogs?  Yes, please, and thank you.

You can catch up with my review of the debut LP Shrines from early July if you missed it and check out a video below of my personal track of the summer live along with an interview with the duo.  Tickets are still available for pre-sale via Ticketfly and will also be available at the door for just $10.

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Written by Greg Dahman


IndyFringe Pairs Music with Theater

Indianapolis’ eighth annual IndyFringe Festival officially kicks off tomorrow evening in and around downtown’s Mass Ave. The 10-day event has grown into one of the city’s most celebrated cultural happenings and offers local residents the opportunity to convene in a summer celebration of the arts. This year’s festival is taking the party to the streets with a diverse line-up of musical performances that will be housed in the IndyFringe Beer Tent, located at the intersection of Mass Ave. and College.

This is exactly the type of multimedia approach that I have been looking for from Indy’s art scene.  For a city with a small-town feel, Indianapolis’ various “scenes” – for lack of a better term – remain incredibly fragmented.  Some of those barriers have begun to blur as First Friday events have grown to encompass live music alongside the visual arts. Nevertheless, I am thrilled to see IndyFringe showcase everything from jazz to indie rock in an attempt to indulge all of the attendees’ senses.

A full list of the beer tent’s line-up can be found below. Local brewery, Flat 12 Bierwerks‘ Misummer Apricot Wheat is the official festival beverage, and will be served throughout the event. Free entrance to the beer tent will be granted to anyone with a backer button, but music fans simply looking to hang out in the tent may purchase a wristband for $1. Eager attendees can head downtown tonight for a preview of the week’s performances. Downloads of the festival schedule and Fringe Map are available at the IndyFringe website. The social media-inclined can follow the festivities via Twitter through the official hashtag: #Fringe12.

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IndyFringe Beer Tent Schedule

Thursday, August 16

Opening Night Party – Performer Showcases

Friday, August 17

IndyFringe Music Night Featuring:


Young Heirlooms

Saturday, August 18

Indy Jazz Festival Showcases featuring:

Rob Dixon and Trilogy with Indy Jazz Fest Band

Cynthia Layne


Sunday, August 19

4 PM: Blues with a Twist ft. Ken Skelton & Paul Henry

5-7 PM: Sticky Fingers

 Wednesday, August 22

Brazil Dance Exchange Party Night

Thursday, August 23

DoItIndy Showcase featuring:

Missing Pieces

MG & The Gas CityThree

Edge of Dance

DJ Jammin Joe Hutton

Friday, August 24

IndyFringe Music Night featuring:

Bears of Blue River

The Dapper

Saturday, August 25

IndyFringe Music Night featuring:

Mark Alexander & The Good Shame

Chandelier Ballroom

Sunday, August 26

4 PM: Blues with a Twist ft. Ken Skelton & Paul Henry

5-7 PM: Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels

Written by Rob Peoni