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Indianapolis Music Events 8/5 to 8/8: Blitzen Trapper, mewithoutYou, The Jonas Brothers

This weekend in Indianapolis music, six destroyers of the void bring their finger pickin’ psychedelic folk stylings to one of Indy‘s best known music venues, angular experimental post punk turned chamber pop makes an appearance at Earth House, and a legion of screaming fan girls not seen since Beatlemania descend upon Noblesville. There’s a lot of great shows and concerts going on in Indianapolis this weekend; below are just a few highlights.

On Thursday, The Vogue will be hosting Blitzen Trapper, Avi Buffalo, and Bears of Blue River. Blitzen Trapper is touring in support of their newest album, Destroyers of the Void. Prior to Destroyers of the Void, Blitzen Trapper released two highly successful albums, Wild Mountain Nation and Furr; the two releases showcase a sprawling, dense set of songs that rely heavily on Appalachian instrumentation, meandering wordplay, and lush harmonies. Furr ranked #13 on Rolling Stone‘s best albums of 2008 list, while Wild Mountain Nation garnered almost universal critical acclaim. Destroyers of the Void follows in much the same vein as Furr and Wild Mountain Nation with few surprises, but it remains an excellent record. Playing with Blitzen Trapper will be indie pop group Avi Buffalo and Chicago based folk pop band Bears of Blue River. This is a twangy Indianapolis event that shouldn’t be missed.

After you’ve had your fill of back country pop, why not head down to Earth House Collective on Saturday for something a little more out there? True, mewithoutYou isn’t the most edgy or experimental band playing in the Circle City this weekend, but what they do have is a massive crew of diehard fans that know the words to every song frontman Aaron Weiss has ever penned. Given the fact that most of mewithoutYou’s lyrics consist of an uninterrupted stream of metaphors, musings, and rants, their fans’ dedication is impressive. Also playing at Earth House Collective will be Bloomington art rock group Murder by Death, who are touring in support of their newest album, Good Morning, Magpie. The Indianapolis band‘s leanings toward the dramatic will be a good compliment to mewithoutYou’s rambling conviction. And don’t forget Buried Beds, the Philadelphia rock group touring with mewithoutYou.

And then there’s the Jonas Brothers. They’ve played Indiana before (most notably the Metropolis Shopping Center in Plainfield, Indiana), but never at a venue as big as the Verizon Wireless Music Center. They’ll be able to handle it, though; The Jonas Brothers only play in stadiums because 1) nowhere else can hold the tidal wave of tweens that come to every show and 2) none of their fans are old enough to get into an Indianapolis bar, or any bar for that matter. This show is notable only as an excuse to get your Indianapolis children out of the house and listening to music; otherwise, you’ll be better off seeing any old show in an Indianapolis cultural district.

For more things to do in Indianapolis this weekend, check out the handy show calendar below. There are tons of battles of the bands going on over the weekend, including the second week of the ever popular Battle of Birdy’s. Roam around downtown Indianapolis, prowl Mass Ave, and hit Broad Ripple Village; you’re sure to find a show that fits your Indianapolis nightlife needs.

Thursday, Aug 5
Blitzen Trapper, Avi Buffalo, Bears of Blue River @ The Vogue Theater

Music video for “What’s In it For?” by Avi Buffalo; Avi Buffalo will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Black Cat Band @ Apres Jack’s
Bobby Hayden Band w/ Rick Bozzo @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the Bobby Hayden Band performing “TransAm” live; the Bobby Hayden Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Animals and All that Jazz w/ Cool Chilies @ Indianapolis Zoo

Video of Cool Chilies performing live in Indianapolis


Blitzen Trapper @ LUNA Music

Music video for “Black River Killer” by Blitzen Trapper; Blitzen Trapper will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Concerts on the Canal w/ Everett Greene @ Indiana History Center

Video of Everett Greene performing live at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis


Island Breeze @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana
Sam King @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Hendricks and Holdman @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concerts w/ Living Proof @ Holliday Park

Video of Living Proof performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Old Man Jim, Evan Snyder @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Music video for “Small Town Repose” by Evan Snyder; Evan Snyder will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sour Mash @ Champps Americana Restaurant and Bar
The Red Wire, Josh Hann, Patrick Burke @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of The Red Wire performing “We’re All Suffocating” live; The Red Wire will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The All-Girl Boys Choir, The Bastard Suns, Eisenhower Field Day @ The Melody Inn

