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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: Zierler – ESC (Out October 16)

At the pinnacle of musical proficiency, multi-faceted songwriter/keyboardist Finn Zierler makes a triumphant return. His latest project, simply titled Zierler, brings to life the aurally explosive orchestral backdrop by way of vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter, guitarist Per Nilsson, bassist Truls Hagan and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. All members, brought together from …

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EP Review: Northernmost – Pinedale (Out September 18)

Cambridge, Massachusetts newcomers Northernmost successfully demonstrated an unbound tenacity in their local scene. After the release of Culprit, the quintet kept expanding to show for their quick success. They’ve branded themselves as “Reverb Rock,” a style that combines the textural depth of dreampop with a post-grunge accessibility. It finds definite …

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Interview with RVLS: “We’re all here for the same goal; there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to get there together.”

Any band willing to make serious local noise should take cue from this promising quintet. Since their inception on Christmas Day less than two years ago, RVLS (Rivals) has worked relentlessly on the Los Angeles, California alternative circuit. Their consistent live presence, sponsor by Caught Alive Clothing, and release of …

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