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ROLE MODEL: Oh, How Perfectly Imperfect

Photo Credit: Clare Gillen Tucker Pillsbury uses his voice as a means to express issues he has faced. With the combined efforts of quality production and heart-felt lyrics, ROLE MODEL jumps into issues such as relationships, self-doubt, and depression. From Portland, Maine, Tucker adopted his stage name from Paul Rudd’s part in Role Models. Originally… Read more

070 Shake: An Emotionally Vulnerable Debut

Photo Credit: Dan Regan Known for her high-profile guest appearances, 070 Shake has created hip-hop music for a new generation of listeners. While new to the music scene, 070 Shake keeps true to her feelings and the highs and lows of life. The artist utilizes her creativity through artistic expression. Danielle Balbuena was born on… Read more

Remembering Juice WRLD: The Rise of the Genre-Bending Rapper

Photo Credit: Nabil Elderkin Jarad Higgins, professionally known as Juice WRLD, was a part of the dark, emo-heavy side of hip-hop that is beginning to come to the forefront as of recent. Widely known for his viral tracks (such as “Lucid Dreams”), Juice WRLD created music that shared how he coped with his emotions and… Read more

Halsey – ‘Manic’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Aidan Cullen In less than five years Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, better known as Halsey, has gone from just another starry-eyed young music hobbyist uploading homemade videos to YouTube to one of the most revered and influential artists of the twenty-first century thus far. Audiences have responded not only to her subtle yet undeniably… Read more

Raffaella: Alternative Pop’s New Ballet of Irony

Photo Credit: Facebook @rafflalala All musicians hope for a captive audience, but New York City native Raffaella Meloni – known professionally by just her first name – decided from a very young age that she wouldn’t bother waiting for volunteers. “I used to force my family to congregate in the living room, so I could use the ottoman as my stage,” she tells us in our exclusive phone interview, “[and] I’ve been singing to strangers… Read more

Nothing, Nowhere. : Using Music to Fight Mental Illness

Photo Credit: Jamie MacMillan Nothing, Nowhere. is an American musician who creates emotional driven songs through blending hip-hop and rock. Motivated by the hardship of his past, Nothing, Nowhere. seeks to connect with others and help them from losing themselves in the struggles of life. Born as Joseph Mulherin from Massachusetts, the future artist studied… Read more

Simple Creatures – ‘Everything Opposite’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Upset Mag Promo Simple Creatures, which is comprised of Mark Hoppus (who continues to front Blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (who continues to front All Time Low) is an almost all-synth offering in which the guitars mostly remain zipped up in their gig bags. The duo’s new EP Everything Opposite opens with the track “Special,” which sounds an unmistakable lot like Lorde’s “Royals”. While that song is not exactly… Read more

The band CAMINO – ‘tryhard’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Daniel Mendoza If you’re a debut hound, i.e. someone who likes to sniff out music artists while they’re essentially still on the new side, you might want to point your nose (your ears would probably help too) in the direction of the Band CAMINO. As of this writing they don’t even have a Wikipedia page, which would indicate that they… Read more

Dinosaur Pile-Up – ‘Celebrity Mansions’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dinosaur Pile-Up / YouTube With nearly five years having passed since their last album, Dinosaur Pile-Up was probably assumed extinct by many. But fossilization clearly didn’t agree with the Leeds, England trio, as they came roaring back with their fourth album, Celebrity Mansions, on which new drummer Mike Sheils joins bassist Jim Cratchley… Read more