Indianapolis Music Events 9/9 to 9/12: Girl in a Coma, Emily Wells, Indy Jazz Fest

This weekend in Indianapolis music, girl power cuts down corsets by the dozen at Radio Radio, Slothpop teams with another errant Indy songstress at White Rabbit Cabaret, and excitement builds for the upcoming Indy Jazz Fest. It’s yet another beautiful weekend in Indianapolis, and there’s plenty of musical goings on taking place around the Circle City and beyond.

On Saturday at Radio Radio, Indianapolis’ most charitable all girl power punk band, Neon Love Life, takes the stage with a few out of towners destined to show Indianapolis people the power of girl power. Girl in a Coma, Sick of Sarah, and Hacienda will be playing with Neon Love Life in a showcase of strut. Girl in a Coma is a kaleidoscopic band hailing from Texas. The group is part of Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records, and throughout their two full length releases they’ve explored genres as diverse as rockabilly and Tejano. Sick of Sarah is a power pop band from Minneapolis that still has a lot to prove, but they’re a sunny blast of slightly dirty bubblegum rock. Hacienda, the only band on the lineup with male members, merges country boogie with larger than life guitars and drums for a sound approved by Dan Aeurbach of The Black Keys. Then there’s Neon Love Life, who’ve proven time and time again they can get a crowd moving.

Also on Saturday, the White Rabbit Cabaret will showcase two native Indianapolis musicians who left town to pursue music careers, only to come back a few years later. The first of these is Emily Wells, a guitar toting songstress who played a circuit of Indianapolis coffee shops and open mics a few years ago, even appearing on the cover of NUVO. Nowadays she’s out of the Indianapolis music venue loop, but she still comes to Indianapolis every once in a while to play a show or two. Her combination of looping classical instrumentation, digital beats, samples, and her strong, emotive voice should make the show at White Rabbit Cabaret a great musical experience. Slothpop is an Indianapolis band fronted by Indy native Kristin “Sloth” Newborn, who traveled the world after her graduation from North Central High School before returning to Central Indiana in 2009. Slothpop should provide the perfect compliment to Wells with their dreamy, percussive rock landscapes. Also playing: Fort Wilson Riot.

Though not technically this weekend, the Indy Jazz Fest kicks off on Monday with a performance by Raul Midon at the Jazz Kitchen. Stay posted to for constant Indy Jazz Fest updates. For more Indianapolis events and Indianapolis things to do this weekend, take a gander at our handy Indianapolis show calendar below:

Thursday, Sept 9
Gordon Bonham @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of Gordon Bonham performing “Brownsville Blues” on YouTube; Gordon Bonham will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Trevor Finlay Band @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the Trevor Finlay Band performing live; the Trevor Finlay Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Mizfits @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
The Michaels @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Elmwood @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

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

Subatomic, Vagora @ The Dojo

Video of Vagora performing “Rolling Skulls” live; Vagora will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Butler Scion Free Music Thursday w/ Yuki, Brief Candles @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Brief Candles performing “Bernadette” live; Brief Candles will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Ribs N’ Bone @ Champps Americana Bar & Grill

Video of Ribs N’ Bone performing live in Indianapolis

Chris Shaffer @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana

Video of Chris Shaffer performing “Lack of Water” live; Chris Shaffer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Take the Sky, Anafair @ The Melody Inn

Video of Take the Sky performing “Reservation for Silence” live; Take the Sky will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Friday, Sept 10
Twin Cats, Robert Coates @ Indy Hostel

Video of The Twin Cats performing “King Cobra” live at The Mousetrap in Indianapolis

Atmosphere, Blueprint, Mudkids, DJ Rare Groove @ The Vogue Theater

Music video for “Ecosystem” by Mudkids, an Indianapolis band

Neon Love Life, Pravada, Dan Glenzig (Sloppy Seconds), Antique Scream @ Melody Inn

Video of Neon Love Life performing “Tuesday Night” live at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis

