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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.

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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Dan Black Drops New Video, “Farewell” ft. Kelis

Singer/producer Dan Black recently unveiled “Farewell,” the leading single off his to-be-released Do Not Revenge album (slated for June 6). By itself, the song aptly highlights his ultimately flowing collaborative approach with fellow popstar Kelis. The writing process exhibits an interesting evolution. As Black notes, both artists were undergoing transformative …

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