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Friday, September 12, 2014

Veseria release vid for "She Called Me H**sier"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Former NUVO cover stars Veseria will play Oranje tomorrow just after 9 p.m., and they released a new video today to get you amped (Full schedule of musicians here.)  "She Called Me H**sier" is from Voyager, released earlier this year and available to stream in full below. Brandon Davis directed this vid, which prominently features signs with positive messages from Department of Public Words (the org behind the Murphy Art Center "You Are Beautiful" installation).  Here's our review and a slideshow of photos from their album release show. 

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Kenny Aronoff gives great advice

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

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Aronoff is an epically talented and in-demand drummer who has put in time with John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls and more on the road, and spent studio time with a list of artists too long to reasonably list. And, of course, he played with John Mellencamp for years and years. He'll perform and speak this evening at Butler's Schrott Center (for free!), but I got a little preview of topics on the phone with him yesterday — and then I immediately went to Natural Born Juicers and got the biggest juice they would sell me. Just read on. You'll want a juice, too. 

NUVO: Break down tonight's program for me.

Kenny Aronoff: It'll start with music first, as an opener. Then, I'll step forward and start by telling my story, of when I was a kid and what got me started in this whole thing. Then, the main topic after that is what I call the Key to Success, based on three basic things. Hard work, fueled by passion, and then ongoing education. Those three things really have made me successful.

But anymore it's not just becoming successful, it's staying successful. The world is changing, and things changed fast. The music business … never in my life would I have thought that I would have seen some of the things in the music business that [I've seen]. Vinyl got replaced by CDs, CDs are basically nonexistent. I think it's only 10 percent of people pay for music downloads? The rest are just grabbing it for free, or you go to YouTube to watch it. The economics of the music business have changed so much, which is not great for the young bands and artists trying to break into the music business. They don't have the financial support to develop as artist.

So here's an example of once you become successful, you have to stay successful. And that means you have to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit through your life to deal with the transitions and changes that occur. So I talk about being healthy, mentally, physically and emotionally. I have eight bullet points that I talk about with regard to health. One is lifting weights, which keeps your hormone levels up. And when your hormone levels are up and you're strong like that, you can fight off the big three: cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Cardio also helps in that area. Keeping you fit, keeping all your organs working properly, keeping your basic machine, keeping your body healthy and operating properly, without getting into details. Keeping you strong and fit. Some form of stretching; yoga keeps the body limber. … You need to have flexibility. Diet. Without getting too much into detail about that, [that's] staying off all processed foods, eating lots and lots of vegetables. Nobody dies from eating too many vegetables. You know what I mean? I eat very, very healthy. Chicken, fish, red meat. I balance it out, but I get it from the best sources you can possibly get it from. Stay away from processed foods. No soda, no artificially flavored things. I could go on and on.

[Another bullet point] would be supplements which I take, because I travel so much, to keep my immune system up. I take extra zinc, multi-vitamins. I take a lot of fish oil. Things like this that [will help] the crazy, stressful, busy life I live traveling all over the world. The fifth thing is water. … You should drink, in ounces, half your body weight in water [every day]. The next thing is sleep, which I'm not great at. I talk about that stuff.

In between these big topics … what I'm talking about leads me into the next musical performance. It all makes sense. It's all interwoven. So it's music, some key motivational topics, intertwined with stories about the music business and my life.

NUVO: I was chatting with a drummer friend yesterday about your talk this evening and he said, “You'd be surprised – a lot of drummers are into juicing.” I've seen the photos you post on Facebook with your vegetables.

Aronoff: Yeah! Juicing is great, man.

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NUVO: Do you think drummers, in particular, take more note of health topics since it's such a physically demanding position?

Aronoff: Yeah, definitely. Drumming makes you become aware of being fit and healthy because most drummers eventually have an accident, or have some physical injury and its wakes them up. It makes them think, “Whoa.” It's too bad John Bonham didn't figure that out. He drank himself to death, you know.

NUVO: You've been on the road with John Fogerty this summer, yes?

