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Lauren Jenkins, Country Music’s Next Star

     One phone call and one meeting was all it took for Scott Borchetta to offer Lauren Jenkins a record deal of a lifetime. Borchetta is the founder of Big Machine Records, one of the largest country music labels in the country. Big Machine Label Group’s client list includes Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw. It took no time for Jenkins to accept this offer and since that meeting in 2014 her life has been a whirlwind of creating music, performing every chance she got. She has since released an EP with Big Machine Label late last year…
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Advent Horizon, When Their Name Paints Their Sound

     “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet;”  An infamous quote from William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.  How important is a name? What feeling does it give your senses?  A name of someone you know can jolt your memory - both good and bad.  A name can stay engraved in your mind or awake your curiosity.  In fact, my curiosity arose when I was introduced to the band, Advent Horizon.Advent, defined as the arrival of a notable person, thing or event. Put the two together:  The appearance of a…
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Vinyl Plane, Classic Rock & Roll with a hard rock, bluesy twist

    When people discuss hard Rock & Roll bands, they tend to refer to the classics, such as Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones.  Some may even go further back in time to the legends that started the genre: Chuck Berry,  Elvis Presley and Little Richard.  But Rock & Roll isn’t just an era or genre. It’s a feeling; A vibe, that speaks directly to your ears and makes you move from your gut.      There are few bands today that hold that strength of classic Rock & Roll with a hard, rock-bluesy twist at the core.  However, there is one band in particular that does:…
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Kan Wakan, Music Group Defies Music Genres

    Growing up in the Soviet Union Gueorgui I. Linev’s family did not have much money and they relied on government assistance programs to stay alive. Linev took to soccer and listening to smuggled cassettes from the downtown black market as a way to escape his family’s hardships. Once he and his mother moved to the Idaho Linev lost interest in music and through himself into soccer. He eventually earned a spot at the prestigious U.S. Soccer Development Academy but was soon after diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that halted his plans.     While undergoing his chemotherapy and…
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Inbar Koprak, Singer and Storyteller

    Tel-Aviv, Israel, has a night life unlike any other. Think New York City mixed with Los Angeles, with a heavy dose of falafel, pubs and dance clubs - especially by the beach - and you’ve got some idea of nights in Tel-Aviv.And along with the beauty of palm trees and young, exuberant adults filled with love, a major music scene flows like a rivert hroughout the city at night.    If you visit many of the popular pubs during open mic nights, you’ll often spot talent from all over the world. During a recent visit there I had the honor…
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Glen Campbell, A Legacy To Remember

    Sadly, the passing of Glen Campbell did not come as a surprise. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010 and his family made his struggle public with the 2014 documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. His fans and the public knew his death was inevitable and that it was only a matter of time.    When I saw that he had passed, the love and admiration that his contemporaries spoke of him was inspiring. I truly did not realize his complete legacy. Listening to the likes of Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire explain what Campbell meant to them opened…
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Blank Range, a beautiful mix of every genre imaginable.

    Nashville’s ever booming music scene has evolved greatly from Country centric honky tonkin’ to a beautiful mix of every genre imaginable.  Blank Range is a perfect example of the musicianship and genre spanning mindset you can discover in Music City.  From their singles “Scrapin’/Before I Go To Sleep” and the EP Phase II, both released in 2013, to their full length debut Marooned With The Treasure released August of this year, the band crosses boundaries between classic ‘70s rock, outlaw country, and even some experimental psychedelia all mixed in a contemporary stew.  Riff heavy and a variety of lyrical…
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Craving Strange, pure rock and roll.

