Beard Jams: Joints by Wot Gorilla?

Mr. Musicbeard here. I can’t stop listening to this song entitled Joints from a band known as Wot Gorilla?

There are so many awesome sounds going on here. Very diverse and enjoyable. Lots of different sections pieced together to make an awesome song.

This is seriously just so good, nothing I say will top it. You just have to listen to it and check it out! This one is for fans of Math Rock/Indie Rock/ and Prog Rock. Reminds me of a cool mix of Circa Survive, Brand New, and Periphery.

For more Wot Gorilla? check them out here:



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Beard Jams: Astoria/Fallen by Mesita

What’s going on everyone? Mr. Musicbeard here. Got a sweet track to share with you entitled Astoria/Fallen by an artist named Mesita.

This song is instantly putting me in a good mood. It’s nothing but great grooves, beats, and indie rock magic. It reminds me a lot of TV On The Radio. It’s also worth noting that the first time I heard this track and artist, I thought they were a band. Apparently it’s a solo project! It’s definitely one of the best solo projects I have ever heard of.

This song is also very dynamic; there are a lot of layers to it. You can definitely listen to this song over and over again and be entertained every time you hear it. It’s also definitely one of those tracks where I hear something different each time I listen to it.

Check out more of their music here:



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Beard Jams: Slow Dark Water by Furnsss

We’re enjoying this indie rock jam entitled Slow Dark Water from a band named Furnsss! Furnsss comes from Burlington, CT!

I like the overall feeling of this song. There are some really cool interludes that have a beautiful lo-fi quality to them. The noise of the interludes wraps you up and immerses you in the song and it’s great. All of the parts in this song help to compliment each other to create a pretty cool song.

At first, this song reminds me a little bit of Weezer mixed with Cage the Elephant, and a touch of Jeff the Brotherhood and Skaters (The band. Not actual people who skate.)

Overall, a really solid track I’m happy to share with you all. Slow Dark Water is off of their upcoming release entitled New Moves which is set for release on August 15, 2015 on the label 80N7.

Check out the links below, share this post if you enjoyed the song and until next time, have fun and stay safe! ~DL

Furnsss Links:

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Beard Jams: Kingbreaker by Doktra

Awesome indie rock song alert! You’ve got to check out Kingbreaker from a band named Doktra. Doktra comes from Indianapolis, Indiana!

There’s just something about a great guitar riff paired with an energized drum pattern that gets me every time! There is so much energy in this song. If you’re a fan of indie or alternative rock, this song has got a little bit of everything for everyone. There are lighter moments for the indie rock fans, with heavier riffs for the alternative rock fans.

This song reminds me of Deftones mixed with Nada Surf. I also feel like it would go well with Manchester Orchestra and Motion City Soundtrack as well. Despite my comparisons, this song stands by itself as a great and fun song to listen to.

This song is off of their latest release entitled S/T and is available as a pay what you want album on Bandcamp. Definitely check this one out! Links below. Until next time, have fun and stay safe! ~DL


Bandcamp, Facebook, Doktra Site

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Beard Jams: Boketto by WMD

What’s going on everyone?! If you’re just waking up or need to relax, you’ve got to check out this song. It’s entitled Boketto and it’s by an artist known as WMD. WMD comes from Seattle, Washington!

Before we get to the song, the word Boketto is a Japanese word that has a loose English translation. The idea is that Boketto loosely means staring into or at something without any thoughts going on. Similar to daydreaming if you will, but with no dreams. If that makes sense. I personally didn’t know what Boketto meant before this song, so i had to share.

Now, on to the song. I believe the title to this song is very fitting. I envision someone sitting on a beach as time passes by and this song is put to a time lapse of the person just sitting there, waiting as time passes by. This song makes me feel really relaxed and happy which is pretty cool.

