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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.

Maggie Schneider drops empowering new single, “Chuck Bass”

Sporting classic girl-next-door charm and thoughtful lyrical wit, Maggie Schneider comes complementarily armed with suave pop guitar hooks and an earnest voice. The Atlanta, Georgia-based singer-songwriter is a writing major at Savannah College of Art & Design, having developed a solid foundation for her creative expression. Off her forthcoming Tinted …

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Top 10 Alternative Rock Picks of 2017

Despite its surprising recovery on a mainstream scale, 2017 proved another bittersweet year for rock, including the loss of both long-established and burgeoning talent. Nonetheless, the underground has not only kept rock’s presence afloat; it spreads through means that surpass the confines of traditional media, while reaching its listeners to …

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Interview: Russ Carrick

Russ Carrick delivers a signature combination of bright power pop hooks and dingy alternative textures. Strongly influenced by 80s and 90s indie rock, the Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter has successfully implemented this formula into two albums, the most recent being Tense Present, which saw release back in early October. I caught up …

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Album Review: Deuce – Invincible

After interviewing singer-songwriter/rapper Deuce, I decided to delve further into his follow-up solo album, Invincible. Three singles from the album, “Here I Come,” “Bitch This Is It,” and “World On Fire,” each exhibit a distinctive hybrid of hip-hop and rock. Alone, they continue the growth from Deuce’s previous efforts with …

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Saxon unveil music video for new single, “Thunderbolt”

Platinum-selling British metallers Saxon have recently released “Thunderbolt,” the carrier song off their forthcoming album of the same name, which hits stores February 2, 2018. The album, which comes three years after the release of the band’s critically-praised Battering Ram. Last Friday, an accompanying music video for “Thunderbolt” finally saw …

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