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These three friends from central Indiana, each one a distinctive singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, had reached a point where years of hard work and creativity were just starting to pay off. They were hailed as one of the most inventive young bands around, with comparisons to Guided by Voices, My Bloody Valentine, and the Radio Dept., and that’s exactly when they broke up the band.

Following a short but necessary break, during which the Indiana band had the opportunity to explore their own creative endeavors, Hoops have reunited and announce their incredible sophomore album “Halo” today. Recorded at Bloomington’s Russian Studio and produced by the band’s friend Ben Lumsdaine, “Halo” is an album defined by musical exuberance, full of gratitude and generosity, and, simply, sounds like a lively conversation amongst close friends. Halo will be out on October 2nd via Fat Possum.

To celebrate their album announcement, Hoops share Halo’s lead single and first song the band has ever written together, “Fall Back.” Auscherman had started “Fall Back” about a long-distance relationship, but he fleshed it out with Krauter and Beresford, who added jangly guitars, a buoyant rhythm section, and a swooning chorus: “Fall back in my arms again, just the way it should have always been.” Like many songs on Halo, it wasn’t written specifically about his bandmates but nevertheless addresses similar emotions about their musical partnership.

Hoops released their critically-acclaimed debut album Routines in 2017, and, soon after, announced an indefinite hiatus. The trio – friends, singers, and multi-instrumentalists Drew Auscherman, Kevin Krauter and Keagan Beresford – had been making music together for almost half of their lives, but the band had begun to feel more like a burden than an outlet, so they decided to call it quits. “I think we had lost a lot of steam,” explains Krauter. “Hoops wasn’t moving forward organically. It was being dragged along.”

“They Say”, out now on Fat Possum Records. Reaching this point nearly destroyed the band, but Auscherman, Beresford, and Krauter emerged stronger and closer for their time apart. “This record is a more honest representation of our influences and interests as musicians,” says Auscherman. “We’ve grown a lot in four years, as people and as listeners. We’re starting to sound more like ourselves.”

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Last year, Indiana based songwriter Kevin Krauter recorded his debut EP while attending school in Muncie. The songs were a collection of old demos thrown together into a six-song EP for a friend’s semester project. A year later, the same friend approached Krauter with the idea for another six-song project. This time, Krauter had been writing new songs over the past year with the intention of releasing them together on an album. What resulted is a cohesive collection of songs that range from a multitude of influences from bossa nova to Americana. Each song is born from a different emotional/personal background, but they each follow a theme of change and growth. Using his solo work as an outlet for non-Hoops material, Changes is Krauter’s first attempt at writing and recording a set of songs that flow together thematically while maintaining their own distinctive sound and feeling. Changes was released on December 2nd on Winspear & Warm Ratio.

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Originally released December 2nd, 2016

All songs written and performed by Kevin Krauter with Keagan Beresford (electric piano/organ on tracks 1 & 5 and electric guitar on track 6) and Adam Jefferies (trumpet on tracks 1 & 2).

A beautiful masterpiece that takes in a range of influences: ’60s flower pop, ’70s easy listening, ’80s New Wave, ’90s alt-radio and ’00s indie rock. If you like Arthur Russell, Wild Nothing, Prefab Sprout or Clairo you’ll full in love with this instantly. On his sophomore album, “Full Hand”, Indiana musician Kevin Krauter tackles complicated emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. “A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years,” Krauter says, “just growing up and becoming more confident in myself…that process of looking inward and taking stock of myself.”

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It’s not especially uncommon for artists to probe deep into their own psyche to uncover what makes them tic, but Krauter’s light touch feels like something all his own. On the album’s first single, Pretty Boy, he sings, “Look ahead, say I see me now / Smiling at what used to stress me out / Cause it won’t be too long, but I’ll take my time with it / It won’t be too long till I come back home.” There’s a palpable sense of joy in Krauter’s acceptance of dire, stressful moments, and a liberation that comes from hearing him realize that the present will eventually be the past, and he’ll be able to look back and find peace.

