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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: Drew Forsberg of The Persian Leaps

The Persian Leaps encompass a journey of patience and humility, but among any contending descriptor, persistence. Their mastermind, singer-guitarist Drew Forsberg, scribbled the phrase down in his Greek Archaeology notebook, simply hoping to one day write music under that name. Some 20 years later, Forsberg finally realized a band permutation …

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Tom Petty confirmed dead at 66

Tom Petty, a multiplatinum singer-songwriter whose career spanned over four decades, had been unconscious in full cardiac arrest since early Tuesday morning. After initial reports leaked of Petty’s exhibiting zero brain activity while on life support, he was presumed dead by multiple news outlets. However, his death was officially confirmed …

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Charles Bradley: Budding Soul Icon (1948-2017)

This past Saturday, Charles Bradley, often dubbed the Screaming Eagle of Soul, had lost an otherwise optimistic, year-long battle against stomach cancer. The Gainesville-bred, Brooklyn-based singer was 68 years old, having achieved a belated, yet well-deserved ride of success since his 2010 career acclaim. Back in May, a revitalized Bradley …

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Interview: Leigh Celent of Castle Black

Castle Black’s dense riff sequences and contrasting harmonic structures prove a competent force to take in. Based out of Brooklyn, New York, the alt rock trio comprises vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent, bassist Lisa Low and drummer Matthew Bronner. In a relatively short span, they have already received critical acclaim from such …

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The Man Who Carried Cash – Author Julie Chadwick Discusses Creation Process Behind Her Unique Narrative

Back in May, Canadian author Julie Chadwick published The Man Who Carried Cash: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and the Making of An American Icon. Having obtained personal material from Saul’s son, Jonathan, Chadwick constructs a poignant account of the cycle-strewn—but wholly enduring—relationship between country superstar Johnny Cash, and Saul Holiff, …

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Interview: Brendan Frey of Hostile Array

This past March, brothers Brendan and Garrison Frey, Hector Fernandez, Fredy Menjivar and Andrew Markle continued their journey under the name Hostile Array. The Maryland metalcore quintet had previously built a following while called My Ransomed Soul. Their 2015 sophomore album, Trilateral, reached especial acclaim for its straightforward progressions, grim …

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Album Review: Quist – Trigger

Danish instro-rock guitar virtuoso Jacob Quistgaard is spreading his signature sound around the world. Having picked up the six-string as a child, Quistgaard worked to develop a competent skillset by adolescence once moving to the UK. He then furthered his craft in the Royal Music Academy, under the tutelage of …

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