• Keeping it Real: Bigfoot Yancey's Hills

    Keeping it Real: Bigfoot Yancey's Hills

    Bigfoot Yancey’s first full-length album is a collection of well-crafted tunes demonstrating solid musical skill and sound poetic judgment. But most importantly, it’s unpretentious, moving, and a hell of a lot of fun.

  • A Cynic Goes to the Beach

    A Cynic Goes to the Beach

    My perspective on beach life strikes people as pretentious, but it's actually very reverent.

  • Songs You Should Have Heard

    Songs You Should Have Heard

    "Movies of Antarctica" from The Stars of Track and Field. A breakdown by National Road Magazine's Cory Huffman.

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Keeping it Real: Bigfoot Yancey’s Hills

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Bigfoot Yancey’s first full-length album is a collection of well-crafted tunes demonstrating solid musical skill and sound poetic judgment.  But most importantly, it’s unpretentious, moving, and a hell of a lot of fun. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Bigfoot Yancey Ten minutes before stepping onto Wasser Brewing Company’s stage ...

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A Cynic Goes to the Beach

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Sitting at the edge of the world, I catch myself recalling Lord Byron’s words:  “Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow…” So okay, that’s not 100% true.  The buoys dancing in the surf about 300 yards out—and the weird, boat, depth marker another 100 beyond that—make it clear that ...

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March Sadness

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I should adopt a perennial winner, like so many of my friends do.  But my loyalty to my Sycamores is written into my blood. On a chilly December night in 1989, I sat in the student section enveloping the baseline at Hulman Center.  My team, the Indiana State Sycamores took ...

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The Listening Room Returns to Greencastle

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Two decades ago I discovered the listening room.  I wasn’t there, of course.  At that time I wasn’t even following music.  This was the early ‘90s.  I was a young high school English teacher in northern Indiana, hell-bent on compensating for my lack of “jockiness” as a student by ramping ...

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Friday Photo Blog: Remembering Snow

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As we near the end of the winter that never really was, Knightstown’s Eric Cox reminds us of the beauty (or headaches) we missed in his newest edition of the Friday Photo Blog: Remembering Snow.  Oh well…there’s always next year.

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Brian Dolzani: At the Edge of the Shore

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Brian Dolzani’s life on the road embodies the transitioning of a young man tortured by the early death of his father into an experienced musician finding peace and thriving as an artist. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Josh Wool and Brian Dolzani In Lord of the Flies William Golding’s protagonist, ...

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Hautian Heroes: Running the Relay

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The current political climate makes it easy to point fingers, be frustrated. It’s a good excuse to lash out at someone for a reason that may or not be valid. An outlet, if you will, for the angst that we are all feeling no matter your view. That is not ...

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Conversations: Chris Dollar

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Garrett J. Poortinga, Green Hat Media LLC 2017 At their peak, Bloomington’s New Old Calvary, a traditional bluegrass band with creative, nontraditional elements were touring the Midwest and putting out recorded music hand-over-fist.  In the middle of it was Chris Dollar.  Last year he released ...

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Get Your Butt in Gear

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I don’t know why I lived and why my mother did not.  But if things had gone the other way around, Mom would have thought of some way to take on the disease which has touched our family.  To honor her, I want to do just that, and I can’t ...

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Coming Home: Will Scott’s Personal Journey

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After more than a decade establishing himself in New York City, Hoosier native Will Scott came home to care for his ailing father.  In the process he is gradually establishing himself as one of the most vocally competent and technically sound singer-guitarists in Central Indiana. by Donovan Wheeler photos by ...

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How to Make a Kitten Cape

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Over, I’d say, the last fifteen years, I’ve tried to learn skills that are useful in everyday life. Not just important things. Like math. Okay, maybe these are skills that aren’t useful in EVERYday life, but they can come in handy. So far they’ve all been good experiences. Through the ...

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My Day on a Movie Shoot

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Last year Greencastle native Zachary Spicer caught local attention when he and his film company, Pigasus Pictures, shot The Good Catholic in Bloomington.  Now making its debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the film has garnered strong reviews out of the gate.  Here, we are re-posting Donovan Wheeler’s ...

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Bands You Need to Hear: Alex Dezen

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Early last year Alex Dezen, former front man and founder of the Brooklyn based,The Damnwells, released his self-titled solo album. A catchy, lyrically honest and diverse debut that captured Dezen’s artistic ability to sing stories that we all can point to and say, “I remember a time like that.” Written ...

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Lost In Semantics

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In our current climate of heightened tensions, Christian Shuck reminds us that the best thing we can do before engaging in a political argument the best thing we can do measure ourselves earnestly before stepping into the arena. On January 20th, around 3:30 p.m. EST, I made the mistake of ...

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