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2018 Lotus Fest Celebrates a Quarter of a Century of Bringing In Acts from All Over the World to Bloomington

(All photos courtesy of Castle Photographs.) It’s been exactly a quarter of a century since Bloomington began bringing in artists from all over the world. As someone late to the Lotus Festival “bandwagon,” this was only my second year attending the world music and arts festival, but I enjoyed it this second time just ...

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Just Friends-Anyone that knows me well can tell you the one genre I don't listen to is ska. I just don't. Well, that has changed the last two years. Last year it was Keep Flying. This year, it's Just Friends. I came to know of this band late spring of this year. Sometimes I like to know some songs by bands I don't know before ...

Hoosier Highlights: September Edition

Although September did not in fact see releases from DistincT, Allison Victoria, or Dream Chief—like the artists led us to believe—maybe we'll see those later on in October's installment. Besides, there was plenty of other quality music that I came across last month, including one “older” song I had just discovered a ...

August’s Hoosier Highlights: The Chreece Edition

There were a lot of great things that happened in the Hoosier State during the month of August—between new music releasing and countless events taking place—but the most significant part of the month came with the fourth annual Chreece. The Indianapolis hip-hop festival brings in some names from outside the Circle City ...

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: June Edition

With warm (read: hot) weather and the summer season in full swing now, it makes sense that the majority of June’s highlights from the Hoosier State are feel-good tunes, all of which released last month. Trust me, you do not want to sleep on any of these songs (or artists), even if you are already familiar with a couple of ...

From Indie Folk to Neo-Soul: Get to Know Sam Westhoff, the Name Behind the Evolution [Artists to Watch]

Sometimes all you need to realize the true greatness of something is to take a second look. I met Sam Westhoff some five years ago, as we were both freshmen at the university we attended. I’ve always known Westhoff as a musician, and I remember that first EP he released back in 2014, Hello, my name is. Not long after I ...