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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.

EP Review: Via the Verge – S/T

Norman and Tulsa-based Via the Verge is a collective of progressive musicians who not only do what they love, but strive to impact and inspire. Initially formed as an instrumental trio in 2013, the Oklahoma band has become a full-fledged quintet by the addition of vocalist Joseph Kelm and second …

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Interview with Steve “Lips” Kudlow of Anvil: “…If you measure life on the people you meet, the places you go, and your experiences, I’m a billionaire!”

Once you begin listening to Anvil, you’ll never look back. Their initial 80s output—Hard ‘n’ Heavy (1981), Metal on Metal (1982), and Forged in Fire (1983) — is essential to thrash’s expansion worldwide. Subsequent releases will leave you equally shocked as to why the band’s credibility has only recently been …

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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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