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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.

Interview: Mikei Gray of The Frst

The Frst (pronounced ‘first’) is a collaborative project led by singer/guitarist Mikei Gray, and supplemented by an all-star cast of touring musicians who have built acclaim within the past decade. Formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2017, Gray and company showcase an identity that combines throwback alternative influences with modern, punchy …

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EP Review: RIIV – All Night

Joseph Riverson is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, originally from Haiti and based in Connecticut. Under the artist name RIIV, Riverson has overcome numerous odds to make it in music, an effort that has steadily paid off since his initial pursuit back in 2015. Following the success of last year’s single, “Beautiful,” …

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Alt rock supergroup ‘The Coolies’ discuss formative days, debut EP, ALS research advocacy

The Coolies is an east coast-meets-west coast supergroup comprising Kim Shattuck, Melanie Vammen, and Palmyra Delran. The three are not only bonded friends but seasoned musicians from the 90s alternative rock era. Former Pandoras members Kim and Melanie broke through with The Muffs, earning critical acclaim with their 1993 self-titled …

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Interview: Publicist Angela Mastrogiacomo of Muddy Paw PR

Angela Mastrogiacomo is a writer, publicist, and public speaker based in Boston, Massachusetts. Mastrogiacomo initially catalyzed this skillset through her web publication, Infectious Magazine, which she established in 2009, and through her publicity firm, Muddy Paw PR, since 2013. Her specialties have grown to include DIY campaigning, artist pitching, community …

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