Photo Recap: Twin Peaks, NE-HI, & Hoops @ Joyful Noise Recordings

On the night of Monday, June 6th, 2016 Joyful Noise Recordings hosted a show featuring Hoops, NE-HI, and, the evening’s headliners: Twin Peaks. Set after set was a mix of fast guitars and ripped canvas sneakers that eventually boiled over into Twin Peaks’ members yelping and snarling the crowd into a frenzy. “We’ve been playing a lot of stadium shows lately,” bassist Jack Dolan said to the sold out crowd packed into the room, “so it feels good to be here.”

 

Chicago’s NE-HI spent their cinnamon whiskey-fueled set ripping through song after song. Hoops, the bill’s local support, started the evening off with a stacked set that immediately sent the crowd to the merch table upon its close. Many audience members were left disappointed, though, once they learned the band had quickly sold out of their vinyl stock.

 

Twin Peaks

 

NE-HI

 

Hoops

 

Photos and Words by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light @ The Hi-Fi

Visions of Us on the Land, the latest release from Damien Jurado, provides those familiar with the long running catalog of the singer-songwriter plenty to sink into. Jurado’s soulful, plaintive vocals nestle in wonderfully with the album’s instrumental arrangements, alternating between reserved hush and a layered, expansive wildness.

The crowd at The Hi-Fi packed in to the venue to see Jurado & The Heavy Light fill the space with walls of sound, each one culminating in rapturous applause. Labelmate Ben Abraham opened the evening with an intimate set, performing songs off of his debut record Sirens.

 

Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light

 

Ben Abraham

 

Photos and words by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Photo Recap: Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn @ The Bluebird

Traveling behind their latest great release, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Titus Andronicus crashed into Bloomington alongside Craig Finn as a part of the “No Faith, No Future, No Problem” tour. Both acts played to an enraptured crowd at The Bluebird, a majority of the audience screaming and hoisting beers into the air with each chorus. The friendship between Patrick Stickles and Craig Finn on full display throughout the night made the show seem like a college hangout in your best friend’s garage that happens to feature an evening with two of the most remarkably creative minds on the national touring stage right now.

Catch them on the road while you still can.

 

Titus Andronicus

 

Craig Finn

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

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)