Aronoff: Yup, I've been out with Fogerty, also a little bit with Styx because their drummer had a baby. I went out with Goo Goo Dolls because their drummer couldn't do three or four shows. I've been out with The BoDeans, too. A little mixture of everybody. And I'm going to be playing the White House on Nov. 5, one of these shows where I'm the house drummer and I play with everybody. It's for the Armed Forces. The way things are going, there might not be any of them around. They're very busy.

NUVO: My mom was an instrumental band teacher for many, many years. Every summer, she would start all these new 5th grade drummers on their bell kits and snares. What sort of advice would you give to these youngsters?

Aronoff: The advice I give to any young kid is just do it to enjoy it. But what you can get out of it is that there is an introduction to discipline with passion. To be great at anything, you have to work hard at it. When you're young, you want it to be fun. But to somehow convince them the practicing they're doing it going to make it more fun, because they will have so much more facility on the instrument and be able to do more things with that instrument. Which will make it more fun and entertaining for them and the people around them. First and foremost, you don't want it to be an un-fun experience. By the same token, you need to practice on that instrument to be better at it, and therefore you'll enjoy it more.

NUVO: Do you still maintain a residence in Bloomington, or are you full time in LA now?

Aronoff: I'm full time in LA now. I was doing that for a while, but the music budgets have changed radically. So much that people aren't flying me to LA or wherever for just one song anymore. Or even an album. I had to make a decision. It was a slow process of getting an apartment in LA, going back and forth, and eventually I just had to make a commitment.

NUVO: When you were living in Bloomington, how much occasion did you find to get up to Indianapolis?

Aronoff: Anything from when I was in bands in the '70s, playing at the Patio, the Vogue, all that. Hanging out in Broad Ripple was a big thing. With Mellencamp, we'd sell out four nights at Market Square Arena. To experience that …. And being really good friends with Jim Irsay, and the Colts complex … those are incredible memories for me. I used to live up on Allisonville and 71st when I first got out of college and was playing in a band, I lived in Indianapolis for a whole summer. It was really cool. Those are some great memories. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone covers Bruce

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

A lot of what I do all day in my capacity as music editor at NUVO is interview prep: i.e. watching a lot of YouTube videos of artists I'm speaking with. I've got three lined up for today — one, already completed with Kenny Aronoff, which will go online before his talk tomorrow at Butler. Up next, a chat with Advance Base's Owen Ashworth, formerly the man behind Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. I've fallen down a deep YouTube hole of Ashworth's live performances with his former project Casiotone, including this sweet little Springsteen cover of "Streets of Philadelphia." 

Ashworth will perform as Advance Base at a show in two weeks with Mike Adams and Buddy Buddy at Grove Haus. My interview with Ashworth will run in that week's NUVO. But until then, I'll be looping this vid. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Joyful Noise announces new KO EP

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I know I've already updated you once on KO this week (see the music video I posted Tuesday here), but word just came down from the powers that be at Joyful Noise about the duo's official new EP out on Sept. 23. I'm excited.  Here's release show details.

Here's more info from the label: 

Ko is the pseudonym of Kristin Newborn: vocalist, guitarist, and downright badass. From the age of 18, Kristin was classically trained by a religious cult show choir. No foolin'. But as fucked up as that experience must have been, Kristin emerged victorious. A native of Indianapolis by way of Los Angeles, Kristin first began writing under the name Ko in the spring of 2012, after the demise of her first group Slothpop. Shortly thereafter she enlisted Todd Heaton to play percussion for the live shows and later recordings. We are very pleased to introduce you to their first recorded material.

Ko's debut EP contains 4 songs of intricate vocal looping, heartfelt purpose, and plenty of Danelectro wall-of-sound-fuzz to boot.

The EP is released on bronze-inside-clear 7", limited to 350 hand-numbered copies, and white vinyl 7" (which may or may not be pressed into infinity).

And a track: 

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

WARMfest 2014, in reflection

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 2:00 AM

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More shots from WARMfest, this time from photographer and artist Bryan Moore.

