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    Nothing Instagram Takeover

    Photo by Ben Rayner Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Bandcamp   With as many physical, mental and spiritual griefs as Domenic Palermo has been through, music and his band Nothing remain an incessant driving force. Growing up in North Philadelphia, Palermo delved into the city’s hardcore scene and in the early 2000’s formed punk/hardcore act Horror Show, receiving their first signing on Jacob Bannon of Converge’s label Deathwish. Shifting gears towards a darker, shoegaze sound, Nothing came to life in 2010 with their self-released Poshlost demo (its title borrowed from the Russian term for intensely felt spiritual absurdity) followed by 2012’s Downward Years to Come before signing onto Relapse…

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    Damn Fine Music Fest: A Celebration of Twin Peaks at Cheer Up Charlies

      Welcome to the town of Twin Peaks, director David Lynch’s fascinating and surreal TV show spanning three seasons over the last 28 years. Incorporating eerie and haunting visuals, a moody score by Angelo Badalamenti and a cast of intriguing characters, there’s no doubt that there’s plenty to reflect on and plot points that leave more questions remaining unanswered. With a fanbase spread worldwide and a multitude of themed parties taking place last year for the highly anticipated arrival of the new season, 22 Austin TX based musicians teamed up to form five “supergroups” and create an original half hour score based on five characters from Twin Peaks. With no…

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    Borzoi’s “Big Pink”

    Bandcamp || Facebook || Instagram   In today’s bombardment of social media and endless clicking and scrolling, creativity often gets lost amidst the mass of noise, apparently missing its mark if it’s not promoted while it’s hot. Following up to last year’s Surrender The Farm EP, Austin’s punk trio Borzoi’s upcoming full length, A Prayer for War, contains eleven tracks written during 2015-2016 without the slightest loss of momentum or inventive nature. On top of writing and rehearsing together during this period, members Rhys Woodruff (drums/vocals), Zachary Wood (guitar/vocals) and Taylor Browne (bass) were finishing up studies, working on various music projects and on the road touring. A Prayer for War…

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    New Attractions – “Hole In My Heart”

    New Attractions – “Hole In My Heart” By Jay Armstrong   It is no secret that my love for The Rich Hands goes deep. Not a week passes without throwing on one of their records, especially Take Care, so hearing the New Attractions first release “Hole In My Heart” obviously hit with a blind force of hell yeah. Sure this is a band which includes members of Crocodile Tears and Trouble Boys but as long as Cody Mauser is fronting it there will be no escape from referencing how it sounds along The Rich Hands spectrum. This new project steps back in the direction of their Out of My Head…

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    Ohmme Takeover

    Photography: Alexa Viscius Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter   Full of sonic experimentations and rich arrangements, Ohmme (comprised of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) lays at the heart of Chicago’s music scene. Not one to follow in the footsteps of others, the duo successfully embark on their own path, capturing a significant energy and tone in each and every one of their songs. Initially formed in 2014 with their self-titled EP released the following year, their anticipated debut album Parts caught the ears of Joyful Noise Recordings (home to Deerhoof, Kishi Bashi, Joan of Arc) and was released August 24th. Parts projects itself as an intimate diary, conjuring…

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    THRIVE: Side-hustles, passion, and using a blowtorch in an NYC apartment with jewelry designer Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    This week I’m chatting with Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving, a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. I wanted to pick her brain about her side-hustle, the jewelry she creates and where she finds her customers. 1. When did you decide to start your own business and why did you choose to use Etsy? I’ve always had dreams of being my own boss. As a kid I thought I’d start a fashion magazine or run a boutique, but my first real attempt at entrepreneurship began in 2016. I’d already been using Etsy to buy and sell handmade…