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Joe Jack Talcum, a few years back
  • Joe Jack Talcum, a few years back
It's all about the fests this weekend, particularly if you happen to be into either hardcore (in which case, you're headed to Dude Fest) or jam bands and EDM (Mojostock). You can't go wrong checking out road warrior and punk troubadour Ted Leo either — or one of his predecessors, the still-goofy-after-all-these-years Dead Milkman Joe Jack Talcum, performing solo at this week's Punk Rock Night. Check it, with our two festival picks preceding the day-by-day picks:

Mojostock 2011
When a concert adopts the name “fill-in-the-blank Stock,” it has some pretty big shoes to fill. IndyMojo, the titular sponsor of the jam and EDM-centric festival Mojostock, aims to live up to those expectations by going all out — maxing out their venue’s capacity and adding out-of-town performers. Performers include Cyberoptics, Twin Cats, Adam Jay, Disco Aliens and nearly 50 other acts. For more, take a gander at Emily Thompson's feature on MojoStock and IndyMojo, my profile of MojoStock act Max Allen Band and reviews and photos from the festival next week on nuvo.net. At Sleepybear Campground, across the street from Verizon Wireless Music Center. July 29-30, $35 weekend pass; July 29, music runs from 5 p.m.-3 a.m.; July 30, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; all-ages

Dude Fest
This year’s Dude Fest, the ninth, is notable not just because a DIY hardcore music event has thrived this long in a city not known for appreciating such art, but because it also marks the end of an era for one important band, The Dream is Dead, whose guitarist, Jared Southwick, died in June at age 34. For more, check out Wade Coggeshall's feature on The Dream is Dead's final show, Nick Selm's interview with the lead singer of Torche and reviews and photos later this week, right here on nuvo.net. July 27-30 at the Hoosier Dome, 1627 Prospect St., all-ages; aftershows July 29 and 30 at Vollrath Tavern, 118 E. Palmer St.; tickets range from $10-$25

Thursday

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Earth House
Ted Leo is a dependable guy. You can expect him to be out there on the road more often than not. And you know what you’ll get with his records — aggressive, upbeat, politically-minded pop-punk. NUVO talked with Leo this week about politics, social media, revisiting old work and writing one’s epitaph. With Tweak Bird and Freddie T and the People. 6:30 p.m., $13 advance, $15 door, all-ages.

Gaelic Storm at The Vogue

Santa Monica-based Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm survived an unplugged stint as house band on James Cameron’s Titanic, playing for third-class passengers as they sank into the solitude of the sea. They’ve gone on to become fan favorites at Indy Irish Fest with a repertoire very much appropriate to the event, equal parts folk songs with authentic Irish trimmings and originals that challenge the idea of authentic Irishness. 9 p.m., $20 advance, $22 door, 21+.

Shotgun Party at Melody Inn
Anyone who cares for or knows what western swing is will likely dig on Shotgun Party, an Austin-based trio that sounds a little like Austin, with its mélange of honky-tonk and indie-rock, executed with effortless talent and plenty of style. Café jazz is also a touchstone for the group, comprised of a fiddler, guitarist and upright bassist. With Church Shoes, a rough-around-the-edges Austin-via-Fort-Wayne garage band. 9 p.m., $5, 21+.

Friday

Bella Latina at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club
ISIS of Indiana, an affinity group for female musicians from Indiana, continues its year-long collaboration with the Cabaret at the Columbia Club this week, this time with Latina talent taking the central stage in front of that gigantic window overlooking the Circle. Featured performers include vocalists Stacie Sandoval and Elizabeth Souza and dancer Ana Lucia Cavalcante. The show is directed by ISIS co-founders Monika Herzig and Heather Ramsey. 8 p.m., $15-$35, all-ages.

Taking Back Sunday at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Taking Back Sunday got the old band back together last year, jettisoning two members who had joined since the post-hardcore band’s 1999 founding and bringing back the original two they had replaced. The first album by the reunited original lineup, Taking Back Sunday, was released this June on Warner Bros. Reviews have credited the band with going back to their core sound, back before they sold out and stuff. With Thursday, Colour Revolt and The New Regime. 7 p.m., $27.50 advance, $30 door (plus fees), all-ages.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The Vogue
A solo project by Chris Robinson, lead singer of the currently-on-hiatus Black Crowes. One Black Crowe, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, has stuck around for this ride; otherwise, Robinson leads a five-piece band comprised of long-time touring musicians and friends. This is early in the run for the group; the Black Crowes finally went on official hiatus this month after completing a run of European shows still on the itinerary when they announced they would be taking some time off. 8 p.m., $18, 21+.

Mic Sol & ACE ONE present The Connection at Locals Only
Inseparable local hip-hop duo Mic Sol & ACE ONE suggest in a press release that this “will possibly” be their last performance in 2011. Not that they’re pulling a Black Crowes and going on indefinite hiatus. Rather, they just need to put in some studio time, and it won’t do to mess with live gigs while deeply engaged in the creative process. With Hinx Jones, Phenonmonal 1, Stakzilla, Blake Allee, DJ Deadrisk. 9 p.m., $5, 21+.

Dominick Farinacci at The Jazz Kitchen
Chris Botti-esque trumpeter Dominick Farinacci plays the late show at the Kitchen, touring in support of his second domestic release as a bandleader, Dawn of Goodbye, which follows on seven albums made for Japanese labels. Farinacci made his way to his current home of NYC after being featured on a Jazz at Lincoln Center special at age 17, having been hand-picked by Center bigwig Wynton Marsalis. 10 p.m., $15, 21+.

Saturday

Punk Rock Night with Joe Jack Talcum at Melody Inn
A very special Punk Rock Night featuring Anthony Genaro, aka Joe Jack Talcum, who made his name as guitarist and vocalist with goofy Philadelphia punk band The Dead Milkmen. Genaro will perform two sets: one consisting of Dead Milkmen songs; the other of his solo work, which he’s been releasing without fanfare since his Dead Milkmen days, sometimes under pseudonyms (“Halvin’ My Baby” by Butterfly Fairweather, for instance). With Gay Black Republican, The Bassturd and Danny Thompson. 10 p.m., $8, 21+.

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