As I mentioned before, this song would be great to start your day off right or to take some relaxing personal time. Regardless of when you listen to it, make sure you check this out! I’m really digging it. The self titled album, WMD, is available now! ($4 for a full length album?! You can’t beat that.) Links below. Until next time, have fun and stay safe. ~DL


Bandcamp, Facebook

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Beard Jams: Take Me Now by The River Monks

As I usually say at the beginning of every post, it’s been a long time since I’ve made a post. Life happens, you know? Anyways, I wanted to share this sweet folk track entitled Take Me Now from a band known as The River Monks! The River Monks come from Des Moines, Iowa!

This is a really nice folk track. The guitar part is wonderful. Beautiful notes that cascade down into your ears, tickling every peaceful emotion in your body. Along with the peaceful wave of vocals, this is one of the most relaxing and satisfying tracks I’ve heard in a ling time.

Definitely check them out if you enjoyed this song! Their latest album entitled Home Is The House is out now! It’s only $8 as well. The best $8 you will spend today. You can also check them out on various social media sites. Links below.

Until next time, have fun and stay safe,



Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter

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Beard Jams: Sea Creatures by SOAK

This next review is about an eighteen year old artist all the way from Ireland that just sold out her show in Australia. Birdie Monds-Watson is making her first big music break with her first single Sea Creatures. This incredibly talented young artist has already gained over a 100,000 views of her music video that was just released a week and a day ago.

I first heard this song when I was listening to Hype Machine and was instantly entranced by the acoustic elements in the song. I didn’t know however,  that I was listening to the stripped down acoustic version of the song. A week later I searched for the music video and realized I had been missing out on a whole other song. Although I love the version of her with just the guitar, I also love all of the little things that she puts into the final song that’s produced to make it sound full as opposed to it being performed acoustically.

Sea Creatures has a really nice, simple, and calming sound to it. I really enjoy all of the small things that are added into the song. Especially the part after the first verse when there’s a short synth piece that drifts off into the next verse. I also really like how the piano pieces that get played heavier in the middle section, line up to the melody that she’s singing. Of course, I think the violins toward the end of the song when she sings about getting better, was a perfect fit for the song, especially when you’re watching the music video. These extra additions to Sea Creatures really makes me appreciate this song even more from when I heard it the first time. It gives the song more oomph and an overall finished feeling.

If you like what you heard, you should definitely check out her sound cloud account. She has another song up on her page that is called B a noBody. She also did a cover of one of my favorite artists Chvrches. She covers the song Mother We Share. It’s preformed acoustically and is intensely haunting with “ohhhoooh’s” that sing behind her voice.  If that’s not enough for you, you can also catch her at some of her shows since she’ll be touring a lot for the release of her new album. SOAK will be releasing her debut album Before We Forgot How to Dream on June 2, 2015. She will also be in America this March for the SXSW music festival.

Check out what SOAK is up to on the daily with some social media sites!


Sound Cloud:




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Beard Jams: Pedestrian at Best by Courtney Barnett

Oh, hello there. Have you heard the big news?! Courtney Barnett is coming out with a new album on March 23, 2015! The album is entitled Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s the best thing 2015 has given me to look forward to and I am beyond excited to hear some new music from this super talented woman. I have been hooked on her previous album The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas for quite some time and I look forward to hearing the new music she’s been working on.

She has released one of her songs off of her new album that will be released in March and it’s called Pedestrian at Best. I am in love with this song, as well as the music video. One of my favorite things about Barnett is that she creates these really creative lyrics and produces them in an incredibly effortless way. Personally, I feel like when you’re listening to her, it sounds like she’s at an open mic and she’s just spitballing what comes into her mind. Even though you’re hearing the music from your headphones or watching her on youtube, the way she sings makes you feel like she’s hanging out in your room and just picked up the guitar and started jamming.

Pedestrian at Best is upbeat, has a fast paced rock tempo, and a super catchy chorus that will make you want to scream along to the line, “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you”.  The song definitely carries the same kind of Courtney Barnett sound from her previous album, but has a harder rock vibe. I look forward to hearing how the rest of the songs compare to this one or if some of the songs will mellow out a bit.

