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Mental Health Matters: Escaping Past Traumas

(Photo credit: Emma-Letki) I’m going to do my best not to universalize my understanding of anxiety and depression. It’s a challenge for me to access particular memories about my experiences. The most prominent that moment can think is only tangentially related to music, performance, or its creation. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 8 years old. It’s quite difficult for me to figure out the timeline, but I remember it as an incredibly short period of time that somehow had no end in sight. Every now…

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The First Time I Recorded A Music Video

(photo credit: Cyclops Girl) It’s inevitable when you are a recording musician that at some point you are going to need to create a music video. I’m Rändi Fay, a songwriter and recording artist, and not long ago, I didn’t relish this idea AT ALL! I have a good share of camera phobia (not helpful…), and an even healthier phobia of appearing completely ridiculous. I have no background in acting, and I can barely watch myself walk in front of a mirror, let alone attempt to intentionally create a facial…

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PHOTOS: Our Last Night

Post-hardcore band Our Last Night is no stranger to the road. Formed in 2004, the boys from New Hampshire have been touring and creating music since their early teens. This tour marks 15 years as a band and their Boston show will be a celebration of that exact occasion. Check out photos from their Phoenix stop below. Tickets are still available for a majority of their shows and should not be missed if you’re a new fan or an old-school OLN listener.

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Features Interviews 

The Wilderness Release Inspired Music Video For “Fall (Despite What You Do)”+ New Interview

Have you ever looked around at your life and thought “how did things end up here?” It’s a complicated emotion that most of us can unfortunately say we’ve been through at one time or another. However, as difficult as it might feel in the moment, it is a poignantly human experience and there’s no denying it’s something that ties us all together—we all feel, we all experience pain, and for the most part, we come out stronger on the other end. In their newly released music video “Fall (Despite What…

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Industry Interviews 

Industry Interview: Jacob Kussmaul (Music Existence)

One of the best parts of this industry is the people you get to meet. When you get right down to it, this is an incredible community of like-minded, passionate, inspirational people, and getting to work with and call those people my friend, has been one of my favorite pieces of running both Infectious and Muddy Paw PR over the last 10 years. For today’s Industry Interview, I wanted to interview a talented writer that I’ve been lucky enough to get to know over the last few years—Jake Kussmaul of…

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Album Review: Hearken ‘Help Me, I’m Alive’

Two-piece Pittsburgh grunge rock punk outfit, Hearken, released their debut record, Help Me, I’m Alive, June 27th. The band was described to me along the lines of ‘Sonic Youth meets Nirvana – super raw, super authentic, great songs.’ with influences like Hole, Death From Above, Queens of the Stone Age, Teagan and Sara, Brand New, Screaming Females, Interpol, and Julien Baker, Hearken sheds light on dark subjects like depression, addiction, and relationships. Lead vocalist Donny Donovan also produced the record, and played all instruments except for drums. Donovan spoke about…

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Album Review: The Futureheads ‘Powers’

While it might feel like the last few years have really changed the country, the globe, and the world as we know it — the one thing we hadn’t heard from in awhile was UK indie post-punk group, The Futureheads. Friday, August 30th marked the release date of The Futureheads‘ sixth studio album, Powers, via Nul Records. The last time we heard a studio album from the fourpiece, it was 2012. Solo records, and acapella releases made for a different sound than the frantic British guitar hysteria harmonies fans were…

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Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: An Ode To Greg

Photo: Priscilla Bouillon This year I’ve driven a minivan to literally every corner of the United States. From as far south as San Diego, up to Seattle, all the way across to Boston, down to Atlanta, and all the places in between. I’ve played at dive bars, backyard parties, theaters, small clubs, mid-sized clubs and basically anywhere that will let me play. All because of a dream and a friendship that started on a school bus in Junior High. I met Greg Hillman on my first day of sixth grade…

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