    There is much that’s really strange about Craving Strange. This foursome from Amityville is original and pure rock and roll with enough energy to power the CERN Supercollider. The band is road tested and has a lot of success under their belt and has survived the business far longer than most original bands do. Having worked with the likes of Rob Jacobs (Weezer, the Eagles), John Moyer (Disturbed), and have performed with bands like Flogging Molly, Puddle of Mudd, Patent Pending, Queensryche, Brand New and been featured between Buckcherry and Bon Jovi at the Bamboozled festival, the band is…
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Emarosa, a step forward with new versions of old songs, fresh sound

    Emarosa, the post-hardcore band from Lexington, Kentucky just released a four-track EP, 131 Reimagined, which features some of the band’s favorite tunes - remastered.     Their fourth record to date, 131, which was released last summer, might be their best sound thus far. The album was produced in Nashville by Casey Bates — best known for working with artists such as Pierce The Veil, Memphis Mayfire and Chiodos. Additionally, 131 was released through Hopeless Records - a first for the band.     131 Reimagined includes songs “One Car Garage,” “Helpless,” “Miracle” and “Blue” all from their latest record.   …
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Gypsy, Celebrating The Music Of Stevie Nicks

     It’s hard to think of an artist with broader appeal than Stevie Nicks. From her Fleetwood Mac days through her solo career beginning in 1979, Stevie’s music has touched fans of all ages and across many genres. That is why there have been and continue to be so many Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac tribute bands.     Enter Gypsy, a 9-piece ensemble from Long Island that seeks to separate itself from the “tribute” label and prefers to be billed as a celebration of the music of Stevie Nicks. Gypsy is built for the theater experience rather than the local club…
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Violet Days, Small Band From Sweden Takes The Music Industry By Storm

Violet Days is an indie pop band from Stockholm, Sweden that has been taking the music industry by storm since they formed in 2010. Linda Hansson, the front runner of the group, was born in a small village in the countryside and regularly sang Swedish folk songs to her siblings throughout her childhood. While growing up she drew inspiration from the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Coldplay. In 2010, she finally made the move to Stockholm in order to pursue music full time, it is here that she met the rest of her bandmates.     The other members of the band…
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Waker, Nashville’s Most Woke Band

    Meshing funk, soul, and all the feel good elements you find at any jam band concert, Waker find themselves at the hub of the jam scene in Nashville.  Formerly known as Koa, the band was formed by childhood friends Chase Bader, vocals and acoustic guitar, and Conor Kelly, electric guitar.  Along with Bader and Kelly, Koa consisted of Ryan Ladd on bass, Alex Matthews on percussion, and Ryan McClanahan on saxophone.      Waker’s song writing formula strays little from Koa, but the addition of Dave Czuba on keys, and David Krutcher on a full drum set adds dynamic and…
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Jay Chou, A Unique Singer

Jay Chou, a famous Chinese singer, was born in Taiwan and grew up in a single parent family dynamic while also being raised with the help of his grandmother. She and his mother have always been the two most beloved women in his life. At the mere age of 3 years old, his mother noticed his talent in music and used the family's savings to invest in a piano. Jay had a happy childhood, with his love for music from birth and the piano as his best friend. By the time Jay was studying in middle school, his parents had…
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Perth Band "The Tommyhawks" Power Up Ahead of Second EP

At a time when the music industry’s habit of questionably treating women is in the spotlight, it’s refreshing to see new music continuing to emerge unhindered from all-girl bands. The ways the industry sometimes undervalues, and other times is openly hostile to, women’s involvement in music scenes is not news, but recent testimonies to the industry’s sexism from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, not to mention Ke$ha’s highly publicized, but unsuccessful, court case against producer Dr Luke, have brought the ways ongoing industrial sexism stymies women’s participation into a public conversation. Understanding the systemic…
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The World Domination Plans of Musician Mary Ocher

If you wanted an extraterrestrial experience, you would normally have to camp outside Area 51, or recite your favorite Scully and Mulder quotes. Now you only have to visit a stage (probably somewhere around Austria, Italy or Germany), or put one of Mary Ocher's albums on.The Russian-born performer is a favorite musical alien, who has flown in from Ziggy Stardust's home planet, and crash landed into Kate Bush's backyard. She's stepped out into our world covered in jewels, beads and sequins, playing otherworldly songs on her guitar, and walking to the rhythm of tribalistic drumbeats. Over many rotations of the…
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