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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.

Matthew Browning excels with haunting video for “Underneath The Willow Tree”

As early as toddlerhood, Matthew Browning developed his musical sensibilities through singing and piano. By the 90s, he would earn sizable acclaim collaborating with musicians around Memphis, Tennessee’s alternative scene, notably a pre-Skillet John L. Cooper. Now hailing from Colorado Springs, Browning’s scope of influence takes a progressive approach, with …

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Interview: Max Gerlock of Super Cassette

Recently, I reviewed “Better in Reverse,” the current single of California alt-rock quartet Super Cassette. Once the band shared my review, frontman Max Gerlock agreed to a follow-up interview. We discussed Max’s formative musical influences alongside identical twin brother/co-frontman Nick, their initial success with Super Cassette, the thematic intentions behind …

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The Motet comes to Jersey City on May 23 – Interview with Ryan Jalbert

Since 1998, Colorado’s The Motet has maintained their signature foundation of 70s-inspired jazz grooves with accents of punchy funk. The Denver-based septet strove through numerous incarnations, finding stability in 2016 by welcoming vocalist Lyle Divinsky and sax player Drew Sayers into the fold. This expansion proved noteworthy, as it was …

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Interview: Rilan

Rilan Roppolo is a Los Angeles-based singer, dancer, and actor best known for his tenure on season 6 of Glee. Having initially grown in the New Orleans theater scene as early as six years old, Roppolo would eventually take on an eclectic musical identity all his own. He debuted in …

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