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Another WARMfest came and went this weekend. Yes, I've got my fingers crossed for a repeat appearance in 2015. But, of this one, some thoughts: I spent Friday night holed up at a pre-WARMfest BBQ, watching Mike Dixon of Olympia label People In A Position to Know cut speciality releases by Joyful Noise artists on 1940s Presto 6N record lathes in a detached garage. As strange as it is to say, I think that was the highlight of the entire festival -- for me anyway, even though it didn't occur within the boundaries of Broad Ripple Park like the rest. Dixon and assistants moved operations to the park the next day, where they were weekend favorites of mine. It was beyond cool hearing tracks by bands like Busman's Holiday laid down and cut right in front of us.

As it's been commented on extensively, WARMfest stands out from other regional fest lineups because of its commitment to local acts (hat tip, Broad Ripple Music Fest), and I was pleased to see some of my favorites (KO, Sweet Poison Victim) take the same stages national acts would take over later that evening. Joyful Noise Recordings' curated lineup on Saturday made for an excellent and locally focused day on the mainstage (save for the non-JN injection of Mutemath in the mid-evening), including a truly mindbogglingly odd set by Half Japanese, making due without their drummer (waylaid by paperwork troubles with customs) in glorious, unhinged fashion.

Perhaps that's why I was so happy to be festival-adjacent in the detached garage: WARMfest pulled together this odd mix of groups and labels (of Montreal? Guided by Voices?!) that felt intimate, but still huge.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

KO, "I'm Too Drunk and Tired"

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Those that follow this little blog space knows that I'm a big fan of just about anything KO releases (singer/guitarist Kristin Newborn and drummer Todd Heaton). Even though, as of this weekend, she's technically a resident of Chicago, now, we're still going to claim her as a Hoosier for a long, long time. Here's a new video for her track "I'm Too Drunk and Tired," filmed at General Public Collective by Jeremiah Nickerson. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New vid from Join The Dead, "Valkyrie"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

We'll have a review of Join The Dead's new full-length Distorted Cognition before their release show in a few weeks, but for now we'll leave you with this video for new single "Valkyrie."

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Friday, August 22, 2014

KISS' Eric Singer on old lineup, baby drummers

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Slideshow: Motley Crue, Kiss at Klipsch
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Lora Olive shot Motley Crue and Kiss at Klipsch Music Center on Saturday, September 1.

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KISS drummer Eric Singer had several pieces of good advice for me about bands. And life. He was just full of pearls of wisdom when I spoke with him in late July about KISS' most recent tour. Gems like, "You've got to keep your head together, keep it on straight, keep your nose clean, stay out of trouble." "I always look at music just like life. It's like a roller coaster. Sometimes you get to ride the ride and sometimes you're chugging up the hill." Of course, tonight KISS and Def Leppard hit the stage at Klipsch where Singer won't be giving any advice, but instead just laying waste to his massive kit. 

Here's my Q&A with Singer. 

NUVO: You were last here with Motley Crue, I believe, two years ago. What are some memories of Indianapolis from previous shows here?

Eric Singer: I've been to Indianapolis many times. Because that's the heartland of America, but it's also one of the main heartlands of KISS. I always tell people, Indianapolis, Detroit and Cleveland are the three cities where KISS Alive I, II and III were recorded. All three of those albums return to those three cities and they use whatever individual performances from whichever night, which compiled those albums. It's always been one of the bases of our KISS Army fan base, big time. And as you know, there's always a KISS fan expo put on in Indianapolis. That is the premier and number one KISS fan expo. Like I said, we have a lot of connections to that city, personally, as well as professionally as a band.

NUVO: Whenever I interview a classic rock act, I ask to talk to the drummer. I love the drummers.

Singer: I don't know if you saw, but there's a study that claims that drummers are actually — now mind you, I'm paraphrasing — that drummers are usually of a high intellect. … People think drummers are stupid because they hit things and it shakes their brain up, but like I said, this study claims otherwise.

NUVO: Deen Castronovo of Journey told me that the band that made him want to be a drummer was KISS. He says KISS was his Beatles, the reason he became a musician. He saw you and thought, “That's what I want to do forever.” Who did that for you?

