Free Download Of The Week: Dan Croll

Since the release in early 2014 of his critically-lauded debut album, Sweet Disarray, Dan Croll has purposely proved impossible to pin down. A sonic explorer, he doesn’t so much sidestep genres as conquer several at the same time. Citing artists from The Beatles to De La Soul to James Taylor in his work. Download “Tokyo” off Emerging Adulthood any time between January 8th, and January 14th and learn more about Dan Croll at his official website, “Like” him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.


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Free Download Of The Week: Dan Croll

“I’m skittish, genre-wise. My aim is to approach pop from an unusual angle”, Dan Croll told Clash Magazine, and this rings true on his most recent release Emerging Adulthood.  Teaming up with producer Ben Allen (Kelis, Animal Collective, Cee Lo Green), Croll delivers a fresh sound that is unlike his previous work

Download “Bad Boy” off Emerging Adulthood any time between September 4th, and September 10th and learn more about Dan Croll at his Official Website, “Like” him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.


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Dan Croll In Sun King Studio 92

Photo Courtesy Rhythm In Focus Photography

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Dan Croll stopped by Sun King Studio 92 Powered By Klipsch Audio on February 21, 2014. Listen to the music and conversation below!

“From Nowhere”


“Thinkin Aboutchu”

“Compliment Your Soul”



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TTS Shutterbug: Dan Croll In Sun King Studio 92

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Check out photos from Dan Croll’s February 21st Sun King Studio 92 performance featuring listeners from our A To Z advisory board. You guys did a fantastic job of helping us piece together an amazing 2 weeks of alphabetical bliss! And, thanks to Rhythm In Focus Photography for documenting this great session. Check out the photos below and click here to find out how you can attend a future show in Sun King Studio 92 Powered By Klipsch Audio!

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Dave Lindquist spent decades covering the Indianapolis music scene for the Indianapolis Star. Now, Dave has his own show on WTTS. Join us Monday nights at 7 for, The BEAT with Dave Lindquist presented by Soundspace. Hear your next music discovery from the local and independent scene and fresh music from familiar artists.

Monday night, Dave presents new music from Juliana Hatafield, Field Music and Indianapolis band Chamberlain.

Songs played on the May 10 episode:

Chamberlain, “Every Trick in the Book”
Veps, “Ecstasy”
Sunny War, “Mama’s Milk”
Widowspeak, “The One I Love”
Juliana Hatfield, “Gorgon”
The Felice Brothers, “Inferno”
Field Music, “Orion from the Street”
Amythyst Kiah, “Wild Turkey”
Bullet Points, “Still Life”
Matilda Mann, “Doomsday”
Dan Croll, “Yesterday”
Hiatus Kaiyote, “Red Room”
Dinosaur Jr., “Take It Back”
Weathers, “C’est la Vie”

Sun King Studio 92

Sun King Studio 92 is the WTTS live performance space in downtown Indianapolis. 92-3 VIPs are invited to attend these intimate, acoustic Sun King Studio 92 tapings, and always receive advance word about the shows through 92-3 VIP-mail (click here to become a 92-3 VIP today). Listen to 92-3 WTTS to hear live Sun King Studio 92 performances, or click here to check out the latest sessions.

The Avett Brothers – 11/4/16

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie – 12/1/15

Vance Joy

Vance Joy – 9/16/15

Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant – 6/8/15

Spoon - 9/12/14

Spoon – 9/12/14

Amos Lee - 11/9/13

Amos Lee – 11/9/13

The Head And The Heart - 10/24/13

The Head And The Heart – 10/24/13

Tristan Prettyman - Date

Tristan Prettyman – 4/10/13

Atlas Genius - 2/28/13

Atlas Genius – 2/28/13

Imagine Dragons - November 27, 2012

Imagine Dragons – 11/27/12

Sun King Studio 92 Spotlight: Tune in weekdays at 2pm for the Sun King Studio 92 Spotlight. We’ll play a live performance from the vast live archives of Sun King Studio 92 each day.

