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Singers, songwriters, instrumentalists. Whether they are from here or have traveled here, Middle Indiana is always putting great talent our its stages.

Vignettes: Brandon Tinkler

Brandon Tinkler at the Vine Street Patio at The Inn at DePauw Friday May 11 @ 6:00 Copy by Donovan Wheeler He walks past you with an unassuming demeanor.  The wavy black locks, the fringes of an oncoming beard, the rough-hewn sports-coat topping off the denim and Chuck Taylors beneath …

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Amanda Webb: All in the Family

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jennie Root Ask Amanda Webb about the turning-point in her life story, and she’ll tell you that it happened on a green chair. “There was a point,” Webb says, “where I had considered pursuing a career in the ministry.  But I knew there wouldn’t be …

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Vignettes: Craig Thurston

Craig Thurston at Wasser Brewing Company Friday April 20 @ 8:00 Copy by Donovan Wheeler He fell in love with music from a distance, parking cars at the (then) Deer Creek Music Center.  Today he tours Indiana and the Midwest, entertaining listeners with a set of pipes that bottom out …

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Releases: Merritt Gibson’s Eyes On Us

copy by NRM Staff information courtesy Skye Media photo credits: Anna Haas, Red Hare Photography Look on social media, and you’ll think the millennial world swirls around marches on the Capitol and showdowns with the NRA.  But among those of us who spend time with most of the nation’s young …

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Johnnie Dead and the Dead Deads

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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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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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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Cari Ray is Not Pretending

by Donovan Wheeler photos by Tyler Zoller Compensation is often hardwired into the DNA of the music business.  Strong singers figure out how to play a few chords to get by.  Great fret-masters eke out a tepid set of vocals for the same reason.  Then we sit down and watch …

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