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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.

Single Review: Zachary Toigo – “Miloš”

Zachary Toigo is a Canadian singer/songwriter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Debuting in 2014 with the crunchy, atmospheric post-punk edge of Leafyleeks, Toigo’s music has since undergone tremendous growth. His 2018 follow-up, Mmm…, would break down the initial alternative foundation, this time putting emphasis on longer, progressive pieces that combined …

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Single Review: Phillip Gilchrist – “Song on the Radio”

Phillip Gilchrist is a South Carolina-based singer/songwriter. Following the success of his 2019 debut EP, Mixed Emotions, Gilchrist continues to steadily mark 2020 with an output of several singles. His latest release is “Song on the Radio,” which continues his signature sound of somber-tinged, romanticized thematic angles with contrastingly upbeat, …

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Interview: Ed Sweet of Electric Sol discusses new single, “I Think I’m Falling”

Electric Sol is a project that combines retro funk and dance foundations with contemporary production and personable, relationship-based insight. Originally founded in 2016 as a solo effort by Phoenix, Arizona-based singer/songwriter Ed Sweet, the concept gradually grew into a band, which left its initial imprint with a fittingly nostalgic eponymous …

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Interview: Angel Ascencio of Dirty White Shoes discusses new single, “One More Night”

Last year, singer/songwriter Angel Ascencio founded Dirty White Shoes, a Portland, Oregon-based project characterized by its distinct electronic pop rock foundation and retro visual aesthetics. To date, the band has released five singles, their latest being “One More Night,” which came out in late July. I caught up with Ascencio, …

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