Best weekly house event: Keepin’ It Deep
Although there’s a small smorgasbord of weekly events for fans of house music, no other affair presents out-of-town heavy hitters as often as Keepin’ It Deep at Blu Lounge. The brainchild of Slater Hogan, Keepin' It Deep brought notable names such as DJ Collette, DJ Dan, and Mark Farina to Indianapolis in 2010.
Best local EDM festival: Mojostock
Mojostock 2010 was the festival’s second annual installment, but with three times as many performers as in 2009 and the integration of an entirely separate genre of music, it was overflowing with the excitement and curiosity of a newborn festival. Featuring over 20 DJs who began in the afternoon and finished well past 4 a.m., Mojostock is Indy’s only EDM festival that offers overnight camping, BYOB privileges and an all-local soundtrack.
Best new bi-weekly: Altered Thurzdaze
With producers like Bassnectar, Rusko and Big Gigantic going mainstream, new fans of dubstep were born in 2010 without their even knowing it. Riding the wave of enthusiasm for dubstep, IndyMojo.com and G9 Collective launched Altered Thurzdaze at The Mousetrap in August. The seemingly perfect venue remains welcoming to its regular bohemian clientele who are seeking something different, while new customers lured in by their love for “robot music” find the friendly nature of The Trap to be refreshingly unpretentious. Local DJ’s Psynapse, Kodama, and Hollow Point hold residencies at Altered with regular support from regional and national out-of-towners.
Best venue: Tru Nightclub
Although the space above Buffalo Wild Wings on Guilford has a nasty reputation for failure (see: Eden, 7, and Buck Wildz), Tru Nightclub has made it work since opening its doors last fall. Primarily an electronic dance club (but not a stranger to live bands), Tru’s appeal lies within the geography of the building itself. A high-rise VIP section overlooks the main room’s spacious dance floor, while a smaller lounge downstairs affords a change of scenery.
Best show: Bassnectar
One of the most hyped-up shows of the year took place in April when dubstep and broken beat wizzard Bassnectar toted his other-wordly sound system into The Vogue. Three-quarters of a year later, attendees are still raving about the flawless, sold-out concert. From (opening act) Major Lazer’s outrageous stage antics to Bassnectar’s grimey, staggering sound, it was an epic show.
Best DJ/Producer: Adam Jay
Adam Jay is the reigning king of house and techno in Indianapolis, even if he spent a good chunk of 2010 playing high-profile gigs around the world. In June, Jay traveled to Spain for shows in Valencia (at a rave under a bridge overpass) and Barcelona. In October, he again traveled across seas for a gigs in Amsterdam (the prestigious Amsterdam Dance Event), Tel Aviv and Graz.
Danielle Look is the Music Editor for IndyMojo.com.