On Friday, Nashville transplant The Civil Wars gave LUNA Music patrons plenty of reasons to go weak in the knees. Fortunately, our friends from The In Store were on hand to document. Their visit to the 52nd and College landmark was the only in-store performance on the duo’s tour.
Fans stood starry eyed, as Joy Williams and John Paul White showcased their pitch-perfect harmonies and breathtaking good looks. Williams is a bonafide 10 and White is a dead ringer for Johnny Depp circa Pirates of the Caribbean. They ran through a handful of songs from their February release Barton Hollow before closing the set with their take on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Watch “20 Years” and listen to “Billie Jean” below.
Written by Rob Peoni
If humans had the ability to queue a theme song in any public situation at will, I would have no problem with any track from Slanted and Enchanted for my selection. Unless, of course, I was a suave lady loving Adonis, then it would have to be Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen.” My musical DNA is built to love anything Malkmus touches. He just works for me. It is this level of musical comfort that makes my nerves yell HOORAY!!!! when any project of his is released. Thank you 2011 and Stephen for packaging up Mirror Traffic for me. I promise I will not let you down.
Understanding that I was on the cusp of the release date , I opted to call my local vinyl outlet Luna Music. If you are ever in Indianapolis, drop by Luna (52nd and College) and buy some music. I had intended on reserving a copy before the album’s release next Tuesday, however, I was booming to hear that they had six copies on hand.
My initial listening session was very satisfying. Stephen was in my living room with his friends the Jicks. I gave a turntable.fm “Awesome” bob to all 15 songs. “Tune Grief” is an early favorite and reassures me that Malkmus is still the boss. Sure, the album might have a few unnecessary tracks and drags along a bit at times, but wait…that is why we have grown to love him right? Don’t kid yourself; this album delivers for any long-time fan of Malkmus’ work.
I can’t wait for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks to explode the Earth House on Wednesday, October 5th in Indianapolis. Click HERE for tickets. Thanks again MOKB for making 2011 great. Stream the entirety of Mirror Traffic NPR’s First Listen.
Written by Brett McGrath
You, Me, and the Monster the debut disc from Indianapolis band Hotfox was released by Roaring Colonel Records on Friday. To celebrate, the band threw a launch party and played a set at Earth House Collective showcasing the new tracks. Muncie acts The Bonesetters and Slothpop rounded out the bill.
One recurring thought kept rattling around my brain while watching Hotfox’s set: Damn, these kids are babies. But their youth worked to their advantage on Friday and may continue to do so into the future. These kids are too young to know any better. Too naïve to realize they should be intimidated or nervous. They owned Earth House on Friday night.
That being said, You, Me, and the Monster proves that Hotfox is as capable of producing a balanced, successful record as they are creating a balanced, successful setlist. “Mountain Tiger”, “Tombstone Teeth” and “The Dollar Theatre” are my takeaway tracks from the album, but the disc is strong start to finish. Do not sell these guys short based on their youth. After all, angry teenagers once served as the foundation for rock n roll as we know it.
During Hotfox’s last song I stepped outside Earth House for a cigarette, waiting near the exit for friends who would soon be joining. Moments later, guitarist Duncan Kissinger burst through the doors, walking at a frenzied pace down New York St. as if he had just conquered the world. I wanted to reach out and say, “Whoa bud, you are going to have a lot more venues to conquer and fans to win over. Remember this feeling and then duplicate it every night you play.”
For more on the band, check out their Facebook page. All videos were obtained via The In-Store. Stay tuned for Brett McGrath’s footage from Hotfox’s rendition of new track “AK-47.” Click here for the official video of “Mountain Tiger.”