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31May/111

What Would Have Happened?

Amazon and Google have cloud-based music lockers, and next week's announcement from Apple surely promises a third option tied to an iTunes account. All of this should sound familiar - it's basically what mp3.com was doing years ago. The difference is that mp3.com used a physical disc to verify ownership, while these cloud services demand either uploading or purchase from a music service. That's a significant difference, but how much easier would everything have been if, instead of suing the service out of existence, the major labels had worked with mp3.com. You'd have a third-party service streaming purchased tracks as a value-added proposition to music sales, which is what everybody seems to want now. It only required a ton of money and lawsuits to hash it out back to the starting point?

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27May/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio gets all spacey and indie-poppy with Slothpop, Union Tree, and Humdrum tomorrow.

The Vollrath gets loud with Lo Pan, Stealing Volume, Riverbottom Nightmare Band, and the Involuntarys tonight. Tomorrow, take in Great Future, Davy Long, Mr. Blank, and Mark Alexander and the Good Shame. The weekend closes out Sunday with Elway, It's All Happening, and The Guilford Blackouts.

The White Rabbit Cabaret hosts Dreamers of the Ghetto, The Kemps, and The Pass tonight. Big happenings.

And then there's the folks who keep the home fires burning:

  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza all weekend
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House
25May/110

New IMN Podcast and Holiday Bass Clinic!

The new IMN Podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

Just 'cause it's the holiday weekend doesn't mean you should take a break from learning - leave the race party for a bit and take in Anthony Wellington's bass clinic at The Lodge recording studio here in Indianapolis. The clinic starts at 2pm, and cost is $20 at the door. I'm really excited to take a lesson and attend the clinic - always good to have such wonderful players come through town and share.

23May/110

My Humble Request to the Gearheads

Girls Rock Indy graciously accepted my donation of an old SWR Workingman's 200 bass head yesterday - it's a good amp, but it was gathering some dust in my office and needed to find a new purpose in life. Getting some use in teaching young women ages 8-16 how to play music seems like a good enough purpose, hence the new home.

The problem is that I didn't have a speaker cabinet to go with it. And that's why I'm asking for a little help. If you have a cab you're not really using anymore (and can handle 200 watts at 4 ohms), please consider a donation and contact the good folks at Girls Rock Indy to arrange it.

Having good-sounding equipment can make a huge difference in encouraging students to keep progressing. Can you help out here?

20May/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio stays rootsy all weekend with Shelby Co. Sinners, Innocent Boys, Danny Thompson, and th'EMPIRES tonight and Area Code 812 with Blue Collar Bluegrass tomorrow.

The Vollrath hosts Katie Kerkhover, The Grinning Man, New Clear Threat, and The Slappies tonight. Tomorrow, take in Hipster Comedy Hour, She Does Magic, and Sam Lowry.

The White Rabbit Cabaret brings in Embraceables with Pop Lolita and Everything, Now! tomorrow.

And there's always the regulars:

  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza all weekend
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House Saturday
19May/110

New IMN Podcast and Soundcloud Track

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2 radio, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

There's also a new track up on my Soundcloud account - it's a cover of local favorite band Loretta's "The Fire." In all honestly, I was just covering it to fill some gig space, but I liked the way it turned out. And it doesn't hurt to start with good source material in the first place. So enjoy, and by all means listen to more of their music. Their album "Message Received, Not Understood" is on iTunes, too - go buy it.

The Fire by The Bass Geek

13May/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has two huge shows this weekend. Tonight, Neon Love Life, Hero Jr., Action Strasse, and Stereo Deluxe rock out. Tomorrow, guitarist Pat Webb takes the stage with Christopher Webb, Thom Woodard, Will Stockton, The Strugglers, and 78rpm.

The Vollrath presents Outrun The Sun (a benefit for skin cancer and melanoma services) with a ton of artists tonight. Tomorrow, take in Joyful Noise, Sleeping Bag, Vacation Club, and Learner Dancer.

Dr. Zoot plays Swing Night tonight at the Fountain Square Theater.

The White Rabbit Cabaret host NOISE! tonight. Like to sing along with a piano player? Come sing along with a piano player.

Don't forget the folks who do this every week, too:

  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza all weekend
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House
12May/110

New IMN Podcast and Solo Recap

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

So I'm now two songs into my new venture as a solo performer, and I'm thankful for forgiving audiences. I was surprised at how nervous I was when I don't have a lead performer of some sort to support - luckily, unfamiliar songs and no lyrics meant I could cover any mistakes quickly. Still, despite rehearsal, I found myself reaching for things that had come easily a few days before. Just need more rehearsals and shows, I suppose. There are no plans for additional future performances right now, but I'll keep writing material and see what happens.

6May/112

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has a full weekend planned - the post-power-pop-punk Coolidge along with Gypsy Revival tonight, and rockabilly all-stars Bigger Than Elvis tomorrow.

The Vollrath hosts two big metal nights this weekend, beginning tonight with Livermortis, Photian Schism, Bushleague, and Katasarka. Tomorrow brings the doom with Goliathon, Apostle of Solitude, Coffinworm, and Bulletwolf.

Big Car throws the Extreme Madness experimental/electronic music festival tonight, featuring Deandre Film Student, Circuit Des Yeux, Tent City Band, Melt-Face, and Open Sex.

The White Rabbit Cabaret barely manages to contain the March Fourth Marching Band tonight (thanks, JenFu!).

Don't forget the folks who do this every week, too:

  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza all weekend
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House

Have fun with First Friday tonight!

5May/110

Welcome, Heartland Film Festival!

Travel to Fountain Square, and you'll notice the Murphy Building straightaway - it's the huge pile of bricks that houses a ton of artist galleries, restaurants, a shop or two, and whatever filled the remaining empty space during First Friday art exhibitions. Said space-fillers could range from avant-garde musical performances to a car company's project to paint their new vehicle. This space is going away, but for the best of reasons - Heartland Film Festival is taking over said space as their new headquarters. Welcome, neighbors - we have some popcorn, and we'd like to watch movies at your place.