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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


Released June 15th, 2018

All songs written & performed by Kevin Krauter 

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.


‘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 

Kevin Krauter is a member of the band Hoops, who released a their debut album last year. Now he’s setting out on his own solo voyage with the debut album Toss Up arriving via Bayonet Records in June 15th.

The first cut to be previewed from Toss Up is the utterly charming ‘Rollerskate’, a song that glides on simplistic dreamy indie guitars and drums, then takes an uptick towards the sky on subtle synth melodies towards its conclusion. Through this dreamy haze, Kevin Krauter relays a tale of relinquishing anger in favour of peace – even though there are trigger points all around him as he makes his way through the day. But Krauter is determined to stay equanimous; ‘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


“As I slowly rollerskate through a wall of hate/ I was trying to save my soul/ but what’s it for?” Although Krauter often feels overwhelmed by life’s many tribulations, big and small, he still comes out of the other end with a tranquil mindset. Overall, ‘Rollerskate’ is a perfect vessel for this lightheartedness in times of trouble, as it’s absolutely impossible not to feel like you’re swimming through sunshine as you listen to the glistening melodies and Krauter’s playful lyrics like “feel like every single say is a piece of cake/ I was trying to take some home.”

Kevin Krauter plays bass and sings in the Bloomington, Indiana, dream pop outfit Hoops, but he also released a stunning six-song collection, Changes, under his given name late last year.  consuming that body of work immediately would be ideal.

While each track on Changes holds its own as a singular achievement, it’s “reckless,” the album’s fourth cut, that has received music video treatment.  like the song it accompanies, hugh sherman donkin’s visuals are sparse but impactful; Krauter is filmed alone in various parts of an older building – a gymnasium; a stairwell; a loveseat – either playing or miming the various components of “reckless.”  the poignancy of the audio and video truly coalesce in the final moments, with Krauter departing as a harmonized piano motif gently drifts off into the ether.

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Amazon is hoping to soundtrack your late-summer road trips with their new Open Road playlist, which features 30 contemporary artists covering various car- and traveling-themed anthems. Artists include Hamilton Leithauser, White Reaper, and the blissed-out Bloomington, Indiana trio Hoops, who offer a dazed, hypnagogic rendition of Prefab Sprout’s “Cars & Girls.” “We chose to do ‘Cars And Girls’ because Prefab Sprout is one of our favorite bands in the whole wide world,” the band explain. “It’s not necessarily our favorite Prefab’s song but it was a whole lotta fun to cover.”

The accompanying music video from Weird Life Films is also a whole lotta fun, hitting that sweet spot between goofy sincerity and winking homage. “After losing a location last minute we ended up barreling over the skyway into Indiana to find an abandoned-ish highway hot under the sun near some oil fields,” says Weird Life Films. “There we took over the concrete strip after letting the oil field security know we weren’t terrorists. Before lastly hitting back to Chicago & wrapping up the foggy shoot as the rain storm hit.

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Stone Irr is the product of a special kind of Midwestern religious folk. Just start with the name: what seems like an obvious pun was, in fact, an honest mistake, and as soon as Stone’s parents found out, they offered to take him to the Lafayette, Indiana courthouse and change it. He was already in middle school. True story.


Stone Irr’s debut album is called ‘Sinner‘. It’s a record about relationships – with a romantic partner, with god, with a complicated, conservative childhood. You hear it in tracks like “Wabash” and “In My Mind” – honest odes about the inane and tragic thoughts that come from trying to love someone. In “Lighted Room” and “Sinner” Stone speaks directly to former lovers and the divine.



A press release describes Routines as “a bittersweet and honest record that sounds both warmly familiar and jarringly distinctive.” The album marks the band’s first sessions in an actual studio, as opposed to the four-track tape machine-assisted recordings in the living rooms and basements that produced the Hoops EP.

The increase in polish one might expect to accompany Hoops’ first foray into the studio is evident in the irresistibly slick “Rules,” which is loaded with the intoxicating guitar lines and murmured melodies we associate with this outfit. The single is a dizzying head rush that clocks in at just over two minutes and will surely have you pressing play several times in a sitting.

Lo-fi Indiana four-piece band Hoops have blown up over the past two years thanks to a healthy heaping of blogosphere buzz. They’re one of those bands heading to SXSW, Austin this year with strong support from thetastemakers, but not a lot of mainstream recognition. Expect that to change sooner rather than later.

Hoops is…
Drew Auscherman
James Harris
Keagan Beresford
Kevin Krauter


I wanted to feature Gilman more for what I think he and his band could become rather than where they are now. As the album promises, a lot of these songs are about fights with exes, soon-to-be-exes, and former bandmates.