Here are the artists who’ve stopped by over the years:












Click here for a list of Sun King Studio 92 performances from 2009 and earlier.

WTTS Indy Underground: July 31, 2017

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Join Laura Duncan Monday and Saturday Nights at 8 for the best from the independent world of music on WTTS Indy Underground. This week…

  • A track from Grizzly Bear’s upcoming release Painted Ruins, out August 18th.
  • The latest from Dan Croll.
  • A new song from Deer Tick’s Vol.2, out September 15th .
  • And, a chance at tickets to see Mute Math at Old National Center on October 25th.

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Coronavirus Update – CDC: 5 Things You Should Know About COVID-19

The most recent updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources.

1. While COVID-19 has been compared to the flu, there are differences

From a media briefing on March 3, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus outlined important differences between the two viruses. “First, COVID-19 does not transmit as efficiently as influenza, from the data we have so far,” he says. “With influenza, people who are infected but not yet sick are major drivers of transmission, which does not appear to be the case for COVID-19.”  

The second major difference is that COVID-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza, he says. “While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.”  

Third, we have vaccines and therapeutics for seasonal flu, but at the moment there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for COVID-19, he says. “And fourth, we don’t even talk about containment for seasonal flu – it’s just not possible. But it is possible for COVID-19.”

While China is reporting a decrease in new cases, possibly as a result of containment measures, the potential public health threat from the new coronavirus is very high, both globally and in the U.S., according to the CDC. The number of people infected in the U.S. has been increasing. Connecticut has monitored at least 200 people for the virus, and officials note that they have no way to track people who are under voluntary self-quarantine. A growing number are under quarantine in New York City. 

Meanwhile, doctors in the U.S. are keeping a close eye on the new virus. “With the new virus in a culture dish, they are looking at the biology and working to make drugs to treat it,” says Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist Joseph Vinetz, MD. There is also a great deal of effort underway to assess drugs in development (and some medications currently available) to determine if they are beneficial for treating patients infected with COVID-19, adds Dr. Martinello.

2. The disease is thought to be most contagious when people are most symptomatic

While there has been sustained person-to-person spread in China, according to the CDC, the exact mechanism for transmission is still unclear. “There is still much to learn about how this pathogen is transmitted between individuals,” Dr. Martinello says. “Data is needed not only to better understand when those who become ill shed the virus, but also which body fluids contain the virus and how those may contaminate surfaces and even the air surrounding them.”

The disease is believed to be most contagious when people are the most symptomatic, and there may be some spread before people with the virus exhibit symptoms, although this is thought to be minimal. Symptoms can appear anywhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure. 

Doctors say the most important route of transmission is likely close contact (six feet or less) with sick patients who spread respiratory droplets when they cough or sneeze. The risk of spread from asymptomatic people, and from touching surfaces and objects contaminated with virus is much lower than droplets spread from sick patients.

Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be at highest risk for the virus, but people at any age have also been infected.

3. If you feel ill, here’s what you can do

The severity of COVID-19 infection ranges from mild to severe, but the majority of cases in China have not required hospitalization. Common symptoms have included: 

  • Fever (of >100.4 F)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat in some people
  • Difficulty breathing that can be severe enough to cause people to seek hospital care

Officials are urging patients to stay home and contact a health care provider (or hospital emergency room) for guidance if they experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and if they have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient and/or traveled from a hard-hit area within 14 days of the onset of illness.

4. There are things you can do to protect yourself

As with a cold, there is no vaccine for the coronavirus—and a flu vaccine won’t protect people from developing it. While researchers are working on a vaccine for the new virus, it could take as long as 12 to 18 months to develop one, according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  

To protect yourself from the new coronavirus, Dr. Vinetz says, “The best thing you can do at this point is take care of yourself the way you would to prevent yourself from getting the flu. You know you can get the flu when people sneeze and cough on you, or when you touch a doorknob. Washing hands—especially after eating, going to the bathroom, and touching your face—and avoiding other people who have flu-like symptoms are the best strategies at this point.”

