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Interview: Drew Forsberg of The Persian Leaps

The Persian Leaps encompass a journey of patience and humility, but among any contending descriptor, persistence. Their mastermind, singer-guitarist Drew Forsberg, scribbled the phrase down in his Greek Archaeology notebook, simply hoping to one day write music under that name. Some 20 years later, Forsberg finally realized a band permutation …

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Charles Bradley: Budding Soul Icon (1948-2017)

This past Saturday, Charles Bradley, often dubbed the Screaming Eagle of Soul, had lost an otherwise optimistic, year-long battle against stomach cancer. The Gainesville-bred, Brooklyn-based singer was 68 years old, having achieved a belated, yet well-deserved ride of success since his 2010 career acclaim. Back in May, a revitalized Bradley …

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Interview: Leigh Celent of Castle Black

Castle Black’s dense riff sequences and contrasting harmonic structures prove a competent force to take in. Based out of Brooklyn, New York, the alt rock trio comprises vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent, bassist Lisa Low and drummer Matthew Bronner. In a relatively short span, they have already received critical acclaim from such …

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Interview: Brendan Frey of Hostile Array

This past March, brothers Brendan and Garrison Frey, Hector Fernandez, Fredy Menjivar and Andrew Markle continued their journey under the name Hostile Array. The Maryland metalcore quintet had previously built a following while called My Ransomed Soul. Their 2015 sophomore album, Trilateral, reached especial acclaim for its straightforward progressions, grim …

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Album Review: Dan Croll – Emerging Adulthood

Liverpool, England singer-songwriter Dan Croll experienced honest-to-goodness success within a relatively short span of his music career. The release of his 2014 major label debut, Sweet Disarray, was followed by an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and, despite variable reception, a still-respectable #12 spot on Billboard’s US Top Heatseekers Albums chart. …

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Album Review: Dishwalla – Juniper Road

In preparation for my seeing Dishwalla perform at the Paramount later this month, I’ve decided to give their latest album, Juniper Road, a well-deserved go. For reference, their previous eponymously-titled album fared decently, nearly breaking the top 10 on the US Indie charts. This is representative of a steady trend, …

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Misery Signals ‘Yesterday Was Everything’ Documentary Out Now – Interview with Ryan Morgan

Misery Signals have long proven an upstanding force in the North American metalcore underground. Formed in 2002, the American-Canadian quintet continually amasses dedicated fans through a successful approach – a heavily melodic foundation featuring unorthodox rhythm changes and breakdowns, bolstered by a four-album-strong referential output and consistent touring presence. Today …

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