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Daytrip: Point Pleasant, West Virginia

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Around 10:30 in the morning, Point Pleasant was still dormant when our group of four parked our car next to the post office. Few people walked the streets. Even fewer cars passed down the main strip. Some small businesses were closed permanently, others still waiting to open for the day. ...

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Johnnie Dead and the Dead Deads

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Friday Photo Blog–Sunday Edition by Tim McLaughlin Tim McLaughlin profiles The Dead Deads’ February stop in Indianapolis as part of their  recent nationwide tour. First off I’m going to come clean about this review being incredibly biased.  There, I said it. I first saw Tosha (aka Johnnie Dead) Jones when ...

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Rick Michael’s Tunes Around Town

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Rick Michael’s Tunes Around Town returns.  Due to next week’s spring break, the schedule lightens up this week.  But there are still tunes to be heard: March 19-24, 2018 March 19, 2018 Acoustic Open Mic with Jack Gibson / Swizzle Stick 7:00 to 9:00 March 20, 2018 Open Stage hosted ...

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Soundbites: My Phone’s Loose Butt-hole


Soundbites:  Observations about the world in roughly 300 words. It happens all the time.  My iPhone has a loose butt-hole.  The lightning pin, plug-in—hands down the worst innovation in the history of Apple Computer—never stays in the hole in the bottom of the phone.  When I hang my gadget from ...

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Winter House: Chapter 5


Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Five April 8, 1910 The spring sunlight was warm in the April morning. The smell of blooming flora travelled on the evaporating dew. The air of the season to come was intoxicating. Remnants of tiny water droplets sparkled on the tall ...

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Vincent Aguirre: A Life for Himself

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Piper Voss Vincent Aguirre’s story begins at the end.  Pick any end you want: his graduation from DePauw University; his decision to leave his stable Chicago job and come back to Greencastle; his business breakup with college friend and WynWay partner, George Velazquez; his decision ...

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Vignettes: Chad Lehr

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Chad Lehr at Wasser Brewing Company Thursday–March 8 @ 8:00 In a time when “Americana” serves as a label identifying everything from a group of millennials reinventing classic rock to precision-picking honky-tonkers who play something more like country, sometimes a performer comes along who dovetails perfectly with the genre as ...

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Review: Unicorn Derby’s Explosion of Awesome


Friday Photo Blog–Saturday Edition by Tim McLaughlin — Where:  Square Cat Vinyl / Fountain Square / Indianapolis I could describe Unicorn Derby, but I think they did a really good job per their website: “Once upon a time, in a mystical hipster land called Fountain Square, there was a very ...

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The Game It Used to Be


The Indiana high school basketball sectionals are underway once more.  And once more, as has been the case for two decades, they don’t mean as much as they once did. For reasons I can’t remember, and for reasons which are not that important, I sat in the upper bleachers in ...

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All Ye Need to Know: Chapter One


“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. -from “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats Just shy of his 50th birthday, Jarvis Bagley’s life has become an awful cliché. Long divorced, long single, estranged from his children, working an ...

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Film Review: Black Panther

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In a move many consider long overdue, Marvel finally places people of color in the forefront with its eighteenth film, Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is a fresh and welcome improvement in the Marvel franchise. With a visual design and imaginative heart ripped straight from the comic ...

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Review: Never Come Downs — The Abyss


Friday Photo Blog–Sunday Edition by Tim McLaughlin Let’s start with a definition by Wikipedia: Shoe gazing (or shoe gaze):  Dream pop or neo-psychedelic subgenre of indie and alternative that emerged in the UK in the late 80s.  Its sound is characteristic by an ethereal mixture of obscured vocals, distortion, effects, ...

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Roamin’ Holiday: Breaking the Bubble


Any community, every community, can be small. The largest cities are really just organized pockets of neighborhoods. Neighborhoods consist of cliques. Internally, the cliques are fragile but capable of presenting a united front.  Neighborhoods take ownership of cliques, cities of neighborhoods, states of cities, until the diagram reaches the extent ...

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Winter House: Chapter 4

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Featured Image: Benson J. Lossing from The Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812 Chapter Four From the diary of Captain Josiah Snelling January 11, 1812 The repairs to the walls of the fort are well underway. I feel as though we ...

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