For Feather

For FeatherFor Feather (New York City) Indie: A curious stew of trippy Space Rock, slanted Art Rock and pretty direct Indie Pop/Rock, For Feather’s sound is unpredictable yet somehow sounds oddly familiar at the same time. The band’s songs are structured like strange, experimental indie films and seem at times to be composed more like symphonies than Pop songs. When these four get weird, they get really weird. But to balance it out, when they get straight to the point, they do it with laser focus. At least we know the bizarre, trippy parts of the band’s songs aren’t a result of drugs.

Dig: Liz Phair goes to Art School, finds her male Yoko Ono, starts collaborating with The Flaming Lips, quits the band and blames it all on her male Yoko Ono.

Subway Bar and Lounge 12 am Friday Check them out on Myspace

GreyMarket

GreyMarketGreyMarket (Tampa, Fla.) Electronic Rock: GreyMarket is the duo of drummer Michael Gargiulo and guitarist/vocalist Cave McCoy, two Radiohead and Muse fans that wanted to make something big and engulfing like those epic-leaning bands, but with an electronic backdrop. Performing to backing tracks allowed for the bigness via New Wave synth riffs, strings and bass. The strange influence mingling (dancefloor Electro music, melodramatic ’80s Pop, the Freddie Mercury drama and Queen harmonies, IDM) makes it all the more fascinating.

Dig: Of Montreal as influenced by Queen, Muse on an ’80s New Wave bender.

Subway Bar and Lounge 8 p.m. Friday Check them out here.

Jake Speed and the Freddies

Jake SpeedJake Speed and the Freddies Cincinnati) Folk, Americana: One of Cincinnati’s favorite Folk sons, Jake Speed is a traditional songwriter in the style of early Folk music. With a sometimes cutting, always charming wit and a clever take on a variety of social/political issues (among other topics), Speed and his amazing Americana backing band The Freddies have matured over the years, developing their retro-ness into something more unique and dynamic. Garrison Keillor loves ‘em (the band was on his Prairie Home Companion); so should you. Check them out and you probably won’t be able to help it.

Dig: Woody Guthrie reborn as a smart, redheaded 21st Century troubadour.

Washington Platform 8:30 p.m. Friday Check them out here.

The Test Begins Now - Lite Brite Film Test

Lite Brite Film Test How do you make the coolest indie music festival in the Midwest even cooler? Add indie film! The Lite Brite Film Test, created in 2004, introduced people to locally produced films along with other international film festival efforts and indie rock. But the Test was perhaps too successful in its growth with talent and smart audiences; it needed a new direction. The **Contemporary Arts Center ** is the perfect venue to bring together films with MidPoint's music and audiences.

Programming will include the best shorts from Ottawa’s International Animation Festival **and the **International Film Festival Rotterdam. Plus, see two local films from Pizza Infinity. Check out the schedule online or download a PDF.

johnnytwentythree

johnnytwentythree johnnytwentythree (Cincinnati) Indie Rock: This politically minded local outfit’s performance at InkTank during 2007’s MPMF remains a personal festival favorite, a dynamic display made all the more powerful due to the makeshift venue’s intimate environs and Stephen Imwalle’s spot-on visional accompaniment. For the uninitiated, johnnytwentythree delivers mood-altering soundscapes that flow from shimmering atmospherics to intense, guitar-ringing crescendos and back again. Expect to be moved.

Dig: Explosions in the Sky, a vocal-free Sigur Ros. (JG)

Contemporary Arts Center 10:30 pm Friday Check them out on Myspace