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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: Life of Agony’s Mina Caputo talks River Runs Red, The Sound of Scars, band chemistry, and more

On October 12, 1993, veteran Brooklyn quartet Life of Agony released their seminal debut album, River Runs Red. The album’s sound contained elements of grunge, thrash, and hardcore – a combination that resonated strongly with alternative rock and metal fans alike. Coupled with a lyrical concept involving the motions of …

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Single Review: Dirty Snowman Society – “Taste of Heaven”

Colorado’s Dirty Snowman Society is an alternative rock band comprising singer-drummer Frank Costantini, lead guitarist Jonnie Law, rhythm guitarist Chris Todoroff, and bassist Patrick Linfante. Formed in 2017, The Copper Mountain quartet comes from a varied range of backgrounds, having held such established position as Emmy-winning TV director and best-selling …

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Interview: Macy Gray on her formative days, the essence of authentic singing, and more

For over two decades, Macy Gray has left an unmistakable imprint on the world of neo-soul. Her signature raspy, yet smooth vocal tonality has defined such classics as “I Try,” “Sweet Baby,” and “First Time,” all of which would ultimately contribute to her amassing 25 million sales worldwide. Gray’s new …

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Album Review: Lailien – Ensoular

Lailien functions as both the pseudonym and alter ego of Bradley Shubat. Based in Toronto, Canada, the composer, producer, and director initially developed his musical sensibilities through piano at age 5. Shubat’s influence scope throughout adolescence would further expand to include equal traces of alternative rock, jazz, electronica and pop, …

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