The Media School

Bloomington’s independent music community is as vibrant as ever

April 19th, 2018

When Eric Deines chose to attend Purdue University to study psychology, he assumed his college experience would be the same no matter where he went to school. He’d always loved music and assumed Lafayette and Bloomington had similar scenes. It wasn’t until his freshman year that he realized his mistake.

“What I did figure out pretty soon is that like, ‘Holy shit, Bloomington is where all the good music goes,’” he said. “That’s when I was just so mad at what school (I chose).”

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Elijah Pouges brings experimental hip-hop to the Culture Shock stage

March 29th, 2018

Elijah Pouges’ music defies categorization. It’s dreamy, mellow and abstract, and at a deeper level it’s emotional, complex and organized. A 21-year-old Media School senior at IU, he channels his hometown of Indianapolis, classical training and favorite artists to create his unique brand of hip-hop.

Pouges, who goes by the stage name “brz” (pronounced “breeze”), describes his music in simpler terms.

“(It’s) sad, black-boy millennial music,” he says with a smirk.

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Interviewing strangers: plan ahead

March 27th, 2018

The most important thing that I learned from conducting random interviews for a person on the street story about the influence of rap music on its listeners, is that you must plan for everything. Poor weather, non-complying potential interview subjects and unexpected technical difficulties are all not only possible, but likely when conducting interviews on the street.

The only real way to combat these issues is to plan ahead. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way.

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Bloomington residents express concern, hope about rap music’s message

March 1st, 2018

The belief that rap music has a negative influence on its fans is true but may be changing, according to Bloomington residents. In random interviews at Wells Library on Feb. 14 and 15, residents expressed concern over rap musicians glorifying drug use.

“It’s almost like a ‘sex sells’ kind of thing,” said Zach Sapita, a 19-year-old from Dayton. “People are attracted to doing stupid stuff that has negative consequences, but (take an) ‘I don’t really care’ kind of vibe.”

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On the Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 15th, 2018


An uptick in overdoses among rappers has opened many artists’ eyes to the “dark mental storm” of drug abuse that has haunted popular music for generations. Rappers Logic and Vic Mensa are destigmatizing mental illness and drug addiction and selling records in the process.

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Bio: Keller Masnyk

Keller Masnyk
Keller Masnyk is a junior at Indiana University, where he majors in journalism with a concentration in digital journalism and a minor in German. In addition to his writing, Keller is working hard to hone his skills as a photographer. He is passionate about traveling, the outdoors and sports, and these make up some of his favorite subjects to write about and photograph. Keller is very active on campus and holds leadership positions in Indiana University Dance Marathon as well as the Zeta chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. He enjoys spending leisure time playing tennis, going for a hike or relaxing with his guitar.