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THE WLDLFE Is Not Worried Anymore, And Here’s Why

Anyone acquainted with the blog and my work likely knows about THE WLDLFE. I have reviewed two of their albums (I guess we should change that number to three now), featured their singles on numerous separate occasions, and consistently endorsed them when questioned for a notable local artist out of Indianapolis. So you ...

the wldlfe – ILY

Indie pop collective the wldlfe burst onto the Indiana scene just under a year ago, with their debut EP New, which soon after its March release found itself on NoiseTrade’s “New and Notable” list. Since then, the Indy-based quartet has released a standalone single that was among my favorites from last year and now a ...

The Wldlfe – New

What started out as a solo outlet for singer-songwriter Jansen Hogan soon evolved into a full-time band, featuring lead guitarist Jason Boucouras and drummer Geoff Jones. Now, the Indianapolis-based trio is known simply as The Wldlfe, and while they are still working to get their name out, New feels like just the catalyst ...

50 Indiana Artists to Watch – 2020

This list may have been conceptualized and the foundation for it formed years ago, but the craziest part about this for me is how many Indiana artists I wanted to include but was forced to throw out for the sake of brevity. Some of these are names you may recognize from my Hoosier Highlights reviews series or the ...

Topher’s Top 100 Tracks of 2019

100. Antlerhead – Ok 99. Aly & AJ – Church 98. Bishop Briggs – CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? 97. Brittany Howard – He Loves Me 96. Maple & Beech – Under My Nose 95. Tame Impala – Patience 94. Vacay Nick – Good Riddance 93. Doja Cat – Say So 92. JAC – Thick 91. liily – Sepulveda ...

Annoyed? You won’t be after you listen to these. [single reviews]

Stay Outside - "Overboard": This band has just been racking up a quirky list of endorsements lately. The music video for "Overboard" was filmed in a Frank Lloyd Wright house and is worthy of a feature in a Wes Anderson film. They were endorsed by Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull on Twitter. And now, we're going to endorse ...

Premiere: Keep those eyes open for Emma Peridot

Last April I randomly discovered on-the-rise pop singer-songwriter Emily Morrone at a First Friday event in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square neighborhood, and I was so taken with her talent that I felt compelled to include her in my Hoosier Monthly Digest that month. Since the release of “Used to Being Used,” the ...

Premiere: Feel the Connection with Indie Pop Duo AVERLY

Though Jonny Carroll and Jonathan Class first came together as AVERLY from a message “out of the blue” a year ago, the seeds for their relationship had already been sown years before, when the two met through a mutual friend. It all started with a single, “Patient,” and soon what had begun as an artist-producer ...

Hoosier Monthly Digest: March 2019 Edition

Baby Ebony – “MY Team MY”: Baby Ebony just keeps churning out new music, but “MY Team MY” is arguably the Indianapolis rapper at his best. His melodic rapping puts to shame mumble rappers who often try to employ a similar flow. Meanwhile, the beat is simultaneously fluid and hard-hitting, as if the smoothness of ...

Topher’s Top 100 Tracks of 2018

Everyone listens for something different when hearing a particular song for the first time, whether it’s the lyrics, how the vocalist sounds, or an aspect of the musical composition itself. Like it or not our ears are biased. For me lyrics are typically the last thing that I listen for when giving a track that first play. ...

Topher’s 2018 Albums of the Year

Like 2016 and 2017 before it, 2018 brought another year-defining theme that encompasses this particular list for me. With so many solid releases clocking in at less than half hour of runtime, containing less than 10 tracks, or meeting both of these criteria, 2018 felt like the year where the music industry as a whole lost ...

Hoosier Highlights: July Edition

We’re already a full week into August, so it almost feels silly to still be talking about great music that either released or that I discovered (or in the case of Dead Silence, both) in July, yet here I am. Keep an eye out for the Hoosier State this month though, as there are quite a few great things happening in Indiana ...

Hoosier Highlights: May Edition

Last month’s picks feature a few names you may already recognize, a couple of names you will almost certainly recognize if you’ve been following us for the past six months, and a couple of hip-hop artists from the Circle City. Make sure you follow each and every one of these artists to stay up to date with their ...

February’s Highlights from the Hoosier State [Single Reviews]

February was a great month for new music, and this was especially the case for artists from Indiana, who released some of the month’s best singles. Here are four tunes that really made me proud to be a Hoosier last month. Kristen – “Therapy”: The debut single from up and coming indie group Kristen is a groovy ...

Topher’s Top Albums of 2017

If 2016 was the “it” year for hip-hop and R&B based on new releases, 2017 was the equivalent for alternative and indie rock. A quick perusal of my top 100 tracks from the year would show you this, from new discoveries I made to long-time favorites of mine returning. The common thread with the vast majority, though, is ...

Brandon Hughes’ tops of 2017

Pictured above: The Aces, the group behind Brandon's favorite song of the year. Brandon Hughes is our pal behind the scenes at Tuned Up, so to speak. He likes to chime in every now and again with some reviews, but he has been a superb advisor and friend the past couple of years, helping us land shows with bands and being ...

Topher’s top 100 songs of 2017

Editor's note: Topher Parks is one of our most prolific writers and I don't know of another person to turn to for advice on the next big alternative rock band, that is as on point as this guy. Enjoy his top 100 songs of the year! 100. Nothing But Thieves – Amsterdam 99. Caro – Eyes on the Ground 98. Juanes – El ...

2 Days, 3 Blocks, 5 Stages: FSMF 2017 Brings Countless Live Music to a Rainy Fountain Square

(Photos courtesy of Grace Crume for Sliced Photography. All rights reserved.) What happens when talent is brought in from all over the country and concentrated into just a few blocks of an Indianapolis neighborhood, minutes away from downtown? I’ll tell you what happens: Fountain Square Music Festival, one of the ...

Shiny Penny Headlines a Great Night of Alt. Rock at 416 Wabash

Friday, January 27th was quite a night for anyone who was at 416 Wabash. Kokomo’s Shiny Penny rolled through the Hoosier State’s capital for their first show of the year, and brought with them Columbus, Ohio favorites Vesperteen and Louisville “western pop” rockers A Lion Named Roar, with local support the wldlfe ...

Abnormal Oversentimental Castles [Single Reviews]

Ed Sheeran – “Castle on the Hill” Most songs prominently feature either piano or guitar, but the driving melody of Ed Sheeran’s new single showcases both. Add to that Sheeran’s impressive vocal range, and “Castle on the Hill” is the perfect teaser for ...

Topher’s Top 100 Tracks of 2016

100. OneRepublic – Kids 99. Santigold – Banshee 98. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore 97. Sage the Gemini – Now and Later 96. The Roots – My Shot (featuring Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) 95. Paper Route – Laugh About It 94. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Soundcheck 93. The Kills – ...

Brandon’s Top 100 Songs of 2016

100. SOL - Happiness 99. Vesperteen - What We Could Have Been 98. Oh Honey - Be Okay 97. Grey Lamb feat. The Wldlfe - Hold Your Breath 96. Max - Holla 95. Band of Horses - In A Drawer 94. CAPYAC - Talk About 93. The True Blue - War 92. Chad Lehr - Concentration, Not Strength 91. Jon Bellion - Overwhelming 90. How To ...

These Bad Basslines Will Drive You Wild [Single Reviews]

Adam Saxe – “Bad Soul”: We may have missed him in our Tennessee “bands to watch” feature, but now that we are talking about Adam Saxe, it might be a good idea for you to give his new tune a spin or two. But just be warned: once you press play on “Bad Soul,” you may not be able to stop. Musically “Bad Soul” ...