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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.

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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Interview with Mark Gemini Thwaite: “Working on Volumes, it certainly opened my eyes in that you don’t necessarily need to worry about a style.”

In the late 70s, a teenaged Mark Gemini Thwaite immersed himself into England’s two era-defining musical realms: heavy metal and punk rock—the latter of which peaked in popularity. But come the early to mid 80s, Thwaite, by then a prominent multi-genre guitarist, catalyzed a career overseeing the very best of …

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Album Review: Forecast Tomorrow – Hats, Gloves, and Grandfather Clocks

Australian progressive rockers Forecast Tomorrow have been shaking Sydney’s independent music scene since 2009. Each member has a solid credibility and distinction that firmly establishes the quartet’s identity. Founder Ryan “Fizz” Fitz-Henry integrates vapory reverb pads to enhance his piercing chord arrangements. Added to the mix is the precise rhythm …

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Album Review: Habu – Infinite

In late 2011, three friends—Andy Clarke (vocals, guitar), Alex Body (vocals, bass, synthesizers) and Alex Dunbar (drums)—formed Habu out of mutual respect for challenging yet accessible music. Eventually, Habu’s visibility in the UK progressive rock scene earned them slots alongside legends Uli Jon Roth, Elena Bonham and Arthur Brown. And …

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