The five-day 100 Pipers India Music Week draws to a close this weekend, with 15 acts having performed at various venues. The remaining four acts will perform at two different venues, all on Sunday. Here's a look at what to expect.
Underground-meets-modern-dubstep act, Mental Martians is another act that has been making waves in the independent scene. This two-year-old collective features Tarang Singhal on tabla and other percussion, while Sarvesh Shrivastava and Piyush Bhatnagar handle sampling duties. Their music sounds like a mash-up of something you'd hear if English bass music duo Chase & Status, New Delhi-based dubstep producer Nucleya and Asian Underground pioneer Talvin Singh were to share a stage (not that we're implying they're that good).
In 2010, Kolkata-based filmmaker Q, formerly Quashik Mukherjee, made Gandu, an independent film that caused ripples for its dark, uncompromising subject matter and graphic depiction of sexuality. The music used in the film, comprising a mixture of rap-rock and punk with Bengali lyrics, was composed by alternative rock band Five Little Indians. In May 2011, the band split up, and a new avatar, Gandu Circus, was formed with Q on vocals and Neel Adhikari on guitars. Drummer Jiver Singh's grooves, both live and electronic, as well as psychedelic visuals projected during performances combine to make this an interesting act to check out.
A four-piece urban/hip-hop/drum and bass outfit comprising MC Bob on vocals, Levin Mendes on drums, Ruell Baretto on bass and DJ Chandu on the turntable, Bombay Bassment has garnered an enviable reputation in its relatively short two-year existence. Their influences range from Bob Marley to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Known for their high-energy sets, the band's songs blend their members' diverse backgrounds - Goan, South Indian and African - to produce music that will have you grooving no matter what your musical tastes are.
The Kamath brothers, Paresh and Naresh, are best known for their association with singer Kailash Kher and their Sufi rock band Kailasa. Hipnotribe, a pop-rock band they formed four years ago, is their indie avatar. The band's originals are usually about urban life, love and other such fluffy introspections. However, like Kailasa, Hipnotribe is a fun and tight live act to watch on stage even if their lyrics aren't as meaningful.