Singer: Well, it's hard to say just one individual person, but I would say that everybody of my generation was definitely influenced by the Beatles. I was 6 years old when they were on Ed Sullivan, and they definitely impacted everybody. It wasn't just Ringo, as the drummer; it was the whole Beatles phenomenon. Everybody wanted to look like them, they wanted to grow their hair, they wanted to play guitar, or drums or both. I remember picking up tennis rackets and mimicking it. We thought it was the coolest thing. I've have to say probably [in terms of specific drummer inspiration] Ringo Starr, and Dave Clark and the Dave Clark Five. He had this red sparkle Rogers drum set, and I thought that was really cool – and the band was named after him and he was the drummer. I liked a lot of big bands, like Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson, were definitely two major guys. … I could name a whole slew of guys who either, at different points, impacted or influenced me either because of their drumming or the band. I find myself more influenced by the music and the band than the drummer that is in that particular band. So a lot of times it's more about the music and the band than just the drummer, per se.

NUVO: Who are some modern drummers that you follow?

Singer: I'll tell you, with YouTube, there's a lot of little kids that are out there, like 7 or 8 or 9. There's a kid named Avery Molek. I think he's 7 and that kid is amazing. There's a little girl, a Filipino girl named Alexey. She's amazing. There's a kid who goes by the name Jonah Rocks, he's from Canada and he's amazing. Those are just three little kids that I'm totally impressed by. I mean, these kids are at a level that is so frightening at a young age. Most of them have only played like three or four years, some of them five years maybe. They're better than most … I'm not exaggerating. If you go watch them, you're going to go, “Oh, my god.”

Thomas Pridgen (The Memorials, Suicidal Tendencies), he's a great drummer. Of course everybody is going to say, the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl, but Taylor Hawkins or Dave Grohl, both those guys who played on the (Foo Fighters) records. I like the band Muse and the drummer of Muse (Dominic Howard). I'm thinking of more. The Foo Fighters, they're not a new band, but they're a newer generation of [guys] than what I grew up on. Those are just a handful of guys. To me, like I said, I'm always more impacted by music more so than the individual player. I've always been more of a guitar freak … not just the guitar as an instrument, but also as art. I love the way that the instruments look. There's a beauty just in the instrument. I've always been attracted to bands that are guitar-driven. If you look at my career, most of the bands that I've played with … those bands were definitely guitar-based and guitar-driven. But they all write good songs. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how great you play, initially; if you can't write a song, you're going to have a tough time.

NUVO: KISS just announced a Las Vegas residency. Tell me about that.

Singer: I don't know much about it, really. We just know we're going to be there for three weeks. Basically, you do three shows a week for three weeks, and they call that a residency. I'm not going to stay there and live there during that time. [People say], “Oh, so you're going to be here for three weeks,” and I'm like, no! We got there and play and go home, because I live in LA and it's an hour flight. But I don't know what our plans are, regarding that with production, what the setlist is going to be. I'm already in the works about getting a drum kit built so I can have something, a different look, something unique or special for that particular run. I was just on the phone with the drum company an hour ago expressing that very stuff.

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I actually asked our management to talk to Paul and Gene about a week ago to see what ideas they might have. They hadn't gotten to that point yet. When you're in the middle of a big tour, you're trying to stay focused on what you're doing. It's pretty much – I'm like, what am I doing today? Tomorrow? The next day? The best survival tactic, especially when you're on tours, is to stay in the moment. To keep thinking about what you did do or didn't do too far down the line; stay kind of more in the immediate next couple days of what's going on.

NUVO: I read that Joe Elliot from Def Leppard has been introducing you guys on stage, at least once – maybe twice. Is this a tour-long thing?

Singer: He only did it once, and that was last Saturday. Everybody took a break this week for five days. We're going to be based out of New York for a couple of weeks. There's a mutual respect for each other's bands, individually. Those guys, especially Joe, he's just a great guy. He's just a regular guy. I said in a previous interview: he reminds me of the guy that you grew up with at school that was just really passionate music and the bands that they love and he just happens to be in a band himself. Ironically, he ended up in a pretty damn successful one. Those guys, you know every song that they're playing. They have so many great songs and so many hits, it's like working through a Top 40 radio station, looking at their catalog.

