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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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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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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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STREAM: Night Verses “Panic And Pull Your Heart Out”

Night Verses released a new song titled “Panic And Pull Your Heart.” The track is off the band’s upcoming Graphic Nature Records release, Into The Vanishing Light. The ambient song sees the band letting go of their post-hardcore edge and focusing on more purposeful, alternative rock songwriting. The track is about overcoming one’s thoughts of self-pity. “Burning bones, we bathe in fire underneath the city streets,” vocalist Doug Robinson sings. Check out the song for yourself, and let us know what you think of it in the comments section. To…

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WATCH: Moose Blood “Knuckles” Music Video

In anticipation of their upcoming album, Blush, British breakouts, Moose Blood released a music video for their newest single, “Knuckles.” The video follows the story of a young boy who grows up in a family of werewolves and shows his struggle to fit in. “That thing you said, ‘stay beautiful’ even though that I know it’s second hand,” the boy sings to himself throughout the video, as he proves everyone wrong. Blush is set to release on August 5 through Hopeless Records. The album is following in the footsteps of the…

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STREAM: Table Talk “Evident”

Long Island alternative band, Table Talk are releasing their debut, self-titled EP on June 3. In anticipation of the EP, the band released a new song titled “Evident” which will be featured on the release. Despite forming just over a year ago, the band sound like they’ve been creating music together for years. The song alternates between raspy ad melodic vocals that flow perfectly with the song’s instrumentals. Drawing influences from Drawing influences from Motion City Soundtrack and Jimmy Eat World, the Table Talk have their own charm to their music that…

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PLAYLIST: Axeon Cycling Team

The Axeon Cycling Team is a team for the next generation of cyclists in the world. Our main goal is to develop youth cyclists and get them up to the Pro Tour. In 7 years we have sent 19 riders up to the professional ranks. Our team is comprised of 12 riders all under the age of 23 years old. Being a youth based team, we definitely rely heavily on music to pass the time. Whether we are on the trainer, traveling, or in a long van transfer…music is always…

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GUEST BLOG: The Struggle Is Worth The Payoff

Being in a band and being on the road is a mix of both intense highs full of reward and long days and nights of hard work, boredom, and sacrifice. The highs are undeniable releases of expression and satisfaction along with a serious camaraderie with your bandmates as well as the audience that you start to crave when you go too long without it.  The sacrifice is one of comfort, familiarity, the company of your family, cleanliness, and if you’re like me, the personal belongings that I will lose despite…

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MY FIRST TIME: Jeremy Weiss (Owner – CI Records, Founder – LAUNCH Music Conference)

In our latest edition of My First Time, Jeremy Weiss (Owner of CI Records and Founder of the LAUNCH Music Conference) was kind enough to talk to Infectious Mag all about how he first started LAUNCH seven years ago and built it into the smashing success that it is today. The first LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival was conceived of in 2008, while participating as a panelist at a conference in Delaware.  My good friend and colleague, Rick Gadd, and I were chatting about how great a similar event would…

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