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Soundcheck: Weekend edition


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Michael Kelsey
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A couple super-talented local guitarists will debut records this week — Frank Dean, who's exploring his blues side with the Snakehandlers after years spent in the roots world with his band Sindacato; and Michael Kesley, whose new record "Submerged" is a finger-tapping tour-de-force, with full-throated strums mixed in for good measure. We also celebrate the legacy of jazz trumpeter Tommy Mullinix, a 20-year veteran of the Indianapolis music who played most often in traditional/Dixieland settings, with a pitch-in at The Jazz Kitchen. A few more options are below; even on one of the slowest weeks of the year, music-wise, there are worthwhile events each night.


Max Allen Band, Borrow Tomorrow, Ladymoon at The Vogue
Three local bands. The Max Allen Band, led by blues guitar wunderkind Allen, is pushing into jam territory without leaving behind the blues. With hard rock outfit Borrow Tomorrow and up-and-coming jam band Ladymoon. 9 p.m., $5.

The Snakehandlers Blues Band at Locals Only
The local blues-rock band gives you no excuse to miss the release show for their debut album, or at least not one based on poverty. 9 p.m., free.


Whitney Coleman and Alpha.Live at Locals Only
A showcase for R&B vocalist Coleman and emcee Alpha.Live, with DJ sets following the main event by Kinetik and Rusty. 9 p.m.

Punk Rock Night featurng Neon Love Life, Beta Male, Elky Summers, John Rambo & the Vietnam Wars at Melody Inn
Those who pay attention know that Punk Rock Night is not exclusively a series devoted to punk rock. Sometimes rockabilly sneaks in there; more often than not metal. And this week, we hear from bands that might inhabit the province of garage or indie rock: cover darlings Neon Love Life, synth-pop outfit Beta Male, newly-created four-piece The Elky Summers and jingoistic garage rock band John Rambo & The Vietnam Wars (a play on their name of course; they’re probably all good liberals). 10 p.m., $7.


Tommy Mullinix Tribute at The Jazz Kitchen
Trumpeter and bandleader Tommy Mullinix was a fixture on local stages for more than 20 years, fronting several groups, including his traditional jazz outfit Naptown Strutters. His Indianapolis stint, during which he helped found the Jam Cellar jazz club at Union Station, closed off a 65-year career that took him to California and Canada. Mullinix passed away last month in St. Petersburg, Fla., at age 81, only days after his last performance. Musicians, fans, and friends are welcome to a tribute event in his memory. Bar service only. Pitch-in. 2 p.m., free.

Michael Kelsey at Birdy's
Kelsey, a finger-tapping acoustic guitarist who can single-handedly up the sound of many men, premieres a new album, "Submerged," his first in four years. Kelsey told NUVO's Wade Coggeshall this week that once he's mastered the guitar — and he may be fairly close — he plans to move on to the prepared piano. 9 p.m.


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