Album Review: Deep Sea Diver – Secrets

Some things soften with age but Deep Sea Diver isn’t one of them. The Seattle troupe have reemerged with their sophomore full length Secrets – and they aren’t holding back any punches. The band began as a stage moniker for Jessica Dobson (guitar, vocals) when she released her New Caves EP but quickly expanded to include a variety of revolving members throughout the years. The band’s current, and longest running, lineup includes Peter Mansen (drums), Garrett Gue (bass), and Elliot Jackson (guitar, keys). They released their debut full length History Speaks in 2012 to critical acclaim but continued to slide under the radar.

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Album Review: Sam Means – 10 Songs

Musical genres can be like Legos; you can snap a seemingly endless number of them together and somehow they stick together. This doesn’t mean, however, that they will make sense or even be aesthetically pleasing to anyone other than an awestruck spectator. Sometimes though, simpler is better. This is where recording artist Sam Means shines. Formerly one half of the much beloved and now defunct Format, Sam has been releasing music under his own name via soundtracks, singles and EPs for the better half of the last decade. He’s finally emerged with his first full length 10 Songs which emanates a sincere, timeless vibrancy that is as forthright as its title.

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Album Review: Lemolo – Red Right Return

It’s a rare individual who can say their formative years were not fraught with struggle. It truly is a battle; there’s a reason it is called growing pains. That is what makes Lemolo’s (nom de plume of Meagan Grandall) musical journey from her debut album The Kaleidoscope to her recently released Red Right Return so much more astonishing. Not only does she dodge the cliche awkward stumbles of a second album, it showcases an enriched body of sound.

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Milo Greene Moves Forward With The Release of “Control”

With five equally talented musicians, it’s obvious Milo Greene is a BAND. There’s no frontman; there’s no frontwoman; there’s no main vocalist or “face” of the band. Rather, when you say the name Milo Greene, you picture the faces of these five singers, songwriters and crafty multi-instrumentalists. Continue reading Milo Greene Moves Forward With The Release of “Control”

“Can We Break Down All These Walls?” – Getting to Know Big Monsta

Big Monsta is:

Jimmy Hua, Adrian Sanchez, and Mike Willson

These Monstas have been a band as they stand currently for about 2 years, though they’ve known eachother for 8+ years.  Jimmy, Mike, and Adrian all did APA (Academy of Performing Arts) together in their younger years.  I say that like they’re old now, ha!

The lineup solidified when recording started.  Mike was recording/producing at MAPS at the time, where Big Monsta went to record.  Jimmy showed Mike the recordings that had already been completed, and after plenty of back-n-forth, Mike re-recorded.  Issues with old writing partner resulted in Mike falling into the drummer role and ta-da!

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