Hugh Vandivier 
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Hugh Vandivier

Hugh Vandivier is an online editor for Angie’s List. He’s a proud alum and volunteer for Wabash College, holds an MSJ from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and was a board member and director of grassroots arts nonprofit Primary Colours. He also interviewed Indy native Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in 2002.

Recent Posts

  • Writing Wrongs

    While reading may be the secret to better writing, Hugh has found a singular literary education through reviewing others' work.
    • Oct 15, 2014
  • Recalling The Ban

    Hugh recalls his time last year holed up in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in support of banned and threatened books, and he tells of this year's Banned Books Week.
    • Sep 17, 2014
  • Inventive Incentives

    Hugh is happy to learn that there are others fighting to bring more film production to Indiana.
    • Sep 3, 2014
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    Recent Articles

  • Taming the Savageness of Man

    The Landmark for Peace Memorial honors the legacy of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and marks the site of a historic moment in Indianapolis history.
    • Apr 4, 2014
  • Recent Comments

    Re: “Taking a Chance to Shine

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Otis Gibbs is a Hoosier Treasure. I'm proud to say I know him and even prouder of the music he creates. I can't wait to see him on Friday singing honest songs for us.

    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 08/19/2014 at 5:57 PM

    Re: “Change Your Mind

    I was aware that I had put myself into a pop music bubble when I finally succumbed last summer and finally listened to Blurred Lines several weeks after it came out. On first listen, I realized why Robin Thicke was preemptively suing Marvin Gaye's family. Sometimes you can like a bubble.

    But, I completely agree about opening yourself up to discovery. I think I've always done it, from the time that I'd hear a Motown song on Moonlighting and would run down the street to the local record store to ask Mrs. Marquis about it. That next Tuesday, I'd stop in to buy the 45 I ordered.

    For quite a while now, I've been happy to stream great radio stations that unfortunately aren't in Indy to discover new music: first, WOXY and now KEXP.

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    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 08/13/2014 at 12:14 PM

    Re: “It's About Time

    It's most definitely a good problem to have. I'm gratified by the variety and quality of events here in this city. We did not have this problem years ago, and I think it's a nice growing pain to have.

    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 08/06/2014 at 1:21 PM

    Re: “Cover Me

    Right on the money, Ben.

    I, too, have long been fascinated by what makes a great cover. In my book, the best ones take a great song and make it their own, through the artist's own style. Hendrix' "Watchtower" has long been hailed as a prime example of this. But in light of Lou Reed's passing last week and with all due respect to his die-hard fans, I've long preferred the Cowboy Junkies slow-tempo haunting rendition of "Sweet Jane."

    Funny how many people, myself included, didn't realize that REM's "Superman" was a cover. And it took a tribute album of covers to introduce a lot of us to Victoria Williams.

    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 11/07/2013 at 11:25 AM

    Re: “Mix Master Dave

    I was so lucky to see the Avett Brothers blow the roof off the Monkey's Tale veranda in 2005. Dave's right, as usual. That was a killer performance.

    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 10/24/2013 at 2:07 PM

    Re: “Pay The Artist

    Ben, I wrestled with how best to present this issue because I see good exceptions everywhere.

    Your points are exactly what I had in the back of my mind when I wrote the piece. But I wanted to begin the discussion on a finer point.

    Tonic Ball is exactly not the event I had in mind when I wrote this piece. Why? Because of just the points you bring up. It's one of my favorite events in this city and a great example of a creative community coming together to donate their time and talent toward a great cause. The hard work of dedicated Second Helpings staff and volunteers attests to that.

    No, I'm drawing the distinction for those charities that don't incorporate artists in their efforts and fail to understand that "exposure" is not the reason why an artist will donate time and talent to a cause.

    My advice was for nonprofits to respect the artist and for artists to be discerning and give to the causes that fulfill them. Exactly your point.

    Am I somehow treating artists differently? Probably. But I don't see doctors or lawyers being asked to donate the same proportion of their livelihood toward pro bono work.

    I love your advice to artists. Our art indeed has value, and if we don't learn to value it, no one will.

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    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 10/16/2013 at 2:01 PM

    Re: “State of the Music II

    Going from your admonition not to sound like a curmudgeon, I don't see a lot of mutual support from the up-and-coming musicians. I see early acts jet as soon as they're done with their set rather than stick around, like I remember. There are good exceptions, of course. IMN was also a good unifying source. It's hard now because everything seems splintered. It's not until bands come together for great events like Tonic or Such a Night, that we're reminded of the sheer talent and selflessness of musicians in this town.

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    Posted by Hugh Vandivier on 08/14/2013 at 10:51 AM

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