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Concert Reviews

A review of the Underoath Observatory – Lost in the Sound of Separation

I’m sitting on a hot patio, waiting for more hotness to come from Underoath. I missed the initial stream last night because of a prior commitment, but am stoked to see what is in my opinion the best U/O album performed start to finish. A Vimeo video behind a paywall shows the band’s set up in the round, people walking ...

We Are the Lost Ones – a reaction to Anberlin’s recent stream

We Are the Lost Ones - by Phil Hawkins In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic many of us have been left with the question of when will music in the live setting return. Venues closed. Some bands postponed dates while others cancelled whole tours. Anberlin were set to embark on a tour beginning July 10th but were forced to ...

Brother Moses cap tour run with a fun, no-frills night of rock in Indianapolis

Ever see a band live for what you thought was the first time, only to find out after the show that they had opened for another act you saw in the very same room less than a year prior? In all fairness I missed the vast majority of Brother Moses’ set when they supported Knox Hamilton last March, so this final date of their ...

Bonelang turns up the heat alongside an all-star Columbus lineup

Arguably one of my most anticipated shows of this winter was the trifecta of Bonelang, label me lecter, and Of Two Minds at Rumba Cafe. Bonelang's set was as fun as it always is. This was my fourth time seeing them live: the first being at Skully's opening for Vesperteen and Damn the Witch Siren, the second being ...

The World’s Best American Band Comes to the Crossroads of America

Although I have seen the name White Reaper being thrown around for years, I never really had a compelling reason to check out the Louisville rockers until I heard their hit single “Might Be Right” several months back. Even then, however, it was not until the release of their third LP in October that I finally felt ...

This Michigander just keeps making moves

In just a year’s span, indie genius Michigander has gone from opening up for regional favorites (see Joshua Powell’s album release show at the Hi-Fi in Indianapolis last December) to headlining comparable rooms around the country himself. However, one of his final shows of this year came as direct support for another ...

The Urge rocks their hometown crowd for Black Friday 2019

I initially caught wind of The Urge right around the time they first got back together in 2011, and rather quickly the St. Louis natives became one of my favorites. Granted, had I been born five or ten years earlier, I probably would have discovered them in their heyday at the turn of the century. Regardless, I found a fun, ...