The CDC also recommends the following preventive actions:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching nose, eyes, and mouth. Use a tissue to cover a couch or sneeze, then dispose of it in the trash
  • Use a household wipe or spray to disinfect doorknobs, light switches, desks, keyboards, sinks, and other objects and surfaces that are frequently touched

As for masks, there is little evidence supporting their widespread use for people who are not sick. “We generally do not recommend the use of masks for the general public,” says Dr. Martinello. “Masks may provide a modest degree of protection against fluids, including spray from a cough or sneeze, and they provide some filtration of the air. But, since the masks do not provide a tight seal around the wearer’s nose and mouth, much of the air inhaled and exhaled remains unfiltered.”

However, the CDC does recommend face masks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19, as well as for health care workers and others who may be caring for them.

5. Precautions remain extremely important

The CDC is now working on multiple fronts to operationalize its pandemic preparedness and response plans, which include specific measures to prepare communities to respond to any local transmission of the new virus. In addition to large numbers of people needing medical care, widespread transmission could mean that people will need to stay away from schools, workplaces, and other places where people gather. Some schools, businesses, churches, and other organizations—especially in parts in the U.S. that are experiencing local transmission of the virus—are taking precautions that have included canceling events and other activities, restricting travel, and encouraging employees to work remotely.

Second, extreme caution is warranted because so much remains unknown about this new virus. New diseases aren’t discovered often and some (such as Ebola) are deadly. For now, spreading awareness and keeping people updated as scientists learn more, screening people who might be at risk, and separating those who are infected from healthy people—a basic public health intervention—are the best tools available. So, if you visit a health care provider or facility, it may be helpful to know that the COVID-19 signs you see and questions you may be asked about your recent travels and exposures are important.

Since threats like COVID-19 can lead to the circulation of misinformation, it’s important to trust information only from reputable health organizations and government sources such as the CDC.

Guidelines will evolve as doctors learn more

Here’s the latest information everyone should have to minimize the risk of exposure to the new virus. “Whether it is the flu, which we see every winter, or an outbreak of an emerging infectious disease, the public health infrastructure in the U.S. is a critical resource for leading the federal, state, and local response,” Dr. Martinello says. Because knowledge about the new virus is evolving rapidly, you can expect recommendations to change, even frequently.

If you are planning to travel, you will want to check the CDC’s travel advisories concerning several countries that have had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The CDC’s latest recommendations include avoiding nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Travelers to Japan should practice enhanced precautions, which means older adults and people with chronic medical conditions should think about postponing travel to the country. Those going to Hong Kong should take the usual recommended precautions, including practicing proper hand washing and avoiding contact with sick people.

If you have traveled to an affected country in the past 14 days or have been exposed to another person with COVID-19, health officials will give you instructions on limiting your activities and movement for up to 14 days in order to help keep the virus from spreading. You should call a health care professional who will work with the CDC or state public health department to determine whether to test for the virus. 

Healthcare providers who may be in the position of caring for a patient with the virus should follow infection control protocols. In early March, federal health officials announced new criteria that allows doctors to test any patient for COVID-19 if they are experiencing a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. (It’s unclear whether there will be enough tests for everyone that wants one, however, as the nation’s testing capacity is limited at this point.) The CDC is also encouraging doctors who want to test to first rule out other respiratory illnesses, including the flu, and to continue to consider the patient’s travel history and possible exposure to other people who may have had the disease.

Infection prevention specialists at Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) have provided guidance for the screening of patients with acute respiratory infections to determine whether they have been to China or other hard-hit locations across the globe in the few weeks before they got sick, or if they’ve been exposed to anyone who may have been ill with COVID-19. YNHH is taking a cautionary approach by putting masks on patients who may be at risk and placing them in a private room to ensure the safety or all patients and staff.

Meanwhile, public health authorities strongly advise everyone to get their annual flu shot if they have not done so already. In addition to preventing or mitigating the severity of flu, the vaccine will simplify the evaluation of patients with flu-like symptoms if potential cases of COVID-19 surface in the community.   

