Back in the mid 90's I was traveling at break neck speed to make it to a local amphitheater to see Blues Traveler. My whole life, as it seemed, hinged on making it to Deer Creek Music Theatre to see The Black Crowes and Blues Traveler. There was a terrible thunderstorm that night but it would not deter me from this show. At the time I was blown away by this bill of two herculean acts. These bands were in their prime and playing seemingly endless hits that night. My recollect
MC Hammer’s House Party crashed its way through Ruoff Home Mortgage Center in Noblesville, Indiana filling nearly 7,500 seats on their summer tour.
It has been twenty-eight years since MC Hammer - or Hammer as he would later rebrand himself in an effort to stay relevant with the increasing influence of Gangsta Rap upon 90’s culture - embarked on a “major” U.S. tour. Not since the 1991 tour for his third album (Too Legit To Quit) and follow-up to the phenomenon that b
Mad Scientist, Sage, Guru, Ring Master, Genius, Rocketeer, Jester.... These are few adjectives that can describe Wayne Coyne. One of the greatest rock shows you can see is a Flaming Lips concert. The energy and artistry that is presented each night is luminous. And Wayne Coyne's endearing and thought provoking demeaner is something that you don't see often on the big stage. When it's a said and done I'll let the Flaming Lips summarize how I feel about them with their "Do You
I thought I knew what to expect from Breaking Benjamin, having covered them last summer when they toured with Five Finger Death Punch. But I actually didn’t. Lead singer Ben Burnley has stepped up his game, and I was impressed. Burnley, who had seemed almost aloof last year (and in years past), was everything a good frontman should be: enthusiastic, confident, and, most importantly, engaging. He seemed happier and less angst-y than before, joking around and telling little sto
If I had to summarize Chevelle’s set in one sentence, I would say, “They make a hell of a lot of noise for just three guys.” The Chicago-based band have a sound that’s amazingly distinct, due largely to frontman Pete Loeffler’s growly vocals and grungy guitar riffs. But Dean Bernardini’s bass was growling right along with him, while drummer Sam Loeffler pounded the skins relentlessly throughout the set. Although Chevelle’s music wasn’t as fast-paced as Three Days Grace’s, the
Next up was Three Days Grace, the Canadian four-piece that’s been rocking out since 1997. Although I had seen them live a several years ago, seeing them from the photo pit with vocalist Matt Walst, who joined the band in 2013, was an entirely different experience. Walst one of the best frontmen I’ve seen in terms of interacting with the audience and getting them involved. He had a little something to say before every song, including a message about it never being too late to
From shooting a new music video with a live audience, playing their brand-new song, and crowd surfing on a giant inflatable unicorn, Sleeping with Sirens put on quite the show at the DISRUPT Festival at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. Although the sun was beating down on the crowd, they still were jumping to every song. Their set had a great mix of old and new music ranging from “If You Can’t Hang” off their second album to their newest release, “Leave It All Behind.” The u
Ska music has gotten kind of a bad rap for the past several years, but The Interrupters are turning that around. When they took the stage at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center for ALT 103.3’s Birthday Bash, The Interrupters’ fusion of ska and punk embraced the dynamism, simplicity, and straightforwardness of both genres in a way that was highly palatable. Somehow, even the angriest of their songs was fun and danceable. In addition, their interaction with the crowd endeared them
Although my musical horizons have been expanding recently, I had honestly never heard of surf pop or cosmic indie surf before I heard Bikini Trill in support of 311 and Dirty Heads at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. You know what, though? I like it! A lot! Bikini Trill’s sound is kind of hard to describe, but cosmic indie surf is actually pretty accurate. And I’m 100% sure that it’s related to the reason the gates for this show opened at 4:20 PM. Bikini Trill’s lead singer
Alt-rockers 311 brought plenty of loud, infectious energy to Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center for Alt 103.3’s Birthday Bash, and the crowd ate it up. Currently on a co-headlining tour with Dirty Heads, 311 have been together for 29 years, and they know how to entertain. They came out rocking with 1994’s Homebrew, a strong rock tune, and kept the audience on their feet through the entire 15-song setlist. Along with classics such as Beautiful Disaster and All Shook Up, 311 play
On Sunday, June 30 Third Eye Blind came to the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at the White River outdoor music venue with Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot in tow. It was a hot and dry Sunday evening in Indianapolis and attendance was high, even for the first of the three bands.
Ra Ra Riot provided a fairly mellow opening act. Lead vocalist Wes Miles stood out from his bandmates putting forth visible effort in his craft, even seemingly pushing the limits of his vocal cords. Bassist
If you’re into pop punk but you’re not familiar with Doll Skin yet, you’re doing something wrong. This all-female, four-piece band from Phoenix have been flexing their muscles and showing the boys who’s boss since they burst onto the scene in 2013. With numerous awards and tours, as well as two EPs and two albums under their belts, Doll Skin possess a poise and stage presence that belies their youthfulness. Case in point: despite significant technical difficulties Tuesday nig
The Deluxe at Old National Centre in Indianapolis was hot and loud Tuesday evening – just the way it should be for a night of in-your-face pop punk. Although I’m relatively new to the scene and have only seen a handful of pop punk shows, I love the speed, energy, and charisma of this particular genre. I also love that the music appeals to disenfranchised people of all ages, giving them not only a voice but also a community.
Doll Skin, the fierce, female foursome from Phoenix
As the sun began to cast long shadows on Day One of the Bunbury Music Festival, attendees flocked to the Sawyer Point stage to catch one of the heaviest bands in the lineup, Stone Temple Pilots (STP). They came on strong, opening with Wicked Garden, and they never let up. Frontman Jeff Gutt, along with guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz, put on a great performance – they were well-rehearsed, relaxed, and having fun onstage. These guys definitel
Although I’m way more of a Parrothead than I am a Deadhead, I was really looking forward to seeing Dead & Co., live at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. For as long as I can remember, the Grateful Dead, and later, Dead and Company, have been coming to this venue but I had never made it to a show before. And you know what? I really enjoyed it!
The show started with “Cold Rain and Snow,” which was kind of ironic given the fact that it was beautiful summer evening. Guitarist/v
The band Blue October has been a favorite of mine since the late 90’s. I saw them in concert once before, so I already knew they would put on an amazing show. When I saw their name on the Bunbury Festival lineup, I admit to being really excited about having another chance to see them live. Their story of making it to the top, falling down, and getting back up again is extremely inspiring to me. They are not quite to the level they were before, but they are almost there. A lot
Sunday, June 16, Young the Giant, touring with Fitz and the Tantrums, and COIN followed through with a re-located Father's Day concert in Indianapolis. The concert was originally scheduled at the Farm Bureau Lawn at the White River downtown Indianapolis, nestled between the Indianapolis Zoo and the MLB Pirates farm team, the Indianapolis Indians.
Due to the threat of weather, the concert was moved north of Indianapolis to Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indiana's premiere
The lead singer/songwriter Richie came out onto the stage and the group of girls standing next to me started to giggle and look up at him. You could tell by the crowd he has a wonderful fan following. I had never been to The Irving Theater before, so I was not expecting the crowd to be close enough to touch the band if they wanted to. It was a very unique venue, but perfect for the fans that had gathered there to see States and Capitals.
The first song played was the title