All songs written by Kevin Paul Krauter
Performed by Kevin Krauter & Ben Lumsdaine

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Kevin Krauter’s debut EP, “Magnolia”, comes from a place of ease, instinct, and sincerity; ease in its conception and execution, instinct present yet well-informed, and sincerity felt but never forced. The initial four tracks were recorded in Muncie, Indiana for a fellow student’s semester project in the Spring of 2015, with the completed six song EP finished shortly thereafter. What resulted is a raw yet accessible work that feels familiar on the first listen. Taking inspiration from early folk artists from the 60s and 70s as well as more contemporary acts such as Sigur Ros and The Clientele, Krauter synthesizes a wide range of creative impulse into a refreshing and original body of work that pays humble respect to its predecessors while tastefully utilizing their influence.

Magnolia is 5 years old today!!! My first release of all time! I wrote all these songs my freshman year of college! I was such a baby!!! Anyway Winspear is releasing a fresh batch of cassettes July 3rd

Originally released May 19th, 2015

All songs written by Kevin Krauter
Electric Guitar/Piano by Keagan Beresford on Tracks 1 & 3
Winspear Records 2015

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Bloomington, Indiana’s The Cowboys 4th album ‘The Bottom of a Rotten Flower‘ came out on Valentine’s Day and is a veritable box of rock and roll party tricks. But somehow we’re just getting around to featuring it and its 16 tracks of glorious classic sounding power pop.

It’s melodic, and catchy, with moments of Replacements recklessness. It’s sometimes a little quirky but in the best way not unlike pop masters Stephen Merritt, Elvis Costello or Ray Davies.

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This is the fourth album by the Cowboys is kinda like a modern Midwestern version of THE WHO SELL-OUT or SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS–a basic R&R band stretching its wings to embrace more varied musical elements and dig into deeper subject matter. The Cowboys grow up! And they grow in number too, with Chris Kramer (Nobunny/Slushy) joining the brilliant Mark McWhirter for a killer guitar team. Vocalist/songwriter Keith Harman alters his whooping nasal-punk a bit, with a more naturalistic approach when it fits the mood. His songwriting skills are mighty. Zackery Worcel (bass) and Jordan Tarantino (drums) provide a solid, relentless groove.

There are 16 hooky gems in this new LP. To compare the Cowboys’ songs to Pete Townshend and Ray Davies was no casual thing up front. Check “Doghouse Rag” for primo late-60s Kink-kwality pop. Then there’s the insanely hooky “Some Things Never Change,” with its nod to early 70s Sparks. And dig “Bodie, Don’t Jump” in all its bubblegum glory! The deceptively short “Deuce” with its 70s-style pop exploding into VU-like noise, “The Witch” originally performed by The Sonics.

released February 23rd, 2018

Keith Harman – vocals
Mark McWhirter – guitar
Jordan Tarantino – drums
Zack Worcel – bass

Whimsical, reformed in 2015 and our 3rd full length album, “Bright Smiles & Broken Hearts”,  self released on November 5th, 2019. Whimsical plays “Blissed Out” Classic Shoegazed melodies with ethereal female vocals floating over the top. Gazers will be mesmerized by this latest offering. Krissy’s vocals simply soar on this release.
Neil’s composition and sonic construction is near flawless. Stellar Production all the way through.

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Whimsical
Krissy Vanderwoude – Vocals
Neil Burkdoll – Music and Production
Mark Milliron – Additional guitars on Trust and Fragile

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The latest LP from the Indiana-based songwriter and Hoops member arrives in early 2020 on Bayonet Records (Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos). Krauter (who’s been touring with Hovvdy and Caroline Says) tells that the songs find inspiration in his religious upbringing and more recent navigations of self.

Indiana musician Kevin Krauter tackles complicated emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. “A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years,” Krauter says, “just growing up and becoming more confident in myself…that process of looking inward and taking stock of myself.” It’s not especially uncommon for artists to probe deep into their own psyche to uncover what makes them tic, but Krauter’s light touch feels like something all his own.