[Originally published: January 23, 2020. Updated: March 6, 2020.] 

World Class Rock Week-In-Review: 11/2/16

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  • Arcade Fire debuted new music at a secret show this weekend (Paste)
  • John Lennon’s letter to Queen Elizabeth unearthed in used record sleeve (Rolling Stone)
  • Adele speaks about her battle with postnatal depression (NME)
  • Watch My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Andrew Bird play new version of “Sic of Elephants” (Pitchfork)
  • A Smiths reunion almost happened in 2008, according to Johnny Marr (AV Club)
  • Neil Young has a new, primarily acoustic album coming out in December (Spin)
  • Smash Mouth got into a Twitter fight with the Oakland A’s at 2:30 am (CoS)
  • Phish honor David Bowie With Full-Album Performance of Ziggy Stardust (UCR)
  • Mayer Hawthorne releases surprise EP, Party of One (Paste)
  • Eric Clapton sued by bluesman’s estate over mistaken Unplugged credit (Rolling Stone)
  • Bono named as one of Glamour’s Women Of The Year (NME)
  • Watch President Obama sing “Purple Rain,” Dance to “Thriller” with Michelle (Pitchfork)
  • Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins announces debut solo LP (Stereogum)
  • Johnny Marr announces book tour for his new memoir, Set the Boy Free (Spin)
  • Hippo Campus announce debut album landmark, share video for “boyish” (CoS)
  • Roger Daltrey says Rock ‘n’ Roll has reached a dead end (UCR)
  • She & Him share “Happy Holiday” off forthcoming album Christmas Party (Paste)
  • Aerosmith meet Barack Obama by chance at Florida airport (Rolling Stone)
  • The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” Lego set released today (NME)
  • Watch Muse dress up as the Cramps, cover “New Kind of Kick” for Halloween (Pitchfork)
  • Watch Cubs superfan Eddie Vedder sing at the World Series (AV Club)
  • Billy Corgan blasts celebrity Cubs fans: “I don’t necessarily see them in June” (CoS)
  • Bon Iver is selling a dang flannel shirt inspired by his new album (Spin)
  • Paul McCartney shares his struggles with stage fright (UCR)
  • A new Japandroids album is on the way (Paste)
  • Watch Chris Martin, Conan sing Coldplay’s “Yellow” in cockney accents (Rolling Stone)
  • Arcade Fire recorded their audience singing for a new song last night (NME)
  • Look inside David Bowie art display ahead of auction (Pitchfork)
  • Martin Courtney shares “Asleep” video (Stereogum)
  • The immortal Iggy Pop is back in the studio again (Spin)
  • Kevin Morby dedicates two new songs to victims of Pulse nightclub shooting (CoS)
  • Phil Collins says he did not divorce his Wife by fax (UCR)
  • Cherry Glazerr announce new album Apocalipstick, share new video for “Nurse Ratched” (Pitchfork)
  • Bob Dylan finally acknowledges his Nobel Prize win (Paste)


Wilco – “Someone To Lose”

The Shins – “Dead Alive”

The Orwells – “They Put A Body In The Bayou” (Official Video)


