Rebel Transmission

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Listening to NewWorldSon is like traveling through music history in a time machine. That vibe comes through bold and beautifully during Rebel Transmission once a Motown beat kicks in during “Homeless Child” or as Chicago-meets-Earth, Wind & Fire at “Shake Holy Spirit.” The Bible speaks about making a joyful noise unto the Lord, but many modern acts only get the ‘noise’ aspect correct, while completely missing the whole ‘joyful’ part. Yet the rollicking church piano that matches wits with rockabilly guitar to create “Selah,” fills this particular track with joy overflowing. The thumping soul groove of “Son of Man” just makes it abundantly clear that these blues brothers know how to get the job done. When they slow things down with “Southern Cross,” it creates a beautiful change of pace, as well as a chance for the listener to catch his/her breath. The good feelings come through loud and clear, again and again, on Rebel Transmission.


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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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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My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


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