Music

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

Songs You Should Have Heard: “Broad Ripple is Burning”

The coffee I’m sipping is bitter and the mug is chipped close to the handle. Steam escapes the dark black surface like a halo of wispy morning fog, and I am alone with my thoughts. Nothing filters through my mind seems important. Just thoughts. Fragments of ideas. Every year when the winter fades away and …

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Review: Charlie Ballantine’s Life is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan

I will tell up front I am in no way a fan of Bob Dylan, but I fully admit he is one of the most influential singers or songwriters who have ever lived. Charlie Ballantine’s previous recordings (Charlie, Green, Providence, and Where is My Mind) would often showcase a cover song that would bug you half …

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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, and overwhelming volume.  Think of …

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Albums You Need to Hear: Black Market Vinyl’s “Preacher’s Son”

We are hauntingly morbid creatures, we humans.  We mask it well.  We’re particularly adept at convincing everyone around us that our inner Darth Vaders, those devilish souls lurking in the darkened crevasses of the mind don’t exist at all.  We shower our friends and neighbors with cheerful pomp, gregarious smiles, brisk and firm handshakes.  We …

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Songs You Should Have Heard: Gus Moon’s “Ticket-Taker Blues”

by Patrick Barcus featured image by Cheney Hagerup (Photos by Cheney) Recently, I had the honor of being offered a couple of seats at an intimate gathering, to have a fine holiday meal with a select group of friends. All of us shared one particular trait: our love of Gus Moon and his music. And …

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