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Wednesday's big shows: Against Me!, Fountain Square Music Fest, Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy

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Editor's note: We picked the top ten biggest shows going down in Indianapolis over the Fourth of July holiday weekend for our cover story this week. Click here to browse our huge shows by day, and click here to browse the complete music calendar for 102 more shows to hit up this weekend.

So, why should you go to these Wednesday shows? 


Because Against Me! is the politically conscious act a post-RFRA Indy needs right now. 

Tonight, Against Me! will roll through town at the Old National Centre with openers Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration and Annie Girl & The Flight. The established punk group made stops in Indianapolis many times as part of the Vans Warped Tour, but other than that, this will only be their second time in town as headliners. With Indy being one of many anticipated stops, singer Laura Jane Grace says she's as psyched as we are.

"For me, this tour is really like a satisfying personal project," she says. "I reached out to Frank and really wanted him to do the tour. I met Annie in December and she had given me her record, and I've been listening to it since."
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Although the band is new to Indianapolis, they aren't strangers to the state. One of their earliest releases, the Crime EP, was released by Bloomington's Plan-It-X Records, run by Chris Clavin. Grace says she's very  fond of Bloomington.

"[Clavin] was down in Gainesville at the time and he saw me play in a laundromat," she says. "He booked us in Bloomington when we had first started touring. We usually play Rhino's, which is a great place. I really like what Rhino's is about."

Against Me!'s reputation as a politically aware punk band precedes them. With Indiana's recent national attention as a result of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a few touring performers cancelled their Indiana dates. Thankfully, Grace — who documented her transition to living as a woman in the last year's album Transgender Dysphoria Blues — says they have a different mentality.

"Well, I think in situations like that, I'm always more apt to go for the 'Let's go there to protest,' as opposed to 'Let's not go there to protest,' type of approach," she says. "It's not the people's fault who are going to the show. It's more important to go to a place and speak out."

The band recently announced their second live album, 23 Live Sex Acts. The new release, due out in September, will feature 23 songs, both personal and fan favorites that were recorded throughout their 2014 Transgender Dysphoria Blues World Tour.

Grace says they chose to do a second live album because after so many lineup changes, Against Me! is a significantly different live experience than what it was in 2006's Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!! She says live albums tend to be more exciting and more unpredictable than studio albums.

"Nobody in the studio is throwing beer bottles at you or coming at you, crowd-surfing over people to grab you by the throat and scream into the microphone," she says. "There's a way different intensity. It's a document of a time and a place, and trying to capture something you don't know what you're going to get."

The band will enter the studio this fall to start what will be their seventh studio album. In between gigs and recording sessions with Against Me!, Grace recently produced an album, handled music director duties for the TV show Rebel Music and worked on an upcoming book.

"This year in particular has been really, really busy," she says.

— TJ Jaeger 

Against Me!with Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, Annie Girl and the Flight
Wednesday, July 1
Deluxe at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., 8 p.m., $25, all-ages


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Because Fountain Square Music Fest is four times as big. 

Fountain Square Music Fest organizers super-sized in year three, expanding their Fourth of July day-long festival and tacking on three more extra days, just for the fun of it. Jams kick off tonight with Musical Family Tree's White Rabbit show featuring locals SM Wolf, Pravada and America Owns The Moon. Joyful Noise lends one of their more esoteric acts, Chicago's Joan of Arc, for a Thursday show at Radio Radio with the Bonesetters. Friday gets even bigger, with shows at both Joyful Noise (featuring the literally out-of-control Yonatan Gat) and The Hi-Fi (with locals Dirtbike, Vacation Club and Memory Foam).

But Saturday's the big 'un: Apache Relay, Lera Lynn, Bailiff, Sirius Blvck, Delta Routine, Brother O'Brother, Traveling Suitcase, Von Strantz, Audiodacity, Party Lines, Coyote Armada and Birdy's Battle Royale favorite Nash Walker and The Doctors will all play. Shine Indy is coordinating free music on the Fountain Square Plaza starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday for early birds. (Our professional recommendation? Grab a frozen treat from The Cultured Swirl and hang out by the fountain.)

We've got much more about Fountain Square Music Fest coming up on NUVO.net, including an interview with Saturday headliner Lera Lynn (that mysterious singer onstage in last week's True Detective episode premiere).

- Katherine Coplen

Fountain Square Music Fest with Joan of Arc, Yonatan Gat, Lera Lynn and more
Wednesday, July 1 - Saturday, July 4
various locations, various prices, some 21+, some all-ages

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Because co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa make up a bill so weird it's perfect. 

As Chicago emo punks Fall Out Boy move ever closer to straight arena rock and rapper Wiz Khalifa takes over Top 40s radio with pop smashes like "See You Again" and "Young, Wild and Free," a tour featuring both acts just makes sense.

Of the tour, Wiz says: "It was really like a joint effort where I wanted to go on tour with a rock and roll group, somebody who had a really huge fan base, somebody who has a similar feeling about music. ... There's no real genre of music, or classification of fan. I think everybody just comes out to have a really good time."

But will these unlikely stagefellows play together? "We will spend time on stage together," singer Patrick Stump said in an early June interview.

As Chicago emo punks Fall Out Boy move ever closer to straight arena rock and rapper Wiz Khalifa takes over Top 40s radio with pop smashes like "See You Again" and "Young, Wild and Free," a tour featuring both acts just makes sense.

Of the tour, Wiz says: "It was really like a joint effort where I wanted to go on tour with a rock and roll group, somebody who had a really huge fan base, somebody who has a similar feeling about music. ... There's no real genre of music, or classification of fan. I think everybody just comes out to have a really good time."

But will these unlikely stagefellows play together? "We will spend time on stage together," singer Patrick Stump said in an early June interview.

On his band's new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, Stump enjoyed experimenting with sampling, bringing in bits and pieces from Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," The Munsters theme song and — mostly excitingly — Joyful Noise artist Son Lux's "Lost It To Trying" on new track "Fourth of July."

"There is an art form to homage and interpolation, and being inspired by something pre-existing," Stump said. "My dad was a folk singer ... Folk music, as an entire world, is very much about shared culture, sharing music. It's not so much about who wrote the song [as it is] who feels the song, who sings the song. A good song can be performed by a bunch of different people, and a good melody can reappear in different places. And those things were very inspiring to me on this record."

On his band's new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, Stump enjoyed experimenting with sampling, bringing in bits and pieces from Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," The Munsters theme song and — mostly excitingly — Joyful Noise artist Son Lux's "Lost It To Trying."



"There is an art form to homage and interpolation, and being inspired by something pre-existing," Stump said. "My dad was a folk singer ... Folk music, as an entire world, is very much about shared culture, sharing music. It's not so much about who wrote the song [as it is] who feels the song, who sings the song. A good song can be performed by a bunch of different people, and a good melody can reappear in different places. And those things were very inspiring to me on this record."

- Katherine Coplen 

Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy with Hoodie Allen, DJ Drama
Wednesday, July 1
Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., 7 p.m., prices vary, all-ages


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