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Soundcheck: The Luckiest Weekend Ever

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We hope you have big plans for this Friday. On 11-11-11 at 11:11 p.m., you have more than a few great choices for live music. (Use your wishes wisely.) To find the lucky NUVO editors, you can check out the inaugural Mash Up Monthly, organized by Brad Real and kicked off by A-Facts, Black Eddie, s.a.i.n.t RECON and others. We'll also be making a pit stop at the final Battle of Birdy's. See you out there!

Thursday

David Bazan
Songwriter behind indie band Pedro the Lion, musician David Bazan dropped his catlike moniker in 2006 for a solo project under his own name. He comes from Seattle, and has made an impact with his musical collaborations, which include The Soft Drugs, Unwed Sailor, Rosie Thomas and Starflyer 59. Now, as a solo musician, he plays all of the instruments himself on recordings and tours with a group of friends (including Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard). His latest effort, Strange Negotiations, was given an 8.4, and Filter Magazine noted, “The sound quality here amplifies the emotional narratives Bazan has an art of telling through his music.”

A Tribe Called Red
The Ottawa, Canada-based collective A Tribe Called Red shot to fame in the electronic music scene with their unique remixes of traditional Native American music, taking the songs of their indigenous ancestors and mashing them up with dubstep, hip-hop and a variety of other contemporary styles to create a sound they call "pow wow-step." In addition to their powerful sound, which features two-time DMC turntable champion DJ Shub, ATCR also has a dynamic visual component. ATCR's video artist Bear Witness samples visuals from the often-controversial, bastardized depictions of Native Americans found in Hollywood films, video games and cartoons and re-appropriates the pop culture images, remixing them live on the spot. Cultural Cannibals will host ATCR's first performance in the Midwest, joined by DJ Kyle Long and Jackola.

Friday

Har Mar Superstar
Unconventional R&B star Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) brings his sexy act to Radio Radio on Friday. Looking like Ron Jeremy and crooning like R. Kelly, Har Mar is known for getting his audience shimmying with his kooky on-stage performance skills.

Naturally 7
The seven a cappella masters of Naturally 7 will stop by Butler University this Friday evening. Of the group, the Boston Globe writes, ““Openers Naturally 7, a seven —piece vocal group from New York, delivered a jaw-dropping vocal symposium.  To call them an a cappella group would be a gross understatement, for they performed songs with trumpets, electric guitars, bass cello, harmonica, a full drum kit, and more — using only their voices.  It was like a striking optical illusion, only aural.”

Saturday

Airborne Toxic Event
This band is on their way to becoming massive stadium rockers. See them in a smaller venue before they completely outgrow venues like the Vogue. After their mega-hit “Sometime Around Midnight,” these emotional rockers gained immediate radio exposure and began an extended touring schedule. They have shared the stage with elite-status indie band Built to Spill, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Belmont High School marching band. They also gained notoriety for their June 2010 single, “Neda,” named after the young Iranian woman killed in the 2009 presidential election protests. They're supported at this show by Mona & the Drowning Men.

Battle of Birdy's Final Battle
This long-fought battle has come to the final round for Indy's largest organized live music competition. Finalists include Old Revel Minds, Phoenix on the Fault Line, Audiodacity, Band of Beards, Goliathon and The Farewell Audition. The annual event lasts thirteen weeks and is in its sixth year.

Mash Up Monthly Kickoff Show
The inaugural event has performers A-Facts, Black Eddie, s.a.i.n.t RECON, TJ Reynolds & The Freehand Orchestra, Ed Trauma and Echomaker on the bill. Organizer and artist Brad Real hopes the event will invite a different crowd in addition to the extremely supportive regular audience that attends Indy hip-hop events. “We want people who attend "Mash Up Monthly" to become fans of the performers and follow them to their other shows,” Real says. The variety of performers on the bill will cater to a diverse crowd; the event will continue monthly.

Martine Locke and Jenrose Fitzgerald.
Hoosier-by-way-of-Australia singer-songwriter Martine Locke is returning to Indy after eight months of touring the country. She is joined by Jenrose Fitzgerald of Stamping Ground, Kentucky, another singer-songwriter. Along with the music, a trunk show featuring the creations of Martine Locke, Jamie Price and Dionne Ward (the Front Porch Collective), will open the show.

Monday

Shonen Knife
This Japanese Rock group entered into the alternative rock scene in the early 90s. As favorites of hipsters and rock stars alike, Shonen Knife is guaranteed to put on a good show.

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