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Indianapolis Music Events 4/8 to 4/11: Julian Casablancas, Carrie Underwood, Decay/Sustain

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the Circle City will revel in the media circus that is the Final Four with tons of big concerts. Some are for good causes, others will combine Indianapolis art with Indianapolis music, and still others will bring household names known around the United States to the Indianapolis stage.

Indianapolis art and music will mix together into a colorful psychedelic stew at not one, but two Indianapolis art galleries on Friday. On Mass Ave, Earth House Collective is throwing an Indianapolis event called Spark a Revolution, a joint venture with IndyFringe designed to fill the Earth House Collective building with tons of performance art. Actors from the Indianapolis theater will perform monologues, Indianapolis band Hat Trick will play music, food will be catered by a top vegetarian chef, and a collective of artists known as Know No Stranger will host an interactive performance.

Meanwhile, in the Fountain Square district, Big Car Gallery is hosting Decay/Sustain in conjunction with Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise Recordings, and Transpanther. Performing will be tons of Indianapolis musicians, including Jookabox, the Kid Primitive Family, the Abner Trio, and many more. Visual artists on hand will be Jonathan Dueck, DM Stith, Ryan Irvin, and more. The Murphy Art Center is going to be alive with the sights and sounds of Indianapolis media until long into the night with this packed slate of performers. Both Decay/Sustain and Spark a Revolution are must-see Indianapolis attractions; the difficulty will be picking between the two.

Also on Friday, Riley Children’s Hospital will get a big boost in funds from a concert event the community has been looking forward to for quite a while now: Rock for Riley VI. This year’s incarnation of the annual Indianapolis health fundraiser will feature The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, who just released his solo debut, Phrazes for the Young, in 2009. Created by students at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Rock for Riley has booked lots of good talent over the years, including Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, and Bon Iver, and the group participated in 2009’s Broad Ripple Music Fest. In the process, Rock for Riley has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Riley Children’s Hospital: pretty impressive for an Indianapolis non-profit organization. Rock for Riley VI with Julian Casablancas will take place at The Vogue on Friday; tickets are $20.

Other highlights this weekend include country superstar Randy Travis at the Old National Center (formerly the Murat), garage duo Japandroids at Radio Radio, and American Idol contestant turned pop diva Carrie Underwood at Conseco Fieldhouse. Check out the handy show calendar below to see which Indianapolis music venue you’re going to find yourself in this weekend!

Thursday, Apr 8
Japandroids, Thunders, Avi Buffalo @ Radio Radio

Video of Japandroids performing live in Chicago in 2009; Japandroids will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Smoke Wagon @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Smoke Wagon playing live near Indianapolis


Earplane @ The Indianapolis ArtsGarden
Sam King @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Butler University Jazz Ensembles @ Clowes Memorial Hall

Video of one of the Butler University Jazz Ensembles performing live in Indianapolis


Papadosio, Catch Curtis, and MC Sparkplug @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Papadosio performing live in Ohio; Papdosio will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Neon Love Life and The Sundresses @ The Melody Inn

Video of Neon Love Life performing live in Indianapolis


Draw the Line, No More Goodbyes @ Castleton Square Mall

Video of “On the Radio” by No More Goodbyes, an Indianapolis band


Green Means Go! @ Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana

Video of Green Means Go performing live; Green Means Go will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bassnectar, Major Lazer @ The Vogue

Video of Bassnectar performing live at Rothbury; Bassnectar will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Scott Kline and the Illusion of Control @ The Monkey’s Tale
Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Friday, Apr 9
Spark a Revolution w/ Hat Trick @ Earth House Collective
Decay/Sustain w/ Roberto Carlos Lange, Julianna Barwick, Kid Primitive Family, Berry, Abner Trio, and Jookabox @ Big Car Gallery

Video of Kid Primitive Family performing live; Kid Primitive Family will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Derrick Gardner @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of live performances and interviews with Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets; Derrick Gardner will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rock for Riley VI w/ Julian Casablancas and Funeral Party @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Julian Casablancas performing live in North Carolina; Julian Casablancas will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gust Spenos Quartet w/ Mark Elf @ Indianapolis ArtsGarden
The Vires, Aegaeon, and Heavy Lies the Crown @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Aegaeon performing live; Aegaeon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Carrie Underwood @ Conseco Fieldhouse

Video of Carrie Underwood performing live in Nashville; Carrie Underwood will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jon McLaughlin @ The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Jon McLaughlin performing his hit, “Beautiful Disaster;” Jon McLaughlin will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Uncle JuJu @ The Rathskeller
Cursed for Manners, September Sky, Phoenix on the Faultine @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Cursed for Manners performing live in Indianapolis


Living Proof @ The Ale Emporium
Loo Abby @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Loo Abby performing live at the Moon Dog Tavern in Indianapolis


The Melismatics and Simeon Soul Charger @ Melody Inn

Video of The Melismatics performing live in Albequerque; The Melismatics will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Kelleen and Friends @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Branch Gordon @ Indianapolis City Market

Video of “Over the Counter” by Branch Gordon; Branch Gordon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Haste the Day @ Rhino’s in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Haste the Day performing live in 2007; Haste the Day will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bomar and Ritter @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Fishers, Indiana
Harry Goodloe Jr. Project @ The Athenaeum Building

Video of Harry Goodloe Jr. (drums) playing with the Kevin Anker Trio at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Lounge Soundsystem, Periphonic @ Monkey’s Tale
Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Clancy’s

Video of Spanky’s Clubhouse performing live in Indianapolis


Saturday, Apr 10
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Promo video for Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, who will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Stacie Sandoval Tropical Jazztet @ Artsgarden

Video of the Stacie Sandoval Tropical Jazz Quartet performing live at the Chatterbox Jazz Club in Indianapolis


Bryan Hodge @ Herron School of Art and Design

Video of Bryan Hodge performing “Wishing on Stars;” Bryan Hodge will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Silenze, Shocksumone, Holocaust, Porcelain Juice, Amani, Psyko, Shadow, Hoddy D Up, Criptik Midz, Lil Jet, Flawless and more @ Emerson Theater

Video of Shocksumone performing live on tour; Shocksumone will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Cynthia Layne @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Cynthia Layne performing live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Sweet FA and The Last Good Year @ The Music Mill

Video of The Last Good Year performing at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis


KJ and Jester Kings @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Jester Kings performing at the Bluebird in Bloomington, near Indianapolis


Gyles Hemstock, Sally Garden, The Bashers, Slidecat Royale @ Birdy’s

Video of Slidecat Royale performing live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel @ Rathskeller

Video of Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel performing live; Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Stone 10 @ Gallagher’s II
Through Being Cool @ Mo’s Pub
Bashiri Asad Ensemble @ Chatterbox

Video of Bashiri Asad performing live in Michigan; Bashiri Asad will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Same as Sunday, Abandon Kansas @ The Gear in Franklin, Indiana

Video of Same as Sunday performing live; Same as Sunday will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


American Cheese @ Moon Dog Tavern
Sunday, Apr 11
Chris Shaffer @ Slippery Noodle

Video of Chris Shaffer performing live; Chris Shaffer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Randy Travis @ Old National Centre (formerly known as the Murat Centre)

Video of Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis performing live on American Idol; Randy Travis will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend



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