NUVO: 2014 has been pretty good to KISS. The band (albeit the original lineup) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band was on the cover of Rolling Stone, you have this new arena football team. Is this a particular moment for the band?

Singer: There's no formula for success, because if there was people would bottle it and sell it, and we'd all be doing it. I do think there are some practical applications of certain kind of business tactics and mindsets if you want to be successful at any kind of business. You've got to keep your head together, keep it on straight, keep your nose clean, stay out of trouble. Don't get involved with other crap like that, because you're not going to survive in life, if you do that. And Gene and Paul, they're the main face of the band, the ones who started and always kept it going. I always look at music just like life. It's like a roller coaster. Sometimes you get to ride the ride and sometimes you're chugging up the hill, if you know what I mean. I use that as a figurative example. It's peaks and valleys. You go up and down, up and down, and that's the way it is. For KISS' whole career, it's been peaks and valleys.

The version of KISS that exists now, with Tommy Thayer, myself, Gene and Paul, has been the most consistent, longest-tenured lineup for over ten years now. And mind you, we know what started it. The original band started it all. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be drumming with them now and we wouldn't be talking about KISS. They created that special, unique thing that is KISS. But sometimes, you just can't survive the same way. It's just like a marriage; it's not going to always last. Sometimes people get divorced and they find another person, and they get remarried. And then they end up [with] happiness. And that's kind of how it is for KISS. I think it's pretty incredible what they built, what they created with those original guys. And I'm thankful for that and I totally respect it. I think sometimes people think that somehow [we're] trying to forget what started or what created it. And believe me, nobody is trying to forget that. … Unfortunately, in many cases, with most bands, it doesn't last forever. And sometimes you have to move on. It's called survival. And sometimes one of your survival tactics is to make changes so you can survive at the end of the day. And that's kind of the story of KISS when you look at it.

I think we found a consistent lineup and situation between the four of us now that exists. We did it. Everybody knows what their job is, what their gig is with this band. And everybody's a pro about it. We get along, we have fun on our tours, and that's what it's all about. Our manager always says to everybody, on every different level, “Stay in your lane.” In other words, everybody knows what their gig is, what their job is. Just do that, and don't worry about what everybody else is or isn't doing. Is everybody holds their own, together, the sum becomes greater than its parts.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

48 hours of Brookinz in Broad Ripple before Beat Battle

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

From bottom left: Jay Brookinz, Oreo Jones, Chris Gnarly (who will compete Saturday) and Crookshanks - KATHERINE COPLEN
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You've caught up on all the producers headed to the Jay Brookinz Beat Battle this Saturday at the Vogue, right? And you thought that was all? Of course that's not all. Jay Brookinz never does anything halfway. That's why he's set up in front of the Vogue right now, with a tent and a Stop The Violence t-shirt, camping out for 48 straight hours before the Beat Battle gets underway. He's exchanging meals for a ticket to the Battle, and from what I saw when I stopped over this morning, he's had tons of visitors already.

So, why is Brookinz out there? To tell the people Broad Ripple isn't the violent, dangerous place it's been depicted as in the month following a July 4 shooting on the Strip. 

"[The Stop the Violence movement] is very important to me. We want everybody to have peace and love, and to have a good time," he says. "Some people are scared to come to Broad Ripple. I'm out here for 48 hours by myself in a tent, saying it ain't that bad. It's fun out here. ... Bring the people back." 

Follow Brookinz and his visitors here. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Passenger, tonight at Old National Centre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM


You might call Passenger a bit of a musical misnomer, as it was the original name of Michael David Rosenberg’s band, which broke up in 2009. He kept the simple moniker when he began writing and touring solo work, which he’s been doing since they disbanded. Joke’s on those poor souls, who missed out on sharing Passenger’s runaway success with his single “Let Her Go.”