Keep an eye out for a chance to see Courtney Barnett live in your hometown. She’s going to be performing at some pretty big festivals this year and you don’t want to miss out. I haven’t seen her live, but I have watched her youtube performances for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and she sounds unbelievable. I hope I get the chance to change that last sentence and soon you’ll be reading a concert review instead.

Check out some neat album art work Barnett has been working on and refer to her tour dates on social media, yo.



Band Camp:

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Beard Jams: Mantra by Telekinetic Walrus

You may remember this band from last summer when we hung out with them at the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Ithaca, NY. Well, they put out a music video for Mantra and it’s amazing.

Sometimes, I’m not the biggest fan in watching music videos because when I listen to the song I envision something different. That was not the case with Mantra. It’s everything I would picture for this song and more. Seriously, I’m re-watching this video over and over because it fits the song so well. (And it’s just awesome in general.)

I love the beginning of this track. I love the repetitive chant and how it eventually mixes in with the beat and the rest of the song. It’s seriously musical magic. I love it.

This song just keeps adding onto itself and maintains a constant state of high energy that you just want to listen to over and over again. It definitely leaves you wanting more. All of the lyrics and verses are awesome. So many great and unique line in this song. Definitely listen to this song a few times to catch the great lines in this song.

Overall, this song just rules. The song is wonderful and I can’t stop saying great things about this song and this video. A really great release from this band.

If you liked what you heard, check them out at! Additionally, they currently have a kickstarter going to raise money for a new touring van as their last one has seen the end of its life. If you have the means, seriously consider donating to them so that they can tour and share their music with everyone again. Check it out here:

If you haven’t checked out our interview we did with them last summer, check it out here:

Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #musicbeards!

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Beard Jams: Bury Our Friends by Sleater-Kinney

What’s going on everyone?! Check out this tasty song from Sleater-Kinney entitled Bury Our Friends. This song is on their forthcoming album entitled No Cities To Love, which comes out on Tuesday, January 20th! 

The opening guitar riff is seriously one of my favorite parts of this song. I actually think it is my favorite part of the song, but the whole song rules so who cares. It’s just so infectious! I can’t stop jumping around playing air-guitar to it. (No, you will not see me play air-guitar.)

The chorus is pretty sweet as well! I love the groove everyone plays in the chorus. It’s fun and bouncy and I love it. Once again, the guitar part in the chorus has my heart.

Overall, this song just flat out rules. It’s really nice to hear a great indie rock song with an emphasis on the rock. This song doesn’t play around. Gets right to the point and delivers. No gimmicks or games for Sleater-Kinney. Just flat out awesome sounding indie rock.

2015 is definitely going to be a huge year for music. Sleater-Kinney is setting the bar very high, but I’m very excited. If you liked the song, check them out at! As mentioned earlier, their latest album entitled No Cities To Love comes out on January 20th on Sub Pop Records!

You can also share our post if you enjoyed the song. That would be cool. We don’t care or anything. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #musicbeards. Until next time, have fun and stay safe!

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Beard Jams: Greek Tragedy by The Wombats

What’s up everyone?! If you haven’t heard, The Wombats are back! They’re coming out with a new album this year and they released a new song from it! It’s entitled Greek Tragedy

I’ve always been a huge fan since seeing them live in New York City in 2011 at Webster Hall. (Wow, it’s been 4 years? Damn.) I found their music fun, creative, and innovative. All of that still remains true in this song.

WARNING: If you don’t like looking at fake blood or watching the Wombats die, you might just want to listen to the audio.

Everything mingles really well in this song. Great lyrics and vocals, guitar parts are great, and the drums are kicking once again. (Pun well intended.)

There is also some nice electronic elements along with great synths in this song as well! I mean, you can’t have a new Wombats song without combining synth into their style of rock. Otherwise, it just wouldn’t be them!

I’m hooked on this song and I can’t wait for the new album! Glitterbug comes out April 6th! If you liked what you heard, check them out at!

Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! Follow us on twitter and facebook and use the hashtag #musicbeards!

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Beard Jams: Coat Check Girl by JEFF The Brotherhood

What’s going on everyone?! I noticed JEFF The Brotherhood came out with new music the other day, so we’re sharing it! This one is entitled Coat Check Girl.

First thing I noticed is that the overall sound is a little more polished than we are used to from this band. However, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I mean, all bands and artists want to play and record on good equipment, right? Right. It’s JEFF The Brotherhood’s time to play on nice equipment.

The song still has the classic JEFF The Brotherhood charm that we all know and love, while sounding a little more mature then their previous work. It’s a nice little song that anyone can get behind and enjoy. It sounds like a love song too, which is sweet.

My favorite moments in the song are the little ones; the guitar riff right before the chorus, the background oh’s, and the lyrics.

Overall, a great new release from JEFF The Brotherhood that shows growth while still maintaining their unique sound. If you liked what you heard, share this post and visit JEFF The Brotherhood at Their new album entitled Wasted On The Dream comes out March 10th!

Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! Follow us on twitter @musicbeards and use the hashtag #musicbeards. We’re on facebook too! See you then!

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Beard Jams: Get It by Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim are back! This song is entitled “Get It” and is from their upcoming release “New Glow” which is set for release in April of 2015.

Listening to the song, it is different from their past releases. However, that being said, I think it sounds amazing. Seriously, this is setting the bar high for great music to come out in 2015. It’s a little more hip-hop sounding then you might be used to from Matt and Kim, but it definitely sounds like them.

I’m obsessed with the Bass voice “Oh’s” (Best way I can describe it.) It’s such a cool sound and they use it in such a cool way. It combines with this great pop hip-hop sound that is infectious.

You can definitely hear lots of growth from Matt and Kim in this song. I love this song and I can not wait for this new album. The updated sound from them is fresh, infectious, and wonderful. It’s a little different for them but even though it might sound a little different to some people, this sound is exactly what I think of when I listen to Matt and Kim.

Listen to this song a lot, and share this a lot. Use the hashtag #musicbeards when you share. Check out more of Matt and Kim and pre-order the new album at Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! (And Get It…See what I did there?!?!) ~DL

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Beard Jams: Heartbeat by Satellite Stories

Wow. It’s been a long time since we’ve shared anything. Time to get back at what I love to do. (Share music with you all!) This one is called Heartbeat and it’s from Satellite Stories.

This has a great sound to it and it’s making me really miss the summertime right now. (As I write this, it’s -7 degrees here.) While the music has a nice and light quality to it, the lyrics are a little more serious.

What does this song remind me of? I don’t really know to be honest. Maybe getting stood up on a beach? (This has never happened to me, but it’s just what I envision listening to this song.) It’s a nice song that has a great feel to it. It definitely makes me want warm weather when I listen to it. Overall, I enjoyed the song!

Check it out, and see what you think! If you liked it, share this article and use the hashtag #musicbeards. Don’t forget to support this band as well if you like what you heard! You can check them out at! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! ~DL

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Vinyl Theatre, MisterWives, and Twenty One Pilots at Upstate Concert Hall

These past few concerts have been pretty crazy for us over here at Music Beards. A few weeks ago we attended a show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Albany to see Vinyl Theatre, MisterWives, and Twenty One Pilots. Personally for me, it’s  been about a month since seeing a live performance so I was pretty pumped for this show.

Vinyl Theatre started off the night with some amazing jams that consisted of a rock alternative sound, complemented by synth beats. It’s definitely something you would hear at a CMJ festival. They had a lot of energy and were very consistent with their sound throughout the night. My favorite song that they performed was their track entitled,  Breaking Up My Bones. Vinyl Theatre reminds me a lot of the band Small Pools. They both have that alternative rock sound with a nice added touch of synths and some pretty incredible vocals as well. Breaking Up My Bones is super catchy, upbeat, and I can’t stop singing it, and that’s not a complaint.

