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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Creativity Is A Habit

I often think of my creativity as a relationship. There are ups and downs. There are seasons of my life where we spend every waking moment together, completely infatuated. Then there are times where seeing each other is like trying to plan a trip to Key West in the winter time. If you’re not familiar with this particular experience, the island has a tendency to book out months in advance. Though difficult to sort out the timing, it is still very worthwhile, so I hear! The same is true of…

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Mental Health Matters: My Eyes are Up Here

Here is something every artist with mental illness needs to hear: “You are not your disease.” Here are some things every artist with mental illness actually hears: “ Your disease is a value-multiplier and a central part of your personal brand.”                 – The Industry  “Your disease is what makes you relatable and what makes your art beautiful/inspiring/authentic.” – The Marketplace Four years ago, while in the midst of a rather savage run of drug and alcohol abuse, I was witness to a “car vs. person” hit and run that involved…

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Mental Health Matters: Before It’s Too Late

I have to admit: I’ve been on the opposite side of the barricade. For many years, I mistakenly thought that depression and anxiety are not the real issues, that they’re made up by people who constantly whine and complain to attract some twisted form of attention, until I realized I was the one dealing with such issues on a daily basis. I would always get weird mood changes for as long as I can remember, it’s something I couldn’t explain, and something I got used to. Other people who are…

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Warped Tour Interview 2018: Ice Nine Kills

(Photo credit: Fearless Records) (Interview answered by  Justin deBlieck) You wrote “Enjoy Your Slay” after polling fans to ask if they’d prefer a song based off of The Shining or Psycho. I love that kind of fan inclusion! Not only that, but the song features vocals from the grandson of Stanley Kubrick, Sam Kubrick. Which again is just so above and beyond what most bands are doing. Did you have any inspiration for that kind of creativity and ambition or has that always been part of your vision? We’ve always felt…

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Music Cities Series: Athens, GA

(Photo credit: Chelsea Kornse Photography) Nestled just an hour to the east of the state’s capital, Athens, GA is arguably one of the best kept secrets outside the southeast. The sixth largest city in Georgia, Athens is, at it’s heart, a university town. Concentrated around The University of Georgia, the first state-chartered public university in the United States, Athens is an intellectual hub and a refreshing pocket of progressive idealism entrenched within an ever-evolving conservative south. Celebrated for it’s vibrant culture, SEC Saturdays, distinct nightlife, and overall quirky charm, Athens is perhaps…

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Sparkman Releases Stunning New Single “Fireworks”

(photo credit Katherine Kirchner) In the latest release off their upcoming full-length, Searching for the Dawn, Charlotte, NC trio Sparkman have released “Fireworks,” an irresistibly infectious tune that’s ripe with summer vibes and beachy harmonies. Speaking about the song, Chris Vercauteren says in addition to being all about the search for a meaningful life, it’s “a commentary on the human condition, particularly in the US. The second verse outlines how we all have dreams, yet we have no idea how to achieve them. Instead of pushing our own personal boundaries to get…

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Final Warped Tour Review: The End of an Era (Hartford, CT)

  Entering the gates of Warped Tour for the final cross country run feels a lot like you’d imagine. It feels momentous and nostalgic and full of excitement for the day ahead. It also  feels completely normal, just like it has for nearly every year of the last decade that I’ve been attending. There’s a familiarity and comfort as I scan my ticket and take my first view of the festival—for myself and so many kids and even young adults, this place has been another home. Every summer we’d gather…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Change Is Your Friend

Have you ever felt like everything you worked for was in vain? Well, that’s how I felt in 2016. I had been with my girlfriend at the time for 6 years. I had a steady day job as a high school teacher. My band, Hombre Bestia, was playing better than ever and we had just released our second material, called Janus. Everything seemed to be just following a nice course. Going according to plan. Except one thing: I couldn’t write a single song. Routine had become such a part of…

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Mental Health Matters: Loneliness

It’s 3am, it’s every night for the past month, maybe two; at this point I’m unsure.  I have a cold cup of coffee that I keep reheating before I let it chill again & a notebook full of scrawling scribbles of some nonsensical blabber. There’s an email from my booking agent I’ve been dreading that I can’t open right now.  “Write everything down” I was told, but where to begin?  Touring has been gruelling, I feel so strung out & exhausted by the constant travelling, performing & travelling again. Every…

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Boston Calling Interview: Field Report

We caught up with Field Report just after this May’s Boston Calling to chat with Chris Porterfield about their latest album ‘Summertime Songs’, what makes their hometown of Milwaukee so special, and their artist recommendation for readers. Take a read and catch the band on tour this Summer/Fall.  Please follow and like us:

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