World Class Rock Week-In-Review: 8/24/16

Kings Of Leon

Kings Of Leon

  • Kings of Leon announce new album We Are Like Love Songs (Paste)
  • Dawes announce We’re All Gonna Die, share “When the Tequila Runs Out” (CoS)
  • Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney say The Beatles could have toured again (UCR)
  • Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach sued over Howlin’ Wolf documentary (Stereogum)
  • Empire of the Sun announce new album featuring Lindsey Buckingham (Spin)
  • Phantogram share new song “Cruel World” (Pitchfork)
  • Robert Plant to play Bill Wyman’s 80th birthday bash in London (Rolling Stone)
  • Arctic Monkeys not recording new album in the very near future (NME)
  • Counterfeit pills the most likely culprit in Prince’s overdose (Paste)
  • Temple of the Dog unleash lost demo “Black Cat” (CoS)
  • Science proves Sting has an unusual reaction to music (UCR)
  • Jimmy Eat World announces new album, shares new song “Get Right” (A.V. Club)
  • David Bowie now has a plaque dedicated to him in Berlin (Spin)
  • Listen to The Tallest Man on Earth’s new song “Rivers” (Pitchfork)
  • Watch Coldplay’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” cover with James Corden (Rolling Stone)
  • Listen to Jagwar Ma’s new track as they announce album release date (NME)
  • Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to doctors’ orders (Paste)
  • Fox News calls Red Hot Chili Peppers the worst band on the planet (CoS)
  • Joni Mitchell makes first public appearance since hospitalization (UCR)
  • Sharon Van Etten shares new song “Not Myself” (Stereogum)
  • Watch Van Morrison’s lively “Too Late” video (Rolling Stone)
  • Sad13 (Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis) tries to “Get a Yes” in new solo song (Spin)
  • Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir shares new song with The National members (Pitchfork)
  • KT Tunstall reunited with stolen tambourine (NME)
  • Sleigh Bells file lawsuit against Demi Lovato (Paste)
  • Pizza Hut is turning its delivery boxes into playable turntables (CoS)
  • Pink Floyd vinyl reissues continue with three pre-Dark Side of the Moon albums (UCR)
  • Feist will join Broken Social Scene on its new album (A.V. Club)
  • Neil Young, Metallica, My Morning Jacket playing Bridge School benefit (Pitchfork)
  • Tegan and Sara share synth-splashed “Fade Out” (Spin)
  • Faith No More reuniting with original singer Chuck Mosley for two shows (Rolling Stone)
  • Laura Marling announces new project Reversal Of The Muse (NME)
  • Car Seat Headrest share new song, “Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye?)” (Paste)
  • Courtney Love gave Chris Pratt and Anna Faris a private concert in their kitchen (CoS)
  • Watch Koko the gorilla play Flea’s bass (Pitchfork)


Coldplay “A Head Full Of Dreams” (Official video)

Bastille – “Fake It”

Ben Folds – “Capable of Anything”

St. Vincent – “Star-Spangled Banner” (NFL Promo)


World Class Rock Week-In-Review: 6/15/16

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

  • The Avett Brothers share frenzied new jam “Satan Pulls the Strings” (CoS)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new song “We Turn Red” is a poppy tour of the U.S.A. (Spin)
  • Watch Bob Dylan cover Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” (Pitchfork)
  • The Tallest Man On Earth shares new song “Time Of The Blue” (Stereogum)
  • Paul McCartney mourns death of Wings guitarist Henry McCullough (Rolling Stone)
  • Two Door Cinema Club share new single “Are We Ready? (Wreck)” (NME)
  • Eric Clapton explains recent health issues (UCR)
  • Record stores across the world hosting Radiohead event next week (Paste)
  • Ed Sheeran sued for $20 million for allegedly stealing X-Factor winner’s song (Spin)
  • Flea had to relearn bass after breaking his arm on a snowboarding trip (CoS)
  • Watch Father John Misty and Dean Ween jam together (Pitchfork)
  • Jimmy Page, Robert Plant appear in court for “Stairway To Heaven” trial (Stereogum)
  • Jury set in Led Zeppelin plagiarism trial, after huge fan is dismissed (UCR)
  • Kaiser Chiefs release new single “Parachute” and confirm Stay Together (NME)
  • Hear Fleetwood Mac’s early version of “Gypsy” (Rolling Stone)
  • Pearl Jam play surprise Nashville show, Jack White joins them (Paste)
  • Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste offers condolences following Orlando shooting (Spin)
  • Lorde co-writes Broods’ new song “Heartlines” (Pitchfork)
  • Queens of the Stone Age locked in and working on new material (CoS)
  • Ultra-rare Prince album shatters Discogs Marketplace record (AV Club)
  • Bob Weir: Homophobes, ISIS supporters share same hatred (Rolling Stone)
  • Watch Billy Corgan debut two new songs (NME)
  • New film to focus on Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. sessions (UCR)
  • Gorillaz tease special new album, push release date back to 2017 (Paste)
  • The Stone Roses share another new single, “Beautiful Thing” (Spin)
  • Bon Iver will debut new music at Eaux Claires Festival (CoS)
  • Neil Young onstage: ‘F–k you, Donald Trump’ (Rolling Stone)
  • Rostam Batmanglij makes live debut in New York (Pitchfork)
  • Two unreleased Frank Zappa albums on the way soon (NME)
  • Thom Yorke crashes garden party, plays half-hour acoustic set (AV Club)
  • Tony Visconti apologizes to Adele (UCR)
  • Frightened Rabbit announce fall U.S. tour (Paste)
  • James Iha shares two spine-tingling tracks: “Leah and Pearl” and “The Photo Lab” (Spin)
  • Jack White is a photographer now, and he’s pretty damn good (CoS)
  • Animal Collective’s Deakin shares new song “Harpy (Blue)” (Pitchfork)
  • See Red Hot Chili Peppers talk special pre-show rituals (Rolling Stone)
  • Bon Iver announce Patti Smith as support for one-off gig (NME)
  • New Gary Wright album features unheard performances by George Harrison (UCR)
  • Bonnaroo announces 2017 dates (Paste)