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On the album’s first single, “Pretty Boy,” he sings, “Look ahead, say I see me now / Smiling at what used to stress me out / Cause it won’t be too long, but I’ll take my time with it / It won’t be too long till I come back home.” There’s a palpable sense of joy in Krauter’s acceptance of dire, stressful moments, and a liberation that comes from hearing him realize that the present will eventually be the past, and he’ll be able to look back and find peace.

releases February 28th, 2020

All songs written by Kevin Paul Krauter

Opening their album with more fuzz than an exploded dustbuster, Bloomington, Indiana’s Frankie and the Witch Fingers are riding high on the hallmarks of the 2010’s pantheon of garage rock heroes. Adding to the sonic soup a heavy dose of witchy vibes, psychedelic shake and an incessant grind that makes it feel vital and raw as skin peeled back, their sophomore album for Chicago’s chief gutwrenchers, Permanent Records, is fueled by more than just paint by numbers rock. The band knows when to ride the tide of fuzz-addled freakout, knows when to break in the shake n’ shimmy and knows just when to tear all the good times down for a good old fashioned dark horse that draws the shades and draws a little blood in the process. A solid offering from this band, reportedly uprooting from the doldrums of the Corn Belt to LA. It’ll be interesting to see how the move affects their sound in the future, but for now these nuggets are more than worth the price of admission.”

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a garage rock outfit and with one song, they’ve made their forthcoming self-titled album on Permanent a hot album to pine for in 2015. Aside from the “True Detective” vibes, I’m not sure what exactly is going on in the “sexy and dangerous witchcraft” video for “Vibrations” which is puzzling, creepy and yet, sustains fascination. Regardless, this song is at the top of the heap when it comes to garage pop tunes that could’ve thrived in the 1960s. You just don’t hear organ work like that anymore.

Frankie and the Witch Finger’s track “Vibrations” off their self-titled album.

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Indiana’s Kevin Krauter releases his debut solo LP, Toss Up via Bayonet Records, Kevin is a member of the band Hoops. Useful Solitude is the phrase Kevin Krauter uses to describe Toss Up, his full-length debut, both the conditions in which it was created and the prevailing theme of these nine iridescent indie-pop songs. In between tours the Indiana musician spent long hours in his basement, guitars and vintage keyboards his only company, and tested out ideas, explored new sonic avenues, savored new sounds, and taught himself how to play a few instruments. Toss Up builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences—‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave, ‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock. The secret tension on Toss Up, the engine that drives these songs: melody propelled by rhythm, melancholy fended off by the exuberance of simply creating art

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Released June 15th, 2018

All songs written & performed by Kevin Krauter 

Featuring:
Ben Lumsdaine, Synth:Drums: Bass: Guitar:
Keagan Beresford, Guitar:
Kristin Olsen Conga:

Here among these tracks is his first single “Rollerskate” from his latest album, ‘Toss Up,’ we are so excited to announce Kevin Krauter as the newest addition to the Bayonet Records roster! We are so thrilled to be releasing the breath taking solo album by the Indiana songwriter

The second single, “Keep Falling In Love” from Kevin Krauter’s new album is also included along with a music video! The track premiered on Beats1 and the video is up on Gorilla vs Bear website. Following up the first single “Rollerskate,” this new track showcases the melodic, personal side of Kevin’s songwriting on this album.

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‘Toss Up’ builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences—‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave,‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock. The secret tension on ‘Toss Up’, the engine that drives these songs: melody propelled by rhythm, melancholy fended off by the exuberance of simply creating art.

So far Kevin has released the album’s first single “Rollerskate,” as well as a second single “Keep Falling in Love” . You can still pre-order the limited edition color vinyl pressing of ‘Toss Up’ which comes with custom balsa air glider from the Bayonet Records webstore

Releases June 15th, 2018,
All songs written & performed by Kevin Krauter