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Unsigned Spotlight: Romancer (Ambient Emo/Punk)

Here in Illinois, as I write this at the beginning of December, it’s been winter for over a month. We’ve endured multiple ice storms, a blizzard that dumped 12 inches of snow in some spots, and even a day when no fewer than 26 tornadoes touched down across the state. Even by Illinois standards, that’s unusual. There have been plenty of evenings where the most appealing thing to do is curl up by the fireplace, make a pot of swirling hot chocolate, and find the perfect music to help you…

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The Power of Influence: How Those Around You Transform You

 You always hear about how our environment influences us. How we define ourselves by the people we keep in our company. But how can this be true? How can others’ words and actions really affect us? This is what I used to ask myself. Sure, I liked to party and make bad decisions every now and again, but that wasn’t the worst thing in the world, right? It turns out that putting myself in these situations was more detrimental to my well-being than I imagined. Yes, I was having fun…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Be Nice

When I was asked to write this blog, I really had absolutely no idea what to say.  I’ve been playing music professionally for over a decade, and there are a million things I’ve experienced and pieces of advice I could give, but what is the MOST IMPORTANT thing I’ve ever learned?  Yeesh!! So, I thought about it and thought about it, and something hit me that is one of the first things I say to anyone asking me for advice.  I get a lot of work, not because I’m the…

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Mental Health Matters: Music is My Therapy

Mental Health is always something that I’ve struggled with, coming to the forefront in my late 20s. It’s easy when you’re a kid to feel like you don’t always fit in, but as you become an adult you assume that you’ll grow out of those insecurities. For some of us, that stigma sticks until we finally face it head on, no matter the age or level of success. It’s so easy these days, with technology, to get wrapped up in the Music Industry’s expectations via social media, YouTube, Online etc….

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Mental Health Matters: Why Don’t You Sing?

I’ve always been one of the more sensitive people in the room; I still think that people can relate to my experiences regardless of the intensity of my feelings. In an attempt to understand the confusion, mental health is often categorized into labels, as if “depression” means that one has to have a certain level of sadness to qualify. As if “anxiety” means that one has to have a certain number of panic attacks of a certain intensity to be considered anxious. As if one feels so misunderstood to the…

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EP PREMIERE: Jon Pattie ‘Reflections Vol. 1’

Infectious is thrilled to bring you the premiere of Nashville singer-songwriter Jon Pattie‘s brand new EP, Reflections Vol 1.  ‘ A powerful 3-song EP filled with catchy chorus’, a powerfully retrospective energy, and lyrics that get inside your soul and make you really feel what you’re hearing, Reflections Vol 1 is the perfect introduction to Jon Pattie. “All of the songs on the EP tackle a hard truth from not being satisfied with my career path at the time to my search for true, internal happiness, explains Jon. “When we started building the songs out,…

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Unsigned Spotlight: Night Like This (Pop Punk/Alternative/Acoustic)

How often do you hear the phrase “less is more”? Do you believe those words? Do you apply them to certain aspects of your life? Every once in a while a band comes along that reminds you just how much sheer beauty can be created within the musical ideology of minimalism. Enter Des Moines, Iowa pop-punk/acoustic trio Night Like This. A surprisingly overlooked quality that many of the most popular and beloved artists in modern history share is that multiple members contribute vocals. (The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac…

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My First Time Self-Producing a Full-Length Album: “A View From The Highest Point”

When I recorded my album “A View From The Highest Point”, I learned a lot about myself and my capabilities as a musician. I started to believe more in what I can do in music and pushed myself further than I thought imaginable. This was my first album I produced. As any new endeavor goes, there are bad and good experiences. I had some money saved up and decided that I needed a producer with credits – someone who would elevate my sound and use his connections to market our…

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Unsigned Spotlight: Guss Royall (Waterloo, IA)

In recent years we’ve seen a notable and refreshing surge in bands wearing their classic rock influences on their sleeve, helping connect the next generation to many of the greats we and our parents listened to. Greta Van Fleet is a large-scale example, but another up-and-coming quartet is bringing back classic bluesy-rock vibes and mixing it with their own modern alt-rock sound for a highly memorable blend. Enter Waterloo, Iowa’s Guss Royall. The “about” section of the band’s Facebook page makes it clear in just a few words what Guss…

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PREMIERE: Rob Jamner “Never Again”

(Photo credit: Kersh Branz) Today we have the premiere of Bay Area Rob Jamner‘s new track “Never Again”, a moving call to action surrounding the United States’ current rejection of refugees and asylum seekers. Coming from a deeply personal place—Jamner is the grandchild of two Holocaust survivors—this compelling lyric video was created with the goal of bringing to light the disturbing similarities between today’s trends of xenophobia and isolationism, and the popular attitudes of the 1930s and 1940s. “Many Americans are afraid that refugees will steal jobs, and that there are…

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