Music video of The All-Girl Boys Choir performing “Western Star;” The All-Girl Boys Choir will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Ernie Halter, Tony Lucca, Alexis Babini, Trent Hancock @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of Ernie Halter performing “Lighthouse” live; Ernie Halter will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Electric Blonde, Donny @ LuLu’s Restaurant and Cocktails
The Last Good Year, Echo to Voltron, Kids in the Way @ Rock Lobster

Video of The Last Good Year performing “Humbled” live at SPIN Nightclub in Indianapolis


Friday, Aug 6
“With Birds” with performances by The Sea Krowns, Christian Taylor and the Homeschooled, The Accordions, Quick Said the Bird @ Big Car Gallery

Video of Christian Taylor and the Homeschooled performing live at Radio Radio in Indianapolis


Phosphorescent, J. Tillman @ Radio Radio

Video of Phosphorescent performing “The Mermaid Parade” live; Phosphorescent will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Catch Curtis @ The Mousetrap

Video of Catch Curtis performing “Triple Stack” live at the Muncie Music Fest; Catch Curtis will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Dangerous Summer, The Morning Of, City Lights @ The Emerson Theater

Video of The Dangerous Summer performing “Where I Want to Be” live; The Dangerous Summer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Bunny Brothers, Red Wanting Blue @ The Rathskeller

Video of Red Wanting Blue performing “Finger in the Air” live; Red Wanting Blue will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett @ Chateau Thomas Winery

Video of Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett covering “The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” live; Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Indy Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Kate Lamont @ Broad Ripple Park

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


Jerrod Neimann @ Indiana State Fairgrounds

Music video for “Lover, Lover” by Jerrod Neimann; Jerrod Neimann will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Battle of Birdy’s, Round 1, Week 2 w/ King Street Conspiracy, Make the Bad Man Stop, We Are the Syndicate, Out of Ashes, The Holland Account, and As Seasons Die @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of King Street Conspiracy performing “Fair Vanity” at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Goldie @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Goldie performing “Gravity Freestyle” live in Indianapolis


Kontraband, Lynda Sayyah, Joe Meltdown, DJ Orion @ The Vogue

Video of Joe Meltdown performing live at the Oranje festival in Indianapolis


Bread and Butter Crew, Gypsy Revival @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Gypsy Revival performing live on Fearless Radio; Gypsy Revival will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rugged Russian Bear, The Bonesetters @ Melody Inn

Video of The Bonesetters performing “Trigger Finger” live; The Bonesetters will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, Aug 7
mewithoutYou, Murder by Death, Buried Beds @ Earth House Collective

Video of mewithoutYou performing “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” live in 2006; mewithoutYou will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Bobby Hayden Band @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of the Bobby Hayden Band covering “Miss You” live; the Bobby Hayden Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gorilla Entertainment Battle of the Bands w/ Dell Zell, Epic Fail, A Day of Ruin, Cross Town Collision, Creating Constellations, Court of Alliance @ The Emerson

Video of Creating Constellations performing “In the Rain” live; Creating Constellations will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, Big James and the Chicago Playboys @ Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel performing “Life by the Drop” live; Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Tommy Wills Big Band Birthday Bash @ Jazz Kitchen

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Video of Tommy Wills performing “Swingin’ Yakety Sax” live; Tommy Wills will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Six Bands for Six Bucks by Ricky Lee Potts w/ Jason Firebaugh, Brad Real, Ironsides, Digs Bridges, The Post Script, The Will Woodrow Project, DDE @ Birdy’s

Video of The Will Woodrow Project performing live in Muncie; The Will Woodrow Project will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Dancin’ Nancies CD Release Show w/ Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Kelly Zullo @ The Irving Theater

Video of The Dancin’ Nancies performing “Oh, I” live; The Dancin’ Nancies will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rascall Flatts, Kellie Pickler @ The Indiana State Fairgrounds

Video segment from Rascal Flatts’ live DVD; Rascal Flatts will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bigger Than Elvis @ Radio Radio Lounge

Video of Bigger Than Elvis performing live at Radio Radio in Indianapolis


Cootie and the Rhinestones, Jethro Easyfields, Jeff Radall and the Sunday Best @ Locals Only

Video of Jethro Easyfields performing “Human Condition” live The Back Road Radio Show in Indianapolis


Chicago Kingsnakes, Gordon Bonham Blues Band @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of the Gordon Bonham Blues Band performing “65 Highway” live; the Gordon Bonham Blues Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sunday, Aug 8
Indy Parks Summer Concert Series w/ On Cue @ Watkins Park
The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Music video for “Burnin’ Up” by The Jonas Brothers; The Jonas Brothers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Constellations, The Broderick @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of The Constellations performing “Felicia” live; The Constellations will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend



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