Great review of the music dude, but the Indiana part really bums me out. Though I'm not sure where you lived, I can guarantee you weren't searching hard enough for the music. Its commonly accepted that NWI (northwest Indiana) is far different from the rest of the state, and there has always been a strong DIY/punk scene and presence there.
However, the rest of the state is loaded too! In your ten years you would have had Saints Never Surrender in Ft. Wayne, Away with Vega and Rodeo Ruby Love in Marion/Grant County (my home), In the Face of War (close friends of Native) in Kokomo, husband&wife in Bloomington, and even Mock Orange at some points down south. Keep in mind that these are only the "leader" bands of the scenes I'm most familiar with here. I left out Indianapolis intentionally, because there has been and continues to be a wonderful music community there for all genres.
As a musician who has played in bands for a third of my life, it is so disheartening to see my home state dismissed as backwards and not worth a second look. Our music scenes may not be as booming or high profile as the ones in neighboring or eastern states, but there is still a ton of talent here. The three bands from Indiana that have gotten notice in this community in recent years all share members and are from NWI. It would be nice to see the whole state looked at a bit more - there may not be a lot of us, but we always try to give as much thanks as we can when bands tour through the Midwest and decide not to go over (or under) us.
oh there are definitely a handful of good to great bands that have emerged from Indiana - I'm not knocking that, I'm talking more about the people and just from the areas I was from (high school 2001-2004 in Indianapolis and then Muncie for the next five years) no one gave a shit about any of that and it didn't thrive in those areas. Indianapolis during that period had a really shitty tough guy bro hardcore/metalcore scene going on that I despised.
Indiana is a great place to live for a music nerd. Perhaps Muncie isn't (I know this is where you lived), but Indianapolis and Bloomington are exceptional and NWI (Grown Ups, Like Bats, Away With Vega (a band that would without a doubt be on Run For Cover if they were still around today), Lion of the North, Rodeo Ruby Love, etc...) and other scattered spots (Grey Gordon, The Wickerwolves, and Parasitic Twins in Fort Wayne and In The Face of War from Kokomo) have had/currently have some nice things going on as well.
Indianapolis has had solid shows for the past decade since I've been going spanning multiple genres. You say there is no semblance of a music scene, but I can tell you that you are totally wrong. The DIY pop punk/hardcore/emo scenes have been strong here for some time at venues of the past like the dojo (1 and 2), the ESJ, and the 1511 and halloween houses, and currently at the hoosier dome. There also is never a shortage of shows at bigger venues.. Indianapolis has also produced plenty of solid bands in the past decade, though admittedly most of them come and go and do not last long, but I will simply name one: Margot and the Nuclear So and So's. I wont even go into Bloomington, but just know there have been plenty of bands like husband&wife from there worth mentioning and during the four years I spent there the music scene was very much alive.
I'm sorry that you lived in Muncie where nothing was happening. If you had lived in Indy or Bloomington I think you'd have a much different outlook on the music scene in Indiana...
Edit: just read the comments. Still disagree about no one giving a shit and it not thriving. Maybe we are talking about different times, I can't speak a ton on 01-04, but more 06-now
it's funny what you mentioned in your edit, because I lived in Indy (or moreso went to high school in Indy) from 01-04 and then I was in Muncie for the next 5 years, so that's probably why my view is skewed to the way I have it. If I would have known more people like you during those five years maybe my views would have been different haha