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Selby Rodriguez

A Wisconsinite adjusting to life on the East Coast. Lover of music, mother of cats, and avid drinker of beer.

Interview: Christie Oakes/Bella D

In two short weeks, Bella D is set to transcend her dystopian, steam/cyberpunk world with a performance at NYC’s Carroll Place alongside drummer, Charlie Zeleny (DRMAGN). The brainchild of Christie Oakes, The Crystal Ceiling (out May 13th) weaves Bella D’s story of perseverance in a hostile world. Once escaped from …

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Album Review: Mindshift – Horizon

Composed of guitarist, Johan Lund; vocalist, Marcus ‘Mao’ Uggla; and drummer, Fabien ‘Fabz’ Perreau; Mindshift released their second full-length album on April 29th via Eclipse Records. Consisting of 15 brutal tracks, Horizon is a mixture of melodic metal and metalcore—pairing quite well with the album’s theme. As Mao explains in …

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Album Review: Nemesea – Uprising

Dutch trio, Nemesea is known for not being afraid of playing with their sound. Their latest release, Uprise (out April 29th via Napalm Records) is no exception. Only in this iteration, the band takes their distinct blend of alternative rock/electronica—first introduced in 2007’s In Control and then mastered in 2011’s …

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Interview: Tom Keifer

It’s not often that one gets to speak with the man whose band’s ballads used to rock her to sleep as they played late at night on the local ‘80s radio station. And yet, here I found myself wondering what Tom Keifer (Cinderella’s vocalist and now solo artist) would be …

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Interview: Falco from Wicked Maraya

It’s surprising how easily a perfectly executed guitar riff can transport listeners back through time. Wicked Maraya does just that with their track, “Sound of Evil”—evoking not only the imagery of a rugged heavy metal band, but also the feel of a dimly lit, slightly hazy club. The tiniest wisp …

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Interview: Otep

Defying definition, Otep Shamaya is a multi-faceted creature known as much for her lyrical tongue and fierce growls, as for her outspoken personality and willingness to defend her beliefs on today’s politics, LGBTQ+ rights, moral veganism, and more. Music Existence was able to connect with Shamaya via Skype before she …

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