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Williamson Branch are not newcomers to the bluegrass world. The five-piece family group has amassed an ever-growing reputation as one of the most well-rounded acts in this style that you will ever hear and their new collection Very Merry Christmas. The fourteen songs slated for inclusion on the album range from traditional Christmas material played straight,
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Guitar-driven melodies were once overwhelmingly commonplace in metal and hard rock music, but in 2022, they’re not quite as contemporary as they used to be. This isn’t because of an underground lacking in fret-born energy, however, and the likes of Dark Below are challenging the narrative with their new single “Hate Being Human” this autumn.
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There aren’t as many detail-oriented players in the pop genre as there were, say, ten years ago, but that isn’t stopping miQa.el from taking intricacies pretty seriously in his new single “Walking Medicine.” Where a lot of artists would have streamlined the hook in this inviting new track, miQa.el works out a rigid groove and
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Texan David Raybuck doesn’t lack for passion. It is only passion, in the end, capable of driving a father of seven children, husband, pastor, and computer professional to start writing and recording songs in his limited spare time. His sprawling fourteen track debut The Prodigal has a folk-rock tilt made possible by his solo status, if nothing
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Riddled with a tonality that speaks to the soul through its warm depth of emotion, we find the striking features of “Heat the Silent,” as we do those in “Thelonious” and “When All the People Are Sleeping,” to be devoid of the vacant tininess that has become all too common in modern jazz. Both melodic
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The Mind of a Musician: When did you make up your mind that you wanted to be a musician?  I’ve wanted to be a performer for as long as I can remember. About: The Uneasy The Uneasy is an independent collaborative collective of like and unlike minded artists creating emotionally charged music and visuals. The Uneasy
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Presented to us with a delicate vocal and a barebones instrumental backdrop to maximize the effect of the lyrics, “Jubal Takes a Wife” is one of the more memorable tracks in Sun King Rising’s Signs & Wonders, but unmistakably only a single chapter in a vast, personal story that is the album in its entirety. Throughout
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Danny Hughes (DCPA) is an electronic music producer and DJ from Aledo, Texas. His story began like many musicians’ growing up. Born into a family of musicians, he learned to play the piano, trumpet, guitar, and work with production software in academic music programs as a kid. Danny built a solid foundation in the craft,
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Rebellion is getting to be one of the most overrated qualities in all of pop music mostly because it’s everywhere we look these days, but that being said, the new album Justice Now by Barista puts the concept in perspective for hardcore rockers once again. Barista isn’t looking to recycle a lot of the elements
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Little Hurt is the solo project, of a sort, for former Mowglis front-man Colin Dieden and its new single “Cooler If U Did” sticks with you like a particularly artful rant. Dieden’s aims and overall tone are very different with this project than the work he put in with his one-time bandmates, but they share
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I applaud the industry and ambition that Tia McGraff has parlayed into a long and ongoing musical career. She hasn’t stopped there, however. The Ontario-born and based writer, singer, and musician branched off into other areas such as children’s literature not out of craven financial need or worse but, instead, driven by restless creativity she
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Milanis Clark’s meteoric ascent from obscurity as another pretty three-year-old face eight short years ago to the position she occupies now as one of the most promising young acting talents working in television or film, the Internet or even the Broadway stage. Clark hails from an environment rife with powerhouse performers so it is, perhaps,
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FM: Thank you for your time. We are so excited to chat Bulat with NELA Records. For those of us who don’t know – give us a little insight to what NELA Records is and what you do. We are a Music Marketing Agency that focuses on running campaigns on social media, Facebook/Instagram/Youtube. Also we
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For designer Emily Daccarett fashion and music cannot be separated. Daccarett creates an immersive world of storytelling through music, film, and fashion. Each artistic direction begins with a beat that forms a story. From the start of her brand, she has fused those worlds together, creating a symbiotic flow between the two. What were your musical influences that inspired your
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I’ll admit, I was a little shocked to see that Vineet had decided to take on country music as his next single with “City Roads.” Before listening to it, there was more than a little hesitation to be had, as Vineet’s general artistic portfolio wasn’t something I would assume to be primed for country rock
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When it comes to being a songwriter, there’s a necessary knack for anthropology and people skills that comes with it. If you can’t write a song about walking a day in someone else’s shoes, there are probably only so many songs you can write from personal experience before the creative well dries up and writer’s
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Coco O’Connor’s new album Big Reveal is one of her best songwriting collections yet. The fifth album from this Alabama raised singer/songwriter blossoms with Southern influences galore, country, blues, jazz, and R&B all exist well within her wheelhouse, and she sounds comfortable working in any style. She’s surrounded by a first-class crew of some of the Americana
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Her new single “Sun’s Gonna Shine” only reinforces Dale Ann Bradley’s near-peerless reputation within the bluegrass community. She collaborates with fellow Kentuckian J.P. Pennington on this track from her new full-length album Kentucky for Me. Pennington’s pedigree as a member of country music supergroup Exile gives Bradley’s single a little added cachet, but the song ultimately
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Though they’re just a touch on the murky side and definitely devoid of the pop varnish that has been showing up in a dangerous amount of rock music lately, there’s something about the aggression in the guitar parts of “Tense” that makes Dark Below sound all the more sincere this August. Rather than trying to
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