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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 ...

Shiny new tunes [single reviews]

Shiny Penny - "Love Isn't Easy": In many ways, this single is exactly what one should expect from Shiny Penny. And that isn't a bad thing at all. Their trademark pop/blues-rock fusion is on full display in this song, the band's first release in three years. I'll never forget a show at Rumba Cafe I attended where the entire ...

“You’ll always be my guiding light” [single reviews]

Mumford and Sons - "Guiding Light": The folk quartet is back, sooner than I thought they would be. While I didn't hate their foray into alt-rock as much as the average fan (I think think "The Wolf" is a jam) this song feels like a homecoming of sorts for the band. Yes, there is electric guitar and drums. But, this song is ...

Scandinavia and Beyond [single reviews]

KitFai - "Rush of Fear": From time to time I find myself questioning why songs from a certain region all seem to have a certain sound. In few places is this phenomenon as pronounced as it is in Scandanavia. KitFai wowed me at Audiofeed Festival with their loud, atmospheric rock anchored by pop sensibilities. "Rush of Fear" is ...

how to win plays and influence listeners [single reviews]

The Orphan, The Poet - "Money": This is the single that will confuse long time TOTP fans yet possibly win them the most new fans yet. If "Still Buzzin" was the bridge between the old and the new TOTP sound, "Money" is the leap of faith into their newfound a identity. The hook is straightforward but massive and anchors a song ...

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 ...

what I’m doing instead of watching football [single reviews]

[words by Ryan, photo by Mariah] Rafting - "Loading Screen": Rafting is the moniker of Dallin Stevenson, the former frontman of psych-rock-turned-psych-pop collective Turtle Island. This is psych pop melded with dream pop at it's finest. Dallin's vocals are buried in layers of synth tones that are at once warm and cool. My ...