Home / Jake Kussmaul

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: Lailien – TA-DA!

Back in 2019, Bradley “Lailien” Shubat’s debut double LP, Ensoular, received consistently warm reception from numerous outlets upon its release. Soon after, The Toronto, Canada-based indie artist had supplemented it with several videos for the album’s singles, both in conventional and lyric form, and would eventually provide pre-release singles to …

Read More »

Single Review: Galexi – Us and Them

Galexi is an emerging duo made up of Jo Alexis (“The Priestess”) and Alexander Johnson (“The Scientist”). Based in Portland, Oregon, the band combines an electronic-based foundation with avant-garde and progressive influences, primarily channeling such legendary acts Bjork, David Bowie, Massive Attack, and Pink Floyd. Following a steady single output …

Read More »

Interview: Steve ‘Skinny’ Felton from Mushroomhead discusses new album, A Wonderful Life

For over 25 years, Cleveland, Ohio’s Mushroomhead has maintained substantial critical acclaim in both mainstream and underground circles. The octet’s distinctive branding of alternative metal music with an avant-garde, mask-based live persona continues to resonate with fans worldwide and has carried them through eight albums that have accumulated over two …

Read More »

Interview: Louis Stein of Busty and the Bass discusses new single, “Out of Love (ft. Macy Gray)”

Busty and the Bass is a Canadian octet based in Montreal, Quebec. With an initial pair of R&B and funk-inspired EPs (2015’s Glam and 2016’s Lift) and a follow up full-length (2017’s Uncommon Good), the band punctuated their output by way of high-profile musical guest features, as well as festival …

Read More »

EP Review: Terry Blade – Misery

Terry Blade is an R&B and soul singer from Chicago, Illinois. Blade’s songs may primarily highlight issues among the black and queer demographics, but his raw, unpolished emotion resonates universally. Back in late March, his debut single, “The Unloveable,” was certified gold via DistributeKings.com, having accumulated over 500 thousand combined …

Read More »

Interview: Stay Over discusses new single, “Happy”

Stay Over is an emerging indie rock artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alongside producers Robbie Winward and Cisco Adler, his artistic pursuit is associated with Cocoon Malibu, an organization uniting multiple industries in tandem with music, including visual arts, videography, and recording. Off the strength of debut single “Breaking Glass,” and …

Read More »