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Brenda Carsey presents the value of Cognizance
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I have followed Brenda Carsey over the past ten years, first as a solo artist with an acoustic guitar to keyboardist with alt-rock band Feral Kizzy, to leading her own band Brenda Carsey and the Awe and beyond. I have consistently been impressed by both her talent and her dedication. She keeps pushing the boundaries of her music, but always has fun doing it. Her music is hard to pin down; bringing together soul, pop, folk, jazz, and much more,...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023
SPOTLIGHT: Talk Talk Talk
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WHO: The Paranoyds WHAT: Talk Talk Talk WHY: One look at the cover and it’s clear this isn’t your standard Third Man Records release. Never have I seen a sticker on a record that so perfectly encapsulates why a record matters. It says it’s for fans of Devo, Go-Go’s, Breeders, and X, and I’ll be damned if they’re not completely right. I would also throw Blondie in there. There’s an unmistakable buzz, rawness, and catchiness to these songs which sound...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023
Brian Lindsay Brings It All Back Home With Revival
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I am a huge fan of the local music scene. Not any particular local scene, but local scenes as a concept; the local scene that can be found in whichever city you call home, for example, reader. If you look, I guarantee you can find talented and interesting musicians all around you. I consistently discover great guitarists, vocalists, performers, all across the musical spectrum in Rochester, NY. As great a wealth of instrumental talent that I find in my local...

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Sunday, 01 January 2023
Ground Control Magazine Year in Review 2022
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Bam! We’re doing it again, dear readers. Things got off to a scary start this year, because honestly, the good albums weren’t coming. But what a cruel trick this year played on us, as all the good stuff was back-ended in 2022. Too many good albums to absorb too late in the year (I’m looking at YOU, White Lung!). But as always, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better year-end review. All the best albums, movies, and TV shows are...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2022
SPOTLIGHT: High School
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WHO: Tim Heidecker WHAT: High School WHY: I never thought I’d be so into a Tim Heidecker album, but maybe it’s because I never thought he was worth giving a chance. Boy, was I wrong. High School is an album about just that, and Heidecker’s experiences are pretty relatable even to someone who went to high school in a much different place. The sound can probably be described as easy listening/alternative with influences of classic rock, which again, I never...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022
SPOTLIGHT: The Boy Named If
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WHO: Elvis Costello WHAT: The Boy Named If WHY: How on earth does a man still manage to make compelling and interesting music more than 40 years into his career? Well, if anyone was going to do it, it would be Elvis Costello. Though he is a musical chameleon, The Boy Named If focuses on what he does best: straight up rock and roll. And rock he does, as some of these tracks are downright blistering. Add to that some...

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Thursday, 03 November 2022
SPOTLIGHT: The Awful Disclosures of Screeching Weasel
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WHO: Screeching Weasel WHAT: The Awful Disclosures of Screeching Weasel WHY: Sure, Ben Weasel is a divisive figure, but you can’t deny the man can still write perfect pop songs. If you’re a pop punk fan, then Awful Disclosures will scratch that itch you’ve been having since the 90s. This is a tight album, with a familiar formula, that Ben Weasel makes his own. It knows what it wants to be and succeeds in that effort. One of the best...

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Thursday, 13 October 2022
SPOTLIGHT: COOL
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WHO: Colleen Green WHAT: Cool WHY: They don’t come much catchier, chiller, breezier, and harmonically lovely than Cool. And we’re not just saying that because Colleen Green is a local gal. In her latest effort, Green’s focus is to satisfy and cater to your sweet tooth, whether you’re 2 or 82. There are highlights on this album (I Wanna Be a Dog is just a chef’s kiss), but regardless of where you look, these 10 tracks are fun, poppy, and…cool....

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Tuesday, 06 September 2022
GROUND CONTROL’S BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE 2022
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It’s that time of year again! Time to strap in some new boots, put on some new gear, and start the new school year fresh. And as always, at Ground Control we’ve got some choice recommendations for some of the hottest most essential gear and accessories to power you through a successful year of learning. Because that’s what we’re here to do, right? LEARN. We’re incredibly lucky to be bringing you some tried and true accessories (read: old favorites) and...

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022
Listen to Brook Pridemore’s new track “Wore Me Well”
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As big fans of Brook Pridemore’s, we’re excited to bring you the new single from his new album “Glad to Be Alive.” Brook is one of the unsung heroes of modern music and damn near an underappreciated genius. If Wore Me Well is any indication, Pridemore has topped himself in this follow up to the wonderful Metal is My Only Friend. Bring it on, my friend! Listen to Wore Me Well: Here’s the press release: “Brook Pridemore has been an...

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Thursday, 18 August 2022