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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: Quist – Trigger

Danish instro-rock guitar virtuoso Jacob Quistgaard is spreading his signature sound around the world. Having picked up the six-string as a child, Quistgaard worked to develop a competent skillset by adolescence once moving to the UK. He then furthered his craft in the Royal Music Academy, under the tutelage of …

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Lifehouse & Switchfoot live in Asbury Park, NJ August 10: Interview with Lifehouse’s Bryce Soderberg and Jason Wade

Lifehouse have held a strong footing amidst the variable success of current mainstream rock. The band is best known for their accessible blend of post-grunge and pop, which defines such classics as “Hanging by A Moment,” “Spin,” and “You And Me,” along with modern gems “All In” and “Hurricane.” 17 …

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Album Review: Dan Croll – Emerging Adulthood

Liverpool, England singer-songwriter Dan Croll experienced honest-to-goodness success within a relatively short span of his music career. The release of his 2014 major label debut, Sweet Disarray, was followed by an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and, despite variable reception, a still-respectable #12 spot on Billboard’s US Top Heatseekers Albums chart. …

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Album Review: Dishwalla – Juniper Road

In preparation for my seeing Dishwalla perform at the Paramount later this month, I’ve decided to give their latest album, Juniper Road, a well-deserved go. For reference, their previous eponymously-titled album fared decently, nearly breaking the top 10 on the US Indie charts. This is representative of a steady trend, …

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Album Review: Edward Rogers – TV Generation

Edward Rogers’ career progression melds substantial poignancy with matching diligence. The Birmingham-bred Englishman initially honed his musical chops on drums, playing in various garage bands upon moving to New York City. However, a subway accident in 1985 left him without a right arm and right leg below the knee. This …

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Misery Signals ‘Yesterday Was Everything’ Documentary Out Now – Interview with Ryan Morgan

Misery Signals have long proven an upstanding force in the North American metalcore underground. Formed in 2002, the American-Canadian quintet continually amasses dedicated fans through a successful approach – a heavily melodic foundation featuring unorthodox rhythm changes and breakdowns, bolstered by a four-album-strong referential output and consistent touring presence. Today …

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Album Review: Lea Porcelain – Hymns to the Night

German post-punkers Lea Porcelain comprise a foundation on which Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus closely collaborate. Initially a long-distance project bolstered by the merit of two fruitful solo careers, the Frankfurt duo’s chemistry felt all the more solid. In fact, mere hours into their first ever in-person recording session, they …

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