The Bears of Blue River is a Midwest project for whom Indianapolis serves as a home-away-from-home. The Chicago band stops through Indy frequently, and our humble music scene is all the richer for it. Last week, The Bears of Blue River released a beautiful, limited edition 7″ for their new single “Flamingo”, available via Nashville’s Rhed Rholl Recordings. The 7″ features a technique that Rhed Rholl has dubbed “ice scream splatter” which gives each hand-pressed copy of the clear vinyl a unique splash of pink color.
The b-side of the release is entitled “MES-44“. Listen to the studio version below and watch a stripped-down house performance from one of The Bears of Blue River’s recent Indy visits. The release is limited to 250 copies, so act fast!
Written by Rob Peoni
Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. As sunshine and warm weather become the norm, the weekend has a tendency to creep into the work week. Beers on a patio prove more mandatory than tempting when the temperature hits 75 and a light breeze is afloat. Tonight, White Rabbit Cabaret offers Indy residents a particularly tantalizing reason to venture out.
We have grown quite fond of Chicago’s The Bears of Blue River around these parts. Their album Dames is one that I’ve kept in steady rotation since it dropped last October. The folk-driven release has gained some traction, as the band recently laid down their second Daytrotter session. Hoosier ties run deep here. Richard Edwards of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s handled pre-production responsibilities, while Tyler Watkins (producer of The Bonesetters SAVAGES!) served as engineer on Dames. Watch as The Bears of Blue River competes with the sounds of Brooklyn’s night life on an unplugged rendition of “Blue Ribbon” below.
Up-and-coming Bloomington, IN band Chandelier Ballroom will be on hand as support. Their debut EP Long Division was one that caught our attention last year. The band combines synthesizer, heavy bass and the vocal prowess of lead singer Steven Elmlinger for a psychedelic blend of lo-fi, alt rock. Listen to their latest track “Organs” below.
Winter may have been mild this year, but Indy’s best evenings are just starting to hit their stride. Don’t sleep on what is certain to be a memorable night of music at White Rabbit Cabaret. Indianapolis’ own Great Future will round out the formidable cast of characters. Tickets to the show are a mere $5. What do you have to lose?
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Written by Rob Peoni
Avoca, Nebraska is the home of the annual Avoca Quack Off. I never thought that an event that honored the art of the duck race would be highlighted on this blog. The crazy world of independent music truly carries us listeners to the most mysterious of places. Chicago band and frequent Indianapolis scene crasher, The Bears of Blue River decided to add some of their folk flavor to this year’s event. Get in V-formation with your bearded friends and watch their performance of “Cry Baby” at this year’s festivities. Pick up their album Dames via Bandcamp.
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Written by Brett McGrath