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Roots/Rock: Coolidge, The Cars, Sam King

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Indianapolis-based rock band Coolidge has described themselves as the "Police meet Green Day (with a) horn section." They've been banging around Indy for a few years, creating party-prone nights of music. They play at Radio Radio on Friday (May 6), along with the rootsy Gypsy Revival as the opener.

Quite the pedigree: Chris Smail-Coolidge was the long-time guitarist for Johnny Socko - never far away from the center of fun - and founded Coolidge about ten years ago, Since then, former Socko members Matt Wilson (bass), Charlie Krone (trombone), and Josh Silbert (saxophone) have joined Coolidge and Matt Beaumont (drums).

I wrote about Gypsy Revival last year, calling their latest album a "version of Americana (that) includes barreling and often soulful keyboard rock, Stones guitars, and eventually some crying lap-steel country music...a record that gets better after a half-dozen listens."

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This Saturday at 6:30pm, Sam King will be playing a short set at Our Lady Of Lourdes on E. Washington, at a benefit for PJ Kervan. PJ's brother, Kevin, has been Sam's day job employer for the past five years. PJ suffered a massive heart attack about a week ago, and King says P.J. will have a long road back to health, so Sam is playing the benefit for Kervan family. A $20 donation, 21+.

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The new album from reunited 80's rockers The Cars can be heard here. ahead of it's release later this month. Very close to their classic sound; a guiilty pleasure. Not an album of the year candidate, but makes for a nostalgic listen for those who remember the band's first three albums. "Too Late" is a poppy keeper, "Keep on Knocking" could have made it onto Heartbeat City and "Sad Song" is the old sound, ripped off as only they can be allowed to do.

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