Red Hot Chili Peppers Carpool Karaoke (Corden)

Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin'” (CBS This Morning)


Leon Bridges Interview & Concert Recap

On a chilly Sunday night, December 6th, the second WTTS Christmas Can Concert took place at the Bluebird in Bloomington. Fort Worth R&B and soul artist Leon Bridges took the stage for a sold-out show. There is no need to say that he won over the hearts of the audience because it was obvious throughout the evening that he already had reached each and every one of them.

Leon Bridges is a classic old soul in a young man’s body. The 26-year-old’s gospel roots so very clearly influence his soulful music, reminiscent of the greats like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. Bridges is still on the rise as he signed with Columbia Records in 2014 after having played open-mic shows around Fort Worth for some time. DJ Spikes, a local Bloomington DJ playing vintage soul and R&B records, performed a set before Bridges took the stage. WTTS DJ Rob Humphrey introduced Leon Bridges and his band, all of whom had just come from performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live the previous evening.

The band enters dressed very professionally with somewhat of a vintage twist that creates the mood of a 1960s R&B performance. Bridges enters and looks exactly the way he sounds. From his modern-day conk haircut to his mustard tweed suit, Leon Bridges looked quite perfect on the small club stage. The sweetest of sounds boomed throughout the Bluebird that night.

Spoken like a true gentleman, his first words to the audience were “Nice to meet you.” His 7-piece band included himself and one other vocalist, a saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and organ. Bridges took time out of the show to introduce all the band members and was sure to add compliments or a quick story of their meeting. Bridges admittedly played many songs from his album, “Coming Home” (released in June 2015) and added some new music into the mix, too.

Leon Bridges’ sound is so much more than the “soul” or “R&B” label; It’s fresh but it’s authentic, and it’s the perfect meeting of yesterday and tomorrow. If you’ve heard his vintage voice, then you know that it is effortlessly like butter. His vocal runs and exquisite vintage dance moves transport you to an entirely different place and time and it is a pleasure to be transported there. If you haven’t heard his voice…get to it.

Highlights of the night included “Better Man,” “Smooth Sailing,” “Twistin’ & Groovin’,” “Coming Home,” and “Lisa Sawyer.” He gave small introductions to many of the songs. “Twistin’ & Groovin’” was written about the night his grandfather met his grandmother. “Lisa Sawyer” was written for his mother. “Smooth Sailing” got a different kind of introduction in the form of a drum solo and the crowd really got moving. Bridges closed the set with an intimate performance of “River” in which he played electric guitar alone with his backing vocalist.

