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September 16, 2014

 

lee williams in his office

Back Stage Is Where ‘Lotus Guy’ Lee Williams Prefers To Be

Lee Williams has been booking musicians for Lotus since the very beginning, but his history as a music programmer in Bloomington goes back to the early 1980s.

June 9, 2014

 

Gulcher

Gizmos Resume “World Tour” 37 Years Later

Bloomington protopunk band the Gizmos recorded three EPs for Gulcher Records between 1976 and 1977.

April 21, 2014

 

three of Damon Runyon's gamblers

Guy and Dolls: “It’s The Real Phedinkus”

...you can bet your bottom dollar, he's doing it for some doll.

April 17, 2014

 

Putin

Beyond Pussy Riot: Letting Russian Punk Speak For Itself

Two Bloomington-based authors and punk enthusiasts are writing a book chronicling the history, trends, and figures of Russian punk rock music.

March 20, 2014

 

Busman's Holiday, Lewis and Addison Rogers

Busman’s Holiday: A Long Goodbye

Local musicians Lewis and Addison Rogers worked with a Grammy-Award winning producer on their newest album. See their live performance from the WFIU studio

February 20, 2014

 

Post-punk heroes, the Dancing Cigarettes

One Night Only: Burroughs And The Dancing Cigarettes

An exhibition at IU's Lilly Library takes viewers back to the night William S. Burroughs performed onstage with a beloved Bloomington band.

February 7, 2014

 

portrait of Lydia Lunch

Blunt Force Lunch: A Knuckle Sandwich With A Hug On The Side

Lydia Lunch was just a teenager when she came to define Lower East Side cool. She has maintained a robust presence on the avant-garde ever since.

January 16, 2014

 

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville Rediscovers The “Doo Wop Essence”

Legendary singer Aaron Neville comes to the French Lick Resort, bringing with him a collection of doo wop tunes from his childhood

December 3, 2013

 

Bela Fleck

Best of a Bad Situation? Bela Fleck at the IU Auditorium

What happens when an orchestra drops out? A Bela Fleck concert at the IU Auditorium creates controversy around Bloomington

November 22, 2013

 

Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith: Not Creation, But Discovery

The roots-music pioneer, passing through Bloomington, opens up about the creative process and what pushes him to continue writing and performing.

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