Grant Gilman, formerly of Films About Penguins, has assembled a mixture of love ballads and musical social commentary with his alternative country solo debut Homewrecker. Through songs that reverberate through the human condition, Gilman’s progressive album reaches the depths of an economic slide as well as the deterioration of the human soul. Songs like “Don’t Want You Gone” display his sentimentality and clever imagery while infused with the everyman quality he so accurately captures. “Younger and Limber” exemplifies the apex of Gilman’s album theme–the absolute necessity for companionship, regardless of the conditions of separation. Homewrecker is an exceptional debut filled with nothing short of promise from this prodigious young musician. –

“Listening to “Homewrecker”, the title track to Gilman’s brand new self-recorded album, is like hearing someone who’s soaked in the beer-haze country-punk attitude of Stranger’s Almanac-era Whiskeytown and the ragged, fiddle-driven “Give Back The Key To My Heart” from Uncle Tupelo’s Anodyne and spit them back out with comparable vigor. The album continues in the same vein – hard living, poor choices, drunken apologies, empty promises, the works. It’s a promising debut from an artist who sports his influences with aplomb…” -From Pop Headwound .. ..

“This winter, singer-songwriter Grant Gilman released Homewrecker, a fourteen track break-up letter that is a perfect companion to all that hurts in the game of love. Straight out of Terre Haute, Indiana, Gilman’s solo debut sounds eerily similar to some of Ryan Adam’s early work by the Patty Duke Syndrome; country music with some serious indie rock sensibilities. What I like about Grant is that he’s not giving us any bullshit. This isn’t a kid singing about how much ass he gets, or how much whiskey he can drink. He’s a guy who’s had some troubles in the game of love and he’s not afraid to spell it out for you. It can be easy for young country singers to write music that isn’t very honest. The genre as a whole celebrates the dustiest of characters, hell-bent on destruction and mayhem. Some young writers overplay the “whole” traveling musician card a bit hard when they first start out, spinning more yarn than a six-year old. Gilman isn’t singing about something he’s not, or hasn’t experienced yet.” 

Members: Truckerspeed is: Grant Gilman- Guitar/Vocals Dave Lawson – Guitar John Zeps – Bass Dustin Carmichael – Drums

Indiana alt-rockers Houndmouth released their sophomore record, “Little Neon Limelight”. It was released on March 17th via Rough Trade Records and was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb. It’s the follow-up to their impressive debut album “From the Hills Below the City”, which was released in 2013.

The 11 new, original songs on ‘Little Neon Limelight’ are the band’s best to date, blending their signature four-part harmonies with the gritty foot-stomping rock swagger of their live shows and a loose confidence in the studio. “I’ve grown up a lot since our first record,” reflects frontman Matt Myers (guitar / vocals), adding, “the inspiration falls close to the struggle of figuring out exactly what it means to be a man, let alone an artist.”

Highlights of ‘Little Neon Limelight’ include the live fan-favorites “By God,” “My Cousin Greg,” and “Say It,” and the acoustic track “For No One,” which recently premiered on NPR Music, and is unlike anything else Houndmouth have ever recorded. Ann Powers called “For No One” an “epic ballad, stuffed full of vivid imagery.” On “Gasoline,” Katie Toupin (keyboard / vocals) barbs the confessions of a perennial party girl with the specter of mortality (“Maybe I’ll meet my maker on a bedroom floor”). Shane Cody (drums / vocals) leads vocals on the album’s heartbreaker, “Honey Slider,” and the group embraces their garage-rock influences on the thrilling, needle-in-the-red cut, “15 Years,” which finds Zak Appleby singing one of the album’s most infectious refrains (“15 Years on the county line / Enough to make a man nearly lose his mind.”)

Today’s announcement also included the release of the music video for first single “Sedona.” The video is wonderfully directed by Naomi Yang, and features the gang hanging out at a scenic hotel in Southern California, and rocking out in some red neon lights.

“Sedona” itself is a song rooted in classic Americana rockers, taking it’s time to build itself up, only to deliver one of the hardest rocking moments of the bands short career. It’s an impressive return, a confident reminder of why I fell in love with these guys in the first place.

Houndmouth, From the new album “Little Neon Limelight” due out March 16/17th 2015,

The record comes out March 17th, 2015 via Rough Trade Records. We recorded with our great friend, Dave Cobb, down in Nashville. Thank you to everyone for your support over the last couple years, and we can’t wait to share new music with you, including our new single “Sedona”! We’ve also got new tour dates.