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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 with Izzy Gliksberg of Late Sea on the launch of audio/visual EP, The Writer’s Trilogy

Late Sea is a burgeoning art rock trio based in Manhattan, New York. Much like the city itself, the band is also a multicultural entity. Singer-guitarist/pianist Izzy Gliksberg hails from Israel, synthesist/trumpeter Sam Nester from Australia, and drummer Joe Peri from the USA. Nearly two years ago, the band conceptualized …

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Interview with Jimmy Reeves of Sunndrug

Yesterday, Virginia Beach quintet Sunndrug released their debut album, Exit Wounds. Fans may recognize three of the band’s personnel—Jimmy Reeves, Chris Raines and Matt Beck—all of whom originated in Spitfire, a metalcore outfit popular at the start of the millennium. Sunndrug, by contrast, is a less stringent rock variant, bolstering …

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Interview with Kenny Dubman

After a lapse of non-musical endeavors, veteran New Jersey guitarist Kenny Dubman released his debut solo album, Reckless Abandon. The album effectively channels Dubman’s roots—a hearty amalgamation of 70s-tinged hard rock—while celebrating his newfound inspiration. Its presentation comes off as a rarity in today’s modern rock climate, a majority of …

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EP Review: Jaxon – Wildwest

Jaxon Howden is a New Zealand-born, Texas-raised singer-songwriter and producer currently based in Los Angeles. He has released numerous singles within a two-year span, “4 My” proving most popular. While his material normally panders to hip hop and R&B crowds, he frequently adds guitar into the mix. The guitar takes …

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Album Review: RavenEye – NOVA

Since 2014, RavenEye has established an identity amassing pure, unadulterated hard rock. Its members are already mainstays on the UK circuit, further resonating within the general Eastern European scape. The Milton Keynes trio of singer-guitarist Oli Brown, bassist Aaron Spiers and drummer Adam Breeze cements a foundation of individual successes. …

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Interview with Molly Portier of Blonde Roses on the Premier of “Bullet” Music Video

After nearly a decade together, the Wooden Wings have rechristened themselves as Blonde Roses. This provided the group clearer career focus, their new single, “Bullet,” representing the transition. And now, vocalist Molly Portier, guitarist Harold Rosenburg, bassist Albert Moliere, and drummer Anthony Mikhael have begun a new chapter. “Bullet” made …

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