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#SXSW2015 – Ryan’s recap (Day 2)

Day 2 of SXSW began with me setting off toward the Spotify House, and quickly vetoing that idea once I saw how long the line was, which included wristband holders. Not knowing what I was going to do in its stead, I wandered downtown in search of the 6th and Red River Annex, where the Artery showcase ...

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Hidden Hospitals – Surface Tension

Hidden Hospitals has a long history within its ranks. And they're looking to extend that legacy through the release of their first ever LP, titled Surface Tension. What do I think of when I hear that a record has been given this title? I think of tranquility that is slightly disturbed. I think of ...

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#SXSW2015 – Ryan’s Recap (Day 1)

To say I was stoked for SXSW would be an understatement. I was also kind of terrified. Some would say I'm extroverted. I would say I'm very good at faking comfort approaching strangers when the need arises. I knew I would basically be doing this for four days. The networking started right away ...

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Tuned Up Premiere: Fields and Planes’ “Slow Down”

Fields and Planes have been flying under the radar for some time. This is a shame, but the band doesn't seem to be in a hurry to gain popularity. In the grand scheme of things though, this is a good thing. This makes the music more honest and outside the whims of an ever changing industry. The band's ...

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James Bay – Chaos And The Calm

British singer/songwriter James Bay has been receiving widespread recognition since mid-2013. He’s released three EPs (The Dark of the Morning, Let It Go, & Hold Back the River), gone on tour with acts like Hozier, and won the 2015 “Critic’s Choice” Brit Award. Despite the aforementioned ...

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Concert Review + Photos: LIGHTS’ Little Machines Tour

In the always bitter cold state we call Ohio, a bit of sunshine finally hit the House of Blues in Cleveland on March 9th when the Little Machines tour hit town. The tour package included X Ambassadors and Lights. Photos by Samantha Skapin The show opened with the band X Ambassadors. The band has ...

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Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders

Michael Shuman is best known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age, but his rock résumé had already been developed long before then thanks to his first band, Wires on Fire. Because of this, just a year or two after joining the famed Palm Desert rockers, Shuman decided he wanted a lighter musical ...