♫ of Montreal
On Thursday, April 17th at 8pm of Montreal brought their choice magical mischeviousness to the Columbia Museum of Art– their first time back in Columbia in over 6 years! Fresh off their October release of Lousy with Sylvianbriar, of Montreal stopped by on their tour across the United States.
Joining of Montreal at the CMA was the up and coming band, Mood Rings, out of Atlanta, GA. This indie pop group has gained national recognition and a mass of faithful followers for their luscious, ethereal jams. Also getting in the act, local indie punk band, FK MT, tore through their riveting set to kick things off.
♫ Puppet Slam
On April 12th and 13th, local indie rock band / cello darlings Can’t Kids served as the house band for the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, showcasing the tunes of their previous album, Brushes, Touches, Tongues, (though they recently came out with a new album, Ennui Go, which is 100% worth checking out!)
♫ Opening Party
The 2014 opening night party was particularly exciting as it featured all-female fronted bands with support from Girls Rock Columbia, a local program for fostering a musical initiative in young girls. Leading things off was a group presented by the organization named Lashes, featuring musicians involved in the program. This was followed by four-piece rock outfit from Atlanta, GA- Shantih Shantih, whose music has been described as fuzzed-out desert rock n roll.
Rachel Kate finished the party off with a bang, her gypsy-leaning folk-rock whipping all party-goers into a dancing frenzy. Thoroughly country, supported by fiddles and other classic folk instrumentation, Kate brought a truly southern spin to really bring more grits to the indie, setting everything off just right.
♫Mipso at the Weekly Revue
Mipso, a North Carolinian bluegrass trio of fellas fresh from touring Japan, stopped by the Weekly Revue, a variety show from Philadelphia that visited Indie Grits on Friday, April 18th, hosted by Toby David. Serving as the house band, the group delivered their sweet and soothing three-part harmonies over a classic bluegrass instrumentation. As well as playing, they screened their documentary, Mipso in Japan, that follows them as they journeyed by bullet train through 11 shows all throughout the country.
♫ Indie Bits
Indie Bits, a one-day celebration of independent gaming and interactive media, took place on Tuesday, April 15th at the Nickelodeon Theatre. Combining the festival format with video games, there were a great number of game developers and enthusiasts alike in attendance. In addition to pizza and lasers, there were live performances from Atlanta indie rap artist Tribe One, as well as Clemson EDM/hip hop outfit We Roll Like Madmen. With a colorful and electronic aesthetic, both acts were very well-suited to accompany the pixelated visions that flanked the performers during the video game exhibitions.
♫ Closing Party
As the magic of the festival came to a close, all attendees received a well-deserved party to close on the best note. Taking place in the Empty Ol’ Bank on Main St, the event was jazzed up by the DJ wizardry of local legend DJ Alejandro, spinning on through the night. Though everyone had experienced a lot through the whole fest, there was still just enough energy in the ether to produce a particularly lively dance floor to end the night in the only way you can- boogyin’.