After their set ended, MisterWives took the stage with their upbeat-indie-alternative sound, which included trumpets, saxophones, tambourines and more. The band is primarily composed of Mandy Lee, William Hehir, and Etienne Bowler. The lead singer Mandy Lee has extremely impressive vocals and her voice reminds me of Melanie Martinez and the lead singer of Wild Mocassins. Her vocals are very soulful sounding, but still holds an upbeat energy in the songs. The band also reminded me a lot of the following artists: The Hush Sound, Brika, and Zella Day. The bands latest hit Reflections is so much fun to listen to, especially the “oooohoooohoohhoooh’s” in the chorus.  Check out their latest hit, Reflections below!

Twenty One Pilots started off their set in an extremely unique way. They had a narrator, “Nigel”- an eighty year old man’s voice recored in different bits and was then played throughout the show. Nigel introduced Twenty One Pilots, and then the band started their set with one of their favorable fast driven songs, Guns for Hands. The lead singer Tyler Joseph, had an incredible amount of energy throughout the entire set. He was jumping off of the drum riser, running back and forth on the stage, and was even singing while standing on a security guards hands while in the crowd. The drummer Josh Dun, was the same way. He even played some parts of a few of the songs on top of the crowd. They actually had a back up drum set that was placed on a board and then they placed it in the crowd while fans held it up. It’s crazy, I know. Then the drummer hopped on and started playing. At the end of the the show, both Tyler and Josh were on top of the crowd, each playing a single drum. Although crazy in the best possible way, it really made the show that much more intense and memorable. Not only did the band play new songs off their latest album Vessel, but they also covered a few pop songs as well. They played Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”, DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win”, and Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”. The night was filled with incredible vocals, synthesizers, piano, drums, ukulele, and they even brought out the keytar! If Twenty One Pilots are ever in your town, go to their shows and check them out! It will definitely be a great time and the openers are just as fun to watch too. Listen to their new album Vessel and watch Josh Dun drum on top of the crowd below!

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Beard Jams: Girls by Slow Magic

Hello there! This is Dan and I found a really cool, vibrant, and chill electronic song. It’s entitled Girls and it’s by Slow Magic. This track is off of their newly released album, How to Run Away.

There are some great sounds in this song. I really enjoy the vocal samples. Even though the vocal samples are the same throughout the whole song, it’s really catchy and I love it every time I hear them. It doesn’t get old and it will definitely be stuck in your head for a while.

Another aspect to this song that I enjoy is its simplicity. There’s not a lot of crazy time signatures going on and not a overwhelming amount of instruments. Slow Magic manages to keep everything enjoyable and catchy while maintaing a simplicity to the song and overall sound. It’s a great song to get lost in or have on in the background while you’re just hanging out.

I’m really digging the overall sound of this song. There’s something about this song that feels empowering to me. It’s that feeling you get watching the sun come up in the morning and feeling like anything is possible. This song just makes me happy and makes me want to actively dance.

Check it out and see what you think! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! Be sure to check out Slow Magic on their fine social media links listed below.




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Beard Jams: October by Del Paxton

What’s going on everyone?! This is Dan, and I found some sweet music coming out of Buffalo, NY. This one is entitled October and is by a band known as Del Paxton.

   This is a really nice track. I’m really enjoying the overall sound of this song. The guitar parts are interesting as they speed up, and then come together to form a cohesive sound, and then speed up again. It’s the same tempo throughout the song, but the way the guitar parts play, it sounds like a change in tempo. Anyways, it works and it’s really fun to listen to. This song reminds me of skating or cycling during the fall and going through all of the leaves that are falling. (I’m super excited for the fall.)

   The vocals are really solid in this track. The lead vocalist has a great tone in his voice and has just the right energy in every part of the song. His voice blends in well with the band to create a delicate, but powerful, vocal part in this song. The harmonies are great as well.

