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“Victorious” by Panic! At the Disco: Review

“Victorious” by Panic! At the Disco: Review

Since the 2013 drop of their latest album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! and their 2014 tour with Walk the Moon, rock band Panic! at the Disco has been absent from the music scene. That is until earlier this year when they released their new single Hallelujah. We didn’t hear anything new […]

Patty Griffin Supports New Album with Tour Stop in Indy

Patty Griffin Supports New Album with Tour Stop in Indy

I’ve been following Patty Griffin’s music since I first heard it in a small coffee shop in Toledo, Ohio in 1996.  Her first album, the beautifully rendered and completely stripped down acoustic Living With Ghosts, featured a collection of songs that were both moving and raw, highlighting Griffin’s unique voice and intimate songwriting skills. On September […]

Fermata Nowhere Starts its Seventh Year

Fermata Nowhere Starts its Seventh Year

“I would say that my rehearsal techniques fit somewhere between ‘1950s Texas high school football coach’ and ‘Marine drill sergeant passing a kidney stone,’” said choir director Timothy Pearson when asked about the intensity of Talawanda’s own pop a cappella group, Fermata Nowhere. The group got its start during the 2009-2010 school year when Pearson […]

Review: Chvrches’ “Every Open Eye”

Review: Chvrches’ “Every Open Eye”

  As a brief confession, this review was in work in progress for four days before the date of this publication. Normally, I can crank out a review within maybe a day, depending on how long it takes me to listen to the album a few times. Why did this one take so long, then? […]

Review: Beirut’s “No No No”

Review: Beirut’s “No No No”

 Beirut, arguably one of the most instrumentally bold bands in recent years, have returned after a four-year break since their last album, dropping a collection of songs that sway more towards the realm of piano-pop than the grandiose Balkan-influenced folk that garnered them acclaim earlier in their career (see: 2007’s The Flying Club Cup). While […]

Alabama Shakes in Indianapolis

Alabama Shakes in Indianapolis

Alabama Shakes performed  at the Farm Bureau Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis Tuesday evening with opener Father John Misty as part of the WTTS (92.3 FM) “Rock on the River” series. The venue is a perfect setting for summer concerts, featuring the Indianapolis cityscape in as a backdrop and the natural beauty […]

Wilco at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati

Wilco at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati

Wilco stopped by Cincinnati on May 5th as part of their 20th anniversary tour. The show featured a 30 song career-spanning set, including songs from almost every album the band has released. Taking the stage at around 9:15, Wilco played their final song two and half hours later, leaving the stage only briefly for two encore breaks. Between […]

Sufjan Stevens at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis

Sufjan Stevens at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis

Sufjan Stevens stopped by the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on Saturday in support of his new album Carrie & Lowell. The tour features mostly music from the new album, as well as some classic tunes, and marks a return to a sound most fans of Stevens are familiar with. Stevens is known for his fanfare during live shows.  His […]

Review: Dead Sara’s “Pleasure to Meet You”

Review: Dead Sara’s “Pleasure to Meet You”

Fun fact: No one in Dead Sara is named Sara. And no one in Dead Sara is dead. Weird name, right? Inaccurate name aside, I was a huge fan of their 2012 debut album. Dead Sara’s strength lies in their energy and intensity, which their debut had in spades. Fortunately, Pleasure to Meet You does […]

Review: “Carrie and Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens

Review: “Carrie and Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens

Ah, Sufjan Stevens. Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out the correct pronunciation of your name. On this, Stevens’s seventh studio album, he has produced a deeply melancholic, acoustic-driven collection of songs. Lyrically, Carrie & Lowell is acutely personal, revolving around themes of loss, forgiveness, and regret. The main overarching theme of the album […]

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