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Mental Health Matters: Change the Stigma

It’s junior year of college at NYU. My apartment had turned into the manifestation of my mind – instruments all over the floor, dishes in the sink that hadn’t been washed in weeks with fruit flies marking their territory, clothes in every corner and all the blinds shut tight. It was psychological rock bottom. I was sitting on my bed and a beam of light broke through the window shade and hit me on my chest. I knew in that moment that I had a choice, I could live or…

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Mental Health Matters: Overcoming Your Ocean

I believe every song has a story and every song is a story. Many of us have music playing throughout the entire day, but do we ever stop and listen to the lyrics, think about their meaning, or about what brought the artist or songwriter to share that story? As a songwriter and an artist, I am blessed to be able to use music as a way to touch people, and also use it as a way to heal myself. Back in January of 2017, I started writing for my…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: It’s Not About the Fame

(photo credit: Megan Thompson ) When I started performing, I was about 7 years old. I fell in love with music and the adrenaline rush of being on stage. I was excited for every rehearsal, vocal lesson and talent show. When I decided to pursue music as a career though, my focus changed. All of a sudden it became about “making it”. My only goal was success, and many of my relationships suffered because my life became about networking and only making friends that could help me achieve this very…

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WATCH: Cardinals “Breathe” Video

When you come across a band that has it, you just feel it. You know what I’m talking about. Their lyrics hit you hard, their melodies seem to course through your veins, and collectively, their songs move you in a way that maybe you’d forgotten you could be moved. They energize you, inspire you, and make you want to hit “repeat” on a song 100 times over. By now you might have guessed that for me,  Cardinals is just this band, and their new lyric video for “Breathe” is a song…

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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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Connecting Creative Women One SWAN at a Time; The Power of “Support Women Artists Now” Day on April 14th

It’s undeniable.  2018 is the year of the woman. And while it seems as though the unification of women has exploded over the past year with movements such as #MeToo, there are many women who have been standing up and standing together for much longer.  One of those women, is Jennifer Hill, musician, organizer, and pioneer of the Connecticut chapter of Support Women Artists Now Day—also known as SWAN Day. Born in Connecticut, Hill is a lifelong musician—singing since age 3 and playing piano since age 7. She also attended…

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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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The Gaslight Anthem Announce ‘The 59 Sound’ Tour

When The Gaslight Anthem announced they’d be playing The 59 Sound in full at Governer’s Ball in NYC, I think I speak for many of us when I say we were all pretty bummed that we wouldn’t be able to see such a momentous occasion. That’s why the news of an official tour where the band will hit 10 cities to play the album in full, comes as such sweet news. Special guests will include Matt Mays, Tim Berry, Flatliners, Matthew Ryan, and Joe Sib. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, and you…

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Frank Turner Announces New Album “Be More Kind” + Worldwide Tour

After days of teasing fans with cryptic photos, Frank Turner has announced his new album, Be More Kind, will be released on May 4th. The album’s title comes as inspiration from a Clive James poem, with Turner commenting; “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.” The…

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PREMIERE: Lyra Star Releases Debut Solo Track “Devil’s Game”

Singer-songwriter Lyra Star sprinkles a little bit of magic into every song she creates. With her debut solo release, “Devil’s Game”, an ethereal, folk masterpiece rich with influence from her inspirations Imogen Heap and Tori Amos, Star has set the stage for what’s sure to be an incredible year. On March 2nd, she’ll release her debut solo album,  A Thousand Dreams. Recorded at Soundwire Studios in Fairfax, CA, this new collection of celestial songs comes complete with lush orchestral arrangements and Star’s magical signature vocals. “A Thousand Dreams” is a collection of songs that…

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