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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: 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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Close Talker in New York, NY at Berlin on June 15

Canada’s Close Talker have amassed an underground following in a combinative force of gleaming hooks and a distinctly lo-fi foundation. Two weeks from now, the Saskatchewan-based outfit will have another stateside stop. They are to perform at Berlin alongside fellow indie rock trio, Del Water Gap, in support of their …

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Album Review: VA – Music For Everyone

Music For Everyone is an American Civil Liberties Union-sponsored project that could not be more relevant today. With comprisal input by John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday, Collective Confusion Records, as well as the Sub City non-profit, this compilation is full of unreleased—and all the more timely—material to stress personable …

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