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Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it’s best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

Album Review: Deuce – Invincible

After interviewing singer-songwriter/rapper Deuce, I decided to delve further into his follow-up solo album, Invincible. Three singles from the album, “Here I Come,” “Bitch This Is It,” and “World On Fire,” each exhibit a distinctive hybrid of hip-hop and rock. Alone, they continue the growth from Deuce’s previous efforts with …

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Interview: Jes De Hoyos (Sons of Texas)

Sons of Texas have taken their brand of southern metal to greater levels of sonic potential. Armed with a five-man lineup (vocalist Mark Morales, guitarists Jes De Hoyos and Jon Olivares, bassist Nick Villarreal and brother Mike on drums), the McAllen outfit implements newly seasoned live dynamics onto an already …

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Interview: Jon-Mikl Thor

Last week, my review of Thor’s latest album, Beyond The Pain Barrier, was shared by the man himself. I’d reached out to Thor via Facebook, and not only did he enjoy the review; he’d also accepted my proposal for a follow-up interview, thus making what’s presented here possible. Having initially …

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Interview: Drew Forsberg of The Persian Leaps

The Persian Leaps encompass a journey of patience and humility, but among any contending descriptor, persistence. Their mastermind, singer-guitarist Drew Forsberg, scribbled the phrase down in his Greek Archaeology notebook, simply hoping to one day write music under that name. Some 20 years later, Forsberg finally realized a band permutation …

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Tom Petty confirmed dead at 66

Tom Petty, a multiplatinum singer-songwriter whose career spanned over four decades, had been unconscious in full cardiac arrest since early Tuesday morning. After initial reports leaked of Petty’s exhibiting zero brain activity while on life support, he was presumed dead by multiple news outlets. However, his death was officially confirmed …

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