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30Jun/110

New IMN Podcast and Florence and the Machine Tickets!

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

While you're at it, there's still a little time to enter for your chance to win Florence and the Machine tickets at IMN. Have at it - entries have to be in by noon today for the July 4th show. Good luck!

24Jun/110

Fountain Square Music This Week

Radio Radio looks dark this weekend - go grab a taco at Revolucion and calm down.

The Vollrath presents Snow Black Sunday, Teenagers from Outerspace, and Apex Predator tonight. Tomorrow, take in URN, Chemical Envy, The Moaners, and Freddie T and the People. Finally, there's an Italian zombie movie fest Sunday evening. Enjoy.

The White Rabbit Cabaret presents the genius of Kink Ador tonight. Go see and love them.

It's Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater tonight with the Big Swing Band. And don't forget the stalwarts:

  • 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
23Jun/110

New IMN Podcast and Irish Bass Porn

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

The beauty to the left comes from Emerald Guitars, appropriately enough from Ireland. The basses are made from carbon fiber, and they actually provided a live sound sample from YouTube - not bad, and probably extremely light. Interesting placement on the soundhole, too (for the acoustic basses - not this one). Check out the curves on the body at the site, too. They're doing a lot with carbon fiber that I suspect would be exceedingly difficult with wood.

17Jun/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio goes big this weekend, rather than going home. Catch Nick 13 and Danny Thompson tonight for some roots-based fun. Tomorrow, check out Goliathon, Eastside Larry, and Mutts. Sunday closes out the busy weekend with Girl In A Coma and Thee Pernicious Unicats.

The Vollrath brings in To All My Dear Friends, Luke Knight, and Collecting Clouds tonight. Tomorrow, Vacation Club, John Rambo, The Hussy, and Eric and the Happy Thoughts take the stage.

White Rabbit Cabaret deploys the big guns tonight with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Phantasmagoria & Hot Fox.

I dug up a show for Indy's Jukebox tonight featuring Eric Martin Smith with Small Town Liar and Nikki Smith. Please make a calendar? Please?

The Wheeler Art Building hosts Jennifer Knapp tomorrow night.

And finally, your true friends and compatriots:

  • 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
16Jun/110

New IMN Podcast and Avid Scorch

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

For the past few months, I've been asking for an iPad app that not only displays sheet music, but also permits alterations and transpositions and such. And Avid made said app - Avid Scorch. While it's not a fully functional sheet music creator, it does work with Sibelius (my notation editor of choice FTW) to move scores onto the iPad for reading use. Did I change a score to show the melody for a bass guitar? Oh, yes. Stupid key changes? Handled it with ease. Pull a particular part from a full score? Absolutely. For a first start, this pretty much filled out what I'd need. It's great to see a product get it right from the start.

10Jun/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio takes a little time off this weekend to celebrate the opening of Tufty's new place, Revolucion. The only show takes place Sunday with Horse Feathers and Hello Mtn.

The Vollrath hosts Horseback, Dead Man's Switch, Stepdads, and Full Rainbow tonight. Tomorrow, you can see The Down-Fi, King Deuce, and Sky Chief.

The White Rabbit Cabaret presents NOISE! tonight - pianoke for all!

It's Swing Night in Fountain Square tonight - come see The Stardusters at the Fountain Square Theater.

And finally, give it up for 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

 

9Jun/110

New IMN Podcast and the Indy Bass Summit

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

I go on for a bit on the podcast about the Indy Bass Summit, but that's because you should go. Seriously. Not only is there a great show happening Friday night, but there's a workshop with the incredible Todd Johnson and Frank Smith the next day at 11am. Admission is $30 if you're old like me, but the Indy Jazz Foundation is making it free for folks 18 and under. Given that players of such age don't get to visit the Kitchen or see players like this that often, I urge you to get your young players there however you can. Please - this is an incredible opportunity.

6Jun/112

Cloud Music

So now that the major players are represented with Apple's announcement today, it's clear that cloud music has yet to intersect with streaming music. All three (Amazon, Google, and Apple) require some form of ownership, either via music services or download, before you can listen to the music. True streaming services like Mog, Spotify, or Rdio don't require file ownership and do provide some downloadable content, although it goes away when you unsubscribe.

What cloud music does provide is backup offsite - it's not going to replace my RAID NAS drive at home as far as storage and redundancy, but it does mean you're not going to lose what you buy (theoretically, depending on the service). And Apple's match service does save a ton of time, although it doesn't back up files that are on iTunes. The $25/year charge theoretically helps compensate artists for stolen tracks, too. I'd want to see the accounting on that, though. Something tells me the money won't make it all the way back through some pipes.

To be fair, the only service I've used to this point is the Google music beta, and it's serviceable. For now. They did put a free Warrant track on my account when I asked for the free metal song pack, though, and that's just wrong.

Shorter me - I like the way this is going, and Apple's iCloud product has a lot to offer. But it's not all there yet.

3Jun/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend and CIRCLE THE SQUARE!!!

Radio Radio kicks off a busy weekend with The Purple Hat Project, feature Beta Male, Win With Willard, and Jascha. Tomorrow, they bring in the monthly Bigger Than Elvis with PK and the Big Stir.

The Vollrath hosts Adam Kuhn, Rabble Rabble, Learner Dancer, and Thee Pernicious Unicats. You can see The Sewing Circle, The Shake Ups, Kilgore Trout, and Wally Dogger tomorrow, and Christian Taylor rounds out the weekend on Sunday.

The White Rabbit Cabaret welcomes Ben Sollee and the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra tomorrow.

And don't forget our stalwarts:

  • 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

Finally, please don't forget the Circle The Square event taking place this weekend in Fountain Square - for only $20, you get a HUGE amount of values. Seriously, go to the site and check out what we have to offer, come on down, buy one, and enjoy the totality of the neighborhood on the cheap. All proceeds benefit our Art Squared show in September, featuring art, music, a giant parade, and more. And we thank you for your support.

2Jun/110

New IMN Podcast and FEZ FEST!!!!

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

Is it time for Fez Fest already? It is time for Fez FEST already. Come join our be-fezzed compatriots tomorrow night at the Melody Inn, where festivities kick off around 10pm. The Dockers, Vinyl Shriner, and Verona Red join us Playboy Psychonauts onstage and in the name of the fez. Enjoy.