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Album Review: Jim Gatti – For Mom and Dad

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Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Jim Gatti successfully melds a common link between alternative and progressive rock realms. Hailing from New Jersey, the Dumont native self-produces his material, and is an instructor of guitar, piano, and bass at his self-run JG Music School, located in Ridgewood. A simple surface listen to either his music …

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Interview with Kenny Dubman

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After a lapse of non-musical endeavors, veteran New Jersey guitarist Kenny Dubman released his debut solo album, Reckless Abandon. The album effectively channels Dubman’s roots—a hearty amalgamation of 70s-tinged hard rock—while celebrating his newfound inspiration. Its presentation comes off as a rarity in today’s modern rock climate, a majority of …

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Interview with Seth Dunshee of Foreign Figures

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Yesterday, Orem, Utah’s Foreign Figures began their Force of Nature Tour in support of their debut album, Paradigm. The tour resumes October 21, continuing along southern and Midwestern soil before wrapping with a hometown show. I had the pleasure of corresponding with the band’s bassist, Seth Dunshee, who provided ample …

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EP Review: Jaxon – Wildwest

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Jaxon Howden is a New Zealand-born, Texas-raised singer-songwriter and producer currently based in Los Angeles. He has released numerous singles within a two-year span, “4 My” proving most popular. While his material normally panders to hip hop and R&B crowds, he frequently adds guitar into the mix. The guitar takes …

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Album Review: RavenEye – NOVA

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Since 2014, RavenEye has established an identity amassing pure, unadulterated hard rock. Its members are already mainstays on the UK circuit, further resonating within the general Eastern European scape. The Milton Keynes trio of singer-guitarist Oli Brown, bassist Aaron Spiers and drummer Adam Breeze cements a foundation of individual successes. …

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Single Review: Gentlemen Jackals – Hold My Body

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In mid-2015, Gentlemen Jackals was formed by singer-guitarist Mark Wilson, second guitarist Craig McMahon, bassist-singer Scott Thomson and drummer Douglas Harden. The Dunfermline-bred quartet has since generated a buzz in the country’s capital, as well as Edinburgh and Fife, having crafted a distinctive musical identity. It is described by the …

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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.”

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

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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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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!”

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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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