AFC-Volume 5

Huzzah! A Familyre Christmas – Volume 5 is officially complete and available for download!! Ahem…killer stocking stuffer. All proceeds from Volume 5 (and from Volumes 1-4) go directly to The Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. You can even give more than the required amount! To quote the wise Lenny Smith, “Never pass on an opportunity to give”. So listen, buy, share, lend a helping hand and spread some Christmas cheer! Just click on the image above (created the extremely gifted young artist, Ansa Stamper), and have fun!

Last but not least, a huge thank you to Aaron Roche, Rachel and Jon Galaxy, Half-handed Cloud, Gutter Sparrow, Octa#grape, Lauryn Peacock, Jørn Åleskjær, Glockenbass, Young Honey, A/E, Lenny Smith, Brewer, Rosie Galaxy and the Galaxy Girls, Danielson Famile, Elin K. Smith, Vesper, Joshua Stamper, Evan Mazunik, Soul-Junk, Dan Zimmerman, and Ortolan (and all their musician friends who lent their phenomenal talents). You have all brightened our Advent season in amazing ways!

Good tidings, friends, and great great joy! Everyone at Sounds Familyre

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HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.

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Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."

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Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.

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Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.

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Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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