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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.

Zeitgeist release music video for ‘Vacuums’ lead single, “The Brightest Stars Leave The Blackest Holes”

For anyone who’d spent their formative years laboriously dedicated to 16-bit action games, Zeitgeist proves an exceptional music backdrop. The Leeds, England trio crafts what they call Final Boss music, which comprises a combinative synth-on-guitar foundation bolstered by thunderous, adrenaline-shooting drums. Their most recent release, Vacuums is marked by considerable …

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Album Review: Shadow Brother – Delta of Time

In Memphis, Tennessee’s alternative scene, Jeff Schmidtke and brothers Toby and Jake Vest worked to magnify their artistic stature for well over a decade. This all comes into perspective, starting with the burgeoning success of their first band, Augustine, as far back as 2003. Progressing through a multitude of projects, …

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EP Review: Alastor – Black Magic (Out March 24)

If informative, story-driven EPKs have become the primary method for garnering traction, then let Swedish doom connoisseurs Alastor defy that practice. Little is disclosed about the quartet. “H” and “J” comprise the guitar work, while singer/bassist “R” and drummer “S” keep the back beat. To top it off, Alastor’s mere …

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Album Review: Steven J. Vertun – Ghost, Shadow and Sun

The musical journey of singer-songwriter Steven J. Vertun is a fine one to behold. As a 5-year-old, Vertun’s behavioral difficulties had his parents strapped for solutions. Eventually, an accordion proved to be—among all descriptors—instrumental. While it did little in providing Vertun tranquility, it ultimately fostered a musical proclivity that transitioned …

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Interview: Chris Mclelland of Nominee on ‘Drag Me Out,’ coping with bipolar disorder

At the forefront of modern post-hardcore, Nominee stands undeterred. The Texas-based band incorporates bare-bones alternative grit with dark thematic sensibilities, both elements utilized in a surprisingly uplifting pace. Their most recent release is Drag Me Out, a conceptual EP centering around front man Chris Mclelland’s temerity amidst a crippling bipolar …

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