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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.

Chandler Juliet returns with new single and music video, “Don’t Miss You”

Award-winning singer-songwriter Chandler Juliet is back with a follow-up single entitled “Don’t Miss You”. Juliet’s single dropped on iTunes Thursday, August 18. The song has a slightly more rock-oriented sound while maintaining the pop sensibilities of her earlier material. It was co-written by Dean Dinning of Toad the Wet Sprocket, …

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Album Review: Alien Skin – European Electronic Cinema (Out September 2)

Alien Skin is the moniker of Australian singer-keyboardist George Pappas. Originally part of the mid-90s incarnation of famed new wave outfit Real Life, Pappas sought to channel that decade’s experimental aesthetic. In 2008, he accomplished just that. His solo sound is described as a ‘cinematic’ and ‘liquid’ brand of electronic …

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EP Review: Lightscape – For Present, For Past (Out September 2)

Last year, Norwich, England’s Lightscape debuted with a competent blend of alternative riffing and progressive textures. Within a relatively short span, assiduous work and tenacity would reward them considerably. The quintet went on earning large-scale exposure, having opened for acclaimed post-hardcore act Lonely the Brave as well as appearing on …

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Interview with Andrew Shapiro – “The only way to impress other people is to impress yourself first.”

New York City’s Andrew Shapiro is a unique musical breed: classically trained with a knack for self-taught spontaneity. Large-scale publications, namely the New Yorker and ABC News, were quick to catch onto his artistic sensibilities. To date, the Brooklyn-based singer/composer has released six full-length albums and three EPs. As a …

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Album Review: Courtesy Tier – Everyone’s OK (Out August 12)

Brooklyn’s Courtesy Tier comes from diverse walks of life, each member sincerely channeling their formative grounds. According to their press release, frontman Omer Leibovitz’s microtonal singing and rhythmically Jewish guitar style come directly from his Israel upbringing. Kentucky-born, Florida-raised bassist Alex Picca complements Leibovitz with close, southern-tinged harmonies. To solidify …

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