Photo Recap: Protomartyr @ Blockhouse

Seeing Protomartyr on tour behind The Agent Intellect, their latest on Hardly Art Records, at Bloomington, IN’s Blockhouse seemed fitting. The packed space was dimly lit and sparsely outfitted except for a few thrift-store couches, a minimalist canvas for the humble Detroit four-piece to craft with their sound in lieu of elaborate decorations and light shows. The mortal weight of Joe Casey’s lyrics bleeding through the PA over the thundering, churning music of his bandmates gave shape to the brutality of existence. All the while, nothing in the venue changed outside of the number of empty beer cans on the floor: the lights remained dim, the music stayed loud, and the crowd screamed until their voices cracked. The screams, though, were practically brimming with joy, the byproduct of an audience in complete awe of the artists before them, in shock of their proximity to their post-punk heroes. “I can’t believe they’re here!” one member kept screaming, all the while putting his hands on his head in disbelief of the setlist unfolding before him. With an album as solid as Intellect, hopefully Protomartyr will be back through again soon.

 

Protomartyr

 

Daguerreotype

 

Dasher

 

Words and photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Little Tybee @ The Melody Inn

Out on tour before finalizing their newest record, Atlanta, GA’s Little Tybee came through to play at The Melody Inn this summer. Performing their mix of jazz-tinged folk pop at a club famous for local punk shows, Little Tybee were met by a crowd enraptured by their arrangements and musicianship. If their live shows and previous records are any indication, their newest record should prove to be another impressive offering.

Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Death From Above 1979 and The Bots

This past weekend White River State Park saw a bit of a 90’s revival with Incubus and Deftones splitting a bill at the Farm Bureau Stage. Although the neü-metal headliners pulled quite a large crowd the real attraction were the openers: Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. DFA had achieved near-legendary status at the time of their break-up in 2006 and when it was announced they would play Indianapolis after re-forming last year a thick cloud of “I’ve been waiting _ number of years to see them!” hit the Internet.

The Bots are a relatively young band compared to DFA, but they matched the veterans’ ferocity note for note. Ripping through a criminally short 15-minute set, brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei showed that their blend of garage-punk and blues can hit just as hard.

Death From Above 1979

The Bots

photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Pit Stop Music Festival

Festival season is upon us. People will inevitably trek across the country to see the largest and most well-known festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo in order to have the typical festival experience: seeing most of the bands you want to see from a few hundred yards away, overpaying for beer, and getting a painful tank burn before falling back into your friend’s car for the seven hour drive back home. It’s a long, messy, unpredictable but memorable weekend that’s become quintessential to what summer is all about.

The Pit Stop Festival in Bloomington back in March, however, brought a little intimacy back to that festival feeling. Held over three nights at a handful of local venues, Pit Stop’s goal was simple: “Bloomington isn’t flyover country; it’s where great independent music puts wheels on the ground. Pit Stop is a three-night sprint of live music featuring national, regional & local acts. Like SXSW for the Upland South, catch the best of indie rock, Americana, hip-hop and more as they roll through our town.” It brought a few of the same pitfalls as its larger festival brethren (due to show times I couldn’t see everyone I wanted to see), but it also found a few of the same unmissable draws in its list of headliners and local talent. Even though I was left with the same sense of exhaustion and slight dehydration at the end of Pit Stop that I’ve found myself in at previous festivals, I still had the same thought as I packed up my camera a remembered where I parked: I can’t wait to do this again next year.

Hiss Golden Messenger

William Tyler

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight

Madlib

PHNM

Stakzilla

Strong Roots

DJ Spikes

Maps & Atlases

The Alamo Freeze

Words and Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Ryley Walker at The Bishop

The Bishop Bar has been hosting a lot of great shows as of late, one being Ryley Walker‘s recent stop a few weeks back. His excellent new release “Primrose Green” came out yesterday on Dead Oceans and is worth your time.

Photos by Doug Fellegy

Via Flickr

MOKB@Roskilde : Something is Rocking in the State of Denmark

That’s right, Mom. MOKB is packing an ol’kit bag and heading off to Roskilde 2013. What to expect is anyone’s guess, but given the list of bands (see poster), how can it be anything short of superfantastic?

Our goal? Avoid the pitfalls (mud, cholera, long bathroom lines) and temptations (local brews, local fare, half-naked Danes) long enough to cover as many acts as possible, interview a few famous (and not-yet famous) folks and even provide a little cultural commentary about our gracious hosts and their beloved homeland.

Stay tuned as MOKB gets all Hamlet on yo ass…

Song : CHVRCHES : “Gun”

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For all young bands out their looking to capture and audience and keep it, look no further than Glasgow trio CHVRCHES for an example. Since releasing their first songs last year, the band has consistently stayed in the spotlight with their consistent release of remixes, covers, videos and, not to mention, consistently good singles. The latest song to hit the world is “Gun.” Their are no surprises here. The band has a sound that has been successful up until this point and they stick to it. Listen below.