Rock It: Near or far, find a show this weekend

Posted on November 14, 2013


Rock It: Near or far, find a show this weekend

By: Rachael Mattice

When you are watching an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance?” or are strolling through stores, it is typically a pop or indie rock song serenading the background or being used in the dance routine. Background music can be taken from the lulled setting into a lively forefront of concert entertainment.

In you nearest city of choice this week, indie rock and pop are taking over:

West Lafayette

Reappearing at this year’s Starry Night Festival is Nashville indie rock band Paper Route. They will feature their new album “The Peace of the Wild Things,” released on Sept. 11.

On board with many indie bands, Paper Route incorporates layers of instrumental variety for a collective sound. Although safe, their songs have an emotional draw that helps them stick out in a genre where it is difficult to make a mark.

Paper Route will headline the outdoor festival Friday at the corner of State Street and Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette. The event starts and 7 p.m. and is free.


The freshest of the three, an electronic rock band from Los Angeles called AWOLNATION will be at the Egyptian Room at 8 p.m. Friday.

With similarities to The Killers and Neon Trees, the band takes on modern-day DJ trends, but brings rock satisfaction with a Dan Auerbach-blues rock rasp in Aaron Bruno’s vocals. AWOLNATION has a universal attraction that is pop-like -yet edgy enough to blare on commercials and TV shows – but doesn’t earn parental discretion advisory warnings to scare the general populous away.

Under the wing of Red Bull Studios, AWOLNATION also has its songs “Burn it Down,” platinum hit “Sail,” “Guilty Filthy Soul” and “Kill Your Heroes” featured on the 2011 record “Megalithic Symphony.”

General admission tickets are $29 and can be purchased at


One of the biggest female reinventors of sexuality and religious views in the entertainment industry will be in vogue to shock the public at the United Center in Chicago at 8 tonight.

Madonna is on her worldwide MDNA tour, marking the halfway point in Chicago among her 89 total stops. Listening to one of the most famous surviving contemporary artists in popular music, the audience is guaranteed the spectacular of a Cirque du Soleil show with a superstar driving the core of the performance in a nightclub setting.

The music is pushed to second place, with the show relying on the re-enactment of her music videos and sing-along fan excitement to fill the gaps of Madonna’s lip-synching.

Base tickets for her show are $55 in the nosebleed section, but range up to $183 in the top level. Madonna told Newsweek in an interview,”start saving pennies now, people spend $300 on crazy things like handbags. Come to my show, I’m worth it.”

For more information on concerts throughout the region, visit

Mattice is a producer for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached  on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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