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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Allowing Time For Play

The experience of writing and recording our first album, youth shield antioxidant complex, was a necessary medicine during a frenzied point in time.  The songs were recorded at Morph Productions in Toronto in the years 2016 and 2017.  Both of us were pursuing academic degrees that demanded most of our time and so writing and recording became a powerful elixir for anxiety and fatigue.  Because of the rigorousness of our respective schedules, I do recall really looking forward to any kind of jam session or time spent writing lyrics for the album.  Such breaks…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Laska

Blending a multitude of genres into your music can be either a blessing or a curse. Sometimes the end result is a mess with no identity, or the band isn’t quite comfortable with any one sound, or the music comes out great but can have difficulty reaching new fans. For Minnesota/Wisconsin-based sextet Laska, however, their mix of folk rock, alt-rock, Americana and soul is the kind of sound some artists strive for a decade or more to create. And their debut album, titled Ceiling Zero, is a blessing in every…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Feed Us

Regardless of what you do for a living or where you’re at in life, it’s important to venture outside your comfort zone every so often. Especially in music, where opening your mind a bit more can lead to some incredible new experiences. Which is why when I pressed play on Feed Us‘ 2017 LP Delete Your Account, about 30 seconds in to the first song I realized 1) “This isn’t something I usually listen to but it’s incredible” and 2) “I absolutely want to spread the word about these guys.”…

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The Rubens Roll Into SF

The Rubens are in their Junior Year since debuting back in 2013 with their self-titled album. And like all Juniors, there is an air of confidence among them that helps lift their situation no matter where they roam. The Rubens, a band from Australia, are far from their hometown of Menangle, New South Wales, as they embark on their “Million Man” march across the US, Canada, and half of Europe! In all, the band will visit 20 cities in 7 countries and be back in Oz by mid-April. They’ll hit…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Bruise Violet

As we’re being reminded in various areas of American society right now, teenagers are capable of making a positive, and extraordinary, difference in all our lives. They have a fearlessness and desire to try new things, progress, and fight for what they believe in. They don’t stand by and accept the status quo. How on earth does this tie in with our latest Unsigned Spotlight feature? Enter St. Paul, Minnesota’s Bruise Violet, a trio of badass young women making waves in their local scene and beyond with their no-holds-barred, unapologetic…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Forts Like Vana

Every once in a while you come across a new artist and think know they’re going to be massive, and soon. That’s exactly what came to my mind upon hearing Nashville alternative pop trio Forts Like Vana for the first time. The band’s first single, “Love You Right”, released on January 10 and has amassed over 10,000 Spotify plays in just over a month. As proof that the hype train is only just getting started, Forts Like Vana released their brand new EP, This + This = That, on February…

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Mental Health Matters: When an answer isn’t “the” answer—but you keep moving forward anyway

It was coming up to New Year in the Czech Republic, where I had moved since breaking up with my long-term boyfriend. I was a tired cliché: a failing musician who’d reached her 30s and realised that the music career clock had all but stopped ticking and ended up clinically depressed. Yawn. The irony for me was that I had achieved some significant things that were steps capable of taking me closer to my goals. But I couldn’t see them as such, because that’s what depression does: it robs you…

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MUSIC CITIES: Cincinnati

Cincinnati is known for flying pig effigies and an affinity for outrageous chili combos, but the Southern-Ohio city also harbors a rich art scene, especially in regards to live music.  Southern blues, Kentucky twang, urban beats, and post-rock experimentalism blend throughout the clubs and streets, creating a multi-genre environment in which any sound could find some belonging. For the musician, Cincinnati is a destination. The city is home to a host of live music venues, many of which are booked by veteran musicians. The result is that many venues are…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Staying True To Myself

The most important thing I’ve learned as both an artist and young woman is to stay true to myself. Growing up, I always wanted to sing and perform for people one day. I began my musical journey in theatre, begged my parents for guitar lessons, and wrote my first song when I was 12 years old. What I didn’t really know at that time was the amount of work artists put in other areas outside of the music. In this day in age, the artist’s identity is key for success…

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Most Anticipated Tour Of 2018

Even though we are only two weeks into 2018, the anticipation for the tours ahead of us is real! While our friends and us tend to agree on which tour this year we are most looking forward to, there ate already a ton of amazing tours we are patiently waiting for! Check out our complete list of Most Anticipated Tours of 2018 below and if you’ve missed any of our previous Year In Review posts, click here. Please follow and like us:

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