Indy’s Indie (and not so indie) Music Scene: 12/9 – 12/15

December 8, 2013

Indianapolis: Race cars, football, and . . . music? You bet your ass. Indy’s got music happening every night of the week, with outstanding local bands filling halls and touring acts filling arenas. It’s not hard to find something to do in this town but we try and make it a little bit easier.


Tuesday, 12/10

Tommy Womack at DO317 Lounge

“The Do317 Lounge is hosting acoustic artist who has been called “Nashvillle’s most eccentric artist.” He comes to the music city by way of Kentucky, where he fronted the post-punk band Government Cheese. His melodies are soulful and pensive, with a disarming honesty and spareness. The intimate venue will suit his styler perfectly, and he’ll be joined by Christian Taylor.”

Wednesday, 12/11

Justin Timberlake at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

“Oh, J.T. We’ve loved you since you’re Mickey Mouse Club days and we’re never going to stop — although we might inquire why you released a completely boring double set of albums this year. Alas, there’s no going back to the FutureSex/LoveSounds portion of your career for the time being, but we’re still going to come to your show, which stops at Bankers Life just a few days after fellow emo-hopper Drake was supposed to, but cancelled (again). Just further proof that JT is the better bet: always there when you need him.”

Thursday, 12/12

Sister Hazel at the Vogue

“Try to think of the song “Hard to Say” and not sing along with it. Are you thinking about it yet? And now you’re singing it, aren’t you? That’s because it’s a musical pop-rock treasure, which Sister Hazel will carry with them in a gilt box filled with every great 90s alt-rock jam that has ever existed, like a Pandoras box full of pure good.”

Friday, 12/13

Saraswati at Melody Inn

“Ten years to the day from their final show after almost six years as a band, Indianapolis band Saraswati will reunite for a one-time-only reunion show on Friday, December 13 at the Melody Inn. Saraswati was a noisy, melodic rock combo of the two-guitars, bass and drums variety. The music was moody and winding, with brooding melodies and bursts of dissonance. Many have noted that the same may be said of the members themselves. Members of Saraswati went on to play in such bands as Rooms, Thin Fevers, and Freddie T. & the People.”

Saturday, 12/14

Indy Folk Series Holiday Show

“Celebrate the Holidays with three amazing Singer-Songwriters. This special December concert will feature Tim Grimm, Krista Detor, and Joe Crookston, sharing songs and stories of the season. A first time Holiday concert for the Indy Folk Series!”

Sunday, 12/15

Trace Adkins Christmas at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

“The holidays are a time for miracles and a time for starting over. So it might just be the perfect time for Trace Adkins to release an album of Celtic Christmas music. Yes, the same Trace Adkins who wrote “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” is releasing the album, titled The King’s Gift, (“Tiodhlac An Righ,” in Gaelic) which also features appearances by Kevin Costner and daughter Lily Costner; after all, it’s Christmas, and anything can happen. He’ll be bringing all these and many more musical surprises to the Palladium.”

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MJ is a songwriter and local musician, freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, lover of travel, and a terrible mechanic. When MJ graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Creative Writing, he was immediately barraged with 'questions' of "What are you gonna do, teach?" He is determined to not get a job teaching. So far, so good. With music, MJ's traveled the country touring on his songs. Having spent time in places from Chicago to Seattle, LA to New Orleans, and Nashville to NYC, he is convinced that Detroit and its 'burbs have the the highest concentration of 'native' songwriting talent anywhere. Eat it, New York. You too, LA. MJ started writing for the Urbane Life in the summer of 2011. He also writes for a handful of other websites as well as an immigration lawyer. He used to work in a publishing house. He's glad he's out.

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