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ALBUM REVIEW: “II” by ALEX DEZEN

After 16 years, prolific singer/songwriter Alex Dezen has moved on from his professional musical foundation with rock outfit The Damnwells—they are done, it’s over. Really though, Dezen’s voice and songs were the driving force behind the band, and he has continued to stretch his creative musical muscles. The unencumbered Dezen is now completely free to explore…

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“YOUNG BLOOD” – NEW MUSIC from NOAH KAHAN

Twenty year old American songwriter, Noah Kahan, who hails from rural Strafford, Vermont (population 1,000), has released “Young Blood,” via Republic Records.  With a true gift for songcraft and storytelling honed during long winters in the serene expanse of his family’s 133 acre tree farm, Kahan’s lyrics brim with youthful wit and wisdom, recounting tales of…

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“GOOD LOVE” – NEW MUSIC from DOM ROBINSON

Leeds, UK-based artist Dom Robinson recently released “Good Love,” a brand new single and the first of several that the singer/songwriter has planned for this year. Featuring Robinson’s smoothly soothing vocal-stylings and dynamic instrumentation, “Good Love” is a delicate, Bon Iver-esque breath of fresh air that explores the challenges encountered in relationships and the difficulties in overcoming…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with LUKE WADE

Like many of us, pop-centric singer/songwriter Luke Wade is no stranger to adversity; though his story brims with sadness and loss, he has overcome his trials with infectious optimism, and channeled that pain into art. Wade affectionately describes his parents as “hippies” who raised him in a small town in central Texas populated by roughnecks,…

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PREMIERE: “JANUARY EYES” by SHLOMO FRANKLIN

Several months ago, New York-based singer/songwriter Shlomo Franklin found himself in a vintage guitar shop in Teaneck, New Jersey called Lark Street Music, sampling a 1940s-era Gibson and quietly singing a song he had never before sung. Little did he know, the owner of said shop was listening, thought it was a record playing in the back of the…

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“ON THE RUN” – NEW ACOUSTIC EP from COREY HARPER

Raised on a steady diet of 60s/70s rock and soul music, along with newer singer/songwriter greats, Portland-based Corey Harper left college to purse his musical dreams in Southern California.  Harper settled in the artistic epicenter of Venice Beach, where he tapped into the pulse of creativity all around him to make his critically-acclaimed six-song debut EP On…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JAY NASH

If variety is the spice of life, then veteran singer/songwriter Jay Nash’s musical accomplishments could season every dish on the planet. When he’s not scoring films, writing songs for commercials and television, making music in The Contenders, his duo with drummer Josh Day, or writing and recording with other artists, Nash is putting out records of…

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REVIEW: CONOR OBERST at THE RYMAN

Omaha-based singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, touring in support of his new record, Ruminations, made a much-anticipated appearance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium recently. The former Bright Eyes frontman has become a cult icon in the indie music world, and still has the magic touch when it comes to crafting new and creatively fresh songs. Ruminations is a…