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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: U-N-T – Y. Ni. Te.

U-N-T (pronounced “unity”) is a Canadian progressive rock trio based in Toronto. Staying true to their name, vocalist/guitarist Michael Scotta Delorme, bassist Marc-L Porter and drummer Rick Smith aim to bring together even the broadest of musical crowds. Their sound rightfully contains a bit of what could suffice everyone’s liking …

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The Woman Inside drops music video for single, “Attention Babe”

The Woman Inside, is a burgeoning German singer/songwriter based in Liepzig. Last Friday, he debuted his video accompaniment to “Attention Babe,” the carrier single off his self-titled follow up to 2014’s My Tears Are Waiting for You. A multi-instrumentalist, The Woman Inside’s style combines an alternative presentation (both visually and …

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Late Sea peaks in artistic presentation with “Hunter” music video

New York’s Late Sea have completed a massive undertaking that involved nearly two years of solidification. Last Thursday, the art rock collective’s accompanying video for “Hunter” marked the penultimate piece of the Writer’s Trilogy EP, which saw release back in late December. The combined product proves a wholly unique visual/audio …

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Single Review: Akash – “Text Me”

Akash is an emerging Indian-American artist from New Jersey. After releasing his debut album, Rooftop Vibes, last summer, “Text Me” gathered recognition from numerous underground hip hop publications, primarily on the basis of its hook factor. Lyrically, it’s sensible in that regard. A song that highlights the modern outcome of …

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Maggie Schneider drops empowering new single, “Chuck Bass”

Sporting classic girl-next-door charm and thoughtful lyrical wit, Maggie Schneider comes complementarily armed with suave pop guitar hooks and an earnest voice. The Atlanta, Georgia-based singer-songwriter is a writing major at Savannah College of Art & Design, having developed a solid foundation for her creative expression. Off her forthcoming Tinted …

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Top 10 Alternative Rock Picks of 2017

Despite its surprising recovery on a mainstream scale, 2017 proved another bittersweet year for rock, including the loss of both long-established and burgeoning talent. Nonetheless, the underground has not only kept rock’s presence afloat; it spreads through means that surpass the confines of traditional media, while reaching its listeners to …

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Interview: Russ Carrick

Russ Carrick delivers a signature combination of bright power pop hooks and dingy alternative textures. Strongly influenced by 80s and 90s indie rock, the Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter has successfully implemented this formula into two albums, the most recent being Tense Present, which saw release back in early October. I caught up …

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