Rookie of the Week: Nominee

  “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation about illnesses that affect not only individuals, but their families as well.” – Glenn Close. Despite this modern age’s ability to unabashedly talk openly about a variety of subjects, we still find an alarmingly resilient silence surrounding mental health. At the very…

Rookie Of the Week: Sinking.

When we bloom, we blossom. We mature. We open ourselves. We burst forth into the world with a newfound sheen lustre- all bright, shiny, and new. When we bloom, we flower. We unfold and unveil a new growth- our petals vibrant and reaching, and extending towards the sun to taste the first rays of light…

Rookie of the Week: ENDER

Y’know how the Book of Revelations dictates that the End will be signified by trumpets? Scratch that. (Sorry, John- we know you tried). The End is nigh; the signal has been blaring, but it isn’t the triumphant bleat of trumpets that we’re hearing- it’s the violent, vehement, visceral bone-snapping roar of New Jersey metal outfit…

Rookie of the Week: Impala Ray

A tuba, a hackbrett, a minimalist kit comprised of a kick and a snare, a guitar, a uke, and a whole lotta voice. Sounds fantastic, right? Now roll that all into a singular entity of gentle choruses, flying harmonies, and feel-good catchy melodies, and you’ve got yourself Impala Ray- also known as the indie-folk-pop/BayFolk band…

Rookie Of the Week: Sink In

  I know this may come as a shock, but if there’s one thing that really rubs me the wrong way, it’s Pop-Rock. Yeah, I know, I’m a monster. The often-perceived feel-good, head-bopping genre that makes most people bounce around anywhere from the streets to the car does nothing but cause me aural anguish. The…

Rookie of the Week: Marcus Alan Ward

  “Luck is made by hard-working machines.” That’s the first thing you’ll read on the contact information page on his website. And if that phrase holds true, then Marcus Alan Ward is the industrial revolution that our ears have been waiting for. Allow me to introduce you to Cleveland, Ohio’s Marcus Alan Ward- a self-taught multi-instrumentalist…

Rookie of the Week: The Banshee Pilot

There’s a reason why we Detroiters proudly boast that #DetroitHustlesHarder. And, believe me, we don’t throw that slogan around lightly. We’re marred by a city that’s plagued by a vast amount of social, economic, and political issues. Rampant corruption, exploitation, romanticizes urban decay, high crime rates abound our hometown (not to mention, a metro area…