Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rob Burgess - NUVO - Freelance Reporter and Photographer


Freelance Reporter and Photographer: December 2010 to May 2011

From December 2010 to May 2011, I was a freelance reporter and photographer for NUVO.

(I would later return to serve as News Editor from July 2018 to June 2019.)


  • 2011-04-13 – Record Store Day: the 411 on Local Events

As usual, LUNA, Vibes and Indy CD & Vinyl will throw our city's top Record Store Day parties. We gather together all the details and check in with our city's record vendors.

  • 2011-03-14 – Five Indy Mayors talk growth, Unigov, SB 590 [Online only]

Mayor Greg Ballard, Sen. Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson discussed the past, present and future of the city they all led.

  • 2011-02-09 – No Bueno: Statehouse tackles immigration

The American Dream could turn into a nightmare for many Indiana immigrants if two new bills currently winding their way through the Statehouse become law.

  • 2011-01-26 – Chartering Indiana’s education reform

Republicans have big plans for reforming Indiana's schools. But not everyone's convinced their ideas are best.

  • 2011-01-19 – Indiana Statehouse 2011: We’re screwed

Indiana Republicans have a socially conservative agenda in the Statehouse this year. Here are ten reasons Progressives should be worried. (I contributed to the introduction and wrote parts three, on education, and six, on redistricting.)

  • 2010-12-22 – Drawing the line on Gerrymandering

Through the years, public servants have invented several notably creative techniques to disenfranchise voters through gerrymandering. A new program looks to shine light on the age-old, shadowy practice.

Concert Reviews and Photo Slideshows

  • 2011-03-29 – Review: J Dilla Tribute at the Jazz Kitchen (w/slideshow and published photo)


Old Soul's annual tribute to the Detroit producer took place a little later than usual, postponed by Febuary's ice storm.

  • 2011-03-08 – Review: Shake Up & friends at the Irving (w/slideshow) [Online only]


Truly a full-service band, the Shake Ups handed out bags of chips halfway through a solid power-pop set.

  • 2011-02-14 – Review: Rocket Doll Revue and Shelby County Sinners at Radio Radio [Print only]

Burlesque troupe Rocket Doll Revue and three-piece, percussion-less Shelby County Sinners rocked Radio Radio.

  • 2011-02-14 – Review: The Kemps, Astro Fang at Rock Lobster


The Kemps, Astro Fang and John Rambo and the Vietnam Wars played Rock Lobster Thursday night. Astro Fang was great. And loud. Very, very loud.

  • 2011-01-25 – Review: Punk Rock Night (Jan. 22) (w/slideshow)


The Elky Summers, Neon Love Life and John Rambo played the Mel's intimate stage Saturday for another memorable Punk Rock Night.

  • 2011-01-25 – Review: Local rock at the Vogue


Local favorites the Max Allen Band, Borrow Tomorrow and Ladymoon took to The Vogue's capacious stage Friday heating things up on an otherwise freezing night.

Album Reviews

  • 2011-01-19 – Review: jj – Kills (mixtape) [Online only]

Swedish duo and Secretly Canadian act jj rework classic hip-hop on their "Kills" mixtape. The results are mostly successful, particularly when the source material is familiar.

  • 2011-01-19 – Review: Dark Matter Halos – Permanent Midnight

The local rock band gestures towards Morphine, The Who and Pink Floyd on their latest full-length, a boundlessly joyful affair.