Waldemere Revival was featured in an interview with me on NUVO.net titled "Busy Getting Busier", alluding to the ridiculous touring schedule they maintained in 2010. The ambient folk rock group, one of Indianapolis’ hardest working bands, played more than 120 shows in seven states over the course of the year.
1. So Damn Blessed
Lounge Soundsystem perfected their jammy rock-n-roll trifecta in 2010 with the addition of bassist Ryan Goecker. The mainly-instrumental three-piece is comparable to Umphreys McGee with equal amounts of meandering psychedelia and intense rock.
3. Slippin Time
4. Chimp Shit
Oreo Jones solidified his status among Indy’s hip hop elite in 2010 with the release of his Delicious EP, heavy collaboration in the indie rock scene, frequent local gigs, music videos, and even the debut of his own cooking show. Laid atop catchy, nostalgic beats, the MC’s rhymes are humorous and relevant, making an instant connection with almost anyone who listens.
5. Good Times
6. Save Me
Though not technically from Indianapolis, this hip hop duo comprised of two Depauw students is based out of the neighboring city of Greencastle. The pair met while attending college and quickly realized their electro/pop music paired with lightly auto-tuned vocals was like musical candy to their collegiate peers. Audio Dax toured a string of shows at colleges in Kansas, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York in 2010, as well as regular gigs in central Indiana.
7. All I know
8. All The Koalas
<b>Indian City Weather</b>
Indian City Weather reached out to me in hopes of someone taking a minute to check out their music. After giving it a listen, I was instantly won over by their unique blend of pop, punk, and hip hop. Furthermore, the ambitious group of youngsters released their debut EP in the fall of 2010 titled Leather Lungs, produced by Tyler Watkins of Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s.
9. More Like Memphis
I originally connected with Eddie when I was a member of the judging panel for The Acoustic LIVE Challenge, but have since become a devoted fan of her songwriting and likable personality. Eddie’s self-taught guitar style is impressive, but her vocals are her true shining star.
11. Turn Around
Midwest Hype has a sound all its own, pulling inspiration from an eclectic pool of musical styles. Their 2009 debut album, fresh Colorful Love, presents a generous collection of 14 songs alternating from laid-back dub to quirky pop. It’s funky rock with a little hip hop, finished with a pinch of jazz.
13. Ben’s Kitchen Blues
If there is one single band in Indianapolis that has the skill and determination to break out of the city and make it big, it’s surely The Twin Cats. Their local shows are a guaranteed full house, due in large part to their colossal local following. Dripping with raw musical talent, the band’s five members fuse their collective backgrounds to create a unique jazz/jam sound that can only be described as “face-melting funk”.
I discovered my own love for electronic music late in 2009 and utilized most of 2010 exploring my newfound obsession. Although electronic subgenres such as house, drum-n-bass, glitch, jungle, and techno all tickle my fancy, it is dubstep that is my true fixation. Here, Kodama opens gently with angelic vocal samples and elegant melody but digs deep into dubstep’s grimy “wah-wah” sound before the track concludes.
<b>Tracks 13 and 14 recorded LIVE! At The Mousetrap (http://www.themousetrapbar.com/) by Matt Vice Productions (http://mattviceproductions.com/)</b>
<b>Indy 2010 – Your Local Music Zen</b>
<b>Album curated by Danielle Look (@butterfly_89000 | http://www.facebook.com/danielle.look)</b>
<b>Album artwork by Adam Wollenberg</b>