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Hoosier Monthly Digest: May 2019 Edition

Emma Peridot – “Pulse”: Arriving just in time for Pride Month, the debut single from Emma Peridot is an empowering anthem about “be[ing] who you are.” The song’s steady “pulse” (pun intended) hits hard, something that contrasts quite well with the almost ethereal-like vibe beneath the surface. This isn’t ...

Hoosier Monthly Digest: April 2019 Edition

April was a month of discovery for me, with only one artist being a name I have previously featured on the blog. Last month’s picks include acts ranging indie pop, R&B, folk, and hip-hop, all of which I either just caught wind of in the past month or have new music that released sometime during the month of April. ...

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 ...

Hoosier Monthly Digest: February 2019 Edition

Graham The Empire – “It’s What You Do:” Astronomical banger? It’s what they do. Countless bands have bolstered their guitar-driven sound with spacey electronics and cinematic effects (perhaps most notably Muse), but no one has done it quite like this Indy-based trio does here. Yes, the Muse influence certainly ...

Hoosier Monthly Digest: January 2019 Edition

I know I missed a beat with my last “Hoosier Monthly Digest” of 2018, so I decided I’d try to make up for it with an exceptionally extensive column for my first one of 2019. If January is any indication of what the Hoosier State has to offer this year, I have a feeling that we are all in for one wild ride in ...

Hoosier Highlights: November Edition

We are now less than a month away from 2019, and yet the quality tunes from the Hoosier State just keep on coming. None of my November picks are really new discoveries, although I would classify a couple of them as proper “first looks”... er, listens. In addition to that steady monthly dose of Hoosier hip-hop, last month ...

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 ...