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Artists You Need to Hear: Kip Moore

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I grew up in southeastern Indiana, baptized in a basketball hoop and spoon-fed Mellencamp tunes like it was gospel. It was the typical childhood of a Hoosier kid in the 80’s. As I got older, I listened carefully for anything that resembled those Mellencamp songs. You know, songs about growing up, ...

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Remember When We Used to Smash Pumpkins?

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Some time in early March (maybe April…it could’ve been May) Alia and I sat with friends talking about bands scheduled to pass through Indianapolis over the summer. We’d just purchased tickets to go see Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at Deer Creek, or whatever corporate entity has its name at ...

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The Charles Walker Band: Everyone is Family

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Charles Walker’s transformation from blues to funk began when the love of his life joined the band.  Now, everyone is family, and there’s plenty of love and fun to go around. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Aaron Walker and the Charles Walker Band It would be nice to think ...

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Conversations: Michael Kelsey

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Michael Kelsey Most of us—the casual listeners for sure—accept the notion that acoustic guitars follow a set of preordained expectations: a coffee house vibe…a folk tune from the ‘60’s…a smidge of percussive banging on the body, just a little southwest of the pick-guard…soft vocals.  ...

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19th Blues at the Crossroads Set for September

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by Mark Wright On Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, several thousand people and 18 bands will unite at 7th and Wabash for two days of music and fun as the Blues at the Crossroads Festival returns to Terre Haute.  Friday night’s kickoff begins at 6:00 pm and will continue until ...

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Vignettes: Dreadful Greta

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The members of Dreadful Greta are as young as 18…as old as…50 or 60-something.  And yeah… “Tribute Band” is probably the correct term to describe them.  I’m just not sure it’s the one I want to go with.  For starters, the world’s remaining “Deadheads” are a largely minute school of ...

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Vignettes: Union Suit Rally

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As the band claims on their own Facebook page, Union Suit Rally’s 2016 EP, W.W.P, is a “a raw, layered blend of country, blues and rock.”  It’s an apt summary.  Ranging from catchy and up-tempo tracks such as “Right in the Middle” and “Bluebilly” to the slower paced tunes such ...

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Vignettes: The Indiana Boys

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Theirs is a sound that sneaks up on you.  A melody becomes a vague feeling you’ve never quite shaken and congeals as a memory culled from deep in your mind.  Lots of bands can entertain.  Few can hypnotize.  Granted many of The Indiana Boys’ tunes lend themselves a good deal ...

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Brandon Tinkler’s Great Experiment

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Brandon Tinkler Tiny Planets photo by Travis Glick Maybe it’s presumptuous to say that Brandon Tinkler is trying something revolutionary with his sophomore album Open up Your Eyes.  Granted, both Billy Joel and the Stray Cats have tried to mimic that hollowed-out, high-string rock-and-roll ...

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