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Post-fest singles (reviewed)

Now that I'm over the hump of running Steadfast Festival, I'm ready to introduce you properly to some songs I'm really stoked about, rather than just add them to our Spotify playlist (though you should definitely follow it!). CHAII - "Digebasse (Enough)": Obviously I need more Persian grooves in my life. That's how I feel ...

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 ...

Don’t blink until you’ve heard these rich new tunes. [Single Reviews]

Moby Rich – “Blink”: Moby Rich is essentially what you get when you cross soaring pop hooks with nasty electronics, and on “Blink” they even sprinkle some video game samples into the mix from time to time. The percussive nature of the song contrasts nicely with a subtle ethereal feel beneath the sonic surface. What ...

HEAT in subzero weather [single reviews]

Judah and the Lion - "Over My Head": I heard this song for the first time live at Nashville's "Music City Midnight" event. My friends weren't fans of the band, but I liked the energy from the song and thought it worked well as a set opener. Banjo has never sounded so good on a synthpop anthem. Make no mistake, though—these ...

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 ...

These new tunes will bring culture and harmony to your eyes (and ears) [single reviews]

Hembree – “Culture”: Hembree had one of my favorite EP’s from 2017 with Had It All, and while 2018 was fairly quiet for the Kansas City-based quintet, the release of their debut full-length is now a very concrete reality. The unveiling of House On Fire to the world is just three months away, and there is no better ...

Getting that travel itch… [single reviews]

Sea Cycles - "Quota": I first heard of Sea Cycles a few years ago when they were booked for a tour with Narrow/Arrow and they played Audiofeed Festival. The experimental dreampop group is rather fittingly from Florida. I say fitting because I can hear bits of both Copeland and Polyenso in their music. On "Quota" they ...