After the crowd chanted “Leon, Leon, Leon,” the guitarist enters the stage and the rest of the band gradually joins him for a three-song encore of new music. These included “Pussyfootin’,” an instantly classic love song, and “Mississippi Kisses.” “Mississippi Kisses” is an utterly groovy song that brings to mind Wilbert Harrison’s 1959 recording of “Kansas City.” During “Mississippi Kissses” Bridges instructs different parts of the crowd to go crazy in sections, and then in unison as he addresses them as “Indiana”; They did indeed go crazy for the Southern charmer for the final time that evening. Leon Bridges warmed the hearts of WTTS listeners on a chilly December evening, but that definitely won’t be the last you see of him.

Thanks to all WTTS listeners who participated in the 2015 Christmas Can Concerts by purchasing tickets and donating canned goods to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington. Thanks also to Green Bean Delivery for sponsoring WTTS Christmas Can Concert efforts during this season of giving. Happy Holidays from WTTS!


Christmas Can Concert Leon Bridges

Christmas Can Concert: Houndmouth Recap

Thursday night, December 3rd, WTTS kicked off its Christmas Can Concert series at The Bluebird in Bloomington. This first show featured Indiana natives, Houndmouth, and special guest Moon Taxi.

The Bluebird was buzzing with music, WTTS listeners, and canned goods being dropped into a bin to benefit Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington. Green Bean Delivery even donated two pounds of fresh produce to the food pantry for each person in attendance. It is the season of giving, after all.

Moon Taxi opened for Houndmouth and entertained the crowd as if they were the headliner. The Nashville-based indie-progressive rock band’s performance was captivating. They played songs like “Year Zero” and “All Day All Night.” The crowd was singing along as if maybe they had come out to see Moon Taxi and Houndmouth was an added bonus! Moon Taxi was unassumingly electric with a simple stage setup and immense sound. They set the stage quite well for the excitement to come.

WTTS DJ Rob Humphrey introduced Houndmouth and the room went somewhat quiet for the only time that evening in anticipation. The band starts to enter the stage casually while the crowd hears a most appropriate song being played through the monitors. The crowd gradually recognizes their stage entrance song to be the Indiana University fight song and sings along with great pride. It set the tone perfectly.

Members of Houndmouth are based in Louisville but were born and raised in New Albany, Indiana (less than two hours from The Bluebird). Houndmouth’s vintage country influence may stem from their roots in Louisville and brings an intriguing interest to their indie rock sound. The lead singer looks like a 1950s greaser in a cool black jacket and slick, black hair. The drummer wears a fur coat and the keyboard player looks like an indie rock version of a 1920s flapper girl. On such a small, simple stage, their appearance alone takes the audience to another place and time.

Houndmouth opens with “Black Gold” and the crowd is absolutely electrified. At one point both the lead singer, Matt Myers, and bass player, Zak Appleby, changed their shirts to Indiana University garb and won the crowd over with ease. WTTS listeners were absolutely smitten with Houndmouth’s wide array of sounds and songs. The energy from the stage transferred to the crowd with every single song; It was extremely impressive. This created a beautiful vocal battle between the band with their microphones and the audience with their beer-soaked voices.

Highlights of the evening included “15 Years,” “Penitentiary,” “Say It,” and “Sedona.” During “Gasoline” (a song in which keyboard player Katie Toupin performs lead vocals) the crowd immediately screamed the lyrics back to her and she utters with obvious pride on her face, “Maybe you guys have heard this song…” After closing with “Sedona” Myers returns to the stage for a solo performance of “For No One,” followed by “Casino (Bad Things)” and “My Cousin Greg.”

Once Houndmouth exited the stage for the final time, the crowd was left buzzing. Beer was spilled, voices were hoarse, and hands were raw from clapping along to Houndmouth that night. In the words of Houndmouth’s Matt Myers, “It’s good to be around a bunch of Hoosiers for a while…”

Thanks so much to all WTTS listeners in attendance at the first WTTS Christmas Can Concert of the season. Sunday night, December 6th, Leon Bridges will play the second Christmas Can Concert to a sold out Bluebird. If we don’t see you there, be sure to check out the VIP room and Concert Connection page for more ways to experience the music.


Christmas Can Concert Houndmouth