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Los Angeles pop singer and songwriter Jenny March has just released her debut EP Madness, along with the single and video for “Scream.” This is a prolific time for the rising artist, though it’s been a long time coming. “I started taking dance classes at two years old, sang at church and in school shows, performed in the talent show each year, performed in musicals around my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio etc.,” March says. “I loved performing and it didn’t matter what I was doing as long as I was entertaining. Music got more serious once I moved out to L.A. and I […]

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Australian singer-songwriter Gilli Moon has always known that she wanted to perform. She started writing songs at 16, but things got serious when she turned 21. “I had gone to New York after college and fell in love with the whole industry there,” Moon says. “Just the live music. I wanted to really get into the music business. I went back home to Australia and then came to L.A., when I was 25. I’ve been here ever since.” The decision to move to L.A. was entirely down to the music scene. Moon had ambitions to go to SoCal, get a […]

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Gerard Smith is a familiar face within the Detroit music scene, thanks to his prog-Celtic band, Bill Grogan’s Goat. He’s also released a bunch of solo albums, and is about to drop a new one. He’s come a long way since taking piano lessons at six and learning guitar at 16. Bill Grogan’s Goat formed in 2005 when Smith wanted to broaden Celtic music after only hearing a punk take, or acoustic groups with drum and bass. “After the first album, we started including more progressive rock elements in our arrangements, and we seem to be firmly ensconced in the […]

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Guitarist Christine Carol started playing when she was 20 years old—a comparative late starter. Her career got a boost when she attended a casting call for a female guitar player and found herself auditioning at Corey Feldman’s mansion. “Corey Feldman & the Angels is a band where Corey is the frontman, backed by an all-female band dressed as angels,” Carol told us. “The day [of the audition] came and I already had an angel costume, so I put on my wings, packed up my guitar and was on my way. I was asked to hear a song once that I had […]

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It’s unusual to be talking about a songwriter in their seventies who only recently started their own label, but then there’s very little “usual” about Jane McNealy, head-honcho at Lo-Flo Records. McNealy got her start in the music industry in the ‘60s, moving to L.A. and meeting renowned orchestrator and arranger Harold Battiste Jr. “He had a record company called AFO (All For One),” McNealy says. “He was trying to start a jazz label out here. He signed me as a writer to his publishing company, and that got me going. I met a lot of interesting people and wrote […]

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It’s shocking to learn that bluesy rocker Owen Rivera is just 13 years old. Not only because he’s already an astonishingly accomplished and mature musician, but also because he’s so sharp and at ease when discussing his musical life so far. The young man has the demeanor of someone with many more miles on the clock. But then, he did start playing music at the age of (get this) two years old. “My parents got me a drum kit and it hit from there,” Rivera says. “It was very much an addiction– –I’m not gonna lie. I’d pretend I was […]

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We spoke to DJ and producer Gem via Zoom from her native Australia. The Los Angeles-based artist is stuck there during lockdown, having returned for her brother’s wedding earlier this year, which has intensified her lens on “doing it yourself” in a musical sense. “There’s actually never been a better time to release music because there are so many opportunities and platforms that will support independent artists like myself,” Gem says. “You can really take control of your own music. I love the idea that I can take a whole project and there’s not people telling me how it should […]

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Immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting everything down, the members of New Orleans hard rock outfit Farewell to Fear had embarked on Chris Jericho’s Rock and Wrestlin’ Rager at Sea cruise. With a new guitarist, Tommy Gibbons, in place, things were looking very positive indeed. We all know what happened next. “When this outbreak happened we were forced to really focus in on recording a video and working things that we had control over,” Craig says. “We were basically gearing up for a big show in September with Judas Priest, Limp Bizkit and a handful of other great bands, […]

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