the best music $5 can buy

Last night, instead of sitting at home and watching the clock tick over to midnight (and attempting to battle birthday malaise), I decided to go to the Irving Theatre to catch a show.

Man, am I ever glad I did.

The Irving is an interesting story… it was built as a first-run movie theater back in the twenties, and like most, had its day as a “modern art” (read: porn) theatre. Due to the efforts of a couple incredibly dedicated people, it’s nearing a reincarnation as an all-ages music venue and a real boost to the Irvington cultural scene.

First up was David Andrews, a singer-songwriter who impressed me with his earnesty (if not so much the songs themselves) He did, however, do an incredible cover of Tom Waits’ “Time”.

Next up was Paleo, who enchanted and confused me at the same time. Imagine a tall, lanky guy with a voice like a cross between Devendra Banhart and Jack White with a pinch of a scared child. Seriously. If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will! He blew me away with lines like “you be careful what you pay for when your soul is your receipt” and “you’ve not lived ’til you’ve broke someone’s heart/who are you if you’re not breaking a heart?”

But the band I was really there to see was The Scourge of the Sea. Based out of Lexington, KY, they play this atmospheric, melodic pop that– for lack of a better description– just makes me HAPPY. The lead singer’s voice reminds me of a less manic John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, and the lyrics could stand up to anything the Fruit Bats have ever produced. It’s too bad that there weren’t more people in attendance, because they put on a hell of a show.

If you’re in the listening area, you can catch The Scourge of the Sea on 91.7 WEEM today at 2:00 p.m.

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4 Responses to “the best music $5 can buy”

  1. Ah, you were in my neck of the woods.

    I am tickled pink that the Irving is up and running. I hope it remains successful. How many people were there last night?

  2. I’d say 15-20 people scattered throughout the evening. I wish there would have been more, but the crowd that was there was enthusiastic and excited.

    When they finish up the venue, it’s going to be great!

  3. I just caught wind last night that Scourge will be dropping back by for our Friday night show. 🙂 Bring some friends, show them the awesomeness of the Scourge. 🙂

  4. […] Saturday, December 30, hometown rockers Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos will be tearing up the Irving Theater in an all-ages homecoming show.  You all know I adore the Irving (see here for some previous love), so it should come as no surprise that I am EXTREMELY excited for this show.  If you’ve never seen Margot and company live, this is your chance to catch them in a fairly intimate setting, among friends, at a venue that’s trying to do some genuinely excellent things for the Indianapolis music scene.   This is going to be one of the most-talked-about shows of the season, for sure.  The Irving is, as I said above, all-ages, so get your libations prior to (or after) the show. I’ll be hitting J. Clyde’s for a pre-Margot drink if anyone would like to join me.  […]

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