Rob Peoni

Freelance Writer

Indianapolis writer focused on arts, music & culture. Contact me for your content needs: [email protected]

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Jonathan McAfee's last hurrah
Jonathan McAfee made a big splash last summer with his What People Like About Me Is Indianapolis exhibit at Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. The show featured 15 portraits of...
Indy's Indie Pubs on the Rise
On a recent Saturday afternoon, a group of Hoosiers gathered to escape dismal December weather in a celebration of the written word and the prospect of free drinks and snacks...
Music on the Mind
For centuries, philosophers, anthropologists and political scientists have discussed and studied the arts as a vehicle for transcending social and political barriers. What...
Home is Where the Art is
On a recent Wednesday afternoon Stephen Peck greeted me at his door with a warm smile, a handshake, and an apology over the messiness of his humble abode at 1015 Olive St., in...
Envisioning Indy as the Place to Be
A conversation with architect and designer Matthew Skjonsberg can prove a bit disorienting. Skjonsberg strolls through life with a different set of eyeballs, connecting the dots...
The Zine Scene
When I was a kid, like most little boys, I loved upending things. My cousins, my brother and I shared a babysitter while our parents worked. In the summer, this meant a lot of...
Thunders closes tour with raucous house show
Description from the Facebook event page : Ready to rip? It's time to rip. You better slip those fuck up boots on one more time for the end of January cause we're bringing a...
She (Still) Is Magic
click to enlarge To paraphrase Jay-Z: if Chad Serhal has 99 problems, most of them are women. The ones he lost, the ones he crushes on, and the one whose therapist convinced her...
Music on My Mind
Last week, I was scrambling around my apartment, assembling necessities for a weekend in Louisville at Forecastle music festival. As I printed tickets, gathered clothes, and...
Album Review: Sonny and the Sunsets 'Longtime Companion'
It's early evening and you're bellied up to the bar at your favorite watering hole, The Longtime Companion. You like this place for its general state of disrepair that, in a...
Museums Places of Child's Play?
A recent study in the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy created a stir in the museum community. The reaction was spurred by coverage in the press, where attention-grabbing...
Spotlight: Brain Twins
Every couple of weeks, IndiENGAGE intends to shine a light on a locally owned business. Given our focus, many of these businesses will likely have a connection, direct or...
The Avant-Garde Invades Irvington
Nick Ohler is on a lifelong search for the origins of musical innovation. As a former record store owner, on-again, off-again concert promoter, and general music junkie, Ohler's...
Metavari's 'Moonless'
click to enlarge Much has changed for Fort Wayne quartet Metavari since the band released its debut album Be One of Us and Hear No Noise in 2009. On the debut, the core of...
Big Technology in Little Lab
Nestled in a corner of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) behind the library, a small, dedicated team sits at desks toiling steadily to transform the visitor experience in the...
Spotlight: Dilated Time Records
Every few weeks, indiENGAGE intends to shine a light on a locally-owned business. Given our focus, many of these businesses will likely have a connection, direct or indirect to...
WARMfest Dispatch: Day 2
Day two of WARMfest served as the coming-out party for Joyful Noise Recordings, an Indianapolis record label that has established itself as a bona fide titan in the indie rock...
One time in NYC...
Early this year came the unexpected news that guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes will depart their roles as members of Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014. In a joint...
MFT :: Say hello to ByBye
Winter was harsh in Indianapolis, a fact that's easily forgotten given the mild, spring sunshine that culminated in one of the more beautiful Memorial Day weekends in recent...
The Homeless Cop's Beat
When Jason Fennell arrived at Bakersfield Mass Ave restaurant on a recent Friday afternoon, he wore a red St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, a flat-bill baseball cap with an orange...
REVIEW: Caleb McCoach - Songs From An Empty Shore
(Listen while you read!) Depression and loneliness are two rare words in the English language, definable only to those that have known their company. They manifest differently...
One Release at a Time: The Rise of Local Micro-Labels
More and more musicians are pressing independent releases these days. They're forking over their own cash to fund albums that would otherwise never have seen the light of day....
Indiana Music Archive: Phil Reavis
Earlier this year, I wrote about an oddball collection of experimental home recordings from a mid-1980s Muncie four-piece called Three Black Shoes. The group was an offshoot of...
Contra Addiction Exposed
Indy has a strange way of surprising me on a regular basis. Just when I think I have a clear notion of what our town is about, an unexplored facet of its personality surfaces....
The Good Ones Clothing Co. Builds Brand around Band
The Final Hurrahs MFT Page (Listen while you read) The lines that define acceptable use of creative property blurred long ago. In the years since the legal and public backlash...
EP IN A WEEKEND #4: Meta Monk
SmallBox and Musical Family Tree Present: (Listen while you read!) For EP in a Weekend #4, MFT founder Jeb Banner selected drummer Devon Ashley. Ashley then asked MFT's own Jon...
Interview: David Bower (Cooked Books, Resting Rooster, The Vegetables)
Introduction David Bower recently sat down to answer a few questions about the long, winding road that led to his latest musical endeavor, Cooked Books, and the release of the...
REVIEW: Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness Release Date - February 18, 2014 Burn Your Fire For No Witness opens with the understated, power chords of "Unfucktheworld." The song...
WARMfest: An Important Step for Indy's Music Scene
WARMfest Preview Playlist There's much to be excited about at the advent of the inaugural WARMfest this weekend in Broad Ripple Park. Proceeds from the festival will support the...
Preview: LISTEN LOCAL (Oreo Jones & Friends, Teenage Strange, No Coast)
This Friday brings the final installment of our Listen Local concert series at Broad Ripple Park. While the five previous shows have had their share of highlights, we're...

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