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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: Jorn – Heavy Rock Radio

For over two decades, Norwegian metal veteran Jorn Lande has sustained a reputation with his soaring vocal abilities. Whether adeptly showcased through formative tenures (the promising Vagabond, the global-reaching Masterplan) or his extensive solo output with the eponymous Jorn band, ultimately, the sound remains the same. Anything featuring Lande has …

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Interview with Mark Gemini Thwaite: “Working on Volumes, it certainly opened my eyes in that you don’t necessarily need to worry about a style.”

In the late 70s, a teenaged Mark Gemini Thwaite immersed himself into England’s two era-defining musical realms: heavy metal and punk rock—the latter of which peaked in popularity. But come the early to mid 80s, Thwaite, by then a prominent multi-genre guitarist, catalyzed a career overseeing the very best of …

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Album Review: Forecast Tomorrow – Hats, Gloves, and Grandfather Clocks

Australian progressive rockers Forecast Tomorrow have been shaking Sydney’s independent music scene since 2009. Each member has a solid credibility and distinction that firmly establishes the quartet’s identity. Founder Ryan “Fizz” Fitz-Henry integrates vapory reverb pads to enhance his piercing chord arrangements. Added to the mix is the precise rhythm …

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Album Review: Habu – Infinite

In late 2011, three friends—Andy Clarke (vocals, guitar), Alex Body (vocals, bass, synthesizers) and Alex Dunbar (drums)—formed Habu out of mutual respect for challenging yet accessible music. Eventually, Habu’s visibility in the UK progressive rock scene earned them slots alongside legends Uli Jon Roth, Elena Bonham and Arthur Brown. And …

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EP Review: Bleeker – S/T

Toronto, Ontario has quite a history of breeding bands that keep to their values amidst success. For alternative quartet Bleeker (formerly Bleeker Ridge), the pursuit of music is a joyride—a consistent streak of high times, monster performances, and artistic progression that isn’t bound to end anytime soon. Regarding their career …

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Album Review: Vaudeville Etiquette – Aura Vista Motel (Out May 6)

Vaudeville Etiquette puts a refreshingly Northwestern spin on rock and roll, offering something beyond its contemporary strum-by-numbers permutation. The self-described psych-folk/americana quintet’s home atmosphere of Seattle, Washington has indeed worked in their favor. While the city has long garnered an unusual reputation for its lack of proximity, its rain tendencies …

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Album Review: Algorithm – Brute Force

26-year old guitarist/producer Remi Gallego has become fast-known for his innovative electro sound: the best of progressive metal based in all-out computer frenzy. Under the name the Algorithm, Gallego earned a heaping of credibility by way of festival performance (United Kingdom’s Download and Australia’s Big Day Out), and through numerous …

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Album Review: The Drones – Feelin’ Kinda Free

Australian alterna-champs The Drones have returned in a league that shatters any stylistic boundaries in all of music. Vastly expanding since their 2000 debut in Perth’s isolated but rich underground, the Melbourne-based quartet ceases to look back. I’d consider their aesthetics in the vein of AC/DC: they’ve bordered the simplicities …

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