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15

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JOE TRIPP

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Joe Tripp and his band, The Hops, have recently released their new EP titled “6 Songs”. The Hops were selected as one of Chicago’s best local bands back in 2012 by the Illinois Entertainer and have also performed on the PBS show Studio A (filmed in Carbondale, Illinois and broadcast in five states). The band’s diverse new EP is a delight for listeners: enjoy our review of the album, as well as an interview with Tripp, below.
Jul
10

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CARRINGTON MACDUFFIE

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Carrington MacDuffie, a New York native, has lived and performed all over the United States (New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin) and recently released her debut EP “Only An Angel”. MacDuffie, widely recognized for her voiceover work, originally attended Johns Hopkins University, yet left the United States to backpack across Europe before finishing her degree between Harvard University and Boston University. “MacDuffie’s lifelong involvement in poetry, together with her newfound success as a voice actor and spoken word performer shaped her lyrical development, bringing a mix of subtlety and vividness to her singing and her songs. Her transition to the Americana music scene, while a significant diversion from her previous work, still carries the poetic fuel that feeds her lyrical fire”, her biography states. Enjoy our review of “Only An Angel”, as well as an interview with MacDuffie below!

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Jun
25

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CARRY ILLINOIS

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Carry Illinois is an indie-folk band from Austin, Texas composed of Lizzy Lehman, Nick Droz, Darwin Smith, and Rudy Villarreal. The quartet specializes in re-imagining Lehman’s campfire folk compositions with adventurous musicality and spacey textures. The band’s roster is made up of accomplished musicians with a command of the Americana heritage and a bold approach to furthering its scope. Says Lehman: “I write about my life and my perspective of the world surrounding me. My songs are more local than global, but the themes are universal”. Enjoy our review of Carry Illinois’ self-titled release (which was engineered and produced by Daniel Barrett at Rubicon Recording), as well as an interview with the band, below.

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Jun
25

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JULIANE JONES

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Singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist Juliane Jones’ English-Chinese hybrid album (“The Space Between the Telephone Lines”) uses pop conventions to explore intriguing, contrasting dialogues in musical styles, cultures, and romance. “The Space Between the Telephone Lines” melds genres and inward/outward travelogues, incorporating Jones’ experiences from studying music overseas in China and France. Says Jones: “Answering big questions about music, culture, and life has always been a part of my songwriting. I’m always looking for new ways of understanding music, and I’ve always been interested in how writing music can be linked to individual biography and social history.” Enjoy our review of “The Space Between the Telephone Lines”, as well as an interview with Jones, below.

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Apr
22

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JJ BASSETTE

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JJ Bassette is a 21 year-old University of Southern California senior and singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Bassette has graciously chosen Tom Lohrmann Music to exclusively premiere his new single ‘help me get out of my head’ from his latest record “21″ (an album which, for the first time in his career, features his fully realized string and horn arrangements); we interviewed Bassette earlier this week about the Los Angeles music scene, his musical background and progression over the years, and what the future holds for him after he finishes his studies at USC this coming December.  

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Apr
15

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CANDICE RUSSELL

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Candice Russell is a 21 year-old singer/songwriter based in Portland, Oregon who has captivated audiences with her “seemingly effortless, rich, pure vocal tone and smooth vocal runs”. Her debut album, titled “So Much More”, was released in July 2013 and is available on iTunes; her songwriting has been described as “real, honest, and vulnerable, yet positive, determined, and confident”. Enjoy our interview feature with Candice Russell after the break and connect with her on Twitter!

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My Adventure

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NAMM 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

The NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center is everything that you’ve heard it is: insane, overwhelming, excessively loud, and packed to the brim with both people and…

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End of 2013 Update

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and for good reason: Arthur & I have been extremely busy during 2013, especially since we performed this…

maroon 5, fountains of wayne, fall out boy, panic at the disco, patrick stump, pete wentz

2012 Highlights – Is Facebook Accurate?

Monday, December 31, 2012

When I saw that Facebook had begun to create Yearly Highlight Timelines for users, I was curious to see what they chose for me. Arthur and I have…

burns of london, carlton, sonic nights, tara safaie, nyc, virginia, fir tree

Why I’m Leaving Facebook

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hello Friends. Hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that I will no longer be using Facebook….