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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: Odyssey – Voids (Out February 5)

Spokane, Washington’s Odyssey came together for one simple purpose: to create instrumental music that is not only progressive, but identifiable and able to elicit maximum listener response. True to their mission, they succeeded. The prog trio is pushing their first decade together with a total of five releases under their …

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Top 10 Indie rock releases of 2015

2015 surely had plenty of indie rock artists around the globe making big noise through social media. Whether they belong to any of the genre’s myriad varieties—dreamy, grungy, folky, jangly, or anything in between—these artists simply deliver what the mainstream fails to offer. Since I’ve started reviewing new music, I …

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Album Review: Art of Dying – Rise Up

After proving competent in a low-key acoustic register with 2012’s Let the Fire Burn, Art of Dying is back in full rock n’ roll glory. Just last week, the Vancouver alternative quintet released Rise Up, their latest and most ambitious album to date. Fans have eagerly anticipated this album for …

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Interview with Kylle Reece of Demon in Me: “If you’re in a band, keep going; believe in it; it’s worth it.”

Earlier this month, 22-year-old singer-songwriter Kylle Reece released “Sink or Swim,” the latest single from his most recent project, a hard-edged alternative rock quintet known as Demon in Me. The song has earned the band solid reception upon its release, its elegiac and heartrending lyrical content resonating with countless listeners. …

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EP Review: Ummagma – Frequency (Out November 13)

While I’m a decent fan of modern shoegaze music, no act has intrigued me quite like Ummagma. The multi-faceted husband/wife team of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov formed 2003 in Moscow. Even through their relocating to two starkly contrasting countries—McLarnon in genial Canada, Kretov in war-bound Ukraine—the two sustained activity …

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Album Review: Soulidium – Awaken

Musical climates commonly experience drastic change every four years. For some bands, such a span may bring them certain prosperity and commercial success. For others, it can prove to be a time of uncertainty—an obligation to conform or risk fizzling out. But in the case of Tampa, Florida quartet Soulidium, …

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Fear Mint Vol. 2 Slated For Release on October 30

The latest in the Fear Mint split series features contributions by Anthony Jay Sanders (The Island of Misfit Toys) and Cameron Boucher (Old Gray, Sorority Noise). Accordingly, both artists express candid anecdotes of their experiences with that inexplicable force of silent destruction: fear. While the contrasts of the previous EP …

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