Begining as Bob Dylan-esque folk music featuring only an acoustic guitar and harmonica, Rugged Russian Bear has evolved into a full assult quirky rock band with 3 part harmony. Grounded on a writting style that mimics olde world storytellers, the lyrics of Rugged Russian Bear speak of love, triumph, failure, imagination, supernatural, travel, and just plain life in general

The Doña Ana Music Night Union is a group of multi-instrumental musicians with various leaders and songwriters who accompany one another and can back up other songwriters.

After Emily & the Complexes frontman Tyler Verhagen spent several years hitch-hiking around the U.S. and playing as a solo acoustic artist, he settled down in Columbus, OH and recruited childhood friends Jordan Finke, Tom Konitzer, and Brett Gregory to turn his one-man band into a full-fledged rock n’ roll outfit. Drawing on Verhagen’s experiences on the road, the four began playing shows around Ohio and the Midwest. The band recorded and released their debut full-length album, Styrofoam Plate Blues, in September of 2012, and are currently focused on touring in support of it.

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.

With their soulful four-part harmonies, poetic lyrics and indelible melodies, it’s easy to see why the Atlanta Journal Constitution would hail von Grey as “nothing short of stunning.” They sound like they were born to play together – and, in fact, they were. The four sisters have been playing music nearly their entire lives. Classically trained from an early age, the Atlanta-based quartet – Kathryn, Annika, Fiona and Petra von Grey – have built on that foundation by performing upwards of 200 shows in the past two years, from recurring residency tours at intimate venues throughout the southeastern U.S. to supporting gigs with such artists as Sarah McLachlan.

•2012 – Enters the studio to record his first real album. Can’t wait to share it.

•2008 – Graduates High School. Enters Ball State University in the Fall as a Pre-Med major. Realizes he hates Pre-Med the first week of school and decides to pursue music instead. Never looks back.

•2005 – The Homecoming re-brands themselves as Hostile Waters. They record an EP that never gets released.

•2004 – Starts first band The Homecoming…yeah. At least they had fun.

•2003 – After refusing guitar lessons, Dad tricks Ernest into playing guitar by purchasing a guitar and lessons for sister. Not to be outdone, Ernest takes up guitar. Thanks Dad.

•2002 – Mistakenly tells parents he wants to take up the Cello thinking that is the name of the Upright Bass. To this day it’s the best mistake he’s ever made.

•1998 – Starts piano lessons. Will complain about them for the next 11 years until he stops and suddenly feels an immense void take shape in his life.

•1995 – Picks up a guitar for the first time. Doesn’t receive immediate reward and quickly puts it down.

•1990 – Born in Oak Park, Illinois

Formed in 2008, Shiny and the Spoon quickly established itself as one of the most intimate and honest folk acts in the Midwest. Videos of living room performances gained viral status, while a tightly knit group of fans packed perfor- mances in listening rooms and local “dive” bars. The past year has been their most momentous to date, with the addition of veterans Pete Brown and Matt Frazer, and release of their first full-length album: Ferris Wheel, produced by Afghan Whigs’ John Curley. The band has quickly moved from back rooms to bandstands throughout the Midwest, retaining the same unadorned simplicity and tightly wound harmonies as before. With a clever ease and lack of airs, Shiny and the Spoon, is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and broadly accessible folk acts performing today.

I was born in Chicago, IL on September 17th, 1985. I met music young, and I played in bands throughout my teenage era, but never (really) left home. I tried college for a bit before leaving to videotape and roadie for local pals and up-and-comers, The Academy Is…

Within a couple of months, we were hitting the road with Panic! at the Disco. The first night of the tour, Panic!’s guitarist Ryan Ross, was having issues with his effects pedal, and noticing the familiar frustration, I offered my help. Within a few hours we were talking about our favorite bands, movies, and food, and then we started playing guitars. The next few days, I spent my free time hanging out on the Panic! tourbus, getting to know the other guys and uncovering many similar interests. Within a few weeks they hinted that things weren’t working out with their current bass player, and within a few months I was on stage playing my first show with Panic! in front of 15,000 people at KROQ’s Weenie Roast. After that show, we spent two years touring relentlessly to promote their debut album.

After that, we took some time to work through ideas and creative kinks, finally finding solace in a collaborative effort. A few interesting months later, Pretty. Odd. was complete. Four formative years and a line-up change provided a relatively sharp contrast to Panic(!)’s first album, and though the record was met with critical praise, “underwhelming” sales in a declining music industry brought creative and personal conflicts to the forefront of ourover-worked and under-experienced band. Two world tours and a few short discussions later, we parted ways to follow our hearts.

Fellow bandmate/songwriter Ryan Ross also left Panic(!). We had a handful of songs we had been collaborating on, so we started a project called The Young Veins. We retreated to a California canyon to write, and in a few months we finished and recorded our album Take A Vacation.  It was a few more long months until we found an independent record label to release it, and after a couple of tense tours and many disagreements, it became obvious that the creative and personal issues of the past had carried over to the new project. Rather abruptly, The Young Veins were officially “taking a vacation”.

It was winter, I was back home (at last), and I was confused and exhausted. Then I became inspired. I finished and demoed some songs I had been working on, and impatiently decided to self-release these Home Recordings. It felt good. I kept writing songs, played a couple of shows and soon had enough material for a full length album. A few months later, New Songs was recorded and self-released.

-From his website

From the band:

“CUBA has been floating around in some form, for almost 5 years. Starting early as a duo between Ryan Lammey and Jon DaCosta, CUBA is now a five piece band that often recruits help from fellow friends and musicians for live shows and recordings.”

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