   This is a really solid song that gets right to the point! It sounds great and I’ve been hooked on this song ever since I first heard it a few days ago. Del Paxton reminds me of The Front Bottoms and Man Overboard mixed together. Has the song structure and coolness of The Front Bottoms, and the emotional appeal of Man Overboard. What’s also awesome is that they’re opening up for The Front Bottoms on September 20th in Ithaca, NY! Solid music and a solid show! It’s only a matter of time before you start hearing these guys more and more. I’m enjoying everything about them. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

   Check out Del Paxton at these fine social media sites:



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Beard Jams: Smokey Lungs and Dirty Puns by David Craft

What’s going on everyone?! It’s been a long time since we’ve had some folk on here. Today, we break that streak by bringing you a song entitled Smokey Lungs and Dirty Puns by Australian artist David Craft!

This song is pretty sweet. It’s simplicity is refreshing and easy to listen to. The guitar accompaniment is beautiful. It’s delicate and crisp. It reminds me of walking through the woods on a brisk autumn morning. (I think I have autumn on my mind as it is almost that time of the year here in the USA.) It’s a very enjoyable guitar part and maintains it’s pleasantness after listening to it multiple times.

David Craft has a tremendous voice. It’s really awesome to hear a vocalist with a lower voice register. (Meaning that it’s nice to hear a vocalist who sings at a lower pitch.) His voice cascades over the beautiful guitar part and adds a chilling quality to the song. His voice is full of emotion and energy, even though his vocal part is delicate. He has a great voice that I think a lot of people will find very enjoyable.

The music video is also unique as well. It captures the emotion and delicateness of the song perfectly. The performer in the music video, Lily Roberts, moves so elegantly through this song. I really enjoyed when the confetti started falling down as well. It definitely delivered that crisp sensation I got when listening to the song. A nice, simple, and effective music video.

Overall, this was a great song! The vocal part was beautiful, the guitar part was beautiful, and the music video was beautiful! Beauty all around in this effort by David Craft. I really enjoyed listening to this song and I’m excited to see where he goes from here! He’s doing pretty well at the moment as he is currently on tour in Australia! If you’re in the Melbourne area, check him out! If you liked what you heard, share this article and/or share the song! Be sure to check him out at a fine social media link provided below:




Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

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Interview with Telekinetic Walrus!

What’s up everyone?! Here is some new material for you all! (Finally!) This is an interview I did with Telekinetic Walrus at the 2014 Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg/Ithaca, NY last month.

Telekinetic Walrus are a great group of people. They were super friendly, funny, and overall just a cool bunch of people to hang out with.

Listen, share, and enjoy! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

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Musicbeards Update

Hey everyone! This is Dan once again. If you’ve noticed recently, it’s been a little dead around here. There certainly has been great music in the world, and we’ve been enjoying it. Viewers of this site have also been sending us recommendations, which is great! We’ve just haven’t had enough time as we would like to have to post about everything.

We’ve also just graduated from college and are trying to get used to the grown up world. Aka the land of little fun. Val and I are both working jobs and are trying to deal with life as it comes our way.

Personally, I’ve also been dealing with family issues while trying to get used to everything. My dad has been sick for quite some time now and he just had surgery a few days ago. I’ve been helping my family take care of him, and am continuing to help them take care of him as he recovers. We’re looking forward to a tremendous recovery with him and can’t wait to see him healthy again.

From working at my job, to helping out my family while my dads been sick, I have had little time to work on this site. There’s no excuses. I’ve just been occupied with life. It’s not a bad thing, but it explains why this site has been quiet lately.

Don’t worry though! We’re not calling it quits. We still love music, we’re still trying to go to shows, and we still want to bring you guys some great music. Posts will just be on an irregular schedule. We might not be able to post every single day. Honestly, that’s okay. It gives us all time to listen to these great bands and artists and do actual things with our lives.

I’ve got some great footage coming your way from the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance pretty soon. For now, check out photos from the festival over on our flickr here:

As always, keep supporting the bands and artists we showcase here on the site by sharing their work or liking them on their social media pages, or by actually buying their music. Don’t forget to share this site with everyone you know that loves music. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone.

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