Jethro Easyfields @ Locals Only Pub

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

The Richmonds @ Apres Jack’s
Soul Bus @ The Artsgarden

Video of Soul Bus covering “Ain’t That Peculiar” live at Daddy Jack’s in Indianapolis

Betrayed With a Kiss, Judgment, Threat Level, Born Under Burden, Mourning Vera @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Betrayed With a Kiss performing “Under the Dead” live at the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis

Dishpan Pie @ Chateau Thomas Winery
Jennie DeVoe @ The Rathskeller

Video of Jennie DeVoe performing “It Hurts So Bad” live at the Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana; Jennie DeVoe will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Battle of Birdy’s: Round 1, Week 6 w/ Midwest State of Mind, Rivetshack, Eyes on Fire, Breakdown Kings, BitchSlap @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Midwest State of Mind performing “Woke Up” live; Midwest State of Mind will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Flying Toasters @ The Moon Dog Tavern

Video of The Flying Toasters covering “Jungle Love” live; The Flying Toasters will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Henry Lee Summer and Friends @ Mickey’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Music video for “Hands on the Radio” by Henry Lee Summer; Henry Lee Summer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Holland Account, Xero Sum, Denial Machine, Indian City Weather @ Rock House Cafe

Video of The Holland Account performing “Regret” live at The Emerson Theater in Indianapolis

Living Proof @ Champps Americana Bar

Video of Living Proof performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis

Lemon Wheel @ Gallagher’s II

Video of Lemon Wheel covering “I’m So Excited” live in Greenwood; Lemon Wheel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Tastes Like Chicken @ The Ale Emporium
Slidecat Royale @ The Monkey’s Tale

Video of Slidecat Royale performing “Mudd Pie” live; Slidecat Royale will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Splurge! @ Britton Tavern
Peter Kienle & Splinter Group @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Peter Kienle performing “I Can’t See Your House From Here” with Kwyjibo at The Bluebird in Bloomington; Peter Kienle will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Marino y Su Grupo Ensendio @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Marino performing live at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis

Saturday, Sept 11
Emily Wells, Slothpop, Fort Wilson Riot @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of Emily Wells performing “Symphony 1 in the Barrel of a Gun” in studio; Emily Wells will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Girl in a Coma, Hacienda, Sick of Sarah, Neon Love Life @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Music video for “Clumsy Sky” by Girl in a Coma; Girl in a Coma will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Todd Rundgren @ Clowes Memorial Hall

Video of Todd Rundgren performing “Can’t We Still Be Friends” live; Todd Rundgren will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Dark Matter Halos CD Release Show w/ Indiana Bandana, Eastside Larry @ Locals Only

Video of Dark Matter Halos performing live at Locals Only in Indianapolis

Tony Cheeseborough Blues Band, John Strahl Band @ The Slippery Noodle
Groovin’ in the Garden w/ Acoustic Catfish @ Easley Winery
Sickle Cell-abration 2010 w/ Euphony, Staci McCracken, Toy Factory, Fatima Washington @ Madame Walker Theatre
Beartrap, Xerxes, Native, Wormrot, Deceiver, TDID, Kata Sarka @ The Dojo

Video of Beartrap performing “Dirty Motion” live; Beartrap will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Bill Lancton World of Percussion @ Jazz Kitchen
Bashiri Asad and Xenobia Green @ The Chatterbox

Video of Bashiri Asad performing live at Hyde in Indianapolis

Punk Rock Night w/ Five Year Mission, The Scissors, The Putz @ Melody Inn
The Why Store @ Britton Tavern

Video of The Why Store performing “Your World” live; The Why Store will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sunday, Sept 12
Phoebe’s Mojo Makers @ Slippery Noodle
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Billy Ball and the Upsetters @ Watkins Park
Pure Prine: The Music of John Prine @ The Phoenix Theatre
We Shot the Moon, Chasing Christy @ Dojo

Video of We Shot the Moon performing “Sway Your Head” live; We Shot the Moon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Wooden Sky @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of The Wooden Sky performing “When Lost at Sea” live; The Wooden Sky will be playing near Indianapolis this weekend

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