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Bloomington struggles with lack of adequate venue space

April 18th, 2019

Twenty-year-old Sara Warner has played numerous gigs with her band Andromedaughter across several local house-show venues. Often tucked away in muggy basements, house-shows offer a do-it-yourself attitude to the local music scene. The music is loud. The audio equipment is far from professional, but the crowd is always jam-packed.

“There’s something about being in a crammed basement that’s, I don’t know, kind of epic,” she said.

Warner’s active participation in house-shows represents a bigger issue revolving around suitable performing space in town. Some Bloomington residents feel that the city is lacking in music venues, especially high-capacity, all-ages spaces.

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Jim Manion, WFHB, and their impact on local music

April 2nd, 2019

As a 16-year-old, Jim Manion wanted to work at the University of Evansville’s radio station. He had an interest in music, and his father was a broadcaster, so he naturally drifted toward radio. He was turned away because he wasn’t enrolled at the university.

“I came home very disappointed because you had to be a student,” he says. “So I just went home, got out a cassette recorder, and pretended [to be a DJ] for a while.”

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Interviewing locals proves to be challenging, but rewarding

March 28th, 2019

For my person on the street assignment, I interviewed visitors at the Bloomington Music Expo. The event occurred at the Monroe Convention Center on Feb. 9.

I arrived around 11 a.m. hoping to catch the morning crowd before the event was too packed.

The main room contained a stage at the far end, a viewing area before it, and blocks of tables holding 25 different music related organizations. When I arrived there must’ve only been about 50 attendees there, but as the day went on the space quickly filled.

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Bloomington residents voice concern over lack of venues

March 26th, 2019

Bloomington’s music scene is vibrant but lacks infrastructure, according to random interviews with event-goers conducted at the Bloomington Music Expo on Feb. 9.

They enjoy the music that the city has to offer, but they wish to see more support for the scene.

Bloomington doesn’t have enough music venues, said Scott Witzke, 48, of Bloomington.

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On the Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 21st, 2019

NEIL YOUNG’S LONG, TECH-FOCUSED BATTLE TO CREATE HIS OWN SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

Jan. 30, 2019

Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

After his technologically advanced 2009 career retrospective box set become outdated soon after release, Neil Young sought a new way to distribute high definition music to his fans. He found it the form of a streaming service, Neilyoungarchives.com.

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Bio: Coady Raab

Coady Raab
Coady Raab is a junior at Indiana University majoring in journalism, with a specialization in photojournalism. He is also pursuing a certificate in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Last semester, he studied in Los Angeles with internships at Your Army, a radio promoter, and NoGossipLA, a Hip-Hop/R&B focused blog. Raab is involved in WIUX Pure Student Radio, where he writes articles and deejays an hour-long indie show. His interests include art, photography, and vinyl-collecting. He hopes to combine his interests into a career with in the music industry; his dream job is to work at NPR.