Of course, for years and years and year previous, Rosenberg put in time busking on the streets, particularly in Australia, the Brit's adopted home. We talked about that and more before his date at Old National Centre tonight. 

NUVO: Tell me about your live setup. You have The Once and Stu Larsen opening for you, and they also played on your album. Do they join you on stage? 

Rosenberg: We haven't really figured it out yet. I do play with just me and a guitar, and that will be the bulk of the show. But I think those guys might come on for a [song] or two. They're absolutely brilliant. I've talked with Stu a bunch of times and I'm really looking forward to traveling with The Once. They're lovely guys and phenomenally talented, so it should fun. 

NUVO: You say it's just you and a guitar on stage, but your new album has a lot of other instrumental flourishes. Do you strip a lot down for live performance? 

Rosenberg: I think it kind of surprises a lot of people, because you listen to the record and it's really big, really big sounding with strings and brass. I like to do something different with the live show. I played with a band years ago and it never really engaged people in the same way that it does when I play on my own. And I think that's partly to do with the nature of my songs. They're so much about the lyrics, and the stories and the meanings behind them, that once you start adding lots of ingredients to the live show, it almost actually puts an obstacle between the audience and the songs. I've just leaned over time that actually it's really powerful just playing on my own. And there's a really good interaction with the crowd as well. When you haven't got band members to sort of turn to and play to, I think the connection with the crowd can be really, really uninterrupted and really strong. I've played live on my own for four or five years, and it's something I don't think twice about now. 

NUVO: I ask this question sometimes of people who play out almost daily for a sustained number of years: how do you protect your voice on these long tours? 

Rosenberg: I was quite a heavy smoker for a long time, and it was really difficult then. My voice was getting nasty and really tired. I think now that I've stopped smoking, my body is happy with me that I'm not piling cigarettes down my throat. My voice is really ... it feels okay at the moment. I think as well, after years of busking where I used to play for three or four hours straight through the day, that really built up my stamina. It used to be a lot more fragile, but now I think after some years on the road, it's a muscle, and if you work it in the right way, it gets stronger and it adapts, and you get used to it, I guess. 

NUVO: The idea of a busker, a lone troubadour, is such a romantic idea that sort of exists with folk musicians only. The lone rock and roll musician busking on the street doesn't quite have the same romance to it as the lone folk busker. After so many years of being in that role, and transitioning to these major stages and major success, what's been the hardest change you've had to make? 

Rosenberg: You're right, actually, and it's not something that you think about. When I was busking, when I was coming up, you don't see a downside to it, becoming successful. And there aren't many, there are wonderful things that have happened. Just as far as busking, there's a lot of freedom. We used to stay in towns for three or four days, and we'd busk and explore the city and meet people. It moved at a slower pace. At the time, I felt a little frustrated by it. I wanted more to happen. And when it does, there's a part of me that really misses that. It is romantic, there is a freedom and a fluidity to it. Those were some great years, really, really wonderful times just floating around busking and finding myself [musically] and figuring out what I wanted to do. It was a really cool few years. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New videos from Lil and Mad, Pravada

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Two new videos from local musicians: 

FIrst up, this Matt Mays-directed joint from Pravada for "Flatbush." It premiered last week on The Big Takeover. Catch Pravada next at the Kate Myers going away show at Union 50 this weekend. 

Rookie premiered Lily and Madeline's latest, "The Wolf Is Free" from their upcoming album Fumes. They've also got a short and sweet interview with the sisters about paying bills and being family and business partners. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

DJ Topspeed, muralized

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Topspeed, on Mass Ave. - PHOTO BY KYLE LONG
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This excellent mural of DJ Topspeed just caught my eye this weekend. It's by The FAB Crew, a.k.a. 6Cents and Sacred317. It was commissioned by Pattern for the north end of Mass Ave, just down the road from another favorite of mine, the IndyReads book mural. Here's an interview with 6Cents and Sacred317 about the piece  and NUVO's previous coverage of murals in Indianapolis. And here's tons of coverage on Topspeed, Indy's resident master DJ. 

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