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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.

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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Album Review: W.A.S.P. – Golgotha

A retrospective covering the Sunset Strip music scene of mid 1980s Los Angeles would feel incomplete without inclusion of W.A.S.P. Best known for such hits as “Wild Child,” “I Wanna Be Somebody,” and “L.O.V.E. Machine,” the band exuded an identity that kept them in a league all their own. While …

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Album Review: Zierler – ESC (Out October 16)

At the pinnacle of musical proficiency, multi-faceted songwriter/keyboardist Finn Zierler makes a triumphant return. His latest project, simply titled Zierler, brings to life the aurally explosive orchestral backdrop by way of vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter, guitarist Per Nilsson, bassist Truls Hagan and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. All members, brought together from …

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EP Review: Northernmost – Pinedale (Out September 18)

Cambridge, Massachusetts newcomers Northernmost successfully demonstrated an unbound tenacity in their local scene. After the release of Culprit, the quintet kept expanding to show for their quick success. They’ve branded themselves as “Reverb Rock,” a style that combines the textural depth of dreampop with a post-grunge accessibility. It finds definite …

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EP Review: Afterwards – Rage

Italy’s Afterwards proves that the confines of provincial living can be surpassed. Based in Thiene, a small town in proximity to Venice, the band was quick to make a name for themselves just two months after forming in fall 2013. All four members are pushing 20, which seems second nature …

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