Archie Powell is the son of a violin prodigy who played in the Chicago Symphany Orchestra before landing as a permanent member of Milwaukee’s orchestra. He started playing guitar at 11 and writing “awful” songs at around 15. Immediately following college, he and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, bassist Adam joined after they recorded their first EP and they rounded out the permanent line-up with drummer RJ. The band’s first recorded effort was a digital freebie called the Loose Change EP that expanded their audience to a national level. It was followed by Skip Work, their debut full length, which drew praise from Boston Phoenix, Powerpopaholic, Radio Free Chicago and My Old Kentucky Blog among others.

The band began touring nationally in support of Skip Work, leaving a trail of empty bottles, broken hearts and hilarious tour videos in their wake. Great Ideas in Action is a group effort but as the songwriter and frontman of the band, it’s inevitable that it be a strong reflection on Powell. “I guess the duality between a pop rock aesthetic and the darker lyrical content kind of speaks to how I carry myself socially. I’m a pretty upbeat individual if you give me a quick once-over, but there are a few poor souls out there who have clearance cards to the super classified bad parts of my brain. They exist, you just gotta dig deeper, I guess.”

Since 2009 Molehill has had over 150 performances throughout the Midwest and East Coast and along the way has opened for major and indie label acts Bret Michaels, Blind Melon, Royal Bliss, The Elms, and Jesse Malin. In 2010-12 Molehill showcased at the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA and was featured twice in the Red Eye (Chicago Tribune Pop Publication) along with features in numerous local print and online publications. 2011 continued with tours throughout the midwest and east coast and an invitation to perform at CBS Studio Chicago where they received high praise from a celebrity panel including owner of the Metro (Chicago) Joe Shanahan, US99 Morning Show Host Lisa Dent and Chicago R&B stalwart Frayne Lewis.On March 6th, 2012 Molehill’s new album ‘Equinox’ was released. The release was coupled with a sold out show in Chicago. ‘Equinox’ was produced by Manny Sanchez and Molehill.

Matt Sheen & The New Hat Static is Indianapolis’ new up-and-coming band. They have a unique style that is somewhat hard to define by todays standards. A collective sound that incorporates styles from rockabilly, folk-rock, indie-rock, and alternative is definitely something that is worth giving a listen. If the music isn’t enough to catch your attention the bands leader/manager will absolutely get the job done. Matt Sheen is the brains behind the band. The mysterious man born from mechanical parts and magic, has a head like an old dial TV and the body of a business man. The other members of the band are as follows: Maxwell Holden, Jerryme Shoup, Jess Felmy, and Gregory Bacon.

From State Song’s website:

“Started in November 2008 by cousins Scot Torres and Matt Hemingway along with good friend George Jesse. All bandless at the time came together to turn their shared passion for music into a fruitful outlet. January 30th 2010 marked the last live performance with Jesse. Soon after came the first performance with new drummer Justine Sheldon. An album/cd/digital was released with 10 swimmingly beautiful songs of music and voice. Now new songs are being written and Saturday hats are sometimes being worn on Wednesdays. 2011 has the new line-up of Steve Wethington on bass and Matthew returning to his drum roots. The follow up to 2010′s ‘Dear Hearts and Gentle People’ is currently under way.”

From the band’s website:

“We aren’t pigeon holed, we don’t have a scene, we’re not trying to be anyone or anything, we weren’t those kids who were in cliques at school. We were everyone’s friends. We were curious and lonely and desperately trying to see the world beyond the manicured lawns and paved parking lots of Wal-Marts in the suburbs of Chicago. We just want to share our music with you, with love!”

Season 4

Episode 10: BSU Immersive Learning - Archie Powell and The Exports & Rugged Russian Bear

Episode 09: BSU Immersive Learning - The Steam Boars & VON Strantz

Episode 08: BSU Immersive Learning - Molehill & Late Nite Reading

Episode 07: BGPJ & The StereoFidelics

Episode 06: Ryan Brewer & DAMN Union

Episode 05: Girls Rock! Indianapolis

Episode 02: Biscuit Miller and The Mix

Episode 01: The KillTones & The Ex-Bombers

Episode 04: Steven and the Savvy & Hawk and Dove

Episode 03: Dreams of University & Gentlemen

Season 3

Immersive Learning 03: Coyote Armada & Black Lions

Immersive Learning 02: Emily and the Complexes & Matt Sheen and the New Hat Static

Immersive Learning 04: Joel Levi & Ernest Young

Immersive Learning 01: von Grey & Company of Thieves

Episode 8: Walk the Moon & Earnest Young

Episode 7: The Kemps, Bad Squids, & The Classless

Episode 6: The Woody Pines & Austin Sterling

Episode 5: Ellus Bellus, Shiny and The Spoon, & Mid American

Episode 4: Rooms & Celeritas

Espisode 3: Jon Walker, Mark Rose, & Lucas Carpenter

Episode 2: Zeti & The Pass

Episode 1: Gold Motel & Kink Ador

Season 2

Season Two Finale

Episode 29: Elliot Brood & 1,2,3

Episode 28: Mid-American & The Pack AD

Episode 27: Ball State Electric Guitar Quartet

Episode 26: Wolff & Clark Expedition

Episode 25: The Michael Martin Band

Episode 24: Cool Dad, The Bonesetters, & M&J

Episode 23: City Lights & Landon Keller

Episode 22: Brandon Whyde & The Breakthrough

Episode 21: Cuba!, Learner Dancer, & Dreamers of the Ghetto

Episode 20: Punk Rock Showcase

Episode 19: Rob Dixon and Triology & Fresh Hops

Episode 18: Producer's Choice

Episode 17: MathGames (Part II)

Episode 16: MathGames & Chicago Afrobeat Project

Episode 15: Fighting Ryan's Cousin, The Twin Cats, & Alex Dobbert

Episode 14: Ball State Jazz & Brian Eckstein

Episode 13: Yukon Fox & Glostik Willy

Episode 12: The Bonesetters & Santah

Episode 11: Bradley Thomas and Friends & Army Navy

Episode 10: Kiernan McMullen and Katie Todd Band

Episode 9: Poor Ol' Jim and She Does Is Magic

Episode 8: Singer-Songwriters

Episode 7: Hotfox and State Song

Episode 6: The Scene's Super-After-Party

Episode 5: They Came from Bloomington

Episode 4: Kwanzaa Popps and the IRB Sound & Away With Vega

Episode 3: Joel Levi and Company of Thieves

Episode 2: Acoustic Gutiars and Race Cars

Encore Broadcast (Episode 1): It's All Happening, Jascha, & Slothpop

Season 1

Episode 20

Episode 19

Episode 18

Episode 17

Episode 16

Episode 15: Producer's Choice

Episode 14

Episode 13

Episode 12

Episode 11

Episode 10

Episode 9

Episode 8

Episode